Currently the Smith household is awaiting the opening of a movie called I, Tonya. This is a throwback for us parents because we well remember the scandal that rocked the ice skating world. And the film itself is a black comedy, which is my favorite genre. I think it's going to be wonderful. But those are not the reasons we are looking forward to seeing the film---we are proud parents. Our two daughters appear in the film, one as background (she made the trailer) and the other as Tonya Harding at 3 years old. In January, we heard the film was looking for a blonde, blue-eyed three year old who could ice skate. I'm pretty sure our little Maizie was the only one who fit that bill for miles around. But she did a fabulous job. We've known since she was not quite two years old that she has the necessary skills for this type of thing and she got to prove it on the set of I, Tonya, working with the amazing Allison Janney!
November 16, 2017
I took about a year and a half off from serious auditioning. So when I decided to "come back for the summer," I anticipated only having some fun, getting back in the saddle, etc. I did not expect to book my first audition back! It was a pretty heavy improv audition, which I love, so I was even more surprised to get to the fitting and find out I would only be a sliver of the final product. But that didn't matter because that sliver would involve one of my favorite times of the year--College Football Season! The commercial I shot in June was for The Home Depot/ESPN Game Day and my sliver was with former Georgia player and current Game Day talent, David Pollack--the best this Georgia fan could have hoped for. It's been fun to see the spot while I watch Game Day on Saturday mornings this fall.
November 16, 2017
Okay, so I've already posted about IBgard and the commercial. I knew I had done some print stills, but I didn't know one would end up in People magazine. A Facebook friend found it and posted it, asking if it was me. And sure enough, it was! It's a full page ad. Since People magazine is one of my favorites (it's my Go To for any trip), it is exciting to be in one, even if for an ad.
May 28, 2017
When my agent asks me to put myself on tape, I do it. Not because I'm an auditioning actor, rather because I'm not an auditioning actor right now, and she knows that. So, when she asks me to get all dolled up and audition, I do it because I know there's a good reason. I'm so glad I did! I recently booked a national commercial with a new product called IBGard. It's a new product on the market for IBS sufferers. Here's the thing--they booked me not knowing that I actually have IBS myself. It's one of those standard medicine type commercials, which to me is one of those hallmarks of being an actor--I feel like a real actor now that I've done one! Anyway, the client gifted me with a little bit of the product and I've taken it a few times, and it actually has worked for me. So, not only do I have a commercial airing soon, but I am actually someone who is using the product.
April 3, 2017
I was very honored to be asked in 2015 to film a scene in an independent film with my actress friend, Ashlee Heath (the beautiful lead). I was even more honored to be included in this film once I got the word of its screening---it premiered last week at the Atlanta Film Festival! This is a fantastic film festival that only accepts high quality work. The group that made this film were a group of friends, who had all met as film students. And they pledged to help each other with their projects post-graduation, and they did! They came together and created something so beautiful it won the Georgia Film Award at the film festival. And I am honored to have played a small role. Thank you, guys, for the opportunity to be included in such high company.