Ira Smith

Quirky, Offbeat, Cartoon, Child, Teacher, Dynamic

Voice Description

My specialty is with extreme oddball characterizations, including cartoon voices and off the wall characters a la "Robin Williams" style. I've performed in improv comedy troupes for forty years from my college years until now & can create a bizarre character at the drop of a hat.

I'm adept with straight forward professional presentations, as well, having being in marketing & sales for thirty years, including sales & promotional management, writing
& recording commercials & presentations and speaking in front of large audiences. I've written a sales training manual & trained sales reps on phone presentations.

I've written & presented my own monologues & poetry (both comic & dramatic) on stage & on radio.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Baby
• Child
• Teenage Girl
• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Female
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Female
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Female
• Senior Male

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - USA and Canada

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

None

My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

None

My Home Base

, Oklahoma, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Redneck, Hippie, British, French, German, Russian, Derelict, Gay, Authoritarian (both male & female with just about any accent), Childlike Demeanor (male or female), African American (all styles). Essentially, you name it & I'll create it on the spot.

My Voice Experience

On a recent TV commercial shoot for a casino, the director insisted upon high energy at the slot machines. Soon, it became apparent to him that I was in overdrive. Thus, he amended his direction to: "More energy, except for Ira!." At one point, I was almost literally making love to my slot machine nearly orgasmic.

I'm constantly inventing new characterizations for roles I've performed throughout my acting career, sometimes having multiple character roles. Not counting the bizarre characters I create for our improv shows, I've been a lecher, a prospector, a beggar, a derelict, a sleazy stripper manager, a mad scientist, a child, a theater manager, a quirky librarian, a financial advisor, a guru, a mentally ill math professor, a doctor, a butler, a pick pocket, a cowboy, a dying patient, a philosophy professor/mentor, a quirky gangster, a king, an aimless philosopher, a mayor, a drag queen and much more.

Both at AAA Auto Club in the New Orleans area & with a Louisiana-based telecommunications company, I designed training manual & procedures, wrote sales presentations & oriented and trained new sales people. I, also, wrote & recorded a radio ad.

I write my own monologues & poetry and have performed them on stage & for radio.

My Training

Carnegie Mellon University: Physics major, psychology minor; started my own improv comedy group & wrote my first play. Promoted our comedy group on radio ads & on a variety of campus locations. Did charity volunteer voice overs.

Lamar University: Math major, English & Education minors; B.S. in math + teaching certification math & English. Acted in numerous plays & dinner theatre; stage managed & performed in campus talent show; mc'd at a variety of events.

In New Orleans, served 25 years on a volunteer Board of Directors associated with Tulane University, including promoting & announcing at a variety of events & serving as Development Chairman in fundraising efforts. I managed a market research field service, wrote some of my own instruments and trained interviewers on study specifics for intercept, phone, canvassing, focus groups & professional interviews.

Acting in New Orleans, I performed in dinner theater, community theater, rep theatre, movies, commercials, Shakespeare in the Park, Contemporary Arts Center, improv troupe, two murder mystery troupes & a Friday midnight television show.

I've taken numerous acting workshops & a stand up comedy workshop. These classes/workshops were at Loyola, University of New Orleans & independent.





My Studio Equipment

Unknown - Click here to ask Ira Smith

Additional Skills

Having covered most everything in previous sections, I'll wrap with my solid work ethic and commitment in seeing through projects from beginning to end.

Payment Methods Accepted

• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
• Wire transfers

Contact Information

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