If you’ve ever entered your pin number into your telephone banking account, chances are, the voice of Allison Smith guided you through the process. If you’ve participated in a telephone survey, there’s a good possibility that it was Allison Smith’s voice who encouraged you to register your satisfaction or dissatisfaction. Ever signed onto a conference call, listened to the public airwaves, took an online training module, or even received an automated call notifying you of an upcoming medical or dental appointment? Chances are, you’ve heard Allison Smith. She’s even been that voice that reminds you to take your ticket in a parking garage.
IVR – or “Interactive Voice Response” – is the term which applies to any time you dial a company and get an automated voice which sorts your call to various departments. There’s a very good liklihood that the disembodied voice you encounter â€“ no matter where you call â€” will be that of Allison Smith.
One of most prevalent and widespread telephone voices working today, Allison Smith has the soothing, friendly – and ultimately recognizable sound you’re looking for. Notable for her work voicing Asterisk Voice Prompts for the Asterisk Open-source PBX, Allison has voiced countless other platforms for major telcos and private companies alike.
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Allison is thrilled to have joined the exclusive talent roster of ACM Talent, a Voice-Over Management Agency based in New York, who represent top-tier talent occupying such positions as promo voices for the NFL, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and many other high-profile clients. Allison’s niche in telephony voicing and instant recognizability was a major selling point with ACM — and the opportunities and exposure afforded by ACM will allow Allison to compete for higher-end broadcast contracts, while still maintaining her specialty in IVR voicing. As always, Allison can be approached directly for hiring inquiries, but you can also now contact her manager at ACM — Marc Guss — with any project proposals as well: (646) 476-9200.
Cepstral — one of the world’s best producers of Text To Speech Utilities — has had great success with the version built on Allison Smith’s voice — and it’s about to be even better. Cepstral recently had Allison record over 600+ new phrases to be added to the already rich compendium of sounds in the Allison Voice — with the addition of new phrases, the utility will be even more fluid, lifelike, and seamless. Occasionally, adding to an already established speech engine can be a challenge — Cepstral is happy to report that the new files integrate very well with the existing prompts, making the Allison TTS Voice one of the most robust in their collection. Check it out at www.cepstral.com/demos.
Allison received an amazing, intensive, weekend-long voice-over tuneup from legendary LA-based voice-over coach Marice Tobias — known as “The Voice Whisperer”. Famous for her uncanny ability to zero in on problem areas, bad habits, and limiting practices in front of the mic, Marice Tobias’ workshops are an incredible re-tune for V/o professionals. In addition to her other voice coaches, Allison’s experience with Marice was an invaluable “re-calibrating” of her skills, and looks upon the workshop as more “tools” in Allison’s “V/o toolbox”. Check Marice’s website at www.tobiasent.com for upcoming workshops — for anyone serious about honing their skills in the booth — especially if you already have a thriving career â€” these workshops are not to be missed.