Interview with TV Host/News Reporter/"Geek Girl at Large" Tiffany Smith
We had the pleasure to speak with Tiffany Smith who is well known to many gamers as a co-host of G4TV's Attack of the Show. She has done hosting, reporting, and interviewing duties for a dizzying variety of notable companies such as Marvel, Sony, Spike TV, Activision, and E! News.
A self proclaimed "geek at heart", Tiffany is an avid gamer and comic book fangirl who enjoys singing and snowboarding during her spare time. She embraces everything in pop culture with a nerdy slant.
Host, reporter, and geek girl extraordinaire Tiffany Smith
(UMDR) The interviewer is now being interviewed herself! Is this a strange feeling being on the other side?
(Tiffany) Haha! It is pretty funny because I feel like I'm just a normal girl and I am used to trying to get the interesting story from the people I'm interviewing. I have to say though, it's pretty flattering.
(UMDR) Would you have considered yourself a "geek girl" while growing up?
(Tiffany) Honestly, no. I just liked the things I liked! Fortunately for me, my parents let me be as weird as I wanted. I was watching X-Men and Jem and the Holograms, making plant stews outside in the yard with dirt, interested in bugs and barbie clothes. Yeah, I was pretty cool haha!
(UMDR) Which video game, movie, and TV show would you say had the most impact on your love of entertainment?
(Tiffany) Video Game: I'd say Sonic the Hedgehog. It was the first game I ever played all the way through and I just loved every second of it. I think it also added to my competitive streak too.
Movie: The Wizard of Oz was one of the first films I saw that I wanted to watch over and over and learn all the lines and songs. There was just so much in it that sparked my imagination. Then, as an adult, NOTHING beats Lord of the Rings. I can't choose just one so all three of them!
TV Show: This one is a little harder for me. My friends called me "TV Tiff" growing up because I loved so many shows and would have shows taping on three different VCRs around the house. Yeah, I said VCRs haha!
I definitely watched a lot of Star Trek and even a little Dark Shadows. Now, shows like Rome, Friday Night Lights, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones blow my mind! I can't help it, I love TV! I guess I'm still "TV Tiff" at heart!
(clockwise from top left) Sonic the Hedgehog, Lord of the Rings, The Walking Dead, and Star Trek
(UMDR) I understand you're also a comic book fan. Which super power would you want to have if you could only choose one?
(Tiffany) This is an easy one. I would want the power to control water. If you think about it, there are SO many options and things you could do with that power.
(UMDR) Is there a particular gadget or device you could never leave home without?
(Tiffany) I text A LOT so I would say my iPhone. I'm kind of addicted to Scramble & Temple Run. Oh yeah, if you know me then you know I kinda like to tweet & instagram.
(UMDR) Who has been your favorite person to interview with?
(Tiffany) It's a tossup between Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, and Tim Burton. I mean, come on! I got to talk with Gollum and we made monkey faces together. I was smitten. With Christian Bale, well, he is Bruce Wayne. I may have also on occasion belted out a few tunes from Newsies. I have been fortunate enough to interview Tim Burton on a few different occasions. He just has such a distinct style. Edward Scissorhands is still one of my favorite movies.
(UMDR) Considering the fact you're a host on the Oxygen Channel program The Glee Project, are you yourself prone to belting out songs in public?
(Tiffany) I have been known to sing songs about the menial tasks I do daily whether or not anyone is around to hear them. I may or may not have auditioned for a singing competition show... I was actually was part of a pop girl group called Impulse for a short time and thought that was going to be my path. Clearly though, I like talking a little bit more haha.
Tiffany interviewing a contestant on 'The Glee Project'
(UMDR) You have such a variety of interests (singing, acting, gaming, etc). Which one would you say speaks most about who you are and your personality?
(Tiffany) I honestly can't choose just one. I think everyone has different layers and interests. Life would be pretty boring if we all only had just one.
(UMDR) What kind of advice would you give to people who hope to get into the entertainment industry themselves?
(Tiffany) I'd give the same advice my Dad gave to me. If your vocation can be your advocation, that is the best thing that can happen to you. A career in entertainment is definitely not the easiest and it takes a lot more work than even I realized going into it. All I can say is that I have been blessed and love that every day is so different. One day, I'm interviewing the cast of The Dark Knight Rises. The next, I'm sitting on stage at the Grove with the incredible dancers of Oxygen's All the Right Moves then chatting with NBA players about the latest NBA 2k game. I absolutely love what I do and hope that comes across in my work. It's a pretty fantastic life but somebody's gotta do it and I am happy to step up to the challenge!
Thank you Tiffany for taking the time to speak with us! You can follow Tiffany Smith and her daily shenanigans on a number of channels including her WordPress blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Check out the video below for a reel showcasing her work.