Angela Smith is hard not to like. She’s funny, charming, and charismatic. Angie is a producer and On-Air Fashion Expert at ET Canada, you’ve probably seen her reporting on the latest fashion trend or schmoozing with celebrities on the red carpet.
Notable: What is your Name and age?
Angie: Angie Smith, 30 years young
Notable: What is the name of the company you work for and what industry is it in?
Angie: Entertainment Tonight Canada, Television
Notable: Elevator Pitch (we just met on an elevator, we have 30 seconds together in the elevator, please describe your business):
Angie: At the moment, I’m a whirlwind television gal with big aspirations to change media consumption by educating people how to be active (smart) viewers and how to watch it in style. ha.
Notable: Why did you get involved in your industry, why this one, what was the inspiration?
Angie: I am overly analytical; I interview people without even realizing it; I want to educate people but I’m not that patient (so I could never teach children) and I have an innate curiosity about everything: Journalism is the perfect career for me. Initially, I thought I’d work for National Geographic but working in the culture of celebrity is quite fascinating in itself.
Notable: What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis?
Angie: I’m a people person so learning about someone new every day and challenging myself to break down gatekeepers can be quite stimulating. I also have some incredible mentors and I laugh (like I’m talking knee-slapping laughter) at least a few times a day.
Notable: What is the most challenging part of your job?
Angie: Being taken seriously. It aggravates me to no end.
Notable: Where do you see yourself going in 5 years?
Angie: To a magical place. I’m definitely adding more letters to my name. I have my Masters already so….
Notable: Do you have any advice for other young professionals? Angie: In all honesty, television tends to be about how well you take advantage of your network. Also, an incredible woman and boss of mine once told me – “life is everything that happens as soon as you leave here” (in other words, don’t take your job too seriously) and once you embrace that notion and really focus on everything else in life work tends to be that much more enjoyable.
Notable: What is your greatest asset as it relates to business?
Angie: I am a passionate person and a perfectionist so I put forth a strong product (or I strive to) I also have great contacts with formidable relationships – I actually see my business contacts as friends and I’m not a fake. I don’t try to be everyone’s best friend and those I message or deal with are people I genuinely like. That’s hard to come across in this industry.
Notable: What does success look like to you?
Angie: Success is love. It just feels right. It doesn’t have a dollar value and sees no limit.
Notable: What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Angie: Meeting Barbara Walters for ET Canada and having her sign my copy of “Audition”. That, and securing my Master’s internship at CBS in New York city.
Notable: Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
Angie: I’m a big supporter of WWF, Peta, World Vision, Run for the Cure and OSPCA. My personal cause is primarily animal and environmental welfare. Anyone who knows me well, can tell you this. It’s seems hypocritical because I work in fashion and talk about wool and fur as seasonal trends; however, I am not opposed to others consuming animal products so long as they do it understanding where and how they came about and if it was done ethically.
Notable: What is Notable to you?
Angie: Besides Notable TV? Many things are notable if they’re done with passion, pride and within the realm of ethical and moral reason.
Notable: Anything Else?
Angie: Besides my blackberry, trident gum and high heel addiction…I’m really just a closet nerd. Anything else you want to know – just ask! I’m an open book.