Samantha Smith

Work History

Work History
Sep 2015 - Dec 2015

Actor and Workshop Leader

Alter Ego Creative Solutions

 Touring secondary schools across the country, with a performance to teach young adults about child sexual exploitation. This was followed by a talk and workshop, interacting with audiences and answering any questions. The tour involved a high level of organisation, time keeping, team work and energy, and was hugely rewarding. Role: Workshop Leader(Nov 14-Sep 15) Aardvark Productions Delivering character based history workshops to aid primary school learning. Educating and engaging Key Stage 1&2.

2010 - 2015

Actor

Various

Working as a self-employed actor on a variety of projects including feature films, music videos, workshops, corporate role play, theatre in education and touring theatre.

Sep 2014 - Nov 2014

Card Payments Officer

Kent County Council

Preparing the new card product system to pay young children leaving foster care. My role included formatting spreadsheets and merging data into a usable system and communicating with the team to ensure procedures were clear and updated. I was responsible for recording payments, reimbursing the e-wallet, inputting payment information and blocking lost or stolen cards. Excellent customer service and liaising with the team were essential.

Nov 2013 - Mar 2014

Children's Payments Officer

Kent County Council

Processing payments for foster carers, calculating travel claims, raising invoices and handling queries. Strong numeracy and IT skills were essential to give a highly precise service, whilst managing time well was also key in hitting pay run deadlines. I remained organised and efficient under a heavy work load, able to balance phone queries and accurately input payment data into the system.

Mar 2013 - Oct 2013

Zoo Presenter

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

I worked the 2013 season within the UK's largest zoo, delivering animal talks to large audiences. This involved extensive research, preparation and excellent communication skills. I interacted well with visitors, adapting to varying audience ages and sizes, learning numerous new talks and facts as the season progressed.

May 2012 - Sep 2012

Tour Advisor & Receptionist

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary (Australia)

I worked in this Australian Outback sanctuary taking reservations, answering queries and organising group bookings. I also maintained a high standard of customer service with the versatility to adapt to multiple roles. 

Education

Education
2007 - 2010

B.A (Hons) Acting  2:1

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
2000 - 2007

A Levels

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

A - Drama & Theatre Studies

A - Media Studies

B - English Literature & Language

B - Spanish