Terrance Smith

Terrance Smith is an actor who has worked in theatre, television, film, and commercials. He shares his best tips for building work in smaller markets.


Terrance Smith has lived in the Bay Area for his entire life and couldn’t have asked for a better hub to start his acting career. He began his studies at the Academy of Art in San Francisco where he earned his B.F.A. in acting. It was there that he was exposed to various methods of acting and training, including, but not limited to: Stanislavski, The Sanford Meisner Technique, Stella Adler, The Alexander Technique, Kristin Linklater, Shakespeare, improvisation, musical theatre, stage combat and acting for the camera.

Upon earning his degree, he jumped head first into the Bay Area acting circuit. After paying his due diligence, the doors began to open. He signed with the NYLO Talent Agency, which allowed him to book commercials ranging from small independent industrial applications and software, to some giants like Pandora, Apple and McDonalds.

He’s worked on several television shows for Discovery Investigation. He’s collaborated with various independent film artists in the Bay Area on shorts and features that have been shown in film festivals in Oakland and Los Angeles. He’s currently doing voice work for a project due to release on Netflix in December 2019.

Perhaps what he’s most proud of is his growing theatre resume. He’s performed in leading and supporting roles all across the Bay Area, from the county of Marin all the way down to Salinas, CA. He’s performed on stages at The Town Hall Theatre, B8 , The Marin Shakespeare Theatre Company, The African-American Shakespeare Company, The Role Players Ensemble, The San Francisco Playhouse,  The Western Stage, and The Contra Costa Civic Theatre to name a few.

Several of the shows he’s performed in over the years have been Theatre Bay Area Award Recommended.  He’s been nominated for a Shellie Award for Best Actor Featured in a Musical for his Town Hall Theatre performance in a “Civil War Christmas.” He was also the runner up for The San Francisco Broadway World Regional Award for Best Featured Actor in a Local Play for his performance in the African- American Shakes’ production of “Richard III.”

He’s currently SAG-Eligible and an Equity Member Candidate. By the end of September, he’ll have enough EMC points to join the Actor’s Equity Association. Once he achieves this milestone, he planes on furthering his acting outside of the Bay Area market.