- Annette Dawm
Featuring The Freddie & Alyssa Show
People most likely know Freddie Smith as the Emmy Award-Winning actor who has portrayed Sonny Kiriakis on Days of our Lives (also stylized as Days of Our Lives ) since 2011. However, what people may not realize is that Freddie also co-hosts a podcast with his real life fiancée, Alyssa Tabit-- aptly titled The Freddie & Alyssa Show. Incidentally, the couple’s relationship started in 2011 as well, but the podcast began in 2017.
“…We enjoy working together, playing together and promoting positivity in the world.” They stated.
The Freddie & Alyssa Show is available on YouTube, but that’s not the only way people can access content from them. As entrepreneurs, Smith and Tabit use virtually every social media platform including Community, which is a texting service that connects celebrities with their fans.
“In today’s world, having a personal brand is becoming essential for entrepreneurship. Making real connections with your audience is extremely important. By sharing our message on all platforms, it allows us to have a greater reach, no matter where they are located. As we’ve seen with tech, apps can be here today and gone tomorrow. By spreading ourselves across every platform, we are able to cover all bases…. The experience [with Community] has been wonderful! Building depth with our audience has been a huge priority for us. Utilizing the text service has been a great way to do so…. By diversifying and building a new platform with text messaging, it allows us to connect with our fans without being at the mercy of the social media algorithms.” They explained in unison. For anyone interested in texting with Freddie and Alyssa, they can be reached at 424-228-9508. Texters will receive an automated response at first, but the messages that follow will come directly from Smith and Tabit.
Recently, The Freddie & Alyssa Show reached the milestone of 100 episodes on YouTube. Regarding their progress, they said, “It is crazy to look back and see how far our ‘little podcast that could’ has evolved! We originally started in 2017 by conducting interviews live on our Facebook page.” Despite some technical issues they encountered early on, the couple decided to take the podcast “to the next level” in 2018. At this time, they began working out of Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. “When we realized that we wanted to record more often, we researched equipment and created our own in-home podcast studio! Having the ability to turn on the lights and record whenever inspiration hits, (even if it’s 2 AM), is the greatest feeling in the world!”
During the 100th episode, Freddie and Alyssa announced a way for fans to support them in a “Producer” role. Similar to Patreon, YouTube’s “Join” feature is a monthly subscription to help support a channel. In Smith and Tabit’s case, they said, “The podcasting landscape is exponentially growing every day. We want to continue to be players in this space and we can accomplish that by having entertaining, inspirational and educational conversations as well as advertising effectively. This way, more people can learn about The Freddie & Alyssa Show. By becoming a ‘Producer’ of The Freddie & Alyssa Show, we’re able to use the monthly contribution to grow our channel to new heights. For the ‘Producers’’ time and contribution, we provide many perks exclusively to them -- such as behind-the-scenes videos, bloopers, live streams and much more. You can learn more here.”
Completing the podcast during The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented its own set of additional challenges, but fortunately the production has been able to continue: “We are really grateful for technology, especially during COVID-19. All of our guests are recorded through Zoom, so we are still able to be face-to-face with them and deliver thoughtful and meaningful interviews to our audience.” Former guests have included various lifestyle experts and Freddie’s Days of our Lives cast-mates.
In February 2020, The Freddie & Alyssa Show featured Freddie’s on-screen husband, Chandler Massey, who currently portrays Will Horton. They discussed their characters’ (affectionately known as “Wilson”) upcoming departure from Days of our Lives. The announcement that Smith and Massey would be written off the show initially came as a shock to both of the actors and fans alike.
Sonny and Will were not only the first gay couple on Days, they also happened to have the first male, same-sex marriage performed on Daytime television, which has made the exit of these groundbreaking characters that much harder to understand. When asked about the situation, Freddie replied, “Unfortunately, I can’t hint to how Wilson will be leaving the show, but I have seen the outpouring of love and support from our remarkable fans. They even petitioned to get us back on the show! It feels amazing that we’ve made such a positive impact.”
While Smith originated the role of Sonny Kiriakis, Will Horton has been recast multiple times, ever since the character was a child. At the time of Will and Sonny’s wedding in 2014, Guy Wilson had stepped into the role of Will after taking over for Chandler Massey. Eventually, Massey returned and the wedding scenes had to be re-shot as part of Will and Sonny’s flashbacks. Freddie enjoyed his time with both TV spouses and said, “I loved sharing this monumental moment with Guy Wilson and then again with Chandler Massey. Having Will and Sonny get married was the icing on the cake to this beautiful love story.”
Reflecting on his time at Days, Freddie shared the best advice he’d received during his nearly 10 year run on the show: “The best advice I received on the set of Days of our Lives was from our acting coach, Maria. She would always tell me to try and ‘find colours’ within my speeches and never have any of my lines locked and loaded -- to be sure to discover the moments while they’re happening.”
Although Freddie Smith might not be visible on Days of our Lives for much longer, he and Alyssa Tabit will be on a screen near you for a long time to come, whether it’s on your computer, mobile device, or any other platforms that may become available in the future.
For more information, please visit the following links:
Follow Freddie and Alyssa on Twitter.
Follow Freddie and Alyssa on Instagram.
View Alyssa's website.
Photo courtesy of Freddie Smith and Alyssa Tabit.
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