(written from a Production point of view)
Smith began his work in show business as a film set security officer. He ultimately became a production assistant on the 1997 TV movie The Second Civil War (which featured Joanna Cassidy, Jerry Hardin, Brian Keith, Dick Miller, Ron Perlman, Robert Picardo, and William Schallert).
He was later a production assistant on such two films from Paramount Pictures starring James Cromwell: 1998's Deep Impact, which also featured Ellen Bry, Denise Crosby, Mark Moses, Tucker Smallwood, Kurtwood Smith, and Concetta Tomei; and 1999's The General's Daughter, which co-starred Clarence Williams III. He was later an additional second assistant director on another Paramount movie featuring Cromwell, the 2005 football comedy The Longest Yard (also featuring Ed Lauter and Christopher Neiman).
Smith's additional film credits as a set production assistant include A Smile Like Yours (starring Christopher McDonald and France Nuyen), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (starring Whoopi Goldberg), and Brokedown Palace (starring Jacqueline Kim).
Smith's film credits as an assistant director have included 2001's Rat Race (starring Whoopi Goldberg and Lanei Chapman), 2002's Adaptation. (featuring Jim Beaver and Gregory Itzin), and the Adam Sandler films Anger Management and 50 First Dates. He has more recently worked on the 2008 films Tropic Thunder, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Valkyrie (the latter directed by Bryan Singer).