It's bizarre that Apple didn't feel the need to even give Susan a cursory, "Hey, just FYI, we bought your voice, and soon millions of teenagers are going to be trying to trick you into saying dirty words." So Susan's feelings about instantly becoming one of the country's most recognizable voices were ... mixed:
"I had really ambivalent feelings. I was flattered to be chosen to basically be the voice of Apple in North America, but having been chosen without my knowledge was strange. Especially since my voice was on millions and millions of devices."
Sometimes doubling as the verbally abusive mother figure the phone's owner never had.
But the biggest issue was money. Susan had no contract with Apple, and that means she hasn't seen a dime beyond what she was paid for her initial IVR gig, despite being a key part of one of Apple's big selling points:
"There were Siris all over the world because, for instance, I don't speak Thai or Japanese. They had to have native speakers. And all of the original Siris weren't paid for the usage. We were paid for the original recording sessions, but we weren't paid for being on all those phones. Which is a pretty big issue for us. I know there was one person who ended up getting fired from another job because he was working for a company that considered Apple a competitor. His voice was on the iPhone, and he lost a job because of it."
Susan's not saying she should be driving a Lamborghini painted iPhone-white, but considering Apple has enough money to overthrow some countries, they probably could've afforded to cut her a decent paycheck. So, the next time Siri reminds you about your proctology appointment, keep in mind that she's doing that dirty work pro-bono.
"Siri, remind me to bathe in $100 bills tonight ... Siri, stop weeping."