It really pleases me to say you can expect to hear me again in the latest 'give it another life' TV campaign for Natural Scotland in the coming weeks. Also, I'm in the midst of another project with M8 Media, this time on-camera presentation for a corporate video...
AND I've been working on a new e-learning project with the team atJunction 18. Needless to say, the 12 days before Christmas have turned out to be very busy! I'll be signing off for a festive break on Friday 23rd December...and will be back to work on 4th December!
Meanwhile, if you have any projects you'd like to book in the next few days, just give me a call or drop me an email!
"Deciding to seek what you want in your life means being prepared to leave your comfort zone."
"When you strive for truth in your life, the universe will encourage you by giving you a sign: stillness."
"If we knew our true power, we would know that we absolutely can change the world, starting with ourselves. But nothing can ever change for those who close their eyes to what is."
- Annemarie Postma
If you're looking for a little soul inspiration this Christmas, the above quotes are from two books by public speaker, writer and self-esteem coach Anne Marie Postma - 'The Deeper Secret' and 'The Secret Within'.
This week has kicked off with a busy stream of projects, including a corporate video with M8 Media and also new work with The Hilton. If you'd like me to voice for your project, find out more via my main website.
Are you getting into the festive spirits? I've just voiced a festive safety campaign by Diageo, Grampian Police, Northern Constabulary and radio stations in the Bauer network. The key messages are plan your post-party journeys in advance to ensure that you get home safely, don't drink and drive, stay safe in winterweather by pre-checking the weather/traffic on your intended route and if your journey isn't necessary, don't set out. Happy Travels!
Deepest winter is now upon us and maybe it's just me but doesn't it seem this is the perfect time of year for beautiful melodies and reflective lyrics...?
"A long December and there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last... I can't remember all the times I've tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass" - A Long December Adam Duritz, Counting Crows
Also, you can check out the rest of my showreels - TV & Radio commercials, BBC documentary narration, promotional film, corporate and more at the audio & video player on my main website - www.vickywatt.co.uk.
1 TV & Radio Audio Montage 2 BBC Promos Montage 3 TV Documentary, BBC 2 Sample (Shirely Manson) 4 TV & Radio Audio Montage 2 5 Corporate - Tourist Attraction 6 Studio Sample - Dry Audio
1 'The Saltire Prize' National Geographic Channel (International) 2 Classic Britain (STV) 3 Princes Square (STV) 4 New Start Scotland (STV) 5 Rock Ness Festival - National TV 6 Natural Scotland 'Give It Another Life' (I'm the little sauce bottle)
People say the sweetest things! Here's a handful of so-lovely-they're-blush-worthy compliments from my clients and collaborators...
"I have recorded with Vicky over a number of years. She is both a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. She has a lovely, bright and friendly voice. More over, she’s able to quickly grasp what you’re looking for and deliver – all with good humour and grace. Having used her home studio recently, I can happily say we were very pleased with the results." Zoë Pearson, Senior Copywriter The Gate Worldwide
‘Vicky is that very rare commodity… a voice over artist that instinctively understands a script! I’ve recorded about a dozen promos for BBC Radio Scotland with Vicky over the past year and she’s given each and every one of them a little extra something… She’s also lovely to work with!’ Ken Lindsay, Senior Promotions Producer BBC Radio Scotland
“She’s versatile, professional and client’s fall in love with her voice – there is only one Vicky Watt” Ryan Ogilvie, Head of Creative Services @ Northsound Creative Bauer Creative Services
"Take 1 is a peach - we're very happy with that. Thanks again to Vicky, who responded to our direction flawlessly" Corporate Client via VoiceOvers.Co.UK
"What Ted Talks celebrates is the gift of the human imagination, we have to be careful now that we use this gift wisely... seeing our creative capacities for the richness they are and seeing our children for the hope that they are... and our task is to educate their whole being so they can face this future."
"We provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. We are local to people in all corners of the UK and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices." - BBC - Children In Need
When is feeling spotty a good thing? When you're Pudsy Bear of course!! It's that time of year again. I've just voiced aBBC Radio promo for their fabulous fundraising appeal, Children In Need. In alignment with my Ethical Voicephilosophy, 50% of my fee (after expenses) is being donated back to the charity. Meanwhile, don't missBBC coverage of this weekend's fundraising activities across the UK. Find out how you can get involved in fundraising for this year's Children In Need via the BBC website.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." —Arnold Schopenhauer
Did you have a good weekend? I was working - on a Sunday! It was for a great cause though. I voiced an in-house corporate video for a major international brand. The great part is that the company was promoting the multiple benefits of embracing and pursuing sustainable practices within its own business. There was a time when most business leaders believed sustainable, ethical practices conflicted with the need to make profits for shareholders. Now even main-stream companies are beginning to accept that sustainability is the bottom line. You can find out more about award-winning corporate sustainability initiatives at The Guardian - Sustainable Business.
"Because of our routines, we forget that life is an ongoing adventure." - Maya Angelou
This photo was taken on a mini adventure during the weekend, at two beautiful places to visit on Scotland's east coast. You can view the whole storyboard over at sister blog Postcards From The Coast - for tips on places to visit, eat and sleep - and on a great way to travel! ;)
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In the world of voice-over artists there are of course a few key 'tools of the trade'. It's fair to say that while our voice is the most precious asset, one's studio comes a pretty close second! With this in mind, I've just launched a brand new page - In The Studio - which features lots of information about where and how I work. You can also visit via my home page @ www.vickywatt.co.uk Oh - and you can go to my updated Contact page to find me at Voiceovers.Co.Uk, Facebook and LinkedIn.
"When I was about 10 years old and dreaming of going to Africa, living with animals, and writing books about them, everyone laughed at me. World War II was raging across Europe. My family had no money and couldn't even afford a bicycle for me. Africa was far away and full of dangerous animals, and, most damning of all, I was a mere girl. Only boys could expect to do those kinds of things. But my mother said, 'If you really want something and you work hard and you take advantage of opportunities — and you never, ever give up — you will find a way.' The opportunity was a letter from a friend inviting me to Kenya. The hard work was waitressing at a hotel to earn money for the trip — and spending hours reading books about Africa and animals, so I was ready when Dr. Louis Leakey offered me the opportunity to study chimpanzees."
"The most important thing is to actually think about what you do. To become aware and actually think about the effect of what you do on the environment and on society. That's key, and that underlies everything else".
- Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall - now 77 years old - is a ground-breaking primatologist, conservationist, UN Messanger of Peace and tireless campaigner. You can find out more about her work via The Jane Goodall Institute. Watch her eye-opening Ted Talk - here.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, Fluttering from the autumn tree. - Emily Bronte
Following a brief autumn break - or 'fall' as some say - in the highland countryside, I'm back to work at my studio by the sea...
I'm available daily to discuss voice over bookings - TV, radio, narration, in-stores, e-learning, corporate. If you'd prefer a face-to-face session at your chosen studio in the city please just let me know.
Meanwhile, Happy Autumn -hope you get a chance to head out and kick up some leaves!!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
This Wednesday 21st September is Peace Day. Find out more about the day via this Ted Talk by Peace One Day founder, film-maker and activist Jeremy Gilley.
Meanwhile, in one corner of the world, media production company Just Vision is leading by example. They aim to promote peaceful resolutions to conflict by encouraging us all to Pay Attention To Non-Violence. Producer Julia Bacha shares more in this enlightening Ted Talk.
"The behaviour of entire communities and countries can be influenced, depending on where the international community chooses to focus its attention"
- Julia Bacha, Just Vision
What Can You Do To Create 'Peace One Day'? Take it one day at a time. Right now, you can 'like' Peace One Day @ Facebook. You can find out more or donate at the Peace One Day main website.
A is for....? Last week I voiced audio for the interactive Play Talk Read website - part of The Scottish Government'sSmarter Scotland initiative. The project - which includes a colourful A-Z book for children - will feature at Play Talk Read alongside countless more inspirational learning tools. It's true, you really can have fun...from day one! :) Now, where were we....A is for Apple!B is for.....?
This quote is taken from the inspirational film - The Great Debaters - based on the true story of the African American Wiley College Debate Team, their coach Melvin B Tolson and his determination to bring them to the debating platform asequals with white people in the American South during the 1930s - when Jim Crow laws were common and lynch mobs were a pervasive fear for African American people. It's a heart-warming Sunday afternoon film! You can view the 2 minute trailerhere.
A while back, I was honoured to voice the promotional advert - a collaboration between National Geographic and The Scottish Government - for The Saltire Prize, Scotland's wave & tidal energy challenge to the world. The video was created to launch the international campaign on theThe National Geograhic Channel and I'm delighted to now be able to share it with you here. You can check out more of my TV work over at my main website.
As Steve Jobs, the college-drop out and revolutionary co-founder of Apple steps down, I just had to share this amazing speech, given by him to college graduates at Stanford a few years back. The full excerpt is 15 minutes and worth every second. Here are a few of the most inspiring quotes...
"much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on..."
"You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever - because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path..and that will make all the difference."
"Sometimes life's gonna hit you on the head with a brick - don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love and that's as true for your work as it is for your lovers. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking and don't settle."
"Remembering you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart... Your time is limited. Don't waste it by living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking...don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice...and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition...they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
"Stay hungry. Stay foolish."
What a great voice of wisdom, huh? Thank you for the inspiration Steve - you're the apple of my eye! ;)