Thursday, 15 December 2011

...New Year, New You, New Life!

Words of Wisdom, via google images

WISHING YOU A
HAPPY, AMAZING, PROSPEROUS
2012!!

Thanks for reading xx

Natural Scotland on TV & Pre-Xmas Projects


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 at Junction 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!


Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Monday, 12 December 2011

...the deeper secret


"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'.

...corporate projects

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.


Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.




Monday, 5 December 2011

...good conversation

Wise men speak because they have something to say;
fools because they have to say something.
- Plato


Safe Festive Spirits...


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 winter weather by pre-checking the weather/traffic on your intended route and if your journey isn't necessary, don't set out. Happy Travels!

Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Monday, 28 November 2011

...a long December!



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

Updated BBC Audio...



Following my recent voice session for BBC Children In Need, I've just updated my BBC audio reel with a little excerpt from the promo.

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.

Audio Player:-

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


Video Player:-

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)


Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

...my clients!


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


Vicky Watt is a Scottish female voice over artist, available daily from her professional home studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

...Creativity In Education


"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."

-
Ken Robinson (Ted Talks)

Monday, 14 November 2011

...BBC Children In Need


"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 a BBC Radio promo for their fabulous fundraising appeal, Children In Need. In alignment with my Ethical Voice philosophy, 50% of my fee (after expenses) is being donated back to the charity. Meanwhile, don't miss BBC 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.


Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

...Sustainable Business

"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.


Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

...freewheelin'

"A person is a success if he gets up in the morning
and goes to bed at night and in between
does what he wants to do."

- Bob Dylan

Social Surfing...


Wanna go surfing? You can now join me
in all of these places....


@ YouTube Channel

@ LinkedIn*

@ Facebook*

@ Voiceovers.Co.Uk

Subscribe to Vicky Watt - E News**



* Every Monday, I post my availability for the coming week at Facebook & LinkedIn.

** Every Tuesday, I send out an E-News Letter featuring my latest work, studio diary....oh, and inspiring words from voices of inspiration, wisdom and the like :)


About Vicky...


Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

...magical spells!

"There are some things I know for certain:
always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder,
keep rosemary by your garden gate,

plant lavender for luck,

and fall in love whenever you can"

- Sally Owens - Witch
Practical Magic -The Movie


Happy Halloween!!!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

...body language

For a girl who grew up on films like Footloose, Flash Dance, Dirty Dancing, Lambada and Saturday Night Fever, voicing a radio campaign this week for the Dance School of Scotland was kinda cool...


About Vicky...


Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

...mini adventures!


"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! ;)

Monday, 17 October 2011

...A Sneak Peek - In The Studio

Join me @ Facebook for more studio shots & regular updates

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.


About Vicky...


Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

...Barefoot Learning



"you don't have to look for solutions outside,
look for solutions within..."

- Bunker Roy, founder of Barefoot College
You can view his full Ted Talk - here.

Metro & Magic...



I'm happy to say I've just added Bauer's Metro and Magic to the expanding list of radio stations in the group that I work with across the UK - delivering audio directly from my own studio.


About Vicky...


Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

...perseverance

"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.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

...the season

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!!

Vicky Watt is a leading Scottish, female voice over artist, available daily from her professional Studio By The Sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

...Peace One Day - 21 September


“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.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

A, B, C (Smarter Scotland)


A is for....? Last week I voiced audio for the interactive Play Talk Read website - part of The Scottish Government's Smarter 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.....?


Vicky Watt is a Scottish female voice over artist, available daily from her professional home studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

...Great Debate

"Debate is combat -
but your weapons are words"

- Melvin B Tolson

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 as equals 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 trailer here.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Saltire Prize



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 the The 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.




Vicky Watt is a Scottish female voice over artist, available daily from her professional home studio by the sea. She'll also happily travel to your chosen studio in the city for face-to-face voice sessions. For more information, please go to her main page at www.vickywatt.co.uk. She is also featured at www.voiceovers.co.uk.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

...a Job well done...




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! ;)