“When you’re climbing a mountain, sometimes it’s good to look back at how far you’ve come”. A quote from my very good friend (who obvs nicked it from someone very famous).
As I sat thinking of what I’d like to achieve this year, I was inclined to look through some of the work I’ve already done. I remember these shoots very well. The feature for SMEG was filmed on one of the hottest days of the year. We filmed it in a showroom where ALL of the fires had to be kept on for prospective customers. OMG, I was so hot. Thank the Lord for Mac Studio Fix Pressed Powder. On the flip side, the feature for Premier Range (bottom) was filmed in a Lancashire showroom in the middle of winter. There was zero heating. It may look cosy and warm but it was freezing cold. I was probably wearing Ugg Boots. I remember loving the part where I had to switch on the hob as I got a lovely blast of hot air.
All part of being a presenter. It ain’t all glam, but there definitely are worse ways to make a living.
Anyone who knows me understands how important nutrition and health are to me. I didn’t take a year out to do a Nutrition MSc (and nearly explode from it) for nothing! So, when my good friend and great camera man Joe Binks asked me to voice a whiteboard animation for an NHS healthy eating initiative, I was in.
Talking of nutrition, a few months ago, I launched my own range of ‘healthy’ chocolate and other refined sugar free treats at a farmers market in Cheshire. More about my Make It Healthy brand can be found here.
This was a fantastic job to be involved with. I worked with a forward thinking production company based in Leicester (my old turf!) on behalf of their client CBRE. They needed a voiceover for an animation which explains how consumers will shop in the future (2030). Very interesting and worth a watch. The voiceover needed to be done urgently, which put my quick turnaround skills to good use. The benefits of having a home studio are endless when it comes to my work as a voiceover artist. It means that I can offer clients a speedy service and work in a relaxed environment which is good for performance. It also helps when last minute script changes and tweaks come in too.
Sometimes, a girl has to get dirty before looking beautiful. So, for the sake of achieving a radiant glow and being part of this wonderful campaign for natural skin care brand Natura Siberica, I put my face forward. It was filmed for the launch of the product in Marks and Spencer.
It’s a video I am particularly proud of (black clay on my face aside) because it was all the work of myself and the lovely Luke Hodgkins. We took on the project because we have the skills, experience and kit to produce high end video at reasonable costs. Luke is excellent at lighting, which is an essential part of commercial video production. We worked hard to edit the video in an informational, engaging manner and took inspiration from other video promos from the likes of L’Oreal and Garnier.
Let’s face it. Feet aren’t everyone’s favourite body part are they? So, how do you market a wellbeing product that is applied to the soles to relieve tired, aching feet and legs? Me and my lovely boyfriend Luke (who also happens to be one of the best commercial photographers I know) set about looking at ways to do this for Patch-it Foot Patches by using video and high end photography. We thought that a presenter led informercial was a perfect option. Working closely with Natures Dream, an award winning health product supplier in the UK, who commissioned the project, this is a snippet of what we came up with. My Mum even got in on the action as our foot model. Believe me, my feet are not a pretty site. But I did give a helping hand as shown below!
When it comes to cars, I’m a VW girl at heart. However the new Ford Fiesta is pretty impressive. I got up close and personal with the latest model doing this shoot for SMC cars in Kent. The video is for their social media and will potentially play on the ITV hub soon too. It was a great gig to do…short and sweet and I got given a car! OK, maybe the last part isn’t true but I can dream.
7 down…72 to go! I have been doing voiceover for Staffordshire based production company Amp Studio on a large series of product videos for their client blinds2go. There are about 80 of these effective, concise and brilliantly produced videos to come, which give consumers all the information they need about each product on offer. It’s a lovely job. Amp Studio asked for an upbeat and friendly style…just means remembering to smile when I talk!