Always fascinated by words, voices and what people have to say, whilst studying Theatre at Bristol Uni it was outside of the lectures where things really came together, at the student radio station Burst. I presented and produced my own show with the content reflecting everything that I love; showcasing new and local talent, the immediacy and intimacy of live sessions, and of course a good old chat. It’s been a love affair ever since and after Uni I made my passion my profession, presenting the market leading breakfast show for North Somerset’s Star radio, and a weekly show for Mix 96 before packing my bag and heading up to see what London had to offer.
Although my first love will always be radio, I’ve also fallen for other forms that batted their big beautiful broadcasty eyes at me along the way. TV tempted me in 2008 and the BBC has been a happy home for me now for many years. I was chosen as the voice of a campaign re-aligning and re-igniting BBC1 and 2’s image identities and following the success of the campaign my inventive and distinct scripts were also put to more regular use as an announcer for BBC3.
Then came ‘Passion Pods’. After TV chatting full time for five years, I was itching to create a different type of audio content and seemed to be surrounded by inspirational individuals embarking on their own entrepreneurial adventures, whose tales were a continuous source of inspiration and encouragement. Surely if I was being so nourished and fuelled by what they were saying, then perhaps others might be too? And so in the back in the days when ‘podcasts’ were still pretty niche and unknown, ‘Passion Pods’ was born. I took myself, my mic and some self-taught editing skills and went on to being named one of London’s best interview podcasts by the Evening Standard. Passion Pods is my practice-what-I-preach project and a perfect self-fulfilling prophecy of how enthusiastically celebrating those that pursue their passions, whatever they may be, encourages and inspire other’s to realise their potential. I’ve featured Grammy-winning musicians, charity founders, street food stall holders, builders, milliners, film makers, hand balancers and theatre producers; passion for what you’re doing is the only criteria.
After a brilliant decade in London I couldn’t resist the South West’s lure any longer and trundled back to Bristol only to be offered perhaps my biggest ‘bucket list’ tick, with my very own show on BBC Radio Bristol. My move back West has also enabled me to contribute my experience to campaigns and events that I am extremely passionate about, hosting and comparing live events, Q&A’s and panel discussions for excellent organisations including Whole Foods, The Soil Association and, the cherry on top of the cake, hosting a live podcast interview and Q&A at the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs.
Right now, I’m keeping myself busy with voiceovers for ads and brands such as Heart, Rowse Honey and Magnum, still doing a spot of BBC television continuity announcing, hosting and comparing more live events, and currently co-developing and hosting a live talk and podcast series that asks some of life’s more uncomfortable ‘big questions’. So yeah, I’m still not bored of listening quite yet.