Chris Sykes, BBC Newcastle – How Will Buckley Started My Radio Career

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Chris Sykes, now Broadcast Assistant with BBC Newcastle, found his way into the radio station via work experience.  Here’s why he impressed the BBC, and why they wanted to keep him around:

(Here’s Tim John’s original post on tips for how to make the most of, and not screw up, your work experience placement.)

“Well the speculation in the papers this morning link Sunderland with the Brighton pair of Liam Bridcutt and….erm…who’s the other player?”

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Chris Sykes, Broadcast Assistant at BBC Newcastle & SportsBeat Reporter

It’s about 6:15pm on Monday January 6th, 2014; the first day of my work experience placement with the Total Sport team at BBC Newcastle.

 

I’m sat in the broom cupboard-sized phone-in booth, alongside Vicki, the show’s producer.  There’s four computer screens crammed on to one work bench, which barely has room for two people.

As any football fan knows, January means the mid-season transfer window is open.  That makes it the perfect time to go on work experience with a sportsdesk, particularly one that covers two high profile, well-supported clubs in Newcastle and Sunderland.

In January, rumours are always swirling around about which clubs might sign whom and inevitably on a daily football phone-in, those rumours, truthful or not, will be discussed.

The show’s presenter, Simon Pryde, is talking about just that; speculation in the local papers that Sunderland are after two Brighton players.  One problem, only Liam Bridcutt’s name springs to his mind.

Straightaway, I press the red switch on the talkback mic into the studio and excitedly shout “Will Buckley” into Prydey’s headphones.

“Will Buckley, of course,” he exclaims.  And the show carries on as normal.

Now I must confess, the title of this post is slightly misleading.  That one small incident didn’t really get me my first job in radio.  Knowing Will Buckley’s name isn’t something listed on the BBC Careers Hub competencies for a broadcast assistant’s job.

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Season 2, 2 – When Art Meets Business

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Because sometimes, when life gives you lemons, creative people start companies.

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Courtney Pine

“I just wanted to play the saxophone, I just wanted to make music.  And then that’s opened doors to other things, like going to see the queen…

“The reason why I’m still insane is because I realise that jazz music is supposed to be about new challenges.  Jazz music is creativity.”

Internationally renowned jazz musician, and founder of Creative People Music.  Possibly the most impassioned person we’ve ever met.  This episode is full of his gorgeous music.

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Anne Curtis

“People have a perception of you as an artist being fluffy-headed, a bit weird and a bit off the wall.  It’s as if you can’t be an artist and be a very good project manager, or a very good business person.

“I think I can do all of those things, and I apply my creative ability to every one of those things.”

Artist, illustrator, and Founder and Creative Director of Shoo Fly Publishing.  And not afraid to tell it like it is.  Trust us.

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And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

R. Branding Photoshop Tutorial – How to Create a Spotify Duotone Effect & Use Blend If

RBrandingHello, Creatives!  If you’re like me, you’re the kind of person who wants to learn everything.  I may specialise in audio, but it’s so handy to get your head around visual software too!  But, unless you’ve been using Photoshop a while, you won’t know your way around the branding software.  R.Branding are here to make your life easier, with their series of Adobe Photoshop tutorials.

Ryan Booth from R. Branding (who’ll be featured in an upcoming episode of the 99% Perspiration podcast) demonstrates exactly how Spotify brands their images, artwork, and adverts, using a similar duotone technique.

Learn how to stylise your images using the “Blend If” tool in Photoshop; enhance shadows and highlights, giving more depth to your subject / scene.

 

And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

ArtyParti – Putting Southwick on the Map, Thinking Digital Arts & Free Pinhole Photography

Hello, Creatives!  One of my side projects alongside running 99% Perspiration is a weekly radio programme called ArtyParti.  We invite guests to chat about artistic & cultural events in the North East of the UK.

Here’s the latest, episode 39;

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How to Create an Audio Drama Series on Little-to-No-Budget

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So you say you’re a creative type who has always wanted to put together some kind of artistic endeavour that will enthral the masses and make you big bucks at the same time?  Well, that’s really quite wonderful, but I’m sorry, you’re reading the wrong article.  No, this is for somebody who is desperate to provide a bit of entertainment to anyone who may listen, and to create that entertainment on an absolutely near-invisible shoestring budget.

Actually, this is more of a story about how I did it, and there are some steps here that I don’t recommend for everybody, but you should still know everything.  Well, almost everything.  I won’t bore you with all the sleepless nights I spent weeping over it like it was my own child.  Oh.  Looks like I just did.  So, why not read on?

PptSeason11. COME UP WITH A WONDERFUL IDEA.

Audio dramas are stories that are told so well that the listener can see it like a movie in his mind.  It’s your job to come up with that story.  You can do what I did, which is create an anthology series called Pulp-Pourri Theatre (each episode a standalone story with a beginning, middle and end), or you can go the way of a serial and have several episodes with a longer, drawn-out story.  The choice is yours, and you should go ahead and write the outline for your series.  No, go ahead.  I’ll wait right here until you’re done.  Got any magazines?

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