How to not mess up your work experience placement

Today’s post comes from the genius audio producer that is Tim Johns, who is currently Reporter/Producer for The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2.

I did a talk on this subject at this year’s Student Radio Conference in Cardiff.

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Yes, some of it is blindingly obvious, but I thought it needed saying because I see people come in for radio placements/internships/shadowing at Radio 2 a lot.  And so often, people get the little things wrong.

tim johns.jpgDon’t be useless at making phone calls

If you’re asked to pick up the phone and book a guest, take a deep breath and go for it. You need to be charming and persuasive. It can be slightly daunting making this first phone call in an open-plan office but if you come across badly and the guest says “no” that’s not great.

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Season 2, 1 – Maximising Your Voice

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Hello, Creatives!  It’s been a long wait, but (drum roll…) here’s season 2.
Our awesome guests this week are;

Peff Soulsby

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Click here to listen to Peff Soulsby on 99% Perspiration

“My speciality is sexy robots.  I’m trying to carve out that niche.  GPS, on board computers…  Siri, I’m coming for you.”

Freelance voice-over & voice actor, & Graduate Marketing Assistant at Newcastle University.  And, following the release of EVE: Valkyrie, pioneering sexy robot voices everywhere.

“Find your outside passions.  Be broad, and follow them as well.  Contacts are important, don’t burn your bridges.”

Tom Campbell

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Click here to listen to Tom Campbell on 99% Perspiration

“If you ever have a coaching session, and you leave feeling brow-beaten, and disheveled, and destroyed, then you have had a bad coaching session.  You should never leave a coaching session anything less than inspired to get back on the radio.”

Drivetime presenter on Heart North East Radio, and all-round Super-Human.  Also recently known as “Dr. Cuddles”, prescribing free hugs in Middlesborough.  Awww.

Seriously, it’s cute…

Vik, aka VikkStar123

“YouTube for me was just a fun little hobby with friends from school.  It just turned out that there were people searching for gaming videos, and it’s grown from that initial spark – hey, people are watching my stuff, I should try to make it better.”

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Click here to listen to Vik of The Sidemen on 99% Perspiration

One of the seven-strong Sidemen, a group of collaborating YouTubers who post pretty funny content.  Your typical video-gaming dude.  (Big ups to Niall McGuire for sharing with us.)

With new music, courtesy of the awesome audio producer Jed Stoker.

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And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

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Top Ten Tips – Editing Speech Audio in Adobe Audition

turntable-1109588_1920I love my job.  Maybe I don’t find the chance to make audio documentaries & dramas as much as I’d like to (and certainly not as much as I envisioned back when I was a media production student), but being an Academic Tutor of radio & teaching how to create strong audio documentaries is something that fills me with immense joy.

I love helping my students turn their interviews into something so much more.

It’s all very well & good that I can teach people how to edit audio.  But then if you Google “how to edit with Adobe Audition”, there’s no shortage of helpful advice.  What can I bring to add value?  There’s a fine line between being able to edit audio, as in actually use the software, and being able to edit audio effectively.

So, drum roll please.  This isn’t a “101” on the basics of Adobe Audition and editing, oh no.  This “Top Ten Tips” is all about how to make the most of your speech content.

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Radio 101 – Ep. 21 of 99% Perspiration

Hello, Creatives!

Jam-packed episode for you this week.

On the 7th October, the Student Radio Association held training days around the country, inviting various radio professionals to give talks about their work, share their stories, and offer advice to tomorrow’s radio professionals.

And that’s exactly what 99% Perspiration is all about!  We’re were lucky enough to be invited to the North East & Yorkshire training day.  So if you’re interested in heading into radio/audio work – whether it’s presenting, producing, journalism, or voice over – then listen on.  This is the podcast for you.

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This Week’s Guests:

Steve and Karen, Breakfast Presenters on Metro Radio.

Click here to listen to Steve & Karen on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Steve & Karen on 99% Perspiration

Doug Morris, Managing Editor at BBC Newcastle.

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Click here to listen to Doug Morris on 99% Perspiration

Anna Harding, Regional News Editor for Global Radio.

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Click here to listen to Anna Harding on 99% Perspiration

Tom Campbell, Drive presenter of Heart Radio.

Click here to listen to Tom Campbell on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Tom Campbell on 99% Perspiration

Emma Snook, producer/presenter at Amazing Radio.

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Click here to listen to Emma Snook on 99% Perspiration

Kyle Wilkinson, the voice of BBC Radio 1.

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Click here to listen to Kyle Wilkinson on 99% Perspiration

This week, a huge thank-you is in order to Steph Finnegan & Rute Correia, who recorded interviews.  This episode of 99% Perspiration would not have been possible without them.

And until next time,

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Episode 20 – How to be a Hustler

Hello, Creatives!

In 2008, Beyoncé coined the phrase “a diva is a female version of a hustler”.

In all her super-star enriched glory, Beyonce may be right, but I had the pleasure of chatting with a self-declared “hustler” from Adelaide, Australia.

Since meeting Tiffany Rouge whilst she studied in the UK, she’s returned to the land down under and found herself the Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Hotel Richmond in Adelaide.

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Click here to listen to Tiffany Rouge on Episode 20

“I have worked damn hard to get where I am. And I have hustled… A hustler just does stuff, they get stuff done, by any means possible. And I think that’s my superpower.”

Since this episode of 99% Perspiration was recorded, Tiffany has also been taken on as a radio producer at Fresh 92.7, and continues to organise fashion & clothing events in Adelaide.

Also joining us for Episode 20, Ed Westman brings some of his best advice for aspiring filmmakers – and in terms of getting your name out there, he can teach you how to “hustle” like the best.

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Click here to listen to Ed Westman on Episode 20

“In a way, making a show-reel is redundant… You’re better off putting your work into a big portfolio, on a website, because then people will be able to see on a project by project basis what your skills are.”

Alongside freelancing as a Video Content Creator based in Sunderland, Ed is the Video Producer with the University of Sunderland’s Marketing and Communications department.

And until next time,

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Episode 17 – New Paths

Hello creatives!

Episode 17 was one of those late night jobs. It took a few days to get the pieces together, but I’ve made it! Been a busy month for me this month.

Basically, I’ve found myself in a new temporary job working with ArtWorks-U, and a central part of my role is producing/presenting a new weekly radio broadcast/podcast called ArtyParti.

More news to follow, lots to update you on…

But first…

On Episode 17 of 99% Perspiration:

After 30 years working in a non-creative industry, Diane Gray now manages the community radio station Hive Radio, based in Jarrow, UK. In 2014, Diane won the silver Charles Parker Prize for her radio documentary; and is now working on radio drama alongside her role at Hive.

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Click here to hear Diane Gray on 99% Perspiration

Richi Jones is a singer/songwriter, and music production student based in the Midlands, UK. This year, Richi won the well-recognised national Open Mic competition, and he’s currently working on his new EP.

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Stay productive, stay awesome!

99% Extra – Here’s Ben Tompkins Trying to Get a Job in Radio

Back in Episode 3 of 99% Perspiration, soon-to-be radio graduate Ben Tompkins shared that he was making a documentary for his dissertation project. It’s a one-off piece where Ben interviews several people who work in radio careers.

“Ben Tompkins travels around the North East of England searching for advice on how to get a job in the radio world.”

Included in Ben’s awesome documentary…

Giles Tanner – Managing Editor of Global North East

Tom Campbell – Drive Time Presenter, Heart Radio

Tom Davies – Head of Careers and Employability Service at the University Of Sunderland

Emma Snook – Producer at Amazing Radio

Jay Sykes – Freelance Producer and Lecturer in Radio Drama

Until next time…

Stay productive, stay awesome!