Hello I am a Sound recordist and for the last 18 years I’ve worked for all the UK’s major broadcasters and a number in the US, plus branded online content, commercials, short films and corporate films.
Life before sound recording was very different. I left school in the mid eighties and secured an apprenticeship with a large electrical contractor and spent the next five years building the Broadgate group of buildings in the City of London and Cabot Square development in Docklands. I then went on to complete my engineering qualifications for the same company. On successfully completing my HNC, I promptly handed in my notice and went travelling, as the office life was definitely not for me.
In 2000 I had a bit of a midlife crisis (a very young one). I went back into full time education and completed a BTEC National Diploma in Broadcast Audio Engineering, not really having any idea where it would take me!
Fast-forward a couple of years and friend asked me to price for some electrical work at a then small facilities house in South London, Procam Television. After completing the electrical job I asked Cal Barton for a job, he said yes and so began the next chapter in my life.
Whilst working at Procam I had a well-rounded education in all aspects of television broadcast equipment, with hugely experienced figures like Perry Mitchell and Mike Parkin. I soon moved on to crewing jobs and that's when things really started to take off, the exposure to the industry was invaluable, but all good things must come to an end.
I left Procam and entered the freelance world. Since then I've been very fortunate to travel the world, work with some of the best people in the industry, along with all the major networks from the UK and a lot in the US. Since going Freelance the thing that has always appealed to me about this industry is the ability of a group of people to come together, on accessions not having even met before and between their combined knowledge deliver the product in a very short space of time. It definitely keeps things fresh and interesting.
When I'm not dangling my boom over the great and the good I like to be out of the house. I cycle, run, swim and have been involved in karate on and off for the past 30 years. I’m also an advanced skier and snowboarder and have on occasions been able to combine business with pleasure.