Having worked in the Marketing and Advertising industry has been hugely helpful in every career I have had thereafter.
Every company needs to promote their brand or product to generate sales. Developing a product or brand, and bringing it to your customers or target audience in a way why reflects the integrity of your company and brand values is vital. I'd love to partner with you and help you promote your business.
As a Voice Actor, we are entrepreneurs and we have to promote and market ourselves in order to be seen, find our own clients and get our own voice acting work. I am very glad to have this wonderful foundation in communication, and the skills of good presentation of any idea, business or story.
1998 - 1999 - Freelance Account Manager
When I moved to the UK in 1998, I worked as a freelance Marketing and Advertising Account Manager for various Marketing and Advertising agencies, working in the FMCG arena.
The most prominent campaign was working at Geoff Howe and Associates on the Football World Cup in 1998 in France, for Annheuser Busch's Budweiser beer brand.
1997 - 1998 - Co-owner Exhibition Stand company
My partner and I set up and ran a business Space Shuttle Designs Ltd and we worked in the Exhibition Stand industry, creating most notably a 3/4 replica of the US Space Shuttle for Telkom (equivalent of British Telecom in SA). It was 18m long and 10m high made of fibreglass with banks of computers and a lounge and bar in the nose area. We also created electricity and water saving display stands for Eskom, South Africa's government-owned electricity public utility company.
1996 - 1997 - Account Manager
I moved on to Underline Promotions, working on Richard Branson's Virgin Vodka launch in South Africa, to Douglas Green Bellingham wines. My main client was Multichoice DSTV (equivalent of UK's SKY in SA) a paid bouquet of TV channels. New Metro Cinemas, L'Oreal and Blossom Margarine.
It was a lot of fun, hard work and this is where I honed my marketing and advertising expertise, under the beady eye of director Carl Wakeham.
1995 - 1996 - Account Executive
I started out in Marketing and Advertising working for Radio 5 DJ Brian Oxley and his wife, Irene, in Oxley Marketing, Advertising and PR firm, where I learnt the fundamentals of good campaigns. I did everything from selling advertising and creating brochures, and running promotional events for musicians, to looking after a Shopping Centre full of clients, running competitions, exhibitions and promotions to increase sales across the board.