You hear part of an interview with a young actor.
- Looking back, Sean admits that as a teenage TV star he was
- What does Sean suggest about his current acting work?
You hear two radio editors talking about their work.
- What do they agree about editing what a person has said.
- What does the man suggest about the woman's voice?
You hear part of a discussion about Africa.
- What does the man do for a living?
- What does he say about development projects in Africa?
Speaker 1: Now Sean, as a teenager you did various bits of TV work before being signed up to a major soap at 16. What’s that like?
Speaker 2: I was 16 in London for the first time and earning money, but still going up. I’d intended to go to drama school, but they kept extending my contract because my character was so popular so that didn’t happen. I was even offered a recording contract at one point so I can’t sing
Speaker 1: So, it wasn’t so great.
Speaker 2: I feel much more relaxed about it now looking back but at the time I was just thinking this wasn’t the way my career was meant to be going so I quit. I was 18 and it wasn’t what I wanted in life. People said I was making a big mistake that I sink without a trace…
Speaker 1: But you didn’t?
Speaker 2: No, I still get a bit pigeonholed as the pretty soap star and nine times out of ten when I get sense scripts I can guess which part they want me to play so I go for that 10th one every time I actually I’ve been pretty lucky getting quite a bit of film and theatre work so I can’t complain.
Speaker 1: When I first began testing tape years ago. I was fascinated by how much you can tell move voice. You know tension, passion and certainty sitting late at night cutting and tidying up recording hearing the ‘amms’ and ‘errs’ and breath and laughs and moments of emotional hesitations with my headphones. I feel quite intimate with the person I was working on. Did you find that Jane?
Speaker 2: Absolutely. And that means you have a responsibility to ensure first of all that the edited version makes sense but also that it sounds like the person. So sometimes you put back a few of the ‘amms’ and ‘errs’ and pauses.
Speaker 1: That’s right because let’s face it on the radio voices really matter
Speaker 2: When I started out people had really fixed ideas about what made a good radio voice and I didn’t have one also I was told and I’ve never make a radio performer. That’s why I went into editing.
Speaker 1: Just goes to show how things have moved on doesn’t it?
Speaker 2: I suppose it does.
Speaker 1: I mean you were brought up in Africa so going back. Did you find it just changed?
Speaker 2: In many ways, not at all. There is still plenty of empty space that it’s possible to get lost in. Areas where mobile phones don’t work and there’s no internet access. We live in a world where anyone can find you anytime and say I need your 500 words by the 30th. In Africa, you can be inaccessible in an invasive world
Speaker 1: Sounds like the sort of thing kids do on a gap, yeah?
Speaker 2: It’s been tougher than that, especially going alone that’s I did. It is something not to be taken on lightly and it’s certainly wasn’t a holiday
Speaker 1: Right. We are a lot about development and there’s all the charity work going on so I thought you might have noticed some results of all that
Speaker 2: I think a lot of that hype is actually counterproductive unless Africans themselves are involved in the projects. They don’t do any good.
Small-scale projects into work things with local involvement do not offer a big international profile but I didn’t go looking for development all projects that wasn’t my brief.