I’m still buzzing from the amazing James Bond themed party that the Voice Over Network threw in London on Friday night. It was great to meet people in real life that I had only known online. It made for a few awkward "I.... think I know you?" introductions.
For many it was the first big social event they had attended since the start of the pandemic, in fact whilst digging out my oyster card I found my previous ticket to London, dated January 2020! Where has the time gone? I think the whole event was like a big sigh of relief that things might be returning to normal. It was amazing to get dressed up, hug friends, dance and celebrate the achievements in our industry.
For those that don’t know, I am also a HUGE James Bond fan. I have James Bond artwork going up my stairs, and a signed photo from when I met Jaws and Dolly. One of my prized possessions is an original piece of artwork that I bought in Thailand of the infamous "James Bond Island" that features in The Man with The Golden Gun.
I have many other random things in my Bond memorabilia collection and eagle eyed Bond aficionados may recognize the necklace and earrings I am wearing at the events are the ones Vesper wears in Casino Royale.
Anyway, I digress. I was nominated for two awards at the VON party, Home Studio of the Year and Master of Marketing. I’m pleased to say I won the latter, which was a big surprise. I didn’t prepare a speech so mainly just rambled. Not very masterful! I also forgot to thank the other nominees as I imagine it was a close race. You can read about my reaction to being nominated and my approach to Marketing in the previous post
After I collected my award everyone was then treated to (or forced to watch) my rendition of ‘Be Our Guest’ as Boris Johnson. It’s rather strange watching other people watch you watching yourself on the big screen. I can't even be in the same room when I show my own parents some of my creations. The Psychologist in me should probably delve into where this feeling of embarrassment comes from! You'd think an actor would relish being the centre of attention!
Before making my way to London for the festivities I recorded a fantastic sketch for Channel 4’s The Last Leg where I read 7-year-old “Josephine’s” letter to the Prime Minister. It was due to be broadcast that same evening but I was reluctant to tell my friends and family to tune in as you never know if you'll make the final cut. Thankfully I did and you can watch it below. I will never look at a wooden spoon in the same way again!
Making fun of the Prime Minister appears to be my niche at the moment... so thanks Boris. Though ironically, from a marketing perspective, one is usually heavily discouraged from even mentioning politics! Thankfully I think my two sketches are able to be appreciated by people of different political leanings, and I genuinely think humour is a great way to bring people together in what can feel like a very divided world.
Here's a gallery of images from the night. I am still waiting on some from the professional photographer so it's likely to be updated!