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Noise + Colour is a MEDIA program designed to bridge the gap between secondary students and award-winning professionals, inspiring young adults to explore these dynamic industries and pursue creativity with a business mindset.
A collaboration of high profile station managers, breakfast announcers, award-winning copywriters, music directors and voice over artists across Australia. Through ongoing and interactive support, we offer impressive mentoring programs, practical tools for killer productivity, endless resources and information that will change the way young adults pursue ‘creative industries’ forever.
Join Noise + Colour for an inspiring introduction to the world of voiceovers and commercial radio, where we encourage you to pursue creative purpose with confidence, consistency and self-worth.
An introduction to professional voiceovers and commercial radio, Base Camp offers an interactive, hands-on experience for beginners – voicing commercial material, recording into Adobe Audition, post-production editing and preparing on-air content. Base Camp also provides students with the opportunity to hear from local announcers, copywriters, music and program directors, station managers and professionals from various roles across the industry.
A practical approach to understanding and developing skills in the Australian Media, this workshop inspires students to consider these dynamic industries and offers key strategies for building resilience and preparing students for the competitive journey from beginner to PRO.
Who are we and how do we identify, communicate and pursue our bliss? Module 3 will give students the tools they need to explore who they want to become. Strategies they can apply to every situation, across any industry, in any role, throughout all stages of their life. We explore the link between physical and mental health and why taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing is essential for happiness and big business. The best part? We offer real-life examples every step of the way.
“Bec O’Farrell undertook MEDIA training at the Central College in Perth during 1999. Of the 36 students in my class with the potential to build a broadcasting career, I would rank Rebecca as the most likely to succeed. She has a brilliant voice, maturity beyond her years, a realistic view of the media, and an excellent work ethic.”
Marc Lansdorp / Lecturer – CMC, 1999
The entire bottom floor of my childhood home in Brisbane was Gemsound Recording Studio. It was during the 80’s when reel to reel was hot, equipment cost six figures, and there were no loops or pre-produced material available online. Gemsound was a brilliant collaboration of singers, songwriters, musicians, voice over artists, creative directors and producers all working together under one roof. Clients paid top dollar for tailor-made jingles, and I witnessed what would literally make history in the recording industry.
I’ve always been a creative person. Unfortunately, creativity was not always valued (particularly in primary school) and with such an emphasis on academics, I spent most of my early school years feeling isolated and disconnected from those around me. Always underachieving and desperately trying to find avenues to express myself. The school curriculum became a breeding ground for self-esteem issues, lack of direction and confidence in my ability to shine. Now, as an adult, I embrace my colour and honour it by learning to communicate my ideas in the business world.
Since those early days immersed in my Father’s commercial recording studio, I’ve spent 20 years behind the mic, engrossed in copy, managing national marketing campaigns and voicing for bigwigs like Coca-Cola, Commonwealth Bank, Australian Cricketers’ Association, Channel 9 & BHP. I’m also that annoying voice you’ll hear every time you call our very own Amazon Australia. Yipeeeee! From Breakfast Announcer with WA regional networks to the fast-paced world of marketing and promotions for Perth’s 96fm and Nova.
After years of hard-core training in the trenches and learning how to master gruelling interviews for fiercely competitive roles, I set sail and built a successful voice over and media business, Noise and Colour …
I’ve streamlined key strategies and formulas to support the financial success of my own creative journey, enabling me to turn my bliss into dollars and creating a process I could teach to others. Thankfully, education is changing and #thenextgeneration do not need to choose between doing what they love and putting food on the table. I am proof of this.
MY DREAM IS TO TAKE YOU BEHIND THE SCENES OF COMPETITIVE INDUSTRIES AND INSPIRE YOU TO HARNESS CREATIVITY WITH A BUSINESS MINDSET .
See you on the dancefloor you big creative genius
Born & raised in the hills of Perth, Carmen Braidwood is a media professional with 17 years’ experience in commercial radio. Carmen is the current host of Weekend Breakfast on 882 6PR, as well as hosting 96fm’s breakfast show, from 2011 to 2017. She is also a familiar face to Perth TV viewers, as a regular contributor to Nine News panel segment, The Pulse and has appeared as a presenter on Destination WA, Great Winter Escapes, Today Tonight and many more.
In radio, she’s worked as a presenter, producer, program manager and newsreader for most of the country’s major media companies – in a career that’s taken her to from the Goldfields of WA to Regional Victoria and to the beaches of Queensland’s Gold Coast.
After graduating from the Perth-based Academy of Radio and cutting her teeth as a talkback producer at 882 6PR, Carmen took up work as a music presenter in regional WA, with stints at 97.3 Coast FM in Mandurah and at 6KG Kalgoorlie, where she also carried out commercial production and copywriting duties.
In 2003, after providing holiday cover to then 6KG Breakfast show host, Steve Mills, Carmen was offered a position as co-host of the Ace Radio Network’s Mixx FM Breakfast show in Colac, regional Victoria. In this role, Carmen grew the single city show to a syndicated, network program which was relayed to 4 additional radio markets, taking in much of regional Victoria.
It was also during this time that she completed the AFTRS Program Director’s course and was promoted to the additional role of Program Manager of 3CS/Mixx FM Colac and later, Warrnambool’s 3YB and Coast FM.
The network breakfast show enjoyed a run of success at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards winning Carmen a total of 4 ACRAs, including back to back “Best On Air Team” gongs for herself and co-host Grant Johnstone, and an over-all nod for Innovation and Excellence, thanks to the WAN-casting tech employed to affordably syndicate their show around the Ace Radio Network.
After 5 years in Victoria, Carmen returned to Perth where she returned to an executive producing role on the Em & Wippa Show for the then Austereo Network and reading news on Mix 94.5 & 92.9.
Carmen followed her love of news presenting to a network news position at Gold Coast radio stations 90.9 Sea FM and 92.5 Gold FM. It was there that she worked for long serving 96fm Program Director, Brad McNally who invited her to return to her home city as part of his re-launch of 96fm in 2011 – a move that contributed to 96fm reclaiming its spot as number 1 Perth radio station in the Australian radio ratings of 2012.
At 96fm, Carmen appeared as Newsreader and Co-host on several weekday breakfast line ups, including The Ugly Phil Show, Blackers, Carmen & Fitzi, and later after ARN’s purchase of the station in 2015, Carmen & Fitzi.
Today, in addition to freelance work across radio and TV, Carmen is in demand as a corporate MC, having partnered with The City of Perth, City of Armadale, Shinju Mat Suri Festival and many more.
She lectures first and second year radio students at TAFE and serves as Media Patron at All Saints College, Perth.
She’s also a dedicated blogger, a proud step-mum and considers herself an unofficial ambassador for her much-loved home state of WA.
Deanna Cooney is a professional voiceover artist, actor, presenter, photographer and teacher with a career that spans film, theatre, television and radio.
Represented by WA agency MCA, Deanna records with major production studios across Australia, both in person and via her home recording studio.
After 20 years of voicing advertising campaigns, her voiceover credits include long term national campaigns for many major brands such as Red Rooster and HBF, as well as countless shorter campaigns and once-off reads for hundreds of other clients. Deanna is also a long-form narrator, regularly voicing online videos and documentaries including Flying Miners for the ABC, and KEO Films Australia’s critically acclaimed SBS documentary, Struggle Street.
“Teaching young people gives me great joy and a wonderful sense of satisfaction. Witnessing them take on new skills and apply them is profoundly enjoyable. I have a passion for providing young people with opportunities to explore their many and varied interests, and I believe this is vital in helping young minds develop.”
Deanna’s teaching roster currently includes Presenting for Screen and Beginners Acting through Filmbites Acting School.
She’s worked with many different personalities during her performance career and has found that this allows her to seamlessly adapt to the individual needs of her students across age ranges, personalities, and learning styles.
“I believe learning should be fun, challenging, and ultimately empowering. As a teacher, I’m outcome-oriented and understand that flexibility in approach is vital. I encourage a culture of enthusiastic and positive failure. In performance, you must try everything, even if you feel silly or make mistakes because the path to success (per job or across a career) involves many, many small and large failures. Building resilience is vital to having a long and rewarding career.”
We're always confident with whatever we get Bec to voice for our clients. Prompt, reliable service and spot on when we need a classy, polished and trustworthy female. Bec's at the top of the list.
We've been using Bec for a couple of years now on numerous projects. Bec's turnaround is second to none, nothing is too hard and her professionalism has ensured we deliver a quality product on time, every time.
Bec, you are fantastic. The process and your voice and the way you handled the directed session yesterday was amazing. We can’t wait to work with you again.
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