An alert reader sends in this letter received by their company in 2009:
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I’ve now taken the plunge to set myself up as a freelancer and am looking for voiceover work in commercials, documentaries and corporate films as well as scripting and media training.
I’m [redacted] years old with a warm, rich voice which has both light and shade. A long history of factual programming means I can convey information with authority, combined with an openness and accessibility which encourages interest; the unexpected world of live broadcasting means I’ve learned to be equally adept at putting across humour. My accent is a neutral blend of central Scotland tones.
I’m based in [redacted], but can travel anywhere. I don’t have an ISDN line in the house yet but will happily go to studios, otherwise I have home recording equipment and can send MP3 files by email.
I have included a short demo of more commercial work, and if you have any jobs you think might benefit from one of Scotland’s more ‘well kent’ voices, then I’m keen to hear from you.”
This affable sort with a “warm, rich voice” and an aptitude for comedy is now a prominent Scottish political figure. But which one? No prizes, it’s just a wee bit of fun.