Reporting on the Red Carpet… tantrums and tiaras

The day after the night before – Oscar frenzy is at its peak. But having caught a glimpse of the red carpet on TV, I felt sorry for some of the journalists making their reports. If actors are lucky enough to win, everyone concentrates on the speech. It’s what millions of people around the world will watch when everything is edited down. Arriving for the event, and leaving afterwards – it’s a different story. Many rush past, ignoring reporters at every turn. If they do stop, you often get the sense that they just don’t want to talk. There are of course famous exceptions and not every actor is the same. However, at every big film event, there will always be a harassed reporter trying to remain calm while tracking down actors who simply don’t want them around. Some actors call people who aren’t in the business ‘civilians’, like they’re all on a secret mission codenamed CELEB. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching films and the fact that actors are recognised for their hard work. But it’s not rocket science. It wouldn’t take much for actors to acknowledge the existence of people outside the VIP areas. After all, its their reports that many film fans will see.

Stop Procrastinating & Start Writing

If you’ve been given the job of updating the company blog or newsletter even just knowing where to start can feel intimidating. We are all experts at putting things off. When a task looms large in our heads, it can sometimes feel easier to just ignore it and do something easier instead. All writers procrastinate. […]

How to Write Headlines

A quick heads up on why the words at the top matter. Headline writing is a true art form. Armed with just a few well chosen words you can convey a great deal within a matter of seconds. It’s no surprise then that with so much riding on headlines a lot of thought goes into their […]

My Top Writing Hates

Writing for a living can be very rewarding. Every day you create something new; bringing new ideas to life. But EVERYONE has little bugbears about their profession and writing is no exception. Now it goes without saying that I love what I do… but every so often I feel the need to count to ten. […]