Spoken self-portraits

A spoken self-portrait can be:

  • a life-story — a kind of spoken memoir — or a chapter of that story;
  • the story of a career;
  • an account of a project or adventure;
  • a celebration of what makes a person tick — a collection of memories linked to their passions, like music or gardening. For example, one self-portrait we did recently is inspired by the subject’s love of fashion and food.

Spoken self-portraits are a great way of capturing a person’s stories, voice and personality. We produce them from recorded interviews, so there is no need for the subject to put pen to paper which can be a challenge for even the most prolific correspondent. They come as broadcast-quality, handsomely presented audio CDs.

The Spoken Portrait of my mother was done as a 90th birthday gift. She absolutely loves it! However, it has in fact been as much a gift to ourselves as to her. We now have this wonderful story of her life, in her own words, to treasure. Rosie was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end and she really came to understand her “sitter”. Rosie’s gentle, encouraging manner with my mother was especially appreciated.
— Donna, London

In capturing [my parents’] voices so beautifully and with such clarity you have created one of the most treasured gifts I will ever receive. An heirloom painted of words … very much like listening to a personal edition of desert island discs.
— Jamie, East Sussex

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An Impressario Recalls his Time in Theatre: Spoken Portrait (Clips)

These extracts come from a one-hour piece in which Sir Bob Scott recalls his time as Managing Director of the Manchester Palace and Opera House from 1977 to 1991. We based the portrait on interviews with Sir Bob at his home. The short musical excerpts are from the shows, ballets and operas that he talks about. Here’s what Sir Bob said about the experience:

I found the whole process liberating. I had long been thinking of trying to put some memories down but finding it impossible to put pen to paper. Working with Rosie on a spoken self-portrait of one important period of my life gave me the editorial focus and impetus I needed. The whole process was thoroughly enjoyable and now I have CDs to give to friends and family.

A Celebration of a Lifelong Passion for Fashion and Food: Spoken Portrait (Clips)

These clips are taken from a 40 minute piece in which the subject recalls her childhood growing up during the war, her time studying fashion and working as a professional dress designer, and her early married life. We were commissioned to produce the portrait by her daughter, who thought it would be a lovely project for her mother to work on. Rather than attempt to cover all aspects of her mother’s life during those years, we decided to focus on two of her great passions and joys: food and fashion. You can listen to the full 40 minute self-portrait here.