Sam Downie

Warm, Enthusiastic, Colorful, Exciting, Bright

Voice Description

In a world where you find so much that is black and white, it must be refreshing to find a voice talent who will add a little colour, light and shade to your production.


Experienced in Broadcast Radio, Television, Film, Animated Features, Podcasting and Online TV coverage.Warm, friendly, fresh and versatile, Sam Downie is the first choice for your Radio, Television, Online, Podcasts, Voiceover and Character needs. He's experienced in Live Presenting on Radio and Online, including using a Radio desk, Producing and editing content, extensive interviewing techniques, Producing features and finding the right music balance, to fit the right radio or online show.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - British

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

British Equity British Equity

My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

None

My Home Base

, Bristol, South West England, United Kingdom

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

none.

My Voice Experience

Brief Biography
In a world where you find so much that is black and white, it must be refreshing to find a voice talent who will add a little colour, light and shade to your production. I'm amongst the best Presenters, Voice-Artists and Character Actors.. experienced in Broadcast Radio, Television, Film, Animated Features, Podcasting and Online TV coverage.Warm, friendly, fresh and versatile, Sam Downie is the first choice for your Radio, Television, Online, Podcasts, Voiceover and Character needs. He's experienced in Live Presenting on Radio and Online, including using a Radio desk, Producing and editing content, extensive interviewing techniques, Producing features and finding the right music balance, to fit the right radio or online show.

Work includes Broadcast On-Air Radio Presenting (FM & DAB Stations), Broadcast On-Air Radio Presenting (Online Stations), Podcast Presenting & Producing, Station Branding, TV Production and Presenting, TV Commercials, Voice-Over for TV Documentarys (National Geographic Channel), Character Actor on Animated Features, and guest Technology News Reporting (for BBC News24).

Press quotes
Find out what listeners around the world, have been saying about my popular podcast series 'Straight Outa Bristol'...

Popular TV Presenter, Justin Lee Collins says..
"Sam, I would rather pay to hear 'Straight Outa Bristol', It's that fucking good!"

Hollywood writer, Michael Coulombe says..
"There are a lot of great musicians coming out of Bristol, England and Sam Downie catches them all! Great music, great interviews. This is definitely the podcast to sign-up to, on the iTunes Store, if you love good music..!"

Recent Broadcast Credits
Here's a selection of my current and recent broadcasting credits - on various Radio Stations, Podcasts, Online TV and Television series, broadcast internationaly:

Radio & Online TV Channel:

CURRENT RADIO SHOW: 'Bristol Sounds', every Wednesday 4pm-6pm GMT, on Radio Salaam Shalom, Online Radio Station, broadcasting from Bristol, UK

CURRENT ONLINE TV CHANNEL: Since August 2007, I've been able to broadcast online, the many things I get up to during the day (the term name used here is 'Lifecasting'), via the webcam on my laptop. Since September '07, I've been broadcasting my weekly radio show 'Bristol Sounds', giving listeners a chance to view me in the studio as the show goes out LIVE! - Click here to watch:

Popular Podcasts (on iTunes & Online):

'Guest UK Correspondent at Macworld Expo 2008' - Daily Tech Talk

'Presenter / Producer'- Sam Downie's Tech:Casts

'Guest Correspondent at MacExpo 2007' - 'MacFormat This Week', the podcast for MacFormat Magazine, UK

'Guest UK Correspondent' - Inside Mac Radio, broadcast on AM Radio in San Francisco, Portland, accross the USA and online

Radio Stations:

'various Daytime slots' - KUTE fm (RSL Station), Bristol, UK

'The Early Breakfast Show' - Radio Caroline (RSL), Bristol, UK

'The Jazz Show', 'Jewel School' & 'AMPlified' - Active 89FM, Student Radio Station, in Wellington, New Zealand

Television Credits:

'Voice-Over' - 'Rough Trades' - National Geographic Channel

'Guest, Apple Mac Evangelist' - 'Click' and 'Click Online' - BBC News24

'Voice-Over and On Screen Character Actor' - '999' - BBC Bristol, UK

Popular Podcasts
Since January 2001, I've been developing and Presenting on different types of Podcasts, but it wasn't until Apple Inc developed the iTunes Store, and introduced the world to... Podcasters, when I started to create these series further. Since then, over 20 thousand downloads have been made from my series, through iTunes.

Subscribe to these podcasts for FREE, on the iTunes Store..!

STRAIGHT OUTA BRISTOL: This series was developed in June 2001, based on the book of the same name, about the world-famous Bristol sounds of bands such as Massive Attack, Portishead, Smith & Mighty, Henry & Louis, Martina Topley-Bird and Tricky. There are now over 50 episodes in this series so far!

SAM DOWNIE'S TECH:CASTS: Since January 2005, I developed a Technolgy podcast series, to cover the many Expo's that I've been attending. Expos such as Macworld Conference & Expo (San Farncisco, USA), Sounds-Expo (Wemberly & Olympia, London), MusicLIVE (Birmingham, UK) and the DV247 Expo (London, UK). This series features interview with product vendors, coverage from the expo show floor, Live music from sessions, Seminar sessions and interviews with other attendees.

My Training

In 1993, I spent 2 days being taught Radio Broadcast Presenting, with Bruno Brookes and Neil James (both ex BBC Radio 1 presenters) at Bruno's Radio School.

My performing experience goes back to the mid 1980's, when I joined Kids Theatre run by ACTA (Avon Community Theatre Agency) in Bristol.. Then in 1991, I joined the Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre, acting in various plays and Youth Theatre Productions on stage at the Bristol Old Vic. Where I also helped to develope a script and production about the history of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company (which started back in the 1940's in London at the Old Vic).

Also in 1991, I got asked to join a local Theatre Agent called 'Robert Smith', where I got my first taste of working on-screen.

In early 1994, I got cast in a part playing a student artist, on a Childrens BBC Drama called 'Blackhearts in Battersea'.

From then on, I have worked on-screen as a actor in many TV dramas such as Casualty, East Enders, Dangerfield, Silent Witness and more.

In 1994, I enrolled on a 2-year BTEC Performing Arts Course, at Filton College in Bristol. This was the place where I met up and became good friends with Justin Lee Collins (of course Justin is now a popular TV presenter, currently presenting The Friday Night Project, on Channel 4).

In 1996, I got a small part (playing a footman) in a costume drama for BBC TV called 'Tom Jones - A History of a Foundling' an adaptation based on the books by Henery Fielding. I featured in most of this production, acting alongside principal actors Max Beesley, Samantha Morton, Brian Blessed, Kathy Burke and Tessa Peak-Jones. (this drama series was broadcast in 1997 on the BBC in the UK, and on the A&E channel in the USA)

My Studio Equipment

Apple MacBook Pro 15"

Software: Logic Pro Studio, Sound Studio and Garageband

Audio Hardware: M-Audio USB Audiophile (soundcard), KRK Rokit 5 speakers, Beyerdynamic DT 770 headphones, Heil PR40 Microphone

Additional Skills

Popular Voice Talent on the iTunes Store:

Recently I have become a popular voice talent and presenter as a podcaster, podcasting on two successful series on the iTunes Store.

Voice talent and producer on 'STRAIGHT OUTA BRISTOL', a popular music series about Bristol (in England) famous musicians and DJ's.

and Voice talent and producer on 'SAM DOWNIE'S TECHCASTS', a popular technology series based around Apple Computer and it's worldwide users.

Sam's Acting Background in TV & Theatre:

My performing experience goes back to the mid 1980's, when I joined Kids Theatre run by ACTA (Avon Community Theatre Agency) in Bristol.. Then in 1991, I joined the Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre, acting in various plays and Youth Theatre Productions on stage at the Bristol Old Vic. Where I also helped to develope a script and production about the history of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company (which started back in the 1940's in London at the Old Vic).

Also in 1991, I got asked to join a local Theatre Agent called 'Robert Smith', where I got my first taste of working on-screen.

In early 1994, I got cast in a part playing a student artist, on a Childrens BBC Drama called 'Blackhearts in Battersea'.

From then on, I have worked on-screen as a actor in many TV dramas such as Casualty, East Enders, Dangerfield, Silent Witness and more.

In 1994, I enrolled on a 2-year BTEC Performing Arts Course, at Filton College in Bristol. This was the place where I met up and became good friends with Justin Lee Collins (of course Justin is now a popular TV presenter, currently presenting The Friday Night Project, on Channel 4).

In 1996, I got a small part (playing a footman) in a costume drama for BBC TV called 'Tom Jones - A History of a Foundling' an adaptation based on the books by Henery Fielding. I featured in most of this production, acting alongside principal actors Max Beesley, Samantha Morton, Brian Blessed, Kathy Burke and Tessa Peak-Jones. (this drama series was broadcast in 1997 on the BBC in the UK, and on the A&E channel in the USA)

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