“I’ve loved working with you Chris – you’re hugely talented, funny and kind and the work you produce is exceptional! I can’t wait to work you again and I’m so grateful for your advice and inspiration too – thank you”
It’s a question I get asked on a very regular basis.
The short answer is ‘lots of things, but only some of them I can tell you about’. Sorry, that sounds far more cloak and dagger than I’d intended.
Let me explain.
Building on my background as a TV producer and writer for broadcasters such as Disney, Nickelodeon and CBBC, as well as my freelance work for a range of creative agencies, I now work on a freelance basis providing writing services for a smorgasbord of clients.
Pitches. Creative agencies ask me to provide the ideas and words they need in order to win vital contracts producing a wide variety of content for big brands. In short, I write documents that I can’t show you, that go companies you’ve definitely heard of, pitching ideas for content you’ve probably (in the fullness of time) seen. It’s a creative and challenging process which, sadly, I can’t tell you much more about.
Scripts. Scripting was always my favourite part of being a TV producer. I scripted both the BAFTA winning Me: TV and the International Emmy ‘Pet School’. These days, a wide variety of clients ask me to script anything from animation to commercials and podcasts.
Ghost-writing. I work with a variety of clients in a wide range businesses in a ghost-writing role. It’s not as spooky as it sounds. Basically, I create content for them (columns, blogs, speeches, though pieces etc.) in the ‘voice’ of the brand or an individual from that business. For obvious reasons I can’t tell you which companies/organisations I do this for – it would defeat the object. Let’s just say if you like a piece that you read ‘written’ by a CEO I probably penned it – and if you didn’t, I didn’t.
Writing for children. A lot of my work consists of working with brands to create content for children. Building on my years in children’s TV, I’ve a strong sense of what concepts will and won’t work for children of a variety of ages. As a father myself, I write pieces about family life and parenthood that you may have seen across a wide variety of media platforms. As a strong advocate of parents, I’ve worked with brands to create content from a parents’ point of view.
Columns. I regularly write columns under my own name for a cross-section of publications. I specialise in easy to read, engaging pieces that don’t take themselves too seriously. If you’re looking for funny light-hearted and readable content, either written under your name or mine, get in touch.
Content consultancy. I work with businesses providing perspective and insights into their comms. Working together, we come up with new ideas on how to communicate with existing and potential markets and client bases. I’m known as a never ending source of ideas and a great sounding board for founders and business owners.
Books. I also write books. If you’d like me to write something in your ‘voice’ get in touch. Here’s a link to some of the books I can tell you about.
So that’s the kind of work I do. I’m sorry I can’t be more specific…
If you’d like to get in touch to find out more, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the Tour de France starting tomorrow, I thought I’d give everyone a quick reminder that my book The Modern MAMIL: How to look pro is available to buy. With words by yours truly and illustrations by the amazing Spencer Wilson, it’s a great read for anyone who loves to pull on the Lycra, jump on the saddle and ride down to the local coffee shop and back.
This year, for Father’s Day, I was asked by children’s dental hygiene brand Brush-Baby to write some pieces about the experience of being a dad. I jumped at the chance to talk about fatherhood – writing 4 ‘Dear Diary…’ columns that were published by the brand in the run up to the big day.
If you’d like to read what I wrote, head over to the main Brush-Baby site.
Taking another walk down memory lane. This was over a decade ago, when ‘Me:TV’ a programme for Nickelodeon that I scripted and was one of the producers on won a BAFTA. What are my memories of the night? 1) Flagging a taxi down on Park Lane, outside The Dorchester, is a lot easier when you’re holding a golden mask in your mitts. 2) Never wear a hired tux without braces. I had to spend the whole evening, including going on stage to collect the gong, with my hands in my pockets to ensure my trousers didn’t fall down. True story. 3) Ade Edmondson was nice – nothing like his character in Star Wars.
*Although to be fair, he wasn’t to play his Star Wars role for around another decade.
It was a great night, the culmination of some hard work for the whole team.
It’s quite hard to put your finger on what exactly it is, but there’s an indefinable quality about these larger-than-life personalities who produce food to die for, that makes them fascinating interviewees.
Over the years, I’ve interviewed a fair few of the nation’s top culinary folk. From John Burton-Race to Michael Caines they’ve always been memorable encounters with experts at the top of their game.
Why not have a read of some of my favourites?
Warning: Reading more is guaranteed to make you hungry, very hungry.
I’m so pleased to be able to share some of the recent feedback that has come in from one of my clients.
For the last several months I’ve been working alongside Fiona Thomas at lifeslittlerecipes.co.uk helping to bring Unimole, her magical creation, to life. The result has been a range of bedtime stories about this wonderful character.
Here’s what Fiona had to say:
Chris’ services have been invaluable.
He is incredibly talented, very funny and a pleasure to work with. Chris has the ability to understand the waffle in my head and translate this into beautiful stories that transport the reader into a magical land! He brings all my ideas to life.
Chris’ past experience is extensive and I’m so grateful for how he gently guides the projects, and me, in the direction we need to go.
Chris is a key member of the LLR and Unimole team and I can’t recommend him highly enough!
Fiona Thomas, Founder & Director, Life’s Little Recipes Ltd.
If you think my writing could help your company to hone its communication, please do drop me a line.