Voiceover Man

You might not recognise the name, but you’ll definitely recognise the voice. Peter Dickson – the voice behind The X Factor – put down his script to talk business with Source’s Lindsay Cochrane… How did you get into voiceover work? Ever since the age of ten, I wanted to be a radio announcer. An odd thing for a ten-year-old to want to do, but we all have our ambitions! However, I still thought I should go to university in case things didn’t work out, so I did a four-year Honours degree in psychology. Right after that I went into the…

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Suit up!

After scraping together their savings, brothers Fraser and Ali Smeaton and pal Gregor Lawson have taken the world of fancy dress by storm with Morphsuits – even Harry Styles is a fan! So where did it all start for the entrepreneurial twenty-somethings? Source’s Bethany Ewen caught up with co-owner Gregor for our Winter 2011 issue… What inspired you to design Morphsuits? In 2008, I had a fancy dress party where you had to dress in one colour. This guy rocked up in an all-in-one Lycra outfit he picked up while traveling in Japan. He was like a superhero or celebrity…

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A new language, a new life

Sixth year student Sarah Stirling takes a look at the importance of learning a new language… Communication is this era’s currency. With Facebook now boasting one seventh of the world’s population, we are more connected that we have ever been. Businesses aren’t taken seriously unless they are global these days – you have to think big if you want to be noticed. So how do you stand out? The best way is to take advantage of this current communication craze. And how do you do this? By learning a foreign language. The benefits of learning a second language are immeasurable;…

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Big business

A company director at the age of 20, the first female club owner in the Football League, author, columnist and Lord Sugar’s right-hand woman – it goes without saying that Karren Brady’s one of the hardest working women in business! We found out more about her working life… You’ve had an incredible career – what’s the secret of your success? Three things really – hard work, determination and ambition. How would you describe your job? Exciting and varied. As well as the “day-job” of being vice-chairman of West Ham United, I am a non-executive director of Arcadia and a consultant…

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Curtain call

For drama fans who don’t fancy life in the spotlight, why not consider a career backstage? We find out more about life in the wings from Jemma Milne, a Queen Margaret University graduate who’s now working as an assistant stage manager on Shrek the Musical in London’s West End… What does a stage manager do? A stage manager is in charge of the general rehearsing and running of a performance. During rehearsals they make sure that the director, choreographer or musical supervisor has everything that they require to run their rehearsals, whether that be props, technical equipment, set pieces or…

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From bedroom to board room

His company turned over more than £100,000 in its first year, Richard Branson has offered him business advice, he’s talked politics with David Cameron – and he’s only 21! Source caught up with SB.TV founder Jamal Edwards… How did you come up with the idea for SB.TV? I knew of a lot of up-and-coming artists and I wanted to come up with a platform for them. I got a camera for Christmas and I started filming everything. There were a lot of rappers round where I lived, and I just decided to upload the videos to YouTube. They got thousands…

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Let’s get down to business…

  Dream of having your own business empire like Lord Sugar? Fancy yourself as Scotland’s answer to advertising king Don Draper? Aspire to be the next generation’s Michelle Mone? Whatever your ambitions, studying business at university might be one way of getting a head start… Sharp suits, briefcases, important meetings, plenty of challenges and the potential for big money – let’s be honest, working in the business world could be pretty cool. Whether you fancy your chances in management, PR, marketing, economics, human resources or accounts, this is one sector with lots of options, numerous opportunities and the chance to…

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It’s a bling thing

  ‘Peely wally’, ‘belter’ and ‘taps aff’ are phrases we’d usually say, not wear. That’s until Bonnie Bling exploded onto the scene and put Scots slang in style. Rachael Fulton caught up with jewellery designer Mhairi Mackenzie to find out more… Fresh from dusting the uc   uckles of celebs like Lana Del Rey and Rizzle Kicks, Mhairi Mackenzie is up for the prestigious Accessory Designer of the Year Award at the Scottish Fashion Awards for her funky Scots slang jewellery. With a host of celebrity followers, a product design award under her belt and Bonnie Bling’s success rapidly sky- rocketing, it’s hard…

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