I can still recall the moment I realised I wanted to be an actor as a teenager. I always had a pretty active imagination, loved the arts, movies and watched a healthy amount of TV too but up to this moment in my life I had always been certain about a career in sport be it football, athletics or tennis, I had been keeping my options open. Then one afternoon whilst at lunch with school friends, we were discussing who among us could be an actor and when it got to me … they all laughed! Their reaction sparked something in me, so profoundly that I changed my studies and before long was treading the boards at the Theatre Royal in my home town of Bury St Edmunds.
My first noteworthy part was Gary Le Jeune in the farce 'Noises Off'. It confirmed my passion for acting; I loved the pace, the comedy, the physical humour and I also the fact that I got to fall down a flight of stairs each show so in my mind I could be a stunt man too!
Enthused, I discovered I could sing, first as Bernardo in 'West Side Story' and then Sky Masterson in 'Guys and Dolls'. It lead to my joining the National Youth Music Theatre, where I played Uther Pendragon (understudying Merlin) in the Edinburgh 1st winning hit show, 'Pendragon'. Middlesex University's acclaimed Performing Arts course allowed me time and space to broaden my skills and by the time I graduated in 1996, I had already secured an agent and my Equity card through professional work on stage and screen.
As a young graduate I improvised comedy at London's Bloomsbury Theatre, went back up to the Edinburgh Fringe and in 1998 I sang with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis at the Woking Pops Open Air Festival.
Eager to hone my skills in front of the camera though, I landed a small role as a disturbed American Soldier in 'Band of Brothers' for Dreamworks/HBO/BBC TV & 20th Century Fox, Directed by David Leland. I made a concerted effort to broaden my skillset and it lead to my producing the first Audio Description for BBC television on the fantastical drama 'Gormenghast'. I now script and voice upwards of three hours of televised Audio Description content a week. Programmes ranging from the award winning 'Sherlock' to 'Hollyoaks', 'Eastenders' to the 'The Lord of Rings' trilogy as well as documentaries and sporting content for clients including Channel 4, BBC, ESPN and UKTV.
Between 2003 and 2007, I appeared in the BBC's 'Grass' series and Christopher Kulikowski's sci-fi feature film thriller, 'Retrograde', whilst treading the boards in some new plays at The King's Head and The Gatehouse theatres in London. In the summer of 2005, producer Tim Dennison approached me to be in a short film as a shaven headed US Soldier with an aim to getting a feature green lit, pass me the hair trimmers. 'Mutant Chronicles' got the go ahead by Hollywood producer Ed Pressman and I was cast in scenes alongside Ron Perlman and John Malkovich by director Simon Hunter.
In 2007, I took on a part that drew a great deal from the comedy of Jim Carey and was made famous by Icelandic actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson, the clumsy comedy villain kids love to hate, Robbie Rotten in the hugely successful UK number 1 theatre tour 'Lazy Town Live'. It was a physically demanding part but was worth every moment spent in the make-up chair applying false chins and hair, just to see all the children's reactions in the audience. It led to my being asked to play Robbie on several CBeebies Radio shows and later recording 42 episodes of 'Radio Lazy Town' for the BBC and Latiibaer EHF, directed by Diana Hinshelwood. A year or so later I reprised the part again for the BBC in the arena tour 'CBeebies: Reach To The Stars', performing to such large audiences was an experience I shall never forget especially as I made my entrance through the crowds wearing a bright orange full-length faux-fur coat.
Over recent years I have invested in a Home Recording Studio for my burgeoning Voice Over career which includes work in Computer Games, TV and Radio Commercials, Radio Drama, ADR, Audio Books, Live Events, Apps, English Language Teaching and E-Learning Projects, Live Awards Ceremonies, Animations and a host of Corporate work . The work has helped me develop a range of accents and characters and 2015 saw a nomination for the VOX Awards and commercial campaigns for watchfinder.co.uk, 1&1 My Website as well as my being the voice of the launch for the revolutionary Flow Boilers. I have voiced prominent characters, some English and some American, in 3 of the year's biggest computer games in development and recorded ADR for a feature film and the Disney series Billie and the Ghost. 2016 has started with lending my voice to the promo trailer launch of the brand new series of The Walking Dead on FOX and promises much.
On the acting side, 2015 built on the previous year, with my playing the unhinged stunt coordinator, Barry, in the pilot DVD of Stunt Driver starring the original Stig and stunt man supreme, Ben Collins. The Redistributors feature film I was in has received a National Film Award Nomination for Best Thriller. I also have two short films on the slate for 2016 and the comedy web series 'Fission' is due to start production after garnering a lot of interest from its pilot. I am also hoping for great things from Mr Baughman, a short film finishing post production and in which I play the lead, solicitor Paul Davis, acting alongside Anthony Higgins. At the end of 2015 I set up my company Scott Joseph Media Ltd., a milestone for me that shows just how far I have come. 2016 should also see the launch of my brand new website so please watch this space … and get in touch here if you would like to work together.