welcome to OTR

Everyone has a story to tell.

On the Record, established in Hobart in 2017, is all about you! We’re here to bring your story, told by you – in your own words - to life through digitally recorded and transcribed interviews.

How many times have you said to yourself, "I am going write about my life one day," or, "I must ask mum and dad to write their memoirs"… but that one day remains in the distant future? Life gets in the way, and you simply cannot find the time, or may not have the expertise, to write or tell your own story. It might seem so overwhelming that it gets put in the too-hard basket. And then... it is too late.

On the Record is about people and helping them to create the story or stories that make up their lives. It’s not complicated or fussy. We’re not about re-writing War and Peace (although we can write a book, too).

Start at the start and gather the facts.

We start with simple Q&A - we ask, you tell.  We'll ask you the questions – in the comfort of your own home (or venue of your choosing – as long as we can perfectly record you). You are the storyteller. At the end of the interview process, you will receive a copy of the digital recording (your voice) and a transcript of the interview(s).

How long will it take?

How long it takes is dependent on the scope or frame of reference for the project. It may cover a short period of time or era, say, time spent at university, or one’s recollections of a first job or of a particular situation. Anything, really. We have found even the most reluctant interviewees hard to stop once they get going! Writing a life story can be laborious; talking about it is much easier.

Who We Are

Pip graduated from RMIT with a diploma of business, specialising in advertising. She found herself in the world of short words and attention-grabbing headlines, at first in the advertising department of a Tasmanian newspaper, then venturing into the not-as-glamourous-as-you-think ad agency world. Pip has a proven track record in agency account management, sales and marketing. She has written submissions for sponsorship, speeches, ad copy, web content and brochure copy.

In a transition from full-time mother to working mum, Pip owned and managed a successful and nationally recognised transcription business with her husband, Peter. She was working with words again, but this time she was responsible for turning thousands of digital audio files into transcribed documents. Her role encompassed web-based workflow management, editing and proofing.
It was here that she discovered the principles of information gathering as well as the what-to and what-not -to do of recorded interviews. The most appealing recordings were of people who had amazing stories to tell.

Pip is now back where her heart lies, capturing stories of people’s lives. When she is not interviewing face-to-face or transcribing life stories, Pip likes to hone her skills with online study. She recently completed the Creative and Professional Writing Unit at Griffith University (receiving a distinction) and is enrolled in the Diploma of Family History at the University of Tasmania. She is writing her father’s memoirs and researching and writing her family's history - tall tales and true. Pip is a member of Oral History Tasmania. She lives in Hobart, with her husband, two teenage children, and her Australian shepherd, Boomer.