Photograph by Len Copland
Hello! I’m Antonia Burt
I’m a Civil Celebrant, Freelance Promotions Consultant and Music Manager of Heritage Artist Jo Burt. While I am new at the Celebrant role, I have over 30 years’ demanding and high profile experience under my belt. I am also a natural empath, and have always been drawn to helping people. Running a successful independent music and marketing company for over a decade meant I rarely had time to myself, so when the COVID-19 lockdown put the brakes on my entire business for a few months, I jumped at the chance to take an intensive distance learning course and train to become a Celebrant – something I had been thinking about for a while.
My company name ‘Beauhemia’ is no accident. If you’re looking for someone corporate and jargon-based – I’m NOT your woman! I’ve been there & done that – it’s not me. If, however, you’re after intuition, passion, empathy and 30 years of extraordinary experience … you know where to find me.
Relocating to London straight from college, I began my career working for an international event organisation company with major military defence contracts. After 3 years I moved into the media and music industry. Beginning with media contracts for various advertising, PR and production companies; numerous short term contracts for every major record label, including Sony and BMG followed.
In roles as diverse as A&R, Artist Liaison, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing; when I was ultimately head-hunted by the Promotions department at Columbia Records I brought with me a unique understanding of the many varied elements of promotion.
In 2002, I made the decision to move on from my extremely successful career at Columbia, having spent many years working closely with artists such as Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child, Savage Garden, Aerosmith and many more of Columbia’s heavy-weight roster.
Striking out on my own as a freelance Promotions Consultant proved the right decision and I spent the next 8 years working with clients as diverse as hair and beauty salons, fitness studios and fashion houses, through to bands and musicians.
Developing my ability to digitally typeset and create promotional artwork during this time, I also began designing entire ranges of publicity material for many of my clients.
On moving from London to Dorset in 2009, I continued to work with my key London-based clients, until I saw an opportunity with Northcliffe Media South West & Wales. This led to 2 extremely successful years working with the Western Gazette and Mid Somerset News & Media devising, pulling together and running the biggest promotions created for the company to date.
Inevitably, having taken the role at Northcliffe as far as I could, I decided to set out on my own once more as a freelance Promotions Consultant and ‘Beauhemia’ was born.
My broad experience over the years has involved working as a DJ for Total Rock radio; being a published columnist; recording voice-overs, modelling for various independent fashion designers, and performing and recording regularly with a professional touring and festival band. This all helps to make Beauhemia, Beauhemia!
As mentioned above, In 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown gave me the ‘luxury’ of time to train as a Civil Celebrant and add another string to my bow.
I’ve loved every second of the intensive training, and can’t wait to put it to use. I’ve lost a lot of people throughout my life – too many – and many of them far too young. The reason I chose to become a celebrant was to help people deal with the trauma of saying goodbye to their loved ones, and to try and ease the burden.
I’m also very happily married and love the idea of being an integral part of people’s commitment to one another.
Photograph by Terry Brisco