career has been a vibrant mixture of corporate, entertainment and
privately owned businesses.
Music, Music, Music
Rod began his professional life at the age of 10, appearing in a weekly
musical entertainment television show in Melbourne, Australia, called "Brian
and The Juniors", before being chosen as one of the six
original members of the much loved, nationally televised variety
"Young Talent Time".
He went on to become a "pop star" in his late teens,
achieving a couple of "top 40" hits,
and also hosted his own afternoon children's television show. He
appeared as a solo artist on most of Australia's television variety shows
before joining a cabaret show band and extending his already extensive
musical abilities into the area of arranging and producing.
He then hosted a 13 week series of the television talent show, "Star
Quest" and also guest-hosted a regional television variety
After his marriage to Australian actress, Barbara Llewellyn, Rod opened his own
singing school before moving into the advertising world and, in
partnership with his talented wife, writing, arranging and
producing some of Australia's most catchy jingles and promotional
In 1984 Rod and Barbara moved to Los Angeles and were very quickly
signed to a music publishing contract, and continued
to pitch their
extensive range of talents to the music and films
industries. They returned to Australia in 1987 to
begin their son's schooling and re-established their advertising
Rod began his acting career in the popular night-time television soapie
"The Box", where he met his future wife, Barbara.
Rod played the "bad boy" who after several months of
"doing the dirty" eventually found that he could have a
happier life being "a good man".
Rod appeared with Barbara in several episodes of "Falcon
Island", a children's television adventure series before he went on to co-host a ABC national radio series called about travel and music.
He also worked occasionally in the voice-over industry and now
voices many of the pieces showcased at The Bright Light Café and
Bright Light Multimedia product.
The Corporate World
While in Los Angeles, Rod entered the technology industry, selling high-end computer software into some of
America's most powerful corporate and government establishments. This exceptional experience
paved the way for Rod to work at Microsoft Australia in both managerial and
national marketing executive positions.
He went on to work as a corporate sales executive for Oracle
Corporation and as a branch manager (of 30 staff) for a large Apple
In the early 1990's, Rod launched a training consultancy and
divided his time between facilitating computer
software and human resource training courses for corporate
clients, and co-hosting personal development seminars with
Today, the consultancy consists of a small team who focus on
project management and database application software development
for some of Australia's
most successful companies.
As a co-publisher of Bright Light Multimedia, Rod handles sales,
marketing and finance, provides customer
and technical support, and contributes his vast musical and
technical knowledge to the development and production of all Bright Light Multimedia product.
He also co-judges
and co-produces Bright Light Café competitions and products.
Rod and his wife and partner, Barbara, have owned and operated a
number of businesses since the late seventies and delight in the autonomy
given by these sorts of enterprises. There are long hours and
enormous responsibilities but Rod feels that the constant learning
and gaining of knowledge in this arena is worth it for the sense
of control and honour.