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ABOUT STEPHEN JAMES

Stephen James is a voice-actor in every sense of the word: from voicing commercials and video narration, to performing both fiction and non-fiction audio-book narrations, to performing live radio drama on stage - Stephen has performed in just about every genre of voice acting.

 

He even dedicated his professional expertise as a non-paid CEO of The National Voice Talent Foundation for over 12 years to provide affordable education and opportunities to performers and to support the community.

Stephen James, born in 1955 and fully named Stephen James Smith, embarked on his first voice-over project in 1976 for an industrial video. He has since evolved into a versatile and prolific voice-over actor, an award-winning coach, and has established himself as an accomplished actor, director, and agent.

Stephen hails from Birmingham, England, and emigrated to the USA in 1997. He is currently based in Ocala, FL, where he has established a professional studio and office. Stephen offers voice-over coaching and demo production services to students from throughout Florida, across North America, and internationally.

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

Stephen managed his own PR firm for more than a decade, marking the peak of his career in Public Relations and Marketing Communications. With intermittent voice-over work since the mid-70s, he chose to focus on his performance career in 1999. He emerged as a prominent figure in The Talent Pool in Las Vegas and served actively on the board of Media Guilds International.

Boasting more than 45 years of experience in training professionals and engaging in voice-over acting and production, Stephen has earned recognition as an award-winning coach. His expertise benefits not only voice actors and stage actors but also corporate speakers. In addition to creating demos, he takes on roles in directing and producing voice projects and films. Furthermore, he has mentored American actors in voice techniques and offers specialized consultancy to authors and film producers, particularly in the nuances of "British-English" usage.

 

Stephen has contributed to various voice productions, notably the annual fundraiser for New Orleans and the surrounding region. This event features a staged radio play of the classic film "It's a Wonderful Life," where Stephen has served as producer, director, and voice actor, portraying Clarence and Henry Potter, since 2009. The event has successfully raised thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations.

Stephen also served as the innovator, producer, and host of the Annual NVT Hollywood South Awards®, an event organized by the NOLA Voice Talent Foundation to honor individual talent and dedication within the movie, theater, broadcasting, and voice-over industries in the Hollywood South region.

In 2010, Stephen established NOVA: The New Orleans Voice Agency, which is considered the sole specialist voice talent agency in New Orleans, representing talent not just from Mississippi and Louisiana—often referred to as Hollywood South—but from across the USA. By 2012, Stephen had initiated Stephen James Media Productions, focusing on producing audiobooks and voice-over demos, in addition to directing and producing radio plays, stage shows, and films.

Stephen has been chosen as a judge for the annual Voice Arts Awards by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SoVAS) every year since 2018.

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Below: Stephen James on stage as Clarence in a live radio-play production of "It's a Wonderful Life" presented by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation as an annual charity fundraiser in support of the community.

WORKSHOPS

Stephen James' affordable workshops and seminars have been enthusiastically received by both novice and established performers alike for over 12 years - mainly through National/NOLA Voice Talent as well as in his own right.

Participants have included not only voice-over actors but also screen- and stage actors, as well as corporate executives seeking to improve their presentation skills.

Workshops are currently held online via Zoom and are broadcast for participants worldwide.

PRIVATE COACHING

Stephen James has built a firm reputation as one of the country's leading voice-over coaches. A survey of Stephen's peers in Louisiana by USA national publication Backstage earned him the publication's accolade of "Louisiana's favorite voice coach".

Stephen has coached hundreds of individuals as well as youth groups, and has recently been appointed as voice and dialect coach for a major feature film.

Stephen has also coached students with autism, cerebral palsy and other challenges, and with great sucess.

DEMO PRODUCTION

A natural extension of Stephen's coaching is in producing voice-over demos.

Clients, whether current students or otherwise, have traveled from as far afield as the East and West coasts to his studio.

In addition, the studio is equipped with Sessionwire® which enables remote recording for your demo directly from your recording set-up wherever you are in the world - and with a direct connection via your web-browser and no setting up fees!


Demos are recorded over a full day, with 

script selection and analysis, rehearsal and direction all included. The resultant demo is then edited and produced to industry standards and including licensed music bed and SFX where appropriate.

WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE

Workshops schedule

Sessions limited to only 12 participants to ensure everyone gets to take part,

so reserve your slots now to avoid disappointment...!

FIND YOUR BEST VOICE®

Whether you're a seasoned or aspiring performer, whether on-stage, on-screen, on-camera, or behind the microphone, you'll appreciate the enjoyable, professional, yet casual workshop atmosphere. Here, you'll enhance your vocal skills and acquire important insights that will aid in advancing your career.

Engage with scripts and explore facets of the voice-over industry in a group setting through Zoom, guided and mentored by Stephen James, a seasoned professional voice actor and an award-winning voice and dialect coach.

Wednesday September 11th, 2024 

AFFORDABLE VOICE-OVER WORKSHOP WITH STEPHEN JAMES

7pm-9pm USA Eastern Time

(6pm-8pm Central Time)

Location: Zoom - open to all, worldwide 

Session Fee: Only $15 for Members of Central Florida & Beyond Voice-over Group (CFV)*

General Admission $25

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ADVANCED
PRIVATE COACHING AND MENTORING

 

 

You attend voice-over workshops, you have had private coaching, you even have a dynamic demo

to promote your ability as a voice-over talent.

So what next..?

Take your voice-over career seriously by advancing to the next level.

Stephen James provides continuous advanced training which includes a range of voice-over related information you will need to get on course towards establishing and developing a successful voice-over career.

This includes:

  • setting up your recording equipment

  • promoting yourself to agencies and direct clients

  • sound editing

  • successful auditioning

  • advanced voice-over techniques

  • ongoing refreshers to keep your talent above par

You might also consider utilizing Stephen's audition mentoring and directing services to maximize your audition potential. Stephen will collaborate with you on your audition script and even direct your recording session.

Whether you're an experienced voice talent or just starting out in the industry, taking your career seriously will lead to significant benefits from Stephen James' advanced private coaching and mentoring sessions. These sessions are available worldwide via Zoom or in-person from Stephen James' broadcast-quality studio in Central Florida.

Advanced Private Coaching

TESTIMONIALS

"Stephen James really helped [me] with voice presentation, public speaking techniques, and professional development. I would highly recommend Stephen..."

Claire Coffey

PhD Student and Faculty at University of Cambridge, England, UK

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