My Story

A believable voice of authority, trust, care and hope.


I'm a full-time voice actor with a lifetime of global business and professional experience prior to voice over.


My background includes BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering, years of R&D leadership, corporate executive management, small business ownership, global non-profit leadership covering nearly every continent, and most recently voice acting.


In the past three years I've recorded, master edited and delivered over 300 voice overs to clients in 28 countries. 


I seek to be believable and authentic in my voice over by finding an audience from my life experience I have deep feelings for - family, friends, coworkers, etc. This enables me to express the message with real emotion that reaches the heart of the listener.


Training


  • I trained with David Brower, voice over coach and award winning voice actor.
  • I've taken many on line courses from Bill DeWess, highly regarded trainer and prolific voice actor.
  • I've studied with Rodney Saulsberry, also a highly regarded trainer and award winning voice actor.
  • I've also studied with Gravy for the Brain and trainers Hugh Edwards (award-winning voice director and casting director) and Peter Dickson (most highly regarded UK voice actor).


Voice Over Accomplishments


My experience covers an array of for-pay and pro bono work from narration for documentaries, commercials, intros/outros, explainers, promotions and storytelling. I've done kickstarter.com projects that have raised over $500,000, narrations for videos to honor the heroic and sacrificial service of medics in battle that have reached many thousands, Christian presentations on Youtube viewed around the world, public service announcements, Christian radio broadcasting for storytelling, corporate promos, real estate ads for properties valued at over $25,000,000, and many commercials for radio/TV broadcast and web distribution.


Many samples of my work are available on my soundcloud account: https://soundcloud.com/jim-laird-vo.


Unique Characteristics


As a committed Christian, I feel that my work for faith-based organizations is most significant as I regard the reading of Scripture and the overall recording of voice overs for Christian organizations as a personal passion.


As an electrical engineer, I'm meticulous in my recording, editing and audio mastering.


As a corporate executive, small business owner, and leader in non-profit international partnership development, my work has taken me from engineering labs to board rooms to war-torn impoverished diseased and disaster ravaged countries around the world. 


I draw from a deep well of personal experience when recording a broad array of scripts.

Trained and Certified by Gravy for the Brain