James Gillies

authority, avuncular, warm, character, believable

Voice Description

My delivery has been honed over 26 years in the broadcasting industry, including over 20 years as an announcer and newsreader for the BBC. I offer an authoritative, avuncular sound to bring warmth and dash to any script. My ability to conjure up a range of accents and deliver a variety of characters has made me a favourite among British television and radio programme and promo producers looking for characterful and lucid reads. My reputation for 'live' performance, both in broadcast and events is well established. My work has been varied and is easy on the ears.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Male

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - British

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

British Equity British Equity

My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I offer copywriting services
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I offer radio ad production services
• I have a music library and can add music to any project

My Home Base

, United Kingdom

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

British (generic), English (all regions), English (RP), Scots (generic), Scots (all regions), Welsh (generic), Ulster [Northern Ireland])(generic), Irish [Southern Ireland](generic), Australian (generic), New Zealand (generic), Russian (generic)

My Voice Experience

James' clients include...

Aberdeen Actors(Live Performance)
AIR (UK Airport Information Radio Services)(Public Information)
BBC Radio Two(Live On-Air)
BBC Radio Three(Documentaries)
BBC Radio Four(Documentaries)
BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal(Operational)
BBC Radio Scotland(Live On-Air)(Operational)
BBC English Regions Television(Live On-Air)
BBC One Television(Live On-Air)(Operational)
BBC Two Television(Live On-Air)(Operational)
BBC Alba(Operational)
BBC Choice(Live On-Air)(Operational)
BP (formerly British Petroleum)
British Airways(Public Information)
British Caledonian Airline(Public Information)
BSB (British Satellite Broadcasting)(IVR)
Cinécosse (Documentaries)
Exxon Oil (Esso Europe) (Documentaries)
European Union Commission (Agriculture and Rural Development)(Documentaries)
European Union Commission (Climate Action)(Documentaries)
European Union Commission (Energy)(Documentaries)
European Union Commission (Humanitarian Aid)(Documentaries)
Extraneous Noise Boston MA
Heart Independent Radio Group (Commercials)
Kinematagram UK (Documentaries)
Manx Radio (Commercials)
Marathon Oil(Documentaries)
NSA of the Bahá’is of the UK (Documentaries)(Live Performance)
Prince's Trust(Live Performance)
Radio Clyde(Commercials)
Radio Forth(Commercials)(Live On-Air)
Radio Moray Firth(Commercials)
Radio Northsound(Commercials)
Radio Tay(Commercials)
Robert Child Associates Philadelphia PA
Scottish Government(Documentaries)
Scottish Office (UK Government)(Documentaries)
Sky Television (IVR)
Scottish Libraries Association(Documentaries)
STV North (Grampian)(Commercials)
STV South(Commercials)
Total Oil Marine(Documentaries)
UK Call Centre Association (IVR and Voice Training)
WGBH Boston MA (Commercial)
Yorkshire Bank(Documentaries)(Live Performance)

… and a few hundred hardy small advertisers over the years whose names James can no longer remember. God bless them!

My Training

I trained in Acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now The Scottish Conservatoire), from 1974, graduating in 1977 with a CDS (with Distinction), and in Theatre Arts at Glasgow University from 1975, graduating in 1978 with a BA (Hon). From 1978, I taught Speech and Drama and Theatre Studies at Bankhead Academy and in 1980 became Head of Drama at Mintlaw Academy, along the way finding myself in demand as a professional voice over artist. My broadcasting career blossomed with a regular show on Moray Firth FM, and in 1991 I was asked to join the BBC as an announcer and newsreader on television and radio. In keeping with the BBC's ethos of continuous training, I embraced over the years such various roles as promotions producer, channel director, gallery director, editor, voice trainer and scriptwriter.

My Studio Equipment

Home Studio with Pro Tools for great editing and Rode NTA2 Mics for flawless sound. Normal file delivery via YouSendIt. ISDN available 24/7 off site.

Additional Skills

Over the years I have served as a Promotions Producer on both radio and television, writing, editing and often voicing as well.I have worked as a Duty Editor and a Channel Director on BBC One and Two, a Gallery Director on BBC One, a Voice Trainer to new talent and a Scriptwriter. I also build websites and publish e-books, and in 2014, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast the first in a series of short stories produced by me.

Payment Methods Accepted

• Wire transfers

Contact Information

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• James Gillies was last active on Voice123 197 days ago

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