Jim Grimshaw

Character Specialist

Voice Description

Warm, deep and rich for narrations, lighthearted, dramatic or comedic for commercials, smooth, intelligent and instructional for professional presentations, infomercials and briefings.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Middle Age Male
• Senior Male

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

• English - USA and Canada

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)

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

• SAG-AFTRA (US)

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 can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I offer radio ad production services

My Home Base

, Georgia, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

North American English (Philly, NYC accents), Southern accents (cultured and redneck), British, Irish, Indian (India) accents. John Wayne impersonation.

My Voice Experience

Radio Announcer, local station during senior year at Bristol High School, Bristol, PA, 1959, reported on weekly sports news.
US Army Infantry School instructional voice overs, 1993 - 1994, Ft Benning, GA.
7th Special Forces Group narrator of award citations in ceremonies, 1976 - 1978, Ft Bragg, NC.
US Army John F Kennedy Center for Special Warfare, writer and narrator of instructional videos, 1985 - 1986, Ft Bragg, NC.
Advertising agency, wrote, directed, narrated and acted in local TV commercials and infomercials.
Special Operations Speaks political action organization: Wrote, directed, narrated, acted, and produced the video "Leaks, Lies, Libya and Lack of Leadership, in Pensacola/Gulf Breeze, FL, 2012.

My Training

Monterey Institute of International Studies, BA Political Science, Cum Laude, 1972, Monterey, CA.
Actors Workshops, Scene Studies, Writer, narrator and director of local free-lance TV commercials1986 - 1989, Wilmington, NC.
Community and Professional Theater productions in Levittown, PA, Harrisburg, PA, Wilmington, NC, Ft Sheridan, IL, Schofield Barracks, HI, Honolulu, HI.
On-the-job training working for an advertising agency as writer, director, narrator and on camera talent in local TV commercials and infomercials in Fayetteville, NC.

My Studio Equipment

Access to two home studios in the immediate local area of Savannah and Townsend, GA.
Access to professional studios via my talent agent, People Store, and documentary colleague in Atlanta, GA, who owns a video production company with sound studio.
Home studios at my home on Coastal GA and new alternate home location in the Atlanta area for video production and voice over production are a work-in-progress at this time. New equipment TBD.

Additional Skills

Have been a SAG on camera actor since 1981 and have appeared in over 100 feature films, short films, industrial films, and TV productions that include major and cable network productions ranging from series, mini-series, movies-of-the-week, and national, regional and local commercials. Got my SAG card working on the CBS-TV series, "Magnum, P.I" and was their Military Technical Advisor, too.

Retired from the US Army in 1984 after serving almost 23 years. Served both as an enlisted man and officer. Most of my career was in Special Forces, Ranger, Infantry and Special Operations units and assignments, mainly in Asia. Served two combat tours in Vietnam, 1966 - 1967 and 1968 - 1969. The first tour was with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), mostly on an A Team. Decorated with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor, as well as the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for my actions on this team in Bu Dop.

Additionally, served as President, US Army Ranger Association for five and a half years, 1999 - 2004. In that job, I created and developed a marketing program that is still the source of significant funding.

Second tour was mainly as an infantry commander of Co D 2d Bn 503d Parachute Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade. Received another Bronze Star for V and other awards for my tour. Some of my exploits were written in the best selling book, "Soldier", 1973. I am currently writing my autobiography focusing primarily on my military career, particularly on my second tour in Vietnam and the events that followed.

Besides serving in Vietnam, I've participated in various levels of military training and exercises in Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Japan, and Thailand. Served 13 months in Thailand where I eventually become commander of a Special Forces qualified element for POW-MIA search operations. Our unit assumed the mission of building and operating a Cambodian and Vietnamese refugee camp in Utapao, Thailand in 1975. We were part of a multi-agency task force during this crisis. For my work, I received a letter of commendation from President Gerald R. Ford.

In my quest to become a mainstream character actor in major productions, I have worked various off camera jobs ranging from military technical advisor, writer, director, and narrator, production assistant, assistant director, driver, locations manager, just to name a few.

Beyond all this I am an avid sailor, own a sailboat and have a Captains License. Also, I'm a photographer, received my training through professional courses taught in Hawaii during my terminal assignment in Special Operations Command Pacific. Used these photography skills in identifying drop zones, landing zones, beach landing sites, targets and airstrips for a six-nation special operations exercise I developed and directed.

Payment Methods Accepted

PayPal
• Credit cards
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
• Wire transfers

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