James McArthur

Character specialist, accents, singer

Voice Description

Warm and deep for narrations, with inflections;
sexy and fun for commercials;
smooth and professional for presentations;

Having read four books on public radio, a kind of radio theater, I know I can handle voices of any age and gender. I read an entire book "Teacher Man" in an light Irish accent and can send a sample from that or from Treasure Island,or more recently, The Great Gatsby. I've had to sound like teenagers, dockworkers, cops, school administrators, pirates and many others.

I had to do many live design presentations before building committees. I rehearsed these and they went well.

I have sung in many musical comedy and opera roles as a tenor. I still sing in a 50's rock and roll band and produced a complete reprise of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby tunes.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Child
• Teenage Girl
• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Female
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Female
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Female
• Senior Male

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

• English - British
• 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
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Songs
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

My Union Affiliations and Memberships


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 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 have a music library and can add music to any project

My Home Base

, Washington, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

American Irish, British, Australian, German, American Italian, Russian, Spanish, French;

Brooklyn teenagers, circa 1959, Black female teenagers and adults, educated and uneducated people.

Senior citizens who have nearly lost their voice;
I sing as a soloist the tenor operatic repertoire,
fifties rock 'n roll as part of a four part harmony.
I produced and sang in tributes to Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, can imitate Pavarotti, can poke fun at Ethyl Merman, Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson, Dinah Washington, George Bush, Bill Clinton, many others.

My Voice Experience

This is my first venture into voice over work. I consider the radio theater and reader theater work I have done good training for voice over. I have sung jingles with my band for many years....ala "Bryl Cream, a little dab'l do ya, Bryl Cream, Ya look so debonaire." I remember the tune that went with it. I would love to submit auditions for any project involving singing.

My Training

I have a degree from Montana State University in Architecture. Classes after college have included art, creative writing, geology, computer software (many). I have performed in opera productions in major and minor roles, such as La Boheme, Lucia, Tosca, I pagliacci, Ballad of Baby Doe, Sweeney Todd, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Student Prince, Carmen, Porgy & Bess, many others. Most recently, played on a cd version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, titled "Victor", by Don Caron. I sang the part of the ship's captain. I can send a copy of this, if needed.

I have done some journalism, articles in my A.I.A.chapter bulletin, poetry. Working now on a novel based loosely on my own life, the concept being that all our lives are built and based on Big Events, with little events leading up to and down from those.

My Studio Equipment

Not very knowledgeable on equipment. I have performed on it, but never became an operator.

Additional Skills

I am a sketch artist, interested in faces and the human body.

I work on Autocad software "...all de liv long day" producing commercial architecture,and have worked for myself for thirty years in this endeavor. I entered the field because I love to draw. Now the pencil is still and the mouse scoots around my desk, a poor substitute for the feel of pencil on page.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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