Jima Hester

Versatile: strong in both the high & low registers

Voice Description

Since I am an African-American woman, my voice is "unique" by nature (not many of us in the voice-over industry). I'm flexible, so, if you need an important presentation, and articulate & professional is the order of the day, then I'm your voice.

My commercial voice is persuasive, yet sincere, and animated, yet conversational, while my "soft sell" is smooth, informative, and inviting.

And when I tell a story, I'm involved, expressive, and engaging.

I'm a singer, and the dynamics aspect of such breeds versatility, which enables me to rise and fall, bellow and whisper, or finesse and agress.

I can be sexy, fun, warm, soothing—whatever you need!

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Female
• Middle Age Female
• Senior Female

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
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Songs

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 upload the audio files via FTP

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
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

, Ohio, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Some of my portrayals include:

Your average everyday concerned and practical woman, an urban girlfriend-to-girlfriend depiction, an older woman (in her sixties), and a down-home character (slight southern accent)

My Voice Experience

With the exception of one national radio spot for Cardinal Health, my voiceover projects have all been for local radio. Among them are a couple of No Child Left Behind PSAs, and a promo for Bob Proctor, a featured philosopher in the famous documentary film,“The Secret.”

I’ve also voiced several Black History Vignettes, commercials for restaurants, car dealerships, blue-collar services, and radio promos for the local stage productions in which I’ve been involved. These include “Believe in Yourself,” “Everybody’s Got a But(t),” “Still Here,” and “One Cool Day.”

Other activities take in my writing a children’s book, “Jerry Thorpe and the Misfits,” the first of a series and, also, writing, producing, and directing the play, “Still Here,” and my voice is featured on the jingles of several local businesses as well.

My Training

My voiceover education and training began early. Being a grammarian, my mom was a stickler for using proper English. So, from childhood, I was taught how to speak with proper diction and to speak clearly. School plays and talent shows helped set a path for living a life laden with the Performing Arts.

In addition to attending a few acting classes in 2008 with acting coach, Karen Clark-Green, I’ve also had on-the-job training, including doing a live off-stage narration for a stage production and acting in several other stage presentations, one of which, I played the central character, an older woman in her sixties, which really called on my acting skills!

As a singer, along with various vocal and breathing exercises, I’ve been trained to listen for, hear, and execute nuance, all of which naturally apply to doing voiceovers.

I’ve also pursued further voiceover training via a few complimentary on-line resources, including video training and website offerings.

In doing numerous voiceovers already, I’ve continued to learn fine points along the way and will continue my education (formally and informally) as my voiceover career thrives.

My Studio Equipment

Our studio equipment includes:

Cakewalk Sonar X-2 D.A.W.(Digital Audio Workstation) with
Behringer interface and mixing console

AKG, Shure, ElectroVoice, and Studio 7 large diaphragm mic assortment

The Waves waveshell 9.2 plug-in bundle

Steinberg Wavelab 6

Sony Sound Forge digital wave editor

And assorted DSPs (Digital Signal Processors) including Isotope Ozone, Focusrite Red, SSL console strip, and Native Instruments KONTAKT and INTAKT and numerous others

Additional Skills

I sing, so singing on jingles, children's songs, or whatever is a part of my arsenal.

Also, I write copy for clients who struggle with conveying their message within certain time constraints or just plain old struggle with conveying their message at all.

My husband, who is a three-time Grammy nominated songwriter, is my producer/engineer and also does voice-overs alongside of composing music, writing jingles, and radio production.

So while it's not MY additional skill perse, he brings a broad skill-set that is part and parcel to what I do and is a vital part of the Jima package.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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