Nikki James

Warm, lyrical, friendly, clear,& lots of vitality!

Voice Description

Warm and fun for children's books

Expressive and intelligent for narration

Enthusiastic and engaging for commercials

Authoritative and clear for presentations

Creative, entertaining, and lyrical for animation

Credible and confident for industrials

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

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships


My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer


My Home Base

, New York, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

At Carnegie Hall, kids loved my "Ozzie the Oboe" (from Brooklyn), "Flora the Flute" (a Southern Belle), "Viola" (Irish scolder), and "Fiddle Bow Thief" (British Bad Guy)
among many other fun animated characters.

Fluent French helped me book a "Shalimar" spot, as well as the role of a Parisienne (with Jacques Pepin as my husband) on "Ugly Betty".

My solo recording of "Fall on Your Knees", an Oprah-choice best-seller for Highbridge Audio used accents from Gaelic to Arabic for tens of characters, old and young, male and female.

For a Boston Museum guide (Acoustiguide), I played a literary character who ages from 20 to 70!

My Voice Experience

Besides years of recording books (both adult and children's) and museum guides for Highbridge, Acoustiguide, Scholastic, and the Jewish Guild for the Blind, I have many voiceover tv commercials to my credit, including "Liquid Tide", "Honey Bunches of Oats", "Nuveen", "Motrin IB", "Kix", etc.
I narrate the Walkabout NY series and two recent NYC audio tours. At Carnegie Hall, for 5 years ('til 2008), I hosted 52 concerts per year in which I narrated stories, and voiced the characters for an animated series.
My credits include film looping ("Bad News Bears", "Red Betsy", etc.) and many ESL recordings.

My Training

At U of Md., I majored in languages before transferring to the Sorbonne in Paris.

Five years of recording books for the blind, and the Library of Congress (@Jewish Guild) propelled me into the commercial book recording world (adult and children's)

Writing and recording my Walkabout NY series taught me about all sides of the Audio production experience.

My voice training in LA (w/Nate Lam), and in NYC (w/ Deborah Maher) serve me well in audio work.

My Studio Equipment

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Additional Skills

My eclectic background serves me well as an actress. I worked my way through the Sorbonne in Paris with an unusual assortment of jobs...then my fluent French helped me to book a Shalimar perfume spot back in NY. My recurring role as Glynn, the La Maze instructor on "As the World Turns", was due in part to my years of teaching pregnancy classes in NYC. Recording books, especially children's books, led me directly to Carnegie Hall, where, for 5 years, I hosted and narrated (including singing and performing animated character voices) more than 250 concerts. Barnes & Noble hosted an author night of "Walkabout NY", my own researched, written, and recorded audio tour of lower Manhattan, recently published on "Playaway"! So from co-starring with AnnMargret in "Third Watch" to playing straight man to Conan O'Brien on "Comedy Central" to being Marie Chainet on "Ugly Betty" and portraying a vast array of characters in more than 120 commercials, my life continues to be a fun synthesis of work and play.

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