A non-profit 501(c)3 serving "Hollywood South" and the Gulf Coast
Education - Opportunities - Youth and Community Support 

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News Releases

November 20th 2017
NOLA Voice Talent 2017 Awards raises over $1000 for Background Actors Guild

The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation is delighted to have donated over $600 to the Background Actors Guild from ticket revenues from this year's Hollywood South Awards.

In addition, the Foundation waived all costs to BAG for this year's event, which was joined by the Guild for the second year running.

The event, the FIFTH organized by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, forms part of a program of activities provided by the Foundation to support the community as a whole and the film and entertainment industries in particular.

Organized and produced by Stephen James, Founder and Executive Director of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, and with the support of his team and BAG founder Eric Price, the event attracted a full house at Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts, with leading members of the Hollywood South industries in attendance.

Remarked Stephen James: "We are delighted to support  the Background Actors Guild both by providing them with a vehicle to present the annual BAG Award and by making a significant donation to their organization.

"Background actors play a significant role in the production of any and every movie, and we feel it is of great importance that they have a platform to increase the recognition which background actors deserve."

Eric Price was delighted to receive the donation and support of NVT, remarking: "We are very grateful for the support of Stephen and The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, and their generosity will help us towards achieving 501(c)6 status this coming year."


For further press information, or for interview, please contact:
Stephen James, Founder and CEO, The NATIONAL Voice Talent Foundation
Tel: 504-355-9673. Cell: 228-424-0544. Email: [email protected]



Stephen James appointed to NANOE’s 2018 Board of Governors

Washington D.C. – 08/15/2017 –The National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen James to NANOE’s prestigious 2018 Board of Governors. James has been called upon to refine, improve, and strengthen New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit (Second Edition) a new set of governing guidelines that supercharge nonprofit capacity-building.

To learn more about NANOE’s 2018 Board of Governors please visit https://NANOEgovernors.org

NANOE National Director, Tracy Ebarb, shared, “Stephen has joined a working group that will peer-review a new set of capacity-building guidelines rooted in principles of moral agency, stewardship, freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly, ethical practice, and transparency that supercharge charity. Stephen is one of society’s guardians who use their expertise to ensure everyone experiences a life worth living.”

NANOE’s Nominations Committee was co-chaired by Bishop Redfern II, Charlotte Berry, Kathleen Robinson & Tracy Ebarb. Nominees were suggested by members of AFP, CFRE, AHP, ASAE, CASE, United Way, National Development Institute, Nonprofit Associations, Industry Associations, and other local and national leaders.

James will be honored alongside fellow Governors March 26-27, 2019 in Charleston, SC at NANOE’s Annual Board of Governors Convention & Expo.

NANOE is our Nation’s only unifying legislative body comprised of Governors nominated from all 50 United States who oversee the codification of guidelines that govern sound charitable practice.

To learn more about NANOE please visit https://NANOE.org


Tracy Ebarb, CFRE, CNE, CDE, CNC National Director, NANOE 712 H Street NE Suite 1149 Washington, DC 20002 [email protected] (803) 808-5084


August 3rd 2017

New Orleans voice-over non-profit goes national


The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation has expanded to become The NATIONAL Voice Talent Foundation. The Foundation will retain its identity as The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation for all its programs and activities in Louisiana, while activities along the Gulf coast will form the first regional branch: The NATIONAL Voice Talent Foundation – Gulf Coast.

The expansion of the organization marks the eighth anniversary of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, which prolific voice actor and award-winning voice coach Stephen James founded in New Orleans in 2009 after moving to the city partly as his response to the devastation of hurricane Katrina.

Said Stephen James: “I was in England when Katrina hit what I even then termed “my city”. I knew then that I would at some time be in New Orleans to play a just a small part in helping with the regeneration of this magnificent city.

James has since moved to live in Biloxi, MS in preparation for his retirement, yet has still developed The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation in and around New Orleans as the leading resource in the region for voice-over education and opportunities, and where he has been instrumental in encouraging voice performers, including stage and screen actors, to utilize their talents in support of the community.

Among the programs which Stephen James has instigated through The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation have been the annual New Orleans and region benefit production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a radio-play (this December the Foundation will be holding its NINTH annual production) and the annual NVT Awards to recognize performing individuals’ commitment to the community – this year’s annual gala being the fifth and is being re-named “The NVT/BAG Hollywood South Awards” in conjunction with the Background Actors Guild. James has also provided youth support under the Foundation's banner through workshops in Central City, New Orleans, and at Boys & Girls Clubs Gulf Coast. Further programs in Tallahassee, FL and Jackson, MS are currently being organized


“We have already been providing workshops in Biloxi and Ocean Springs, MS., as well as in Jackson, MS., Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL, and with great interest from the performing communities in those areas,” said Stephen James. The Foundation has donated a portion of the session fees to local non-profits, which, Stephen explains, is a significant part of the Foundation’s mission: “We are blessed with some amazing talent throughout the region. It is all about giving: using the gift of our talents to support the community. We are delighted and excited to be able to expand our activities beyond Hollywood South and across all the Gulf coast states."


For further press information, or for interview, please contact:
Stephen James, Founder and CEO, The NATIONAL Voice Talent Foundation
Tel: 504-355-9673. Cell: 228-424-0544. Email: [email protected]


March 24th 2017

NOLA Voice Talent aims to establish resource center in New Orleans


A resource center for voice and other performers is among development plans released today by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation.

The center, proposed for the Garden District in New Orleans, will comprise rehearsal space, meeting room, recording booth, and office, for the use of members and the community, according to Stephen James, founder and Chief Executive of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, and is subject to sufficient funds being raised from donors, grants, and sponsors.

The Foundation was launched in 2009 initially to provide affordable workshops for voice performers in New Orleans, and has since developed into a non-profit organization providing education and opportunities for all acting performers, whether on stage, on screen, or behind the microphone.

Among the programs organized by NOLA Voice Talent are the annual “NVT Awards”, recognizing individual talent and commitment to the movie, theater, broadcasting, and voice-over industries in Louisiana and dubbed by some “the Oscars of Louisiana”, and the annual benefit production of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, performed as a radio play in front of a live audience, now preparing for its ninth year of production.

The Foundation has also provided free education for aspiring junior performers. Having previously run Saturday morning classes in Central City, NOLA Voice Talent has launched a similar series of classes in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs Gulf Coast, beginning at D’Iberville, MS in April.

Said Stephen James: “2017 is a watershed year for The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation. The organization has grown from strength to strength and has been a great asset to the community. Our services have spread for small beginnings in New Orleans and have since spread to help the performing community as far afield as Lafayette, LA and Pensacola, FL.

“The establishment of a resource facility in New Orleans provides a physical amenity as a jewel in the crown at the center of the Arts community in Louisiana, Mississippi, and further afield, and further underscores the importance of the region as one of the leading film and related industries in the country.”



For further information, and a copy of the document for donors and sponsors, please contact:
Stephen James – Founder and Chief Executive, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation
[email protected] Tel: 504-355-9673


March 20th 2017

NOLA Voice Talent launches voice-over workshops for juniors at Boys and Girls Clubs Gulf Coast

A series of voice-over workshops for juniors has been launched by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs Gulf Coast.

The workshops will be made available to Boys & Girls Clubs members at locations across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, beginning with the D'Iberville IP Center at 10444 Lamey Street, D'Iberville, where a series of three workshops will be held on April 5th, 12th, and 19th (4pm-5pm).

Conducting the workshops will be Stephen James, a prolific voice-actor and award-winning voice coach, who will provide Members of Boys & Girls Clubs Gulf Coast with coaching in voice techniques, working with scripts, and providing an insight into the business of voice-over and how to develop voice-over as part of their career as a performer.

Jwan Jordan, Youth Career Development Manager for Boys & Girls Clubs Gulf Coast, said: "We are delighted to join forces with The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation in providing this opportunity for our members and to developing this program along the Gulf Coast."

Added Stephen James, "This is an exciting opportunity for young people in the region to learn how to work with new skills and to help broaden their horizons, and we are looking forward working closely with Boys and Girls Clubs Gulf Coast in developing this program for the benefit of its members."

All members of Boys & Girls Clubs are invited to attend; they can sign up for the workshops at a Careers Fair to be held at the D'Iberville IP Center on Wednesday March 29th (4pm-6pm) where they will be able to meet Stephen James in person, or participants can register for the workshops by contacting Jwan Jordan at [email protected]


For further information, please contact:
Stephen James - Founder and Chief Executive, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation
[email protected]
Tel: 504-355-9673, Cell: 228-424-0544

February 20th 2017

The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation responds to "Variety" article about pay-to-play casting

New Orleans-based The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation has responded with full support of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, who announced recently the filing of criminal charges against 25 people involved in five casting workshops, alleging that they charged aspiring actors for auditions in violation of state law, according to a recent article in the national showbiz publication "Variety".

Quoted from the article, Mike Feur said: “My office will continue to crack down on those who would take advantage of performers desperate for work.”

The non-profit Foundation provides education and opportunities for performers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and neighboring states - often loosely-termed "Hollywood South". Founder and Executive Director Stephen James echoed Feuer's words: "As a major center of film production, Hollywood South has a strong contingent of established and aspiring performers who are prey to pay-to-play casting schemes which exploit their dreams purely for profit.

"Performers need to be aware not to fall victim to such schemes and the appropriate State departments representing Hollywood South need follow the example of Los Angeles in rooting out such practices."

Stephen James also pointed out that online voice-over casting services were a different proposition: "The services provided online for voice-over talent are a legitimate service matching talent with clients on a job-for-job basis for an annual fee. This differs entirely with a casting agent who charges thousands of dollars to put talent in front of agents on a speculative basis."

Stephen James concluded, "Talent should always avoid paying up-front fees for casting and for agencies, or even for additional services exclusive to an agent, such as head-shots and demo-reels. This is a free market economy and talent should be free to do business wherever they wish."


For further information, please contact:

Stephen James - Founder and Executive Director, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation

[email protected]
Tel: 504-355-9673, Cell: 228-424-0544