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