Orlando, Florida, US
Passionate Christ follower. Husband, father, and grandfather. Brooklyn born, Orlando based. USAF veteran. BS/MS degreed Electrical Engineer. Dual USA/Irish citizen. High-Tech R&D director. Executive Search business owner. Cross-cultural, multi national partner developer. Learner, servant and story teller.
My life has been largely characterized by one of my favorite Bible verses:
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” Romans 8:15 – The Message
I've always been driven by passion: engineering state-of-the-art computer products, helping senior engineers and managers successfully advance their career, assisting companies to succeed by recruiting skilled staff, aiding those in need throughout the world with strategic approaches to reducing poverty, abuse and disease, and building cross-cultural partnerships across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.
My objective is apply this same passion to voice-over, to the benefit of my clients and theirs. I have no doubt, it will be an adventure!
I provide voice over for many applications including Narrations, Commercials, Storytelling, Promotions, Intros/Outros, Trailers, Explainers, Training, Presentations, etc.
As an electrical engineer, I feel that my technical skills for audio editing are strong.
I work quickly, efficiently and accurately to produce the voice over product my clients need.
I'm a full-time voice actor with a lifetime of global business and professional experience prior to voice over.
My background includes BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering, years of R&D leadership, corporate executive management, small business ownership, global non-profit leadership covering nearly every continent, and most recently voice acting.
In the past three years I've recorded, master edited and delivered over 300 voice overs to clients in 28 countries.
I seek to be believable and authentic in my voice over by finding an audience from my life experience I have deep feelings for - family, friends, coworkers, etc. This enables me to express the message with real emotion that reaches the heart of the listener.
My experience covers an array of for-pay and pro bono work from narration for documentaries, commercials, intros/outros, explainers, promotions and storytelling. I've done projects that have raised over $500,000, narrations for videos to honor the heroic and sacrificial service of medics in battle that have reached many thousands, Christian presentations on Youtube viewed around the world, public service announcements, Christian radio broadcasting for storytelling, corporate promos, real estate ads for properties valued at over $25,000,000, and many commercials for radio/TV broadcast and web distribution.
As a committed Christian, I feel that my work for faith-based organizations is most significant as I regard the reading of Scripture and the overall recording of voice overs for Christian organizations as a personal passion.
As an electrical engineer, I'm meticulous in my recording, editing and audio mastering.
As a corporate executive, small business owner, and leader in non-profit international partnership development, my work has taken me from engineering labs to board rooms to war-torn impoverished diseased and disaster ravaged countries around the world.
I draw from a deep well of personal experience when recording a broad array of scripts.
BSEE, North Carolina State University
MSEE, University of South Carolina
I trained with David Brower, voice over coach and award winning voice actor.
I've taken many on line courses from Bill DeWess, highly regarded trainer and prolific voice actor.
I've studied with Rodney Saulsberry, also a highly regarded trainer and award winning voice actor.
I've also studied with Gravy for the Brain and trainers Hugh Edwards (award-winning voice director and casting director) and Peter Dickson (most highly regarded UK voice actor).
We had a very pleasant time working with Jim. With his professional attitude, his beautiful timbre and his dedication to the project we're looking forward to work with him again in the future. We wholeheartedly recommend him for voice overs that need an authoritative and warm voice.Hans Vernhout, Owner at Cinetic & Saila Sailing, The Netherlands
In addition to his professionalism and dedication, Jim is a humble person with a great heart. We're happy that we had the opportunity to cooperate with him on our project and will do so again in the future as soon as the opportunity arises.
I called Jim for a last minute VO need of mine and not only did he turn it around quickly but I only needed ONE take. With a voice like velvet, he hit the read perfectly on the first mark. Working with Jim was the best experience. I will use him again and again as projects allow. I HIGHLY recommend him.Audrey Walker, Freelance Producer
I am creative media director with the church of England and programme controller for UK Church Community radio. One of the most challenging tasks in my work is finding voice over artists who can not only deliver on performance but on a high end quality audio production at a reasonable price. Many voice overs sound stilted and robotic but if you are serious about attracting attention to your product, service or broadcasts you also need a vocal with the charm of Sinatra and with the vocal depth of Walter Cronkite.Rev. Barry Evans, Creative Media at The Church of England
You need a vocal that is rich in character and Jim Laird has that in spades. If however you need a voice over artist who can effectively encourage listeners to follow Christ and subscribe to products and services to help them do that, you need more than someone with a great voice. You need someone like Jim Laird who can convey this with the authority and sincerity that only comes from a deep faith in Christ and an anointing of the holy spirit.
Mr Jim Laird never fails to provide a high quality, trustworthy, friendly service. I am so very proud that he is working with UK Church Community radio and I cannot recommend him enough.
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