Former Resident James Emmert Gains Traction as Voice Talent

Former Eastport resident James Emmert has become a skilled voice over actor. His work has aired from Maine to Florida to California. (Submitted photo)

By Lura Jackson

 

Washington County has produced a wide range of talented individuals, some of whom can now be heard in media across the state – and well beyond. One such person is James Emmert, who has gone on to hone his voice talents in remarkable ways. Now, Emmert offers his services to clients around the country while continuing to lend his voice to alternative rock station WHSN 89.3 of Bangor.

Born at Calais Regional Hospital, Emmert was raised in Eastport and graduated from Shead in 1999. From there, he went on to college at the New England School of Communications in Bangor to refine his lifelong interest in voice work.

Emmert’s professional voice work began in his junior year of college when he landed a position with Clear Channel Radio – a role that confirmed his passion could become his career. While there, he voiced a variety of commercials and acted as the announcer for many of Clear Channel’s stations, including B97, 104.7 The Bear, KISS 94.5.

Since then, Emmert has become the voice of WHSN, created several radio commercials that have aired from coast to coast, recorded standardized testing for blind elementary students through Maine Streaming Media, recorded the northern Maine Snowmobile Report, and provided weather reports and hosted a show for WNSX 97.7 of Ellsworth.

Now based in Atlanta, Emmert is continuing to train as a Voice Over [VO] professional while working from his home studio. Staying competitive in the challenging industry requires daily auditions, he explains. “There is a lot of very hard work that goes into securing the work. You have to make connections within the VO industry.”

Emmert has had success in bridging those connections thus far and has found significant support for his work. “There are multiple channels for coaching and guidance and support for those of us making strides in the business,” he said. Among those he’s trained with thus far are industry leaders like Bob Carter of the Neighbor Studio in Atlanta, Steve Henderson of Good Pipes VO and Terry Daniels of Voice Overs by Terry Daniels.

Being a desirable voice talent takes intensive skill and practice, Emmert said. “There is so much more to the craft than simply reading into the mic and having a great voice. There is a great deal of acting and technique involved. The more you practice the better you get. It’s all very highly competitive.”

Emmert’s hard work is bearing fruit. One client, Kris Michaels of Cobb County Pest Control Services, retained him for additional work after being so impressed with his first project. “Working with James for my company’s telephony phone messaging services was a great experience,” Michaels provided. “I was so impressed that I did not hesitate to have him voice our explainer training video for our new employees.”

Currently affiliated with the Newton Talent Agency, Emmert has his sights on what he’d like to accomplish. “Outside of relying on the talent agent to find work, the ultimate goal is securing work for a company and being asked to do repeat work on a regular basis,” he explained.

Emmert’s website can be viewed at www.emmertaudio.com.