The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation

Giving the local talent a nourishing space with their driving motto, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation is a non-profit incorporated in 2009 by Stephen James. It is supported on a voluntary basis by him and his wife Deborah Smith. Whether they’re a performer on-stage or on-screen, on-camera, or behind-the-mic, they all benefit from the resources which The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation provides.

Their foundation provides affordable opportunities for existing and aspiring performers in Louisiana, Mississippi, the Gulf Coast, and further afield. NOLA  is dedicated to creating and providing affordable educational opportunities for aspiring and established actors and voice-over talent, and to support the community using their expertise.

The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation received its status as a 501(c)3 Public Charity in early 2017 and within months was rebranded to The NATIONAL Voice Talent Foundation with the formation of two additional regional branches: National Voice Talent Gulf Coast and National Voice Talent Southwest – to provide donors, volunteers, and associates with the opportunity and the infrastructure to support the performing community, and the community-at-large, through its programs of education, opportunities, and youth and community support. 


  • With 40 years’ experience of training professionals and working in voice-over acting and production, Stephen has become an award-winning coach, benefiting voice actors and actors alike, as well as corporate presenters. 
  • He has coached American actors in voice and, as a writer, he provides occasional consultancy to authors and movie producers, in particular, and by providing advice and guidance on “British-English” usage.
  • In 2010, Stephen founded NOVA: The New Orleans Voice Agency believed to be the only specialist voice talent agency in New Orleans and representing talent specifically who are residents in Mississippi and Louisiana, the region known as Hollywood South.



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– Stephen James, Founder & CEO


Being a non-profit organization functioning wholly for the community, NOLA wanted to get past the challenge of having to deal with expensive event ticketing and also avail of features that are aligned for entertainment venues for enhancing the talents of many. 

After switching over to our event ticketing system, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation was able to thoroughly improve their event management through flexible pricing, easy event creation process,  quick revenue collection, and a host of premium event ticketing features.

Their in-person workshops have been sell-outs. And now, via Zoom at a reduced rate, even more people are hurrying to reserve their spaces – from even as far afield as the Bay Area in California.

Read more about their event ticketing journey with us HERE.