The radio and TV personality, voice over artist, celebrity interviewer, comedian, writer, actor, and corporate performer is tagged the master of reinvention by her agent. All those who know Ella unanimously agree she is the personification of resilience. In the treacherous waters of the media where 15 minutes of fame can be quite literal, Ella’s ability to rise again and reinvent herself to meet the market has earned her a fierce respect from the industry. She's warm, witty and intelligent and audiences fall in love with her.
In Hollywood terms, Ella James is what is known as a ‘slashie’. She is a TV presenter, radio presenter, voice over artist, comedian, writer, actor, and corporate performer. For over 20 years, Australian audiences have seen her, heard her, read her, or heard her but have not known it was her!
While ‘normal’ people achieve some level of recognition for being good at one thing, and climb the corporate ladder. The world of media is by its very nature highly volatile. As a result, Ella plays a life game of snakes and ladders…and the wins and losses are rarely to do with her talent, rarely to do with anything to do with her personally… In fact, the same people who have fired her, or let her go, (13 times at the last count) would have her back tomorrow if they had a spot.
One thing the industry agrees on, from her agents, to her producers, her employers and colleagues Ella personifies resilience. She is the first to get back on the horse, to try again, to try something different. To improve her skills so that they meet what the market is after.
Ella James has notched up over 20 years in the Australian media and stage . An industry where people come and go and 15 minutes of fame is getting shorter and shorter. Agent Mark Morrissey calls her the master of reinvention. Ella has featured on radio and television, on stage and film, in print, and as a stand up comedian making the finals of the 2009 International Comedy Festival. Ella also lives in the mysterious world of voice over, the people always heard, and never seen who fill our lives. This ability to think on her feet, and to change her focus to fit the market's need are what this keynote is all about. Peppering her delivery with fascinating insights into a secret world that are funny, and touching.
In Ella’s talks her real and very human stories about how she has honed this skill entertain and engage your audiences from the best way to fail, to the best way to succeed, Ella James is fun and enchanting. Foxtel, where she is the voice of the Channel BIO, call her the ‘ chocolate voiced vixen’, and your audiences will delight in her vocal ability, which they will instantly recognise from their radios and TV’s.
After a long career in radio, Ella was seen on channel nine in Time Out For Serious Fun with Katie Fischer, and as the money specialist and host on FCTV (Family Circle TV on the Ten Network). She has broadcast to UN Peacekeepers for the Defence Department and done stand up comedy for the International Comedy Festival at The Basement in Sydney.
Always looking on the bright side of life saw her being lured back to radio. Ella was the original morning crew on 2DAY FM before Wendy Harmer and then moved onto 2GB (Macquarie Network),2UE (Southern Cross Network) and 702ABC SYDNEY. In this time she interviewed world experts on happiness and psychoneuroimmunology (the link between mind and body in health).
Ella is also one of Australia’s top voice artists with her voice being heard by millions of Australians on a wide variety of advertising and television programs
On the way she has collected stories from her celebrity interviews with everyone from supermodels to politicians and beyond including Elle McPherson, Whoopi Goldberg, Dr Lee Berk, Dr Bob Cummins, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, Magda Szubanski, Bert Newton, writer Elizabeth George (Inspector Linley) and Chrissie Amphlett.
Quicken, The Australian Small Business Champion Awards, the Local Business Awards, The Commonwealth Bank, IBM, ANZ BANK, NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, NSW Department of Education, Women in Education Leadership Forum, Harvey World Travel, Sydney Fish Market, Hillross Financial, Botany Business Excellence Awards, Shoalhaven City Turf Club, NSW TAFE, Sanctuary Cove – Retail, Harcourts Real Estate.
“Ella is full of life and incredible anecdotes. Make time and invest in Ella’s vivacious personality to secure your vision. You will receive more than you expect."
Marketing Manager, Sanctuary Cove
"A first class Master of Ceremonies with a thoroughly distinctive and professional style... In addition to fulfilling the brief of MC she also designed humourous and other segments involving audience participation."
“Excellent - Ella was a bolt of energy that ignited the group. Many people commented that they had not laughed so loud for a long time. At the same time Ella presented with professionalism and a passion for life that was an inspiration to the audience."
“Fantastic, entertaining and had me crying with laughter. The results speak for themselves and afterwards I received many positive comments on Ella's talk. Ella's stories were down-to-earth, humourous and she really connected with the audience. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ella as a guest speaker for future events."
Department of Sport and Recreation
“A part of my job involves travelling world wide to present medical research data and to that end
I have spoken at many events over the past 25 years and have "endured" many MC's who had no clue about the areas of presentation. I found your "MC-ing" both innovative and clear and was thoroughly impressed by your professionalism and understanding of the awards as well as keeping the flow going, stopping the chatterboxes and adding "just the right" amount of humour."
Keogh Institute for Medical Research
Outstanding, Fabulous, excellent and inspirational were the comments from the participants evaluation sheets. Ella once again met and exceeded the Conference committee expectations. Ella is a bright and bubbly person and this comes across in her presentation. without exception.. Ella's presentation in the final session was positive and energized which left the participants feeling relaxed and happy. Her presentation was well received by the 190 participants and was reflected in their comments on the evaluation sheets. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ella to anyone in the future.
Ambarvale High School
“Bright, bubbly, humorous and enthusiastic can best describe Ella James. Her professional approach and connection with audiences around Australia as Master of Ceremonies added to the success of the Small Business Champion Awards with positive feedback being received after each event. We would have no hesitation in using Ella again. "
“Words cannot express my joy and gratitude. Ella James was brilliant, fantastic, enthusiastic, funny, insightful, inspiring.... she was just a perfect fit! She created a wonderful mood at the beginning of the day and followed this with an engaging, enlightening and very humorous keynote. Everyone left the room feeling taller, having good hormones from all the laughing bouncing around their bodies and I am sure, chuckling over various Ella tidbits not just on the way home but every day since. Thank you again for such a fantastic speaker."
Women in Leadership Forum
“The women of Temora would like to sincerely thank you for your recommendation of Ella James to be the guest speaker at our International Women’s Day function. Ella was everything and more!!!! We loved her! We are in the midst of one of the worst droughts in history and women have been bolstering this community and to have Ella inject her warmth and humour in to us was just what the doctor ordered!"
Temora Shire Council
"Ella - always great to add humour and inspiration"
"Ella was excellent"
"Ella makes a conference ‘sparkle’ - with her humour and exuberance she brings fun, wisdom and enthusiasm for life."
Macksville Public School