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Aussie voice for TomTom GPS

FORMER Gladstone student James Gauci doesn’t mind telling you where to go.

As the new Australian voice of TomTom GPS, James will be directing drivers around the world to their destination.

The 23-year-old psychology student was unveiled as the winner of the national Be the Voice competition this week, with his entry under the moniker “Designated Dave” attracting the most votes online.

He was encouraged to enter by his girlfriend and the 30 minutes of work to write the script and record the clip also landed James a $10,000 pay cheque.

With the support of friends on online social networking site Facebook, James see-sawed in the lead against New South Wales’s Brendan Barry-Cooper.

After finding out he’d won, James faced a frustrating wait to reveal the good news.

“I found out on Friday, but I couldn’t tell anyone,” he said.

As for having a typical Australian accent, James credits this to his upbringing in a number of places around the country.

Since leaving Gladstone in 2005, James has been cutting his teeth in amateur theatre productions and even travelled overseas to Kuala Lumpur as a support singer for an Elvis impersonator.

James said he hadn’t done any voice acting before and was keeping his options open about his future.

After finding out he had won, James was flown to Melbourne to appear on Channel Seven breakfast program Sunrise on Monday, and has been swamped with media interviews before heading into a Sydney studio yesterday to record.

His new voice is expected to be available online for download by Christmas.


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