People have been asking me, “How do you manage to be WILDLY successful in so many fields: Conservative politics, banking, international law, tennis, hockey and music…. not to mention MILDLY successful in the fields of animation and comics. How do you do it?” I hate to admit it, but I don’t deserve all this acclaim. Here’s the secret: there are more than one of us JAMES BAKERs out there… Here is a comprehensive list for those of you who may have confused me with one of the other guys:
PART ONE: other JAMES Bakers. Though a lot of people call me Jamie, my official name is actually JAMES. So first off, let’s look at the other blokes using THAT name…
The Banker: JAMES BAKER GROUP. Investment banking firm with offices in the midwest. Hence forth take all your investment concerns to THEM, as I’m the James Baker who happens to be unwise with his own money and couldn’t be trusted with yours… Better to check in with moneybags Baker at his web site here
The wanker: JAMES A. BAKER III. AKA secretary of state under Reagan. He led the campaigns of the last four Republican presidents. Now he’s Bush’s personal envoy in charge of restructuring Iraq’s $132 billion in debt. Possibly the most powerful lawyer in the world, he’s also one of the busiest. He’s the Senior Counsel for The Carlyle Group, the nation’s 10th largest defense contractor, with extensive ties to Enron, Global Crossing, Arthur Andersen, the Saudi Royal Family, and the Bin Ladens. (He watched the September 11 attacks at the Ritz-Carlton with the Bin Laden family). He’s defending the Saudi’s against a trillion-dollar lawsuit brought forth by the September 11 families.
I’m not that James Baker. If you are looking for him, please go here.
The Actor(s). There are potentially more than one of these… The IMDB lists 17 JAMES BAKERs!. Here is the credit list of one of them. It is possible to confuse me with this guy, as I have done some voice acting, check it out.
The Interactive guy: Co-founder and creative director of a New York based company called WDDG (World Domination Design Group). It describes itself as “a multiple Clio, OneShow and Communication Arts Annual award-winning interactive brand consultancy and design firm”. I have done some games work myself so the confusion here is understandable… But this guy sounds like he’s got his shit together better than me. Want more of that particlar JAMES BAKER award winning flava? then you need to be here.
The Rock drummer. Back in the early 1980’s when I still lived in Sydney, I was sometimes confused with this guy, even though he’s obviously way cooler than me. Being a rock drummer and all…. He was the original drummer for the power pop band HOODOO GURUS. You can find out more about him here
The OTHER animator: As yoda would say “there IS another…” This is definately the most likely James baker to be confused with moi. He works in LA for Disney. he’s got a nice list of credits. To Make matters even more confusing, I have a few Disney credits myself from when I was at the Disney paris Studio. And that aint all folks, James DISNEY Baker also does comics, whew! How confusing is that?!
PART TWO: other JAMIE Bakers. even though my official name is James, a lot of people call me JAMIE, so let’s look at all the other people using THAT name shall we?
Hockey player: Of the San Jose Sharks, and previously of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I believe that he may be Canadian. Not likely to be confused with me given my complete lack of physical co-ordination, but if you came to my site looking for Candadian Hockey Jamie, then you need to go here.
Tennis Player: It’s true that I have taken tennis lessons in the past, but even so, it is unlikely that I would be confused with anyone so athletic. On the other hand he too was born in Scotland (he in Glasgow, me in Edinbugh) so we share more than a name… more about Scottish tennis Jamie here.
Christain rocker: If you are looking to rock hard in the lord, then you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m certainly not musical, and spiritually I’m bankrupt, so please go groove with the christian Jamie at his official website which is here.
Sound Recordist: Could be confused with the guy above, or perhaps me because he too works in movies. You can see a list of his credits here
And last of all there is me: James Stuart Baker. animator/storyboarder, occasional comics self-publisher, sometime voice talent, born in Scotland raised in Australia, no tennis ability, not christian, cant sing… and no friend of the bin Laden or Bush families. I’m glad we cleared that all up. Welcome to my world… If I ever have a kid, I’m naming them ADOLPH Baker, Or GHENGIS Baker…. something that stands out, sheesh.