Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
A thank-you from Virginia Haley (SCVB) and Sam Davidson (Westfield Southgate) to hotel-, restaurant- & resort- clients. Catering by Cosimos. Photos: Cliff Roles, http://cliffroles.com/
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Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.
Hillary Steele, President of the Sarasota Ballet, invited company, staff and patrons on Sunday to the Edson Keith Mansion on the Philippi Estate for a superb buffet luncheon prepared by Paul Mattison and his team.
I completed my schooling in Croydon, England, studied French, German and Russian in Birmingham, then moved to Cologne, Germany in the mid-Seventies to work first in the building materials trade and then as a sales rep for 3M Do-It-Yourself products. In 1984 I talked my way into a German music-publishing company and became a radio promoter, which served as a stepping-stone for the next 16 years of promoting over 130 of the world’s most famous rock and pop stars of the 80’s and 90’s. Elton John, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Robert Plant, Lionel Richie, Donna Summer, Def Leppard, Tears For Fears, Dire Straits and Kiss were just a few of the artists I had the privilege of working with as, among other things, Head of Promotion and International Marketing Manager of Mercury Records, Germany. One of my most memorable recollections is standing on the Berlin Wall in 1989 as it was being torn down, then accompanying Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters as he put on his legendary rock opus “The Wall” in July 1990 on Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz.
Around the turn of the millennium I bade the “biz” farewell and became a professional German/English translator, a profession that allowed me to work anywhere in the world. I had always loved visiting the States, and maintained an on-off love affair with Florida for the next 2 years before eventually arriving in Sarasota in 2001 on my birthday, February 17, while touring Florida on my Harley. I knew the second I saw St. Armand’s Circle that I wanted to settle on the Sun Coast. I met my wife Maria shortly afterwards, and moved permanently to Sarasota in December 2002.
In 2003 I discovered my love of acting, and have since enjoyed roles in numerous plays and musicals at the Players of Sarasota, Venice Theatre, Manatee Players and Golden Apple Dinner Theatre.
A further highlight was in February 2006, when I was asked to be Ringmaster of Circus Sarasota for its 2006 season. And I was pleased and proud to be the Ringmaster for its 2007 10th anniversary season, Celebrating A Decade of Excellence.
Never one to be at a loss for words, I joined WIBQ radio in September 2004 as host of my show Talk of the Sun Coast. From February to December 2007, I broadcast through Community Radio WSLR, and then through March 2009 on local AM station WSRQ.
Listeners can now hear “the best guests on radio” here at wqmagonline.com, cliffroles.com, RadioSRQ.com and on my Facebook page!
I’m a professional photographer, specializing in events, professional and lifestyle portfolios, head-shots, weddings, family portraits, house pets etc.
I am proud to be the recipient of the Sarasota County Arts Council 2007 Arts Leadership Award for Media. I won Best Suncoast Enthusiast and Best Local Actor in Creative Loafing’s Best of 2007 & 2008, and I was voted one of the top three in the category Best Local Actor 2008 & 2009 by the readers of Sarasota Magazine and the Readers’ Choice winner in the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Curtain Call 2008 of Best Supporting Actor, Play for my performance as Val in last season’s Golden Apple Dinner Theatre production of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
In March 2009 I was voted Best Local Charismatic Actor by the readers of SRQ Magazine in its Best of SRQ Local 2009. I am also very proud to have been voted Best Emcee/Auctioneer 2009 by Scene Magazine!
In 2009 I was voted Best Local Media Personality, Best Local Actor and Best Mixed Messaage by the readers and critics of Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Suncoast 2009″ poll!
November 2010: I was voted Best Local Media Personality by the readers and critics of Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Suncoast 2010″ poll!
Interests and Hobbies
Photography, my radio show, acting in and watching theatre, opera, ballet, symphony, movies, TV.
Photographer, Radio & TV Host, Actor, Features Writer, German>English Translator, Narrator, Master of Ceremonies.
John Ruskin Grammar School, Croydon UK
City of Birmingham Polytechnic, Birmingham UK
Favorite Movies, TV?
all Harry Potter, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Forrest Gump, Little Shop of Horrors, Mr. Holland's Opus, Blades Of Glory, A Mighty Wind, Wedding Crashers, 40 Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman Ron Burgundy, Old School, Waiting for Guffman, This is Spinal Tap, all Marx Brothers, Lord of the Rings, West Side Story, Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oliver, Music Man, Lion King, Finding Nemo, The Color Purple, Carousel, all Austin Powers, Mickey Blue Eyes, Love actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shrek I & II, all Monty Python.
House, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Samantha Who?, Aliens in America, Back To You, Hotel Babylon, Notes From The Underbelly, Chuck, Life, Moonlight, Ghost Whisperer, Las Vegas, 24, Boston Legal, Scrubs, Two and a Half Men, Men in Trees, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Brothers and Sisters, The Unit, ER, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI Miami, Mad Men, Burn Notice, October Road, The Dead Zone, Saving Grace, The Closer, Entourage, Ab-Fab, anything French and Saunders, anything Fry and Laurie.
all Harry Potter books, Bill Bryson, John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer, Leslie Glass, Jasmine Cresswell, Kim Cool, Stuart Kaminski, Wayne Barcomb
Promotional video produced for The Out-of-Door Academy, in Sarasota, Florida. The client wanted a video incorporating the african/safari theme of its 2011 Banyan Ball fundraiser, while also celebrating the various members of this private school's community. Voiceover narration by Cliff Roles. Produced and edited by Lucas Colavecchio, HuB Studios.
Hello Cliff...Do you remember me? I worked with Jody at New York Hair quite a few years ago. I heard you do head shots and group pictures. I would love to set something up with you if I can. You can reach me at cell 529-2224 or my place of business 906-8686. Thank you and it will be nice to see you again. I hope you have a great day!
Hi Cliff! You can tell that I joined this site AGES ago and just now activated it, as it still shows my OBSOLETE headshot! I'm thrilled that you like my new one enough to include me in your promos - and I'll try to get into my profile here to update it with my/your correct one right now! LOVE YOU!
I must say I was totally captivated with your profile. I believe in living life to the fullest, enjoying everyday, everyone, and everything (seems as if we are on the same page). My Husband, Son, and Daughter are all passionate about the arts. Our Son is an instructor at Full Sail in Orlando, my Husband and Daughter have their own little recording studio and I enjoy painting and drawing. You seem to be such an intersting person, I truly hope to have the pleasure of meeting you one day.