Call for Experienced Voice Actors
Persons Of Interest – Audio Dramas
Vanitas Arts are producing 4 Audio Dramas focusing on the extraordinary lives of Josephine Baker, Ken ‘ Snakehips’ Johnson, Gladys Bentley and Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith.
We are looking for Voice Actors with a strong ear and talent for Black African -American accents.
These stories of Black Queer Artists span the jazz era’s of 1920’s - 1950’s with voices from New York, Chicago and the clip tones of the BBC via Guyana.
The audio dramas will be shared on digital platforms.
Payment terms - ITC recommend rates of pay for Actors
Age range - 30 - 40
Gladys was an extraordinary entertainer and a drag king - she was from Philadelphia then went to Harlem - As a singer, Bentley became known for a deep, growling voice and a trumpet-like scat.
Here’s a great article about her! ://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-blues-singer-gladys-bentley-broke-rules-180971708/
Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson
Age - Approx 25
Ken was the Swing Band Leader of the West Indian Dance Orchestra in the 1930’s - 1940’s London.
It was said…”The band's signature tune, similar to the Coronation Street theme, was followed by an announcer, speaking in the clipped tones of the BBC: He was described as “…his accent tinged with Harlem, proclaiming the first number "a real killer- diller!”
Age Range - 20 - 40
Josephine Baker was born in Missouri St Louis
Here’s what was written about her… Baker was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era, who variously dubbed her the "Black Venus", the "Black Pearl", the "Bronze Venus", and the "Creole Goddess”. Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Baker
Ada ‘ Bricktop’ Smith
Age Range - 40
Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria, Louise, Virginia ,Smith, better known as Bricktop, was an American dancer, jazz singer, vaudevillian, and self-described saloon-keeper who owned the nightclub Chez Bricktop in Paris from 1924 to 1961, as well as clubs in Mexico City and Rome. Ada was born in Chicago.
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Send Actors headshot
CV and brief covering letter or
Up to 2 minute video clip sharing your experience and why you are interested in joining us on this project.
An audio clip of examples of relevant accents and your singing voice.
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Subject matter - POI Audition - Character Name
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All the best we looking forward to hearing from you!