Are You Quacked Up to Be the Next Aflac Duck? [Video]

job interview Ever since it was announced that comedian Gilbert Gottfried would no longer be voicing the iconic Aflac duck because he tweeted tasteless jokes about the Japanese tsunami and earthquake, people have been wondering what will become of the much-loved duck. Will he be retired, or will some other lucky voice-over artist be hired to take his place?

Aflac, which does a good deal of its insurance business in Japan and has pledged $100 million to help with the rescue and rebuilding efforts in the country, has made it clear that the duck will live on as the company's spokesbird. But he will need a new voice, and they'll be holding a nationwide, open casting call in the future. For the moment, however, one would guess that they're probably too involved with aiding the Japanese to organize anything official.

Although no public announcement of auditions has been made yet, hopeful quackers are already trying to get a jump start on the gig by posting auditions on YouTube. We thought it'd be fun to host our own practice audition.

Post your own audition on YouTube, label it "aol jobs aflac video," and send us a link to it by clicking here. We'll have a professional voice-over agent take a look at them, then we'll run the best ones here on AOL Jobs. Chances are good we'll run the funniest ones as well. Here's an example of how quick and easy it can be. You can record your audition and post it in about 20 seconds using your smart phone.



We can't promise this will get Aflac's attention; but even if you don't get official duck duties, you'll not only be refining your voice-over chops, you'll also be seen and heard by thousands, some of whom just might like what they hear. Go ahead -- why not take a quack at it?

Next: Aflac Fires Gilbert Gottfried Over Tweets


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ARGUSNAT

Very much look forward to hearing from you. I have an Incredible voice and experience doing voice over!

March 28 2011 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qxGlpCXxLk Gotta admit, it blows all the one's I watched out of the duck pond!

March 22 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dejavu592

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eejJhL6VDnM tell me what you think

March 21 2011 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
emailforsean

I've always been annoyed by the sound of Gottfried, but his voice was a perfect fit as the Aflac goose. In a way it's sort of a sad ending, yet I'm glad I won't be hearing his 'whiny, nasally shrill of a voice' any longer.

March 21 2011 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ANTON

Gilbert's comedy act is on the dark side anyway, he has always ben one sick puppy and it works for him. And yes he has the right to express himself, but when you are a spokes person your views, beliefs, comments, even sick jokes can be a reflection of the company you work for. Gilbert will not lose much sleep over this, I may not agree with it but I will defend your right to say it. He has all the right to say what he wants just as the company has all the right to fire him.

March 21 2011 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy

I never even knew it was a professional comedian doing the voice - I am sure there are many people out there capable of mimicing that "quack" so that you wouldn't even know it was someone else. After Jim Henson passed away, I believe his son had to take over for Kermit the Frog's voice and the character lives on! So will the Aflac duck without the tasteless Gottfried - he was annoying anyway.

March 21 2011 at 6:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dukebuddy

Afrac !

March 21 2011 at 4:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DawnellDaugherty

Some comedians haven't any class;look at Michael Richards[Kramer on Seinfeld], a few years back,that destroyed his career;There are certain lines you just don't cross,period!!!!

March 20 2011 at 11:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mngramos

foot in mouth...forgive and forget..

March 20 2011 at 11:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ddschrbr

Free speech had nothing to do with it. That idiot thought it was funny to make fun of dead Japanese people. How would you feel if he made fun of your dead mother or your family members ?

March 20 2011 at 10:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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