Now Hiring: Real Aflac Duck Auditions [Video]

job interview The Aflac duck is back and quacking! The international insurance company has officially opened auditions for the new voice of their endearing corporate icon, which became necessary when the former voice of the duck, Gilbert Gottfried, was fired from his gig of 11 years for tweeting insensitive jokes about the Japanese tsunami and earthquake. It seems Aflac has a major presence in Japan.

According to the casting call website Aflac has set up specifically to take auditions, "Our beloved duck has lost his voice. Think you have what it takes to be the new voice of the Aflac Duck? Take a quack at it. You can submit your application online, or come to a casting call and apply in person."

There will be open casting calls where you can apply in person in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Atlanta and Las Vegas. See a schedule and information here. Or you can apply online by submitting contact info and an audio or video file. Online applications must be:

  • Submitted by 11:59pm PST on Friday 4/1
  • No more than 30 seconds long
  • 10MB or smaller
  • File name should include your first and last names
  • Is a standard file format:
    • Audio: mp3, wav, midi, wma, mpa, mp2, m2a, ra
    • Video: mov, qt, mpeg, mpg, wmv, rmvb, rm, avi, m4a, mp4, m4v

A few specifics about the gig: Aflac says, "This position will be integral to forging Aflac's voice in all manner of communications. In this role you will create innovative ways to use one word to convey that, without Aflac, no insurance coverage is complete."

You'll be required to creatively express everything Aflac is, in one quick quack. You'll be expected to make people laugh, and get along well with other ducks. You'll be providing a voice for advertising in television, websites and other marketing communications. And most importantly, you're expected to be a person who "Inspires trust and behaves ethically."

Meanwhile, AOL readers showed us that they could well be quacked up to be the next Aflac duck, by posting some killer auditions on YouTube. We hope everyone sends their auditions to the official Aflac site. But here are some of our favorites, as selected by Hollywood voice over agent and producer James Mandell:




Most Delightful Group Effort: Johnnie Moutra






Most Resourceful on the Go: Allan Laurie






Most Entertaining: Sonny Melendrez






Most Potential (and cutest): Gavin Lanphear






And Finally...


Best and Most Professional: Mark Kaye




Next: Watch More Aflac Duck Videos. They Will Quack You Up!


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Kasey Kearcher

Saw all of these cool auditions, looked like fun so I thought I would try it myself! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT5_cmD_Zjo

March 29 2011 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JenHO

I have a grand-duck named Hermoine. I have been trying to train her to say "Aflac" for awhile now. I think she'd make an excellent new spokesduck for Aflac commercials. I'm going to submit my duckumentary and see what you think.
Jennifer

March 26 2011 at 2:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
billy bob malibu

Dump the duck,Time for something new

March 25 2011 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sharquincy

I think Allen is a great choice...

March 25 2011 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matthew

I lthink Gavin Lanphear sholud be aflac because he sonuds like a duck. I hope he is aflac.

March 25 2011 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
japrasher

AFLAC is cutting off their beak to spite their face by firing Gilbert.... It was just freaking twitter .... I and the vast majority of people only knew about it cause twitter freaks can't keep their squeeks to themselves ..... Just like grade school girls on the playground.

March 25 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dann

Sonny for sure! A differerent cartoon character all the time would be hilarious.

March 25 2011 at 7:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Matthew

I thin Gavin

March 25 2011 at 8:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
babeygirl927

Mark Kaye for sure

March 25 2011 at 7:38 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rmryj

allen

March 25 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
tmfenmore

Screw Gilbert Godfreak! My vote is for Johnnie Moutra.

March 25 2011 at 7:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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