Welcome to another edition of the "PANA Insider," a behind-the-microphone video series of updates, initiatives, and happenings at PANA - The Professional Audiobook Narrators Association.
Today, Deepti Gupta, Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, will be chatting with Communications Committee member Jacqueline de Boer about the upcoming workshop “Let's Talk About You: Writing an Actor's Bio for Audiobook Narrators.”
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On Saturday, June 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. Eastern/1 to 4 p.m. Pacific time, PANA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will host its first skills-oriented workshop for the PANA community on the subject of writing actor bios.
Narrators faced with the task of writing about themselves must consider how certain aspects of their goals and identities can deepen the challenge.
• Should I specialize in or avoid specific genres?
• Do I want to attract roles that reflect my identity?
• Do I want to avoid being exclusively cast in roles that reflect my identity?
• Am I comfortable disclosing an invisible identity that I could apply to my storytelling narration?
• How can I find balance in the ways I publicly present myself and the work I want to do?
In this workshop, Jennifer Aquino and André Santana of the DEI Committee will present tools to help you answer these questions. You'll hear a wide-scale rundown of the fundamentals to consider when writing your actor's bio as a narrator, along with industry insights.
Jennifer and André will work with four narrators live and coach them toward their actor bio goals to demonstrate how these tips and tricks get applied on the ground.
The four live-coached narrators will receive:
• Advance materials to prepare drafts of their bios prior to the workshop
• 15 minutes of directed revising, with action steps from either Jennifer or André during the workshop
• A final draft follow-up after the event
Let's Talk About You: Writing an Actor's Bio for Audiobook Narrators
with André Santana & Jennifer Aquino (DEI committee members)
Saturday June 25th, 4-7pm ET (1-4PT)
A recorded version will be made available to PANA members
This event is free to watch live or recorded for all PANA members and $45 for each of the four coaching spots.
via Zoom live and recorded
A newsletter containing registration information has been sent to all PANA members.