Representation in Casting Panel

with Kesha Monk, Jean-François Donaldson and Tre Mosley

Get ready for an in-depth, candid conversation about representation. Voiceover artists Jean-François Donaldson and Tre Mosley join Anne and her guest co-host Kesha Monk for an enlightening panel discussion! The panelists talk about what representation means, the importance of authenticity, and why the “default American” sound cannot/should not be limited. Not only will this episode help shed light on an important issue, but it also provides examples to help listeners appreciate the impact of microaggressions. Listen if you want to learn more about how you can be a true ally.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. We have to change what we think of as “default” in voiceover

  2. Black actors tend to get pigeonholed and only considered for Black roles

  3. It’s going to take people on the inside speaking up to change the industry

  4. People of color are getting overlooked in casting

  5. Too often BIPOC talent have to be significantly “better” than white talent to get the same role

  6. Casting directors will go for what they assume is “safe” or “default”, which traditionally has been a “white voice”

  7. Casting directors tend to think white women are “relatable” and those who buy most consumer products

  8. BIPOC people are also consumers, so it’s time that advertising voices reflect this

  9. When a casting call goes out with general specs, casting directors should include people of color 

  10. Casting often neglects to include diverse talent because white has been “the norm” for so long

  11. It’s a sign of privilege to say you don’t see color

  12. It is WRONG to pretend to be African American even in a character role. Black is not a character trait or a voice. It is a race

  13. To be an ally means as a white person, you don’t audition for BIPOC roles

  14. White people must hold other white people accountable in order to move forward

  15. Black actors are available to play Black characters, it’s time they get hired

  16. A majority of characters are written by white people, so the “default” character is white

  17. We need to get to a point where Black people can be seen as “people” and not just “Black people”

  18. Black people MUST be hired to do Black characters because these characters are dealing with struggles that are unique to the Black community

  19. When you hire a BIPOC person, they can tell you if your script accurately represents the life of a BIPOC person

  20. A White person will never be able to accurately tell the story of a BIPOC person

  21. Black is not an accent. You can change your accent, you cannot change your race. They are not the same

  22. Telling a Black person they speak “well” is offensive and racist. Just because someone speaks differently, does not mean they are not intelligent

  23. Oftentimes Black actors will be asked be “be more Black” or more “urban”

  24. It’s offensive to ask a Black person to be “more Black”. Let the Black actor show you what they sound like. Let them be authentic

  25. Let Black people play the girl or guy next door

  26. Representation matters, true allyship matters

  27. White folks need to listen and take action, instead of sitting idly

  28. White people need to be responsible for their own education instead of always asking their Black friends

  29. If you like Black culture, but don’t like Black people, you are racist and part of the problem

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Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Jean-François Donaldson

  2. Tre Mosley

  3. KESHA



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  7. Tik Tok suppresses Black creators

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Full Episode Transcript

It’s time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premiere Business Owner Strategies and Successes being utilized by the industry’s top talent today. Rock your business like a boss, a VO BOSS! Now let’s welcome your host, Anne Ganguzza.

Anne: Hey, everyone. Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, and today I have a very special panel of guests here to talk about representation in voiceover. I’d like to first welcome back my amazing guest co-host for the past 13 weeks, and it has just —

Kesha: Jesus.

Anne: — flown by. I know, right? The lovely and super talented Kesha Monk.

Kesha: How the heck are you?

Anne: Kesha.

Kesha: What’s goin’ on? [laughs]