Casting for any project has always been fraught with challenges, and with a heightened demand across the board for better, more authentic representation for marginalized and underrepresented groups of people, the challenge has only increased. For projects that have multiple actors, you can hold explicitly specific casting calls for actors that meet the specs for any particular character, but the situation isn’t that simple in audiobooks, where much of the time there is only one actor whose job it is to portray every character in the book.
This poses a fascinating predicament for audiobook publishers and voice actors alike, but then there is also the question about the books themselves being written from an authentic and respectful place, and whether it can be addressed if the author fell short of due diligence in that regard.
The audiobooks industry continues to grow, and with its expansion the audience is becoming increasingly diverse. The following article explores the complexities of meeting demands for better representation under the particularly unique circumstances of audiobook narration.
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