For these applications we align ourselves with the We Need Diverse Books' definition of Diversity: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
DEI Mentorship Program
The APA's Mentorship program pairs diverse Narrator Members with their more experienced APA member peers. The goal is to nurture talent, and encourage greater equity and inclusion in the audiobook industry. Mentor/Mentee partners meet and work on mentee-established goals over the course of 3 months, with at least two meetings a month. We have just launched our Fall 2021 program, but if you would like to apply to be part of our 2022 program as a Mentor or Mentee, please log in to the APA website, click Resources, then Additional Resources to find the online forms. Once you have applied, you need not apply a second time. This is open to APA members only. To learn more about membership, click here.
"This has been an enjoyable experience. I'm glad I can have a positive impact on and assist with the development of such a talented and hard working mentee!"—Mentor, pilot program
"I’m really grateful that I was chosen as a mentee. I’ve learned a lot and gained more confidence as a narrator. I’ve also learned to stop being so hard on myself when lengthy pickups come back :-). I look forward to eventually becoming a mentor."—Mentee, pilot program
New Narrator Workshop
Launched in January 2020, these workshops focus on BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and other marginalized actors who have never narrated an audiobook, or only have a few audiobook credits. The workshops are a mix of round-table discussion and performance guidance. Actors do not need to be APA members to participate in this event. Sign up for an email about our next workshop.
The outreach committee has put together a short presentation workshop to bring to institutions and organizations that value and foster diversity, with the aim to introduce and inspire interest in our dynamic and growing section of the entertainment industry. We piloted the presentation at Fairleigh Dickinson University and are now actively seeking introductions to institutions and organizations with diverse membership. Help us connect by filling out this form.
Narration Resource Hub
In the APA members area (log in to access, click Resources, then Narration Resources), you'll find documentation on the following topics: Home Studio, Best Practices, Research, ProTools, Reaper, and Adobe Audition. We will be adding a Marketing Guide later in 2021!
Want to get involved? Email Michele Cobb.