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.

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.

Outreach Committee

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.

Mentoring

The Mentorship Committee is accepting applications for the Diversity Mentorship Program. The APA Mentorship Program will pair diverse Narrator Members with their more experienced peers, with the goals of nurturing talent, and greater equity and inclusion in the audiobook industry. Mentor/Mentee partners will meet several times over the course of 6 months: once weekly during the first month, and twice monthly thereafter – at a minimum. Mentees will be responsible for establishing goals. There will be an opportunity towards the end of the program to include a guest Mentor, who may have expertise in an area/subject on which the Mentee wants to focus: home studio set-up, narrating in a new genre, time management, establishing new producer relationships, etc.

The pilot Mentorship program of 20 participants just launched (February 2021). The team will be starting another program later in 2021.

Interested APA Members are encouraged to apply for either Mentor or Mentee role by submitting an application.

Please read the Mentorship Program Guidelines for more information on expectations, time commitment, and the BENEFITS of participation.

Resource Hub

In January 2021 we will be posting documentation on the following topics to the member area: Marketing, Prep, and Best Practices.

In February 2021 we will add instructional documents: studio basics, software, and audiobook recording.

Want to get involved? Email Michele Cobb.