New Aflac Voice: Could It Be YOU?
Do you consider yourself an ethical, trusting person who can correctly pronounce the word "Aflac"—in a duck's voice? You, my friend, just might fit the bill for Aflac's iconic spokesduck job.
(FIT THE BILL. HA HA HA HA oh god.)
As you may remember, Aflac fired its mascot's voice, Gilbert Gottfried, after he posted a flurry of insensitive tweets about Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Now the insurance company has embarked on a campaign to hire a new corporate quack job (HA HA HA ahhhh what's wrong with me?), publishing an official posting on Monster.com, launching a casting-call website, and releasing a silent film-era type commercial which directs viewers to their Facebook page.
Think you have what it takes to become the new Aflac duck? Here's what you need to do:
To apply online (by April 1), post a 30-second video or audio recording of your best take on the Aflac quack. The application says you should "feel free to add grunts, groans, and mutterings, but no words other than 'Aflac.'"
If you're in NY, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, or Austin, you can apply in person at one of their casting calls.
The job description on Monster, which is surprisingly detailed, describes the primary responsibility as "(creating) innovative and original quacking that helps consumers understand how Aflac is different from major medical."
Please note that you "must be able to present complex information clearly and concisely into an effective reading of the word 'Aflac.'"
Aflac also mentions ethics twice in the listing, so, you know, to paraphrase: "Don't be an soulless douchebag who posts mean jokes about people suffering in Japan, for god's sake, we do 75% of our business there."
Okay, so this whole thing is pretty entertaining and a great little marketing campaign for the company, but here's the part you might want to take seriously: according to Aflac, the gig pays six figures a year for a few days' worth of work.