Six-Figure Job: Professional Quacker

Aflac! Aflac! Aflac!

Aflac Voice Contest
Source: quackaflac.com
Aflac Voice Contest

Calling all quackers: Aflac is holding a nationwide casting call for someone to be the new voice of the Aflac duck after giving their last spokesduck, comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the axe over insensitive tweets he made about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

(75 percent of the company’s earnings are generated in Japan.)

The casting call is sure to draw a gaggle of aspiring actors and actresses, but here’s one little tidbit that’s sure to raise a few eyebrows in Officeville: This is a SIX-FIGURE JOB!

That’s right, six figures to be a professional quacker.

And here’s the second-best part: You don’t need any prior experience.

So, quick recap: Six figures. Quacking. No experience required.

All you have to do is post a 30-second audio or video file to their special web site for the job, QuackAflac.com.

Here’s the job description they’ll be posting on Monster.com:

“In this role, you will find innovative ways to use one word to convey to consumers that, without Aflac, no insurance converage is complete.”

The person, of course, will need to know how to pronounce the word Aflac, the job description says, and possibly be bilinqual or trilingual. A Spanish duck may be a possibility.

“We want someone who can show an array of emotions while using a single word: Aflac,” said Jon Sullivan, a spokesman for Aflac.

The new spokesduck’s responsibilities will include creating “innovative and original quacking that helps consumers understand how Aflac is different from major medical,” also to convey that “the company’s insurance provides a financial safety net for families, and that “ “Aflac is the insurance company that they can count on in their time of need.”

Whew! That’s a lot to pack into one word!

YouTube is already aflutter with video job applications — including one who impersonates Joan Rivers and another who impersonates Homer Simpson.

Another YouTube video features a real duck that "fails” the audition.

Perhaps the best is a baby who auditions for the job — and takes some creative liberties with the word Aflac:



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