I am looking for financial assistance to attend an awards ceremony that is recognizing my work in Voice Over.
I’m a voice artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I’ve been nominated for a Voice Arts Award (VAA) presented by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS). This is very exciting as the voice world has been an extremely tough industry to crack. I do work mostly in commercials and sometimes in animation. This past year has been tough on the commercial side as my union has been locked out by an association of advertising agencies. Our agreement was in negotiations and they wanted to slash our rates by 60%. The dispute is ongoing and has resulted in a major loss of work and income. It has been a bit of a tumultuous time, especially coming off the hardships of many Ontario lockdowns during the pandemic. Receiving this nomination for “Outstanding PSA – Voice Over” recognizing a commercial spot that I voiced for the Montreal Inclusive District means a lot to me. I love Montreal and as a gay actor, the opportunity to lend my voice to this queer-focused spot is extremely heartwarming.
The gala for the VAAs is taking place in Los Angeles, California USA. The expense is quite large for me so getting some help to go down to L.A. for this ceremony at Warner Bros Studios would be AMAZING! I’ve never been to L.A. before and have always dreamed of going.
I don’t often get to celebrate my work but I thought I would take the risk and go down for this celebration. It is expensive for me, costing CAD $2,111 but I have some savings that I am tapping into. This covers flight, accommodation, and food for four days.
I am an actor working in voice-over, film, tv, and theatre. Acting jobs are all over the place so I don’t have any guaranteed income. I have a side job as a writer working in kids’ tv and another part-time job as a casting assistant organizing auditions for a casting director here in Toronto. I went to school for classical theatre and studied improv at The Second City. The biggest job I’ve had as an actor was working as a dancing, singing caterpillar for a kids’ TV show called “The Moblees”. It was with that show that I was able to perform at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll in 2014… that was one of the more wild experiences of my career. This VAA nomination feels like another wild opportunity that I can’t pass up. However, I’m having trouble affording it at this time.
Any help you can give to help me on this career journey would be so appreciated. I would be very grateful.
My Paypal account is: https://paypal.me/scottfarley1244
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