013: Music Supervisor and Voice Over Casting Director Aurelia Belfield breaks down A&E and aspirational art

Kicking off 2018! Here’s Aurelia Belfield, Music and Casting Supervisor and Sound Coordinator, with Trailblazer Studios in Raleigh. Learn about Aurelia’s super cool work in the entertainment industry and her passion for accessibility, representation, and aspirational art for all communities. She also generously shares tips for Triangle-area artists who’d like to pursue voice-over work. Would you like to do that?

Aurelia Belfield has lived all over the country but has made NC her home. A UNC grad, she has found success in the entertainment industry as a music supervisor and voice over casting director, she’s also passionate about making high quality art accessible to every community and making art that is reflective not only of the diverse communities we already live in but also the communities we want to see.

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Time break down:

[0:00] Happy New Year! Episode intro and Aurelia’s bio

[1:20] Tamara reads a description of Trailblazer Studios and Aurelia Belfield’s responsibilities and then asks what all of that means!

[2:10] THE WORK: Aurelia breaks down her job responsibilities and why her job exists

[6:45] Examples of fulfilling projects

[8:38] Aurelia, how did you get into this work?

[12:00] THE CLIENTS: How to talk to clients and work with them to meet their needs

[19:05] What can non-profits learn from for-profit organizations like Trailblazer?

[27:50] What is the career path for a voice-over casting director and music supervisor? Is there time for other creative projects?

[33:39] TIPS: Aurelia makes suggestions for Triangle-peeps interested in voice over work.

[38:34] COMMUNITY: Why is community building important to Aurelia? “I want to see on stage what I want to see in my neighborhood.” “Art is that gateway to understand — This is a person. This is a person who has feelings. I relate to the person because I relate to this story.” Empowering artists to create communities that we want to see. The power of Intention! Color-blind vs. color-conscious casting.

[50:33] An example of a theatre piece that was powerful for the artists involved and the community who witnessed it — Chaunesti Webb’s I LOVE MY HAIR WHEN IT’S GOOD: & THEN AGAIN WHEN IT LOOKS DEFIANT AND IMPRESSIVE. Why did this piece touch people the way it did?

[57:20] Thanks and sign-off

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Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, and original audio dramas.

Artist Soapbox is an anti-racist organization. We believe Black Lives Matter. In addition, as a podcast production company, ASBX has signed the Equality in Audio Pact on Broccoli Content.

Artist Soapbox is more than just a podcast.

We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Declaration of Love, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.

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Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.

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Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

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ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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