COLUMBUS, Ga., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac today reminded would-be applicants for the position of the new voice of the Aflac Duck to upload their audition file before 11:59 PM Pacific time tomorrow (April 1). Submissions made after 11:59 PM Pacific time on April 1, 2011, will not be accepted.
In addition to online auditions, Aflac is offering live casting calls on a limited basis in six cities across the country this week. Live auditions are by appointment only. Applicants can go to quackaflac.com today and tomorrow for information on how to secure an appointment on a first come-first served basis. These try-outs will be scheduled for a date next week.
"The response to this open casting call has been absolutely astounding," Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said. "More than 150,000 people have visited the job description on Monster.com and/or quackaflac.com and over 5,100 people auditioned online. We are confident that the amazing interest in the Aflac Duck will generate an array of choices for casting callbacks."
Aflac announced a nationwide casting call last week to find a new voice for the Aflac Duck. The company is looking for someone who can convey an array of emotions while using a single word—Aflac—to help consumers understand that Aflac provides a safety net for policyholders when they are sick or hurt.
Since 2000, the Aflac Duck has appeared in 52 television ads and numerous radio ads, helping increase the company's brand recognition from slightly more than 10 percent to an amazing 93 percent. The Aflac Duck is also a symbol for the company's primary philanthropic cause, helping Aflac raise more than $62 million for the treatment and research of childhood cancer.
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than 55 years, Aflac insurance policies have helped provide a safety net and given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force. Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For five consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies and by Forbes magazine as one of America's Best-Managed Companies in the Insurance category. In 2011, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the thirteenth consecutive year. Also, Fortune magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 10th time in 2011. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or aflacenespanol.com.
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