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The Disco Ball: Chapter 1
Marcus Rhoder Backstory Voice Performance ("Jackie")

Collaborate with us to bring Marcus Rhoder’s love interest to life. We're seeking a female voice actor to play the part of Jackie, Marcus’ college sweetheart, who will voice roughly 3-5 lines of dialogue for the role.

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Profit Points
$150 USD

Submission Guidelines

Each submission should include an English-language audition reading of the following sample dialogue:

“I believe if there's any kind of God it wouldn't be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there's any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.”

Submission should be delivered as an mp3 file.

Story Context

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Marcus and Jackie met while they were both studying Aerospace Engineering at Stanford. They bonded over their shared passion for space, with Jackie helping Marcus realize his innate talent for explaining complex space phenomena in a fun way (highlighted in the script by Marcus’ demonstration of electromagnetic radiation at a diner using salt and pepper shakers). This innate talent Jackie brought out in Marcus led him to pursue his side-project apart from his primary duties on the ISS as a YouTube educator, amassing millions of subscribers to his channel for his simple and engaging lessons on space.

Marcus’ backstory revolves around the incipient days of his love story with Jackie, contextualized in THE DISCO BALL as a “waypoint,” in which fans will be prompted to consume the story as a distinct “branch” off of the core narrative.

Creative Considerations

We are seeking an actor to bring brevity to the role of Jackie, fostering seamless and natural chemistry with the pre-recorded performance of Lionel Boyce, the voice of Marcus.

Creative References

Shailene Woodley in “The Fault in Our Stars”

Zoe Kazan in “The Big Sick”

Cristin Milioti in “Palm Springs”

Story Universe Examples
  • "Marcus Rhoder's Backstory" by Michael Lewen
How It Works

Interested voice actors should submit a recording of their performance of the sample dialogue in the brief, and in accordance to the submission guidelines. A link to a voice acting reel or recent performance is welcome, but 100% not required.

Review & Selection

Our creative team will review all submissions, considering overall quality of read and alignment with the creative considerations. The actor whose audition best meets the criteria will be contacted and provided with feedback on their submission. This may involve recording a second practice read of the actual lines to be included in the story, and any follow-up discussions on refining aspects of read (delivery, tone, intonation, etc.) to ensure the recording aligns with the vision of the character.

Feedback & Finalization

Actor will work closely with the creative team to finalize and incorporate notes into final reading, which may include attending a professional studio to record the final lines for story integration (based on your location).

Story Integration

Once finalized, the approved recording will be integrated into the narrative where appropriate.


Voice actor will be appropriately credited and recognized for their contributions.