OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) Volunteer Opportunity
ORAL INTERPRETATION SPECIALIST
OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L), a multi-platform journal, has immediate need for a volunteer Editorial Assistant: ORAL INTERPRETATION SPECIALIST (intern) with near-native fluency in English.
Are you an emerging actor or theater arts student? Are you a spoken-word artist or slam poet? Are you a vocalist or on-air personality? Are you a teacher, journalist, or literary academic with a focus on stage arts or film studies? Are you a student or graduate student pursuing a degree in theater arts, film studies, or broadcast journalism? Would you like to join an arts/media team that publishes some of the world’s most exciting studio artists, poets, and writers who are working today?
If you can answer “yes” to any of the questions above, you may find this resume-building position as A VOLUNTEER Editorial Assistant: DRAMATIC INTERPRETATIONS SPECIALIST (intern) or Contributing Editor: DRAMATIC INTERPRETATIONS SPECIALIST (DOQ) with OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L), to be a very interesting opportunity.
The qualified candidate will be able to commit to up to 10 hours of assigned work per month (4-5 well-rehearsed readings); will be able to demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak English with at least near-native fluency; will be able to document current enrollment at an accredited institution of higher learning in a degree-granting program in fine arts, language and literature, journalism and communication, theater arts, or education; and will be able to furnish compelling references attesting to, among other things, the applicant’s integrity, reliability, tactfulness, self-discipline, and unblemished work (or academic) record.
The ideal candidate will have command of two or more languages, a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional skill set, a verifiable work history, and a publication or performance history.
- Good stage, screen or vocal presence.
- The ability to enter into another character and engage with an audience.
- Good understanding of dramatic techniques.
- The confidence, energy and dedication to perform.
- Creative insight.
- Skills of Time Management.
- Skills of Reading Comprehension – Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
- Skills of Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Skills of Writing – Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Skills of Systems Analysis – Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Skills of Systems Evaluation – Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
- Reports to a Supervising Editor.
- Selects material from among the published works of OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters.
- Develops and rehearses an appropriate persona and/or delivery style for the selected work.
- Writes a simple introduction for each selected work including as appropriate the performer’s own identity, the writer’s summarized biography, and a preview of the work (without spoilers).
- Creates a simple, attractive standardized physical backdrop for performance.
- Performs the work for the O:JA&L YouTube channel.
- Performs duties of Systems Analysis – In consultation with a Supervising Editor, determines how and to what extent the ORAL INTERPRETATION SPECIALIST’s performance met the needs of O:JA&L, the needs of the audience, and the needs of the writer whose work was performed and to what extent the conditions, operations, and the performance environment were under the control of the ORAL INTERPRETATION SPECIALIST.
- Performs duties of Systems Evaluation – In consultation with a Supervising Editor, identifies measures/indicators/actions which would improve the dramatic performance environment and/or improve ORAL INTERPRETATION SPECIALIST’s control over the conditions and operations of the dramatic/interpretive reading act to meet the goals of O:JA&L, the needs of the audience, and the needs of the writer whose work was performed.
Intrinsic benefits include the singular experience of first-hand opportunity to interpret for an international audience the work of first-rate creative talents from across the world, the professionally valuable experience of working as part of a team of dedicated artists and writers to produce a journal with value to readers and contributors, and the personally valuable opportunity to develop or strengthen specific interpersonal skills and to improve professional expertise as a Perfomer or On-Air Personality.
After 90 days of faithful performance in the position (a minimum of 20 on-air readings), extrinsic benefits include letters of recommendation from the Executive Editor, the Managing Editor, and the Supervising Editor attesting to the On-Air Personality’s qualifications and dependability supported by detailed performance evaluations in all skill areas.
Respond with letter of interest and resume to the initial screener through Submittable.