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Vancouver actors say 'standard American accent' doesn't capture diversity of voices in North America

Last Updated Jun 4, 2019 at 11:11 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — They’ve faced discrimination on casting calls and spent thousands of dollars on voice coaching.

Now immigrant actors in Hollywood North say it’s time for their real voices to be heard.

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Alessandro Miro says it’s time for the industry to fairly represent the voices of immigrant actors in Vancouver.

“There’s 50 million first generation immigrants with accents in the United States and Canada, so why is it that, when somebody sounds foreign, they’re told that they do not belong on film and TV,” he says.

In order to book jobs — Miro says he spent 13-thousand dollars on voice coaching.

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But now he’s sending a different message with a Youtube series where he plays a young immigrant actor in Hollywood.

He’s since been offered more roles in his native accent and hopes BC can lead the way for other actors like him.