Like many of you, I have been following the tragic developments in Ukraine closely. I strongly believe that violence is never a solution, but I understand that the people of Ukraine have a right to defend themselves. They never wanted this war, and yet they are fighting it as bravely as they can.
Russia needs to know that actions have consequences, and that there’s a price to pay for invading another country in violation of international law. The world is imposing tough economic sanctions on Russia, and the same is happening in the world of entertainment, arts, and culture.
The famous conductor (and Putin supporter) Valery Gergiev is no longer welcome in concert venues all over the world. He was fired by his agent. The Metropolitan Opera in New York has banned all pro-Putin performers “in solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” adding that “we can no longer engage with artists or institutions that support Putin or are supported by him.”
The ban would prevail, general manager Gelb said, “until the invasion and killing has been stopped, order has been restored, and restitutions have been made.”
I neither have ties with Russia nor with Ukraine, but I have thought about what I would do, should a Russian company or agency approach me for a voice over. I know many Russians oppose this war as much as you and I do, and I took that into account.
Should the job offer come from a state-sponsored company, a government department, or a business run by a pro-Putin oligarch, I will wholeheartedly decline.
However, should a Ukrainian business, charity, agency, or department approach me for a voice over, I will offer my services for free.
Are you with me?
On a lighter note, did you see that Ukrainian president (and actor/comedian ) Volodymyr Zelenskyy did the voice in the Ukrainian dub of Paddington Bear, the movie, as well as the sequel?
Prior to his acting career, Zelenskyy obtained a degree in law. In 2006, he competed on the Ukrainian version of “Dancing with the Stars,” and won!
I hope and pray that peace and democracy will prevail in Ukraine, and that the aggressor will be brought to justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity.