Describer Cafe #32

Friday October 27, 2023 at 11 am

Live Description for Live Television

with special guests Nefertiti Matos Olivares and Erin Muroski

Live televised events, like awards ceremonies, present unique challenges for audio description and have been largely inaccessible for blind audiences. Descriptive Video Works is addressing this gap with a specialized team of blind and sighted live describers, Nefertiti Matos Olivares and Erin Muroski.

Learn about the techniques they use for spontaneous live description, their team strategy and the challenges they’ve faced along the way.

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Nefertiti Matos Olivares is a blind bilingual Latina who is deeply committed to ensuring that culture is a shared space for all. As a professional voice talent who specializes in Audio Description Narration with an extensive background in Assistive Technology and museum accessibility, Nefertiti fervently advocates for disability inclusion. She is passionate about creating culturally competent Audio Description and in her role as Workflow Manager: Quality and Inclusion for Descriptive Video Works, she is dedicated to developing pathways and frameworks for gainful employment for the blind and low vision community in the AD industry. Nefertiti is a member of the Social Audio Description Collective and proudly co-owns the Audio Description LinkedIn Group and the Audio Description Twitter Community where all things AD are welcome. She lives in New York City, loves to sing, and may enjoy “dad jokes” a bit too much.

Erin Muroski
 is a comedy writer and actor. In 2016, she won “Best Original Comedy Pilot” at the UCLA Screenwriting Contest and in 2019, she won the PAGE International Screenwriting Award for “Best Comedy Pilot Script” for her script Game, based on her years of experience as a ‘Dating Coach’. She’s a two-time finalist at the Austin Film Festival (2018 & 2019) and was a fellow in “Imagine Impact Content Accelerator Program”, where she was mentored by producer/writer Chris Chase. Most recently, she wrote on Jade & Zelda a yet-to-be-released animated series.