Have you seen the ASL version of the Spongebob Squarepants theme song? If not, take a look!
Her name is Anjel Perez, who’s 17 and a senior at New York School for the Deaf. And guess what? I I found her!!
YOU FOUND ME!
Oh, thank you so much for your time! We are so curious to ask, how did you end up getting the part!?
Really, how did it start? Nickelodeon reached out to my school. They asked, “Do you have a girl from a specific age group that knows sign language.” My school said yes they do have some. So they asked me if I could sign the theme song from Spongebob Squarepants. I was like, “Sure, fine. Why not?” I had to go to NYC’s Times Square, you know Times Square, to audition. I wasn’t the only one. There were more other girls there. So I went in and did my part.
One week later, tru biz, I got the role!
How did you react when you got the role?
I was like.. I had no words to say how I felt. I was shocked. I was like, “Me?” They picked me for that? Me? That means I would be a part of Spongebob? I was shocked. Also, it was an amazing experience for me.
Did Nickelodeon provide accommodations for you at the shoot?
When I went to the studio, they had an ASL coach for me and interpreters ready for me. It was very deaf-friendly. They didn’t act like awkward around me or anything. It was very deaf friendly.
So, it was a comfortable environment?
I was comfortable. They were comfortable.
Well, we hope to see more from you in the future! And thank you, thank you so much for your time to chat with us!
Thank you for your time to chat with me! Like really, thank you!
Well, how about that?! The video is now at over 1.5 million views! This is a step in a right direction for Nickelodeon. I hope the other studios will follow suit! Congratulations, Anjel!