Recently, my business partner Bryant Falk and I went to the weekend voiceover conference that’s now become one of the biggest in the industry – VO Atlanta. This was their third year in existence and their largest attendance to date. Creator and Chief Executor Gerald Griffith invited Abacus to come as vendors, as we were launching our self-created portable recording kit, VoGo. I was also given an opportunity to teach at one of the conference’s Breakout Sessions. Entitled “Don’t Sell It – Believe It”, I covered the different techniques a VO artist can use to get their reads to sound personalized and real.
Ultimately, our mission to introduce VoGo to the larger voice over community and to build relationships with colleagues was accomplished. However, our VO Atlanta experience was about so much more.
We gained a great deal of insight into how things are shaping up in the new voice over community. One of our New York colleagues, Jim Kennelly, was there representing both his production company, Lotas Productions and his online VO casting site, Real Time Casting. Jim took part in a somewhat controversial panel discussion about online VO casting sites that raised questions about talent fees and how each of the sites handles them. Well moderated by VO talent and coach/VO casting site expert J. Michael Collins, the panel featured Jennifer Smith from Voices.com, Margarita Rueda from Voice123.com and, one of our favorite new friends, Armin Hierstetter, CEO of international VO casting site Bodalgo.com. Everyone was articulate and passionate with their answers to some of the tough questions that were posed. I learned a great deal more about the current state of the VO industry and what it holds for the future.
All in all, we connected with some really cool folks in the industry. And yeah, we wined, dined, partied a little bit, heard some great stories and had more than a few laughs. That’s really what it’s all about!
Congratulations to Gerald Griffith and his outstanding team who put the conference together. We are looking forward to next year!