As you may have heard, FaffCon 8 – presented by Edge Studios – is happening in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 26-28th. It’s a big deal for me because I had to miss FaffCon 7 because of one of my children’s birthdays. I never am away from home on my children’s birthdays. We had an awesome time at his birthday.
However, because of that experience (and having missed the first FaffCon because a similar reason) I know the frustration and sadness some of my voice-over friends are experiencing because they have either a conflict with the FaffCon 8 date, have different financial priorities at the moment and can’t attend or they didn’t get in via the FaffCon 8 registration queue.
All perfectly understandable reasons. Some folks aren’t going and some got wait-listed.
In either case, it’s a tough feeling because of what an awesome professional and personal voice-over experience FaffCon has evolved into. In most cases, when people have attended FaffCon, they really want to go back. And when I’ve attended FaffCon, I’ve really missed seeing and learning from those folks who could not attend. The new people are terrific…but I’m greedy, I want all my smart (new and old) friends there. But the limit is there for a good reason.
When I’ve not been to a FaffCon, I find myself wondering what all the Faffers were doing at that very moment and what they were learning. While I only missed any FaffCon for family issues and never regretted my decision to stay home, at the same time I did so very often pine to be with my tribe. There’s no way they needed to be around me as much as I needed to be around them.
Life’s decisions aren’t easy ones all the time nor are the realities we are often presented with (like not getting in to FaffCon). It’s not the end of the world to miss a FaffCon but it’s also really no fun either – especially if you’ve attended previously.
I will only offer that at each FaffCon I HAVE attended, I find myself stopping to think about those folks who are not in attendance (and who I wish were in attendance) and try and keep a positive thought for them. For them, it’s not the same as being at FaffCon. For us, it’s not the same without them.
They are always missed.