Last Thursday night and Friday morning on the drive down to Faffcon 3 with my friend Ed Thomas, I reminded myself to enjoy this part of the trip, the anticipation, the excitement, the beginning of Faffcon 3. I did this because I knew, like Faffcon 2, it would be over MUCH to soon.
As it always does, Sunday came and Faffcon ended. Oy, I hate that feeling. Not that I don’t want to go back to my great family (Happy Anniversary, dear) but rather I want to not be so darned rushed in my time with all these other voice over people. It’s like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and the VO’s are the Oompa-Loompas (only happier and only slightly less orange). But I suppose like to much of a good thing, we’d all get sick of each other after a few weeks.
So without giving out information that ought to remain among those who shared great stuff, let me offer these thoughts about Faffcon 3.
– Thank you Amy. I can’t write more because it will take the entire blog post but if you know anything about Faffcon you know of whom I speak.
– Philip Banks is a voice talent from the U.K. and a friend of mine for some years now thanks to the VO-BB. He does OK for himself and doesn’t need to spend the hours and money traveling to and from his home to come to Faffcon, but he did anyway. He hosted a session that helped me tremendously. And he spent most of his time outside of the sessions – talking and listening to others who sought his counsel, who hoped a bit of his magic or at least his insight would rub off on them. He didn’t have to do that….yet that’s a pretty simple (and powerful) example of the Faffcon attitude.
– Connie Terwilliger and Pam Tierney are Miss Amy’s right and left hands (which makes shaking hands with Amy mighty awkward as you can imagine). There are other volunteers as well like CC Heim, Natalie Stanfield Thomas, Bob Souer (actually ALL the Souers) and others who I’ve insulted unwittingly by thoughtless omission but I tell you Pam and Connie are Captain Amy Picard’s Number Ones (you’ll either get that Star Trek reference or you won’t but I’m not spending any more time here esplainin’).
– My friend Bob Taylor came down from Buffalo from the Faffcon 3 waiting list – he got in and I don’t know if I could have been more excited for him…he was concerned to be on the wait list and I so wanted him to experience this event. I hope it really had some wonderful insights for him. I didn’t get to ask because he got on the road before I could say goodbye (as was true for so many folks).
– Thanks to some direction from my friend, teacher and agent Toni Silveri, I managed an Improv class that was very well received for many folks who had NEVER done improv before (they may now be addicted to the resulting endorphins). As I told the participant on both days (yes they asked me back for a second day because more people wanted to do it) Faffcon gives you a place to safely succeed or fail, privately in public. That’s the gift of Faffcon for voice talents and those participants in that Improv class – sharing their thrilling talents in my forum, were a gift to me.
– You see that picture in the blog….the crazy popular voiceover blog laureate Paul Strikwerda took that picture doing one of my improv sessions. Sorry to sound like a more egotistical twit than usual but isn’t that a cool picture? Thank you Paul.
– So my big idea was to have the improv sessions recorded, which turned out not to be necessary but my friend Dan Friedman agreed to help me out with the audio…while he easily could have been a part of other sessions. But he stayed for both and better yet…participated. I am so glad he is my friend and I have Faffcon to thank for formally introducing us.
– Doug Turkel taught an incredibly insightful and helpful class on marketing and I spoke much too freely in it, but let there be no doubt (and I don’t think there was) Doug is so on his marketing game and I learned a ton. He’s a great friend and stellar professional example. Plus when you’re in LA, chances are he’ll have a truck and he’ll take you around to places like the Don LaFontaine Voiceover Lab…it’s so nice when the upper classman give the younger students like me a ride.
– Rowell Gormon allowed me to participate in his performance class and for as long as he has been my friend, I never really knew what I kick ass director he was…just terrific! No other forum (save for a paid gig) would allow me such an opportunity except Faffcon.
– Faffcon helps hold voice talents accountable for their actions and results. Two examples: I wanted my new voiceover web site to be online by the start of Faffcon. That was my goal and it went live Friday. The second example is that there is one particular voiceover talent who shall remain nameless unless she wants to out herself who WILL have her new voiceover web site live by January 1, 2012. Goal: set.
I would like to name about 90 other people individually (basically every person there) who by sharing a little time with me made my Faffcon experience so awesome. And countless others who wanted to be there but could not – yet had me thinking about them all weekend. But that’s too much work and I’m a lazy voice talent. I do want to say I am grateful to be able to share this voice over journey WITH EACH OF YOU! Because of each of you I am truly enjoying the ride.
Thanks again Amy.
It’s so crazy to even try to communicate what one absorbs at Faffcon 3 but I’ll just give you a brief, general sample of my day’s experience:
– During a presentation by my friend Philip Banks, he asked for a volunteer to do an announcer read for a game show pilot he did; there was a great deal of unrequested and so I’ll offer sincere positive feedback on my one take read…a nice way to start the day
– I hosted a session called Voice Over Improv – the Art of Listening which was popular enough to be requested for a 2nd day…I’m so glad it positively impacted so many participants (thank you Toni Silveri for the improv suggestions)
There was an enormous amount of meat off the Faffcon bone that I shall chew on for months to come – all of which I truly feel will help my voice over career. And a great number of new and old friends and industry professionals who will gladly help me achieve my goals.
And me theirs.
It really is!
Great meeting up with old friends and making new friends in the voiceover world.
Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., we hit the ground running. Looking forward to seeing if anyone is going have an interest in my voiceover improv session.
I can’t remember how many years ago I “met” my friend Jodi Krangle on-line on the VO-BB but I first saw her in person at a Deb Munro Voiceover Class in Toronto…one of those great surprises when you get to the class and don’t know who is attending. Jodi is a super nice person (as are most Canadians), a really talented voice over talent and singer; to boot, she’s a social media smarty pants.
With all that talent she has hit one out of the park with her newly refreshed branding on her “Piece of Cake Voiceovers and Voices” web site. From the minute you see the awesome new logo, then the updated graphics and brilliantly worded copy, they all almost overshadow her amazing voiceover and singing demos.
Almost…but not quite.
The commercial demo sounds new to me and Jodi sounds better than evah!
Please check her new site out and pass that message along….