What’s your agenda when you attend a voice-over conference?
I think most people would answer – ‘whatever is on the agenda’ is on their agenda when attending a voice-over conference.
One assumes people look at what’s planned for a conference and decide based on that whether the event is worth attending.
That’s fine. I also think it’s lazy and unproductive. (Uh oh, here he goes again!)
Look, if you want to be led around by the nose by whatever is put in front of you in the banquet of conference classes, that’s OK.
It just seems to me that to get your true money’s worth out of a conference, you need to set personal objectives – to be achieved as a result of your attendance – that will help move your career further, no matter what stage you find yourself in your career.
I’ll give you a personal example.
Time is one reason but the bigger reason is I don’t feel the content at most VO conferences will add significantly to my current knowledge bank. That doesn’t mean I’m better or smarter or that the content isn’t good. It means I don’t feel like I’m the right audience for most VO conferences.
When you’ve worked in a business (any business) for 34 years, that’s going to happen. Someone with none of my experience, half of my experience or even more than my experience would likely see many VO conference agendas differently than I do. It’s a personal career decision.
But it is also true that after that much time, I’ve come to realize that I know how much I don’t know. And you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. The tricks had just better be spectacular.
The tricks at FaffCon and FaffCamp, because of the level of professional, experienced talent in attendance, have always been pretty spectacular and helped in my professional growth and development.
I am a newbie to VO Atlanta, which is now in its 3rd year. There are a significant number of folks new to the voice-over industry that will be in attendance and certainly some of VO Atlanta’s content is geared toward that audience. That’s cool.
Unique this year at VO Atlanta is the attendance of a great number of casting directors and voice over agents. This has piqued my interest.
It pleases me to already be working with many (but not all) of the agents at VO Atlanta including Erik Sheppard from Voice Talent Productions, Jeffrey Umberger from Umberger Agency and of course my agent and long time Toronto pal Tanya Buchanan from Ta-Da Voiceworks. I would like to at least meet a few of the agents and casting directors that I don’t yet know.
Further, there are a couple of sessions on Saturday (the day I’ll be there) that I would like to listen in on. Although I am not interested in the concept of X-sessions, which requires an additional fee for each session on top of the initial conference fee. Not judging, that’s just me.
Will there be Voxy Ladies there? Nah, ya can’t never find them anywhere. 😉 (ducking).
Finally, there are at least 25 of my longtime VO friends who will be in attendance, whose company I enjoy and who are always generous with their insights and advice.
Too, there are new friends to make at this new-to-me conference.
So not a lot of my objectives for VO Atlanta have anything to do with the agenda. But I do have specific objectives for my attendance.
My suggestion, if you are going to this or any other VO conference, is to think about what your goals and objectives are for attending…then think bigger – whatever that means to you.
You’re the student.
I hope this helps.