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The VOICE Conference!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

March 29, 2007

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At the halfway point for the conference, there's been lots to celebrate!

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Voice Conference 2007

It's the end of another jam-packed day here in Las Vegas at the first ever VOICE Conference!

Each day has brought with it amazing presenters, exciting door prizes and the glorious opportunity to meet people within the industry, putting faces to the voices we know so well.

Let me start off with the opening of the conference on Tuesday night. Those of us who arrived early had the chance to register and pick up our goody bags, which I must say were quite impressive.

AFTRAA part of those bags included an AFTRA lanyard for our name tags. I've included a picture of mine here for you to see.

Everyone has a red AFTRA lanyard, so it is really easy to find people who are associated with the conference. As you can see, our team took the liberty of designing our own name tags for the event - pretty spiffy, eh? You have to know the back story :)

Highlights from the first full day of lectures included a crowd pleasing performance by Rodney Saulsberry, a thorough and candid overview on developing your voice over career and self-evaluation by Connie Terwilliger, and some marketing "Love Notes" from Frank Frederick, whom I might add is an avid hugger (all of you here can agree with that!).

I plan on meeting with AFTRA while I am here to ask some key questions. Now by the way is your opportunity to let me know what some of yours are so that I can bring them to their attention and get some answers for you!

The evening carried on with a touching tribute to Lennie Weinrib, an actor, voice actor, and most importantly, loving father and grandfather. Linda Weinrib, Lennie's daughter, and also a voice talent, was present to share her memories and give us a different perspective into her father's illustrious career and personal life. I'll be posting more about Linda and Lennie Weinrib in the coming days.

Day two, which we've just completed was also one for the books.

Highlights included a lecture by Chris Wagner about voice over and the web, Pat Fraley and his slick tricks smuggled out of Hollywood (you really need to see this one when it comes out on DVD!), and an afternoon with Penny Abshire and James Alburger, teaching everyone about the art of voice acting and the seven core elements of voice over that when combined, create the sound and style you need to get work in voice overs.

The man of the hour later that evening was The Don - that's right, Don LaFontaine. AFTRA sponsored his visit with us and many were taken aback by meeting such a legend in person. I got to meet Don and he's agreed to an interview via email (we ran out of time for questions). I'll get more on Don's visit and eventually the interview up for you as soon as I can :)

By far, it's meeting our customers that has brought us the most excitement. To name a few that come to mind this late at night (it's now 11:50 p.m. PST), Bob Souer, Kara Edwards, Jay Buck, Rob Young, Liz de Nesnera, Bobbin Beam, Moe Egan, Kera O'Bryon, John Pruden, Rick Reid, Connie Terwilliger, Penny Abshire, Curt Byk, Dan Lenard, Michael Rhys, Mike Forrester, Bettye Zoller, Amy Snively, Melissa Frank, Derek Partridge, Gregory Best, and T David Rutherford. Please forgive any omissions at the tolling of midnight - they are not intentional - you know me :)

Tomorrow night, we're being treated to a performance by Bob Bergen, the current voice of Porky the Pig. Again, I hope to bring you more insider info on the show and of course, a conversation with Bob Bergen to share with you.

I just wanted to make sure that I got something out to you. It's been a bit of a drought these last couple of days, eh? I thought to myself that come what may, I had to get something out to you tonight.

I can't wait until I post more for you. It's been such a blast. Carol, Laurynda, and I have been taking notes during each lecture and have so much to share with the rest of the team when we get home and also with you here on VOX Daily.

I'll be blogging individually on each lecture - just give me some time for the dust to settle!

If you're here at the conference and want to leave a comment about how your experiences have been thus far, please do so!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Stephanie

Related Topics: AFTRA, blogging, Hollywood, industry


Comments


    Steph,

    Thanks so much for the update. Those of us that couldn't make it this year really appreciate the details.

    So... any idea where Voice 2008 is gonna be? I'm already making plans!

    Posted by:

      Stephanie, so appreciate the update on the Voice Conference!

      Will any of the sessions be available for download? I'm sure Penny and James' Core Elements of Voiceover would be of special interest to many.

      How about Atlanta for the '08 Conference?

      Thanks!

      Jerry McClellan

      Posted by:

        We have been WAITING for an update and it sounds far better than I had imagined. I hope to attend next year.

        Thanx for all you do!!

        Brian in Charlotte
        www.VoiceOverforyou.com
        Blog: Voicepro.blogspot.com

        Posted by:

          It sounds like a fruitful and highly enjoyable conference. I'll have to save up to get over from the UK for the next one! Keep having fun...

          All the best,
          Rajiv

          Posted by:

            Stephanie,

            Thank you for the very nice job of summarizing what we've been experiencing here in Las Vegas. It truly has been a joy to meet you in person. And what an amazing week! My brain feels like it's going to explode, but in a good way.

            Be well,
            Bob

            Posted by:

              Thanks for sharing Stephanie-sounds like a great experience all around. I'm DEFINITELY in for Voice 2008!
              If it isn't held here in London, ON maybe you and I can share a plane ride there together.

              Pete Newman
              Hello Newman Voiceovers
              "Once you try Hello, you'll never say goodbye"
              www.hellonewmanVO.com

              Posted by:

                Hi Stephanie,

                Sounds like you're having a blast.
                Thanks for providing informative,interesting and up-to-date information on the industry.
                I have learned so much from Voices.com this past year and always look forward to reading and learning more through Vox Daily!
                Voices.com is a an excellent example of "there is no 'I' in team" Keep up the good work Team!

                Maybe I'll drop in to see you and your team one day...after all, I'm in your neighborhood.

                Blair Wilson

                Posted by:

                  Stephanie,

                  What a wonderful summary of the first 2 days. I look forward to reading more once you are back home and settled. It will take me a few days to get rested up after this fantastic adventure! I just wanted to let you, Carol, and Laurynda know how WONDERFUL it was to meet you!!! You obviously care so much for the talent on this site and it shined through this entire week! I plan to post lots of great pictures soon! Thank you again for my own ipod Shuffle- it came in very handy on the 6 hour flight home! OK- off to rest some more :) Thank you for all you do!

                  Kara

                  Posted by:

                    The girls at Voices.com were absolutely amazing to meet. What sweet people...they really care about you and are very involved.

                    Voices.com did an amazing job making a name and giving Canada a voice.... they offered iPod Shuffles to several of the participants and really got involved.

                    I was representing the Canadian side (but I don't teach Canadian, I'm just based there) Debbie Munro - one of the top VO coaches in North America (at least that's what they tell me). I was there as a vendor and panel guest for our Sat. Q & A section. I was able to promote the CD-Rom Workshop MIC & ME (Making Interesting Choices) a fabulous way to learn the craft and see if you really want it or to enhance skills you already possess from the comfort of home. As well MIC & ME Voice Biz Handbook.

                    So as you have heard this was an amazing event.

                    The most dedicated and hard working staff, many of which were voice talent themselves such as Judy Steidl, C.W. Powers, Denise Chamberlain, Bobbin Beam, Tom Greenlee, Martha Kahn, Barbara Kilbourn, Ven Kilbourn, Merlen Merlyn, Barry Trussle, Steve Miner, Robert Santos, Carlos Spann and Erik Ho... WOW, you guys were just amazing what you helped put together. We thank all of you who put together on this as this was more than ANYONE expected.

                    Then of course the overwhelmingly funny, creative, talented, fun, energetic and insane group of voice talent... many cried as they left, as I think we all created a very strong bond and group that allowed us to be ourselves without insecurity. Where we didn't have to hold back (like we do at home as we overwhelm our family with our crazy and wacky personalities (multiples of them for some of us) I couldn't believe the first night... everyone was out mingling, no one was shy and many friendships, connections, bonds and more came out of this tremendous event.

                    If that isn't enough, I can tell you that we are on the verge of something REALLY HUGE that will erupt in the Voice Over Community. In my opinion, if you don't get on board now, you won't be one of the Veterans... once more gets out about this the competition will get tougher and the events bigger... so quit procrastinating guys and join us in our journey. This is what makes us happy and ALL presenters/talent had two true things in common: They all had nightmares and trials in the beginning and THEY ALL ABSOLUTELY LOVE WHAT THEY DO!

                    James/Penny/Frank....>THANK YOU for making MANY dreams come true.

                    Sign up for 2008 (*if you can get in) as it's going to be a big one... of course we'll have to wait to register, till they come down from the overwhelming event themselves. 202 registered talent all with the same testimonials I'm sure. Lot's of things to work out and rearrange, but what they did in the short time they did it has truly made history. Any of us that were there were LUCKY to be a part of HISTORY.

                    Keep at it...if you need help many of us are available. Contact me anytime for more www.debsvoice.com (formerly www.creatingvoices.ca)

                    See you soon!

                    I wrote too much to proof this so I hope I got it right. I have to catch up on my work that I missed. WOW. Will be teaching in London England, France (working on this as we speak), and together with Voices.com, Toronto Ontario (Finally) with a few other things ahead... this was an amazing event... for all of us.

                    Sign up for my newsletter for more...just email me to register

                    All my best
                    Deb Munro
                    My Voice, Your Way!
                    www.debsvoice.com
                    info@debsvoice.com

                    Posted by:

                      Hi everyone,

                      Thanks for commenting!

                      Jerry:

                      I asked James about downloads and he said that the DVD will be made available of all the lectures from the conference soon.

                      He read your comments while at the conference and was pleased to see your enthusiasm :)

                      I'll post more when the DVD is ready for purchase.

                      Best,

                      Stephanie

                      Posted by:

                        Hey!

                        You can now order the DVD at the VOICE International website:

                        http://voice-international.com/

                        Have fun,

                        Stephanie

                        Posted by:

                          I just couldn't resist - I wanted to add my 2 cents to this post as well, but it turns out I only got a penny's worth to say... :0)

                          Peace on earth.

                          ~ Terry Daniel

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