By Stephanie Ciccarelli
December 8, 2008
Erik Sheppard hosted a bash attended by 200 people from the voice over community on Friday December 5th at the Butterfield 8, a memorable networking event that engaged New Yorkers as well as industry professionals from all over the US and Canada.
Enjoy a taste of the event by viewing pictures from Erik's Flickr photostream and by reading this article.
New York's Voice Over Scene Came Out To Play
At first, the duo were expecting about 50 people to arrive, but as the RSVP list keep growing, it became clear that this gathering of a few friends would turn out to be more than just a meet up... it was a roaring success!
Throughout the mixing and mingling, there were a variety of prizes raffled off to gracious winners, proving yet again that the Butterfield 8 was packed to the rafters with some of the most affable, well dressed and sonorous people one would be likely to find braving the cold on a chilly evening in Midtown Manhattan.
The Who's Who
Notable guests comprised of talented voice over artists such as San Francisco's gem Elaine Clark, founder of Voice One and author of "There's Money Where Your Mouth Is", the charming Chicago-based Harlan Hogan, author of "VO : Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor" and inventor of the Harlan Hogan Porta-Booth, LA's pride Bob Bergen, current voice of Warner Bros. Porky Pig, insightful New Yorker Peter RofÃ©, talent, owner of PDR Voice Coaching and co-author of "Voice For Hire", and the smiling G. Keith Alexander of the Voice Over Academy.
Voice over's business community also came out to shine including Adam Goodman, president of Voice Hunter, Eric Simendinger, also of Voice Hunter, David Goldberg, founder of Edge Studio and Noelle Romano of Edge Studio, David Ciccarelli, co-founder and CEO of Voices.com accompanied by yours truly, and Voice-Over Xtra's John Florian.
There were many voice actors there who we were happy to meet and reconnect with including Liz de Nesnera, Trish Basanyi, Michael Schoen, Wuhzi Lu, and D. Michael Berkowitz to name just a handful. These events are all about the people and you've got to get out to them!
A Great Weekend
When we received our invitation to come to New York, we knew immediately that it would be a fabulous opportunity and that the event was something we were pleased to be part of.
Instead of staying for only 4 hours, we decided to make a weekend of it and were instantly at home in NYC, a feeling that I believe New York affords to all who visit and reside there.
David and I had a lovely breakfast with Elaine Clark and Harlan Hogan on the Sunday and also took a spin around with Harlan for the afternoon to tour some of the city's great parks and attractions, a delight to experience in this season of holiday cheer and in the best of company.
Did You Attend the 2008 New York Voice Over Mixer?
Share your favorite moments and memories here!
P.S. If you have photos from the event, I'd love to see them :)
Photo Credits2008 New York Voice Over Mixer, booth, Chicago, how to, industry, New York, San Francisco