By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 21, 2009
For the 3rd Annual Voicey Awards, we decided to kick it up a notch on a number of fronts, with particular regard to the nomination process, including what is being judged and how it is presented for consideration.
Learn more here.
Award Nomination Criteria Changes for 2009
Over several years, we have learned a number of things about how to orchestrate an awards show and have applied many suggestions received from industry personalities and people who have served as judges in the past.
The 3rd Annual Voiceys are seeing some interesting additions to the nomination process, including:
1. Body of Work required with submission for all categories
2. Best Personal Branding now has a mail-in component to evaluate promotional materials
3. Lifetime Achievement now requires nominees to submit 3 letters of reference
4. Age restriction lifted from Best New Voice category
Let's go over these now individually.
1. Body of Work
Instead of listening to numerous demos, judges will be evaluating actual bodies of work from particular projects (1 body of work per person being nominated), similar to how actors nominated for Oscars are nominated for a specific role, not for their demo reel(s).
A body of work would provide substantial material for review on its own so nominate your best work, and if it is very long submit a shorter version, 5 minutes at most, as your body of work.
To qualify, entrants (it may be best and or easiest in this case to self-nominate given the body of work requirement) must include a URL (link) to where their body of work is hosted online when completing the nomination form.
Public Relations Kits for Best Personal Branding
In the past, online presences were judged for this award, but as we know, a website is only one component of your overall branding strategy.
Branding is about more than just websites or logos... it's about how you present yourself professionally to others which includes items such as your business cards, stationary, promotional items (pens, fridge magnets, postcards, gadgets, trinkets), and intellectual branding properties, for example, your company name, slogan, mission statement and more.
Your brand should be ingrained in everything you do so it makes sense to have a public relations package submitted for consideration. Someone suggested to do this after last year's awards and we think it's a brilliant idea.
Lifetime Achievement 3 Letters of Reference
In 2008, we were fortunate to have Bettye Zoller judge this prestigious category, and I credit the idea for having an essay of sorts submitted with the nomination forms to Bettye. When we implemented this, I was amazed to read the letters and how wonderful they were, as was she when judging the category.
Each person was asked to describe how they had given back to the youth, their students, and peers in the voice over community.
When receiving the essays, there was one finalist who had asked 3 people to submit on their behalf, which included a letter of reference from a youth, a letter from a student, and a letter from a peer.
This is where the idea to include 3 letters of reference came from.
Best New Voice Age Restriction Lifted
In light of many requests last year, we removed the age restriction from the Best New Voice category which originally was only open to voice talent ages twenty to thirty. This limit was lifted in the midst of nominations last year. Any voice actor ages twenty and up may enter this category.
Judges To Be Announced Shortly
I am more than excited to reveal who the judges will be for the 3rd Annual Voicey Awards. You'll find out more about this soon.
You Can Now Follow the Voicey Awards on Twitter
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If you have a question about what you've read or about the Voiceys in general, you can visit the Voiceys website for more information or leave a comment.
If you have any suggestions you are welcome to share those as well. While I can't promise that all suggestions will be implemented, I can guarantee that all will be considered.
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