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Voices.com Participates At Career Day For High School Students

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

May 12, 2011

Comments (12)

SLOME logoVoices.com was a featured exhibitor at SLOME, an event geared toward students in London and the surrounding area in grades seven through twelve.

With over 3000 students registered to attend throughout the day, the atmosphere at the Western Fairgrounds in the Agriplex Building was exciting to say the least and our team met with hundreds of students.

Hear more about our experience exhibiting at SLOME and what it meant to us in today's VOX Daily.

SLOME: Exploring Careers in Science and Technology

Yesterday Voices.com attended the Skills London Oxford Middlesex Elgin (SLOME) event for London, ON area students. Our company was nestled in between 3M Canada and rtraction with the TechAlliance acting as the gateway to careers in the technology industry.

Whitney Stewart, Jessica Campbell, and Ashley Hall of Voices.com at SLOME 2011

Jessica, Ashley, Whitney and I got to share information about voiceovers and also let the students try recording their voices from a set of scripts. We had some Voices.com t-shirts on hand and quickly saw those disappear into the hands of our newest advocates.

Voices.com t-shirts

Something unique to our booth was the opportunity to record a voiceover. A Garageband session was piped through my laptop and displayed on a large screen behind me. The waveforms definitely drew a crowd as did the Samson C01U.

We helped over 50 students record voiceovers! They were very excited and more often than not surprised by the sound of their own voice being played back. The typical responses were "I sound so weird!" and "That doesn't sound like me!"

Even teachers stepped up to the mic as you can see in the photograph below. I think what we were doing appealed to a wide audience and intrigued all who visited.

Teacher recording a voiceover at the Voices.com booth at SLOME 2011

Of the four scripts they could choose from, most decided to go with the auto attendant for a flower shop (because it was the shortest!) while others voiced a radio commercial for a car dealership, a movie trailer promoting a film about Alexander The Great and an eLearning tutorial on how to name a podcast.

There was definitely something special about each of their experiences that I hope they'll keep with them for a long time.

Takeaways

Whitney Stewart of Voices.com recording students at SLOME 2011

"It was awesome to watch the kids' faces as they heard what they sound like for the first time. A lot of the kids were interested in watching how Garageband worked. It was a great day and so cool to see some of the next generation of voice actors."

- Whitney Stewart, Search Marketing Manager, Voices.com

Jessica Campbell of Voices.com at SLOME 2011

"Ashley, Whitney and I did a great job promoting the business and Stephanie was an awesome producer for all the kids! There was a consistent line-up for the kids to record and hear their voice, so it was a big success that way. We were able to provide lots of information about the world of voice overs to kids, parents and teachers alike. I was also able to make some great connections with co-op coordinators."

- Jessica Campbell, Human Resources Manager, Voices.com

Stephanie Ciccarelli, co-founder of Voices.com, recording student voiceovers at SLOME 2011

"SLOME 2011 was a great success! I had a great time connecting with the students and teachers in and around the London surrounding area. The students really took an interest to learning about Voices.com and the voiceover industry. I loved getting all the responses from when I asked the question 'What do you think a voiceover is?' If they didn't know what a voiceover was, the light bulb usually went off when I referred to video games. I think it's important to connect with a younger demographic about the voiceover industry to ensure future generations share the same passion as our voice talents of today do."

- Ashley Hall, Social Media Manager, Voices.com

Success!

We really enjoyed connecting with our community and look forward to more opportunities to do so down the road.

If you attended SLOME or exhibited, we'd love to hear about your experience at the event! Additionally, if you have ever participated in something similar, be sure to share your story.

Best wishes,

Stephanie

Related Topics: booth, Canada, career day, garageband, High School, high school, how to, industry, London, radio, SLOME, videogames, Voices.com


Comments


    Great article, Stephanie! Thanks so much for the opportunity to attend - I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed opening up the world of voice over to everyone at the event. Hopefully we can attend again next year - I'm definitely game!
    ~ Jessica, HR Manager @ Voices.com

    Posted by:
    • Jessica Campbell
    • May 13, 2011 8:10 AM

      Boy--that sounds like fun!! What a great time you must have had with all of those fertile young minds and fresh, clear voices! And a brilliant way to introduce VO to the next generations with just two words--video games. More proof that this industry will be healthy and productive for years to come--and the rest of us should be available for opportunities for mentorship whenever and wherever possible. I'm certain that at least one of those students is the next DLF or June Foray...

      Posted by:

        Thanks for posting this article Stephanie! What a fun day at SLOME - It was really nice to be able to connect with the students and teachers.

        Posted by:

          Hi everyone,

          Thank you for commenting and for sharing your thoughts! There is a conversation going on via our Facebook page about hearing yourself for the first time in an audio recording. If you'd like to let us know what your experience hearing your own voice for the first time on a recording was like, be sure to comment with your story!

          Best wishes,

          Stephanie

          Posted by:

            The first time I heard my own voice on a recording was on:

            A Revere reel-to-reel tape recorder in 1956! We recorded the "Jock Bethune Variety Show" that Christmas!!

            Posted by:
            • Jock Bethune
            • May 16, 2011 1:57 PM

              The first time I heard my own voice on a recording:

              Mine was on an Ampex reel to reel and wow was I shocked.

              Posted by:
              • Nick Montague
              • May 16, 2011 1:57 PM

                Yes, when I was a teenager. I always wanted to be a singer. Well, I can't sing a like, but I can talk up a storm. I never thought I sounded very good, but people told me I had a nice voice. Who knew?

                Posted by:
                • Lauren Holladay
                • May 16, 2011 3:02 PM

                  What a great day at SLOME. Many thanks for participating. It was amazing to see the students exploring their future career options including a possible voice career. They were having a great time.

                  Posted by:

                    Three of us speaking into the mic. We played it back, I couldn't recognize my voice. My friend said there only 3 of us here, there are 3 voices on the playback, one has to be yours. I heard it and went into total denial.

                    Posted by:
                    • Jim Hull
                    • May 16, 2011 5:03 PM

                      In kindergarten we were interviewed for a radio show. When I heard myself over the stereo speakers, I was hooked!

                      Posted by:
                      • Dana Detrick
                      • May 16, 2011 5:17 PM

                        What I would've given for that opportunity when I was in High School!

                        Posted by:
                        • Stephen McGrath
                        • May 18, 2011 5:51 PM

                          The first time I heard my own voice on a recording:

                          Total denial! My uncle was going to school to be a "disc jockey." He recorded us on a reel-to-reel. "That's not meee!" lol!

                          Posted by:
                          • Donise Stevens
                          • May 18, 2011 5:52 PM

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