By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 12, 2011
Voices.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
"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
"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
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.