Business of VO – Conferences

“Yeah, I’ll have a VO ATL with a Voxy on the side, hold the Faffy and can you add a WoVO to that? Oh, and a Diet Coke!”

With so many VO conferences out there it’s hard to know which ones to “order” off the menu. They’re a super fun time and a great way for all us introverts to mingle and get to know each other, but they can also be overwhelming. Anne and Gabby break down what your strategy should be BEFORE buying your tickets, what you should take into account and how to navigate them once you’re there. Anne and Gabby break down what your strategy should be when deciding on which conferences to attend, what you need to calculate BEFORE buying your tickets, and how to navigate everything that’s happening once you’ve arrived!


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Voice over conferences are an amazing place to physically meet up with others in what can be a very isolating industry.

  2. Don’t be afraid to talk to the people you want to network with. That’s part of what conferences are for!

  3. Go in to every conference with a plan. Look over the conference agenda beforehand and decide which sessions you want to attend. Planning out your time will make your conference time the most productive.

  4. When planning for a conference, be sure to budget the whole event, not just the conference admission. Remember airfare, food, hotel, and conference extras in your budget planning!

  5. Make sure to plan time for rest and sleep! Conferences can take a lot out of you!

  6. Socializing is an important an amazing part of conferences, but keep in mind that these are not only your friends, but professional contacts as well. Don’t get too intoxicated and make a fool of yourself!

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Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Join Anne and Gabby at VO Atlanta 2018!

  2. Join THE VO BOSSES at The Voxy Summit!

  3. That’s Voiceover!

Full Episode Transcript

VO: Today’s voiceover talent is more than just a pretty voice. Today’s voiceover talent has to be a boss a VO BOSS Set yourself up with business owner strategies and success. With your host Anne Ganguzza, along with some of the strongest voices in our industry. Rock your business like a boss, a VO BOSS Anne: Welcome everybody to the VO Boss podcast. I’m your Host Anne Ganguzza, along with my lovely co-host, Gabby Nistico. Hey girl. Gabby: Yo Anne: Mm hm, Gabby today let’s talk about, cause there’s a ton of them coming up, let’s talk about conferences, voiceover conferences in our industry. Gabby: Right on! Anne: How can we prepare for them? What are they about, are they worth it? Are they not worth it? All sorts of things we can talk about with conferences. Gabby: Yes! Gabby: Things you should bring, things you should do Anne: Right? Gabby: Yeah. Anne: And its conference season right now because its October Gabby: Dude! Anne: And I think I can count– Gabby: No, its always conference season in this industry now, remember? Anne: I guess you’re right. Yeah. Gabby: I mean, come on, we started off where our industry had conference, one. Anne: Yes, and you and I both know that conference, and we met at that conference. Gabby: Well that’s how we met! Yeah, we met at Voices, I think we, you and I met either at 2008 or 2010, one or the other. Anne: It was 2010. Gabby: Okay, and– Anne: That was my first conference. 2010 was my first conference ever. Gabby: That was like my second. Anne: Yeah. And that was James Alburger and Penny Abshire. Gabby: Penny Abshire, mm-hmm. Anne: Who, you know what, kudos to them for coming up with Gabby: Pioneering. Anne: The even and really taking something that really needed to be, really needed. There was definite need in the industry for an event that could bring people together physically because, as we know, it’s so isolating being a voiceover artist these days, and they had the initiative and fortitude to create an event that brought us all together, and you know what, I give props to them for that. Gabby: Love it, it’s still one of my fondest and most favourite events in our industry because it was such the camaraderie and they made it fun. It really was, it was fun, it was well organized, it was beautifully planned, it was always at a great location. So yeah. Anne: And they had it for, they had it every two years, starting, the first one was in 2008, if I’m not mistaken. Gabby: ’06. Anne: Oh okay, ‘6, ’08, ’10, ’12 and ’14. So you know what, they had it for many years, and along the way I will have to say, because they were the pioneers in the industry, other people followed suit afterwards. And while I have to say that they retired the voice conference I think last year, there’s not gonna be anymore. But Gabby, I will never forget, because we met. Gabby: I know! Anne: We met, and so that’s the coolest thing, is that I got to actually meet you in person and we’ve developed such a wonderful relationship, obviously. Gabby: I would say that actually most of my closest voiceover friends, you, Susan Bernard, Rebecca Davis, my gosh, I’m trying to think of some of the guys. 95 00:03:02,100 –> 00:03:05,366 Doug Turkel, who I respect tremendously. These were all folks that I met for the first time, face-to-face, at a conference. 99 00:03:13,866 –> 00:03:16,299 And so I loved that. To me it’s one of the greatest benefits, and greatest aspects of the voice-over conferences as a whole. Anne: Well, absolutely. Gabby: Yeah. Anne: I think they will change your life. They will change your life because of the people that are there. And I think first and foremost, the fact is is that will a conference change your life because you’ve got some educational benefit from it? Or you have a really good class? You know what, I’m gonna say maybe. But– Gabby: It can. Anne: It can, but I think first and foremost, it’s the relationships that you form when you meet up with like-minded people, and as we’ve discussed over, and over and over again, what a wonderful community this is. It’s even better in person, really. Gabby: Yeah. Anne: I cannot recommend enough that if you are, if you’ve never been to conference, that you go to experience that. Gabby: Real quick, I don’t wanna spend a ton of time on this, because God knows we could. But just going through a brief list of some of the conferences that are available right now. So, VO Atlanta, which is a pretty big one. Faff Con, which is slowly coming to a close, it only has maybe one or two more left in its run, or that’s the rumor anyway. There’s Voxy Summit, which is coming up in January, which you and I will be at. And there is– Anne: That’s Voiceover. Gabby: Yeah, That’s Voiceover. And the Mid Atlantlic Voiceover Conference. Anne: Yeah, Mid Atlantic, and– Gabby: Am I missing anybody? Anne: VO Mastery? As well. Gabby: VO Mastery, Yeah, okay. So Anne: Oh gosh. Gabby: There’s a bunch. Anne: There’s a lot. Gabby: And they, the thing you have to realize about them guys, is they vary in size, in price, in duration, so there’s a lot of factors to take into consideration. Anne: Right. Gabby: Especially if you’re budgeting and trying to figure out where to go, and when to go and what to do. Anne: Oh WoVO, that’s another one, the World Voices. Gabby: Oh yeah, WOVO, yeah. Anne: WOVO, of course, yeah. So gosh, which one, Gabby? And how do you pick? And especially I know a lot of people, it’s, we’re in a tough industry, so our budgets can be tight. And so how do you determine what’s best for you? Gabby: I think you have to really, first and foremost, think about what you want to get out of going to a conference. It’s having a gameplan. Is your goal to meet people, and