Special Guest: Gerald Griffith

This week Anne talks to the founder and executive producer of VOAtlanta – Gerald Griffith.  The 2018 conference had just under 700 attendees and he’s expecting 2019 to completely sell-out! We talk about his strategy for success, his business philosophies, and his experiences organizing the biggest voiceover ‘party’ in our industry.



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. VO Atlanta started in 2013 and has grown to become the largest voiceover conference in the country.

  2. Gerald’s original vision was to be a drivable resource for people in the southeast.

  3. VO Atlanta has a central theme each year so there’s always a key point that every presenter can come back to as a start and end point.  2019’s theme will be ‘Refresh’.

  4. The conference will be the last weekend in March 2019.

  5. Time is crucial when planning a gathering as large as VO Atlanta. You have to know when you’ll have your audience’s attention and when they are able to invest in the event.

  6. Presenters at VO Atlanta are very accessible during the conference so that attendees can interact with them all weekend.

  7. Ultimately it’s up to an attendee to create their conference experience and decide what is right for them.

  8. In-person learning is different and more robust. Conferences are a great way to build your network.  

  9. Some people come to voiceover events just to meet and mingle with colleagues they have never met face to face.

  10. VO Atlanta participates in many charitable efforts including an annual scholarship.

  11. VO Atlanta is a family run event with over 200 hours of learning.


Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++


Check out VO Atlanta’s Website
Recorded on ipDTL


Transcript

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Anne: Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m you host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my VO BOSS bestie, Gabby Nistico. Hey Gabby, how are you?

Gabby: Hello, hello!

Anne: We have a special guest today.

Gabby: [in goofy fan voice] I know!

Anne: Very well known to many, many people, founder and executive producer of the huge conference that is VO Atlanta, welcome to the show Gerald Griffith. Thanks so much for joining us!

Gabby: Yayy!

Anne: Woo-hoo!

Gerald: Thanks for having me.

[Anne and Gerald laugh]

Gerald: That was so formal. It was like we’re opening a city hall, city council meeting, or something.

[Anne laughs]

Gabby: You’ll see that as the show progresses, we become less and less formal. So it’s ok.

Gerald: It’s ok. It’ll speed up at some point once your espresso kicks in.

Gabby: Exactly!

Anne: Exactly. So Gerald, I have to say, Gabby and I go way back with you from, Gabby even further than me because Gabby, you were at the very first VO Atlanta in 2013, correct?

Gabby: Yah.

Anne: And I met Gerald in 2014.