To Have Friends…

by | Oct 23, 2012 | Ramblings/Off-Topic | 10 comments

…you have to BE a friend.  You’ve heard that…right?

But how often do we live it?

I have the perfect real-world example.

This last weekend, I spent time in Ft. Worth, TX to visit my middle daughter, Madeleine, on the campus of TCU.  She plays soccer for the University, and I wasn’t sure how many more times I’d be able to see her play. (BTW, the Horned Frogs tied Texas Tech after two overtimes, 1-1, and two days later beat the Univ of TX 1-0).

I know a number of voice actors in the DFW area but I was there to see my daughter, and didn’t want to be distracted trying to do too much (sorry Bettye!).  Instead Cliff Zellman came to me.

He didn’t have to.  It’s a long drive in Dallas traffic on a Friday evening.  Cliff has plenty of family commitments as a devoted father and husband.  Yet, there he was sitting with me on hard metal bleachers cheering on the TCU Horned Frogs…supporting me and my daughter on the field.

I was impressed.

I was also sated in my still-empty feelings of having missed FaffCon.  Cliff helped me bridge the loss by sharing a lot about the event.

I’m not going to go on and on here about Cliff’s impressive resumé.  Suffice it to say he’s among the best of the best of the best audio engineers, producers and directors across this fine land. Cliff has encouraged and coached me professionally in my VO walk.  He’s active in the efforts of to launch technical standards for voice actors.  Cliff also founded and runs possibly the most successful VO meet-up group in the nation.

On that night, I could’ve care less.

The voice-over business brought us together, but that was merely an introduction to a friendship that has enriched me in more ways than I expected.

Cliff’s not the only one…there are many other examples of voice actors who are my friends because they work at it.  I can only hope a few of them think the same of me.

On a weekend of family blessings…lucky me…I found friend fulfillment as well!

Friends warm you with their presence, trust you with their secrets, and remember you in their prayers.

Thanks, Cliff….you’re a true friend!




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  1. Dan Friedman

    Well said Dave! Cliff is one of my BEST friends in the VO world… or any other.


    • CourVO


      You and Cliff…cut from the same cloth…twin sons of different mothers…no wonder you get along so well!

      Thanks for stopping by to comment.

      Dave Courvoisier

  2. Rich Owen

    I have to agree whole heartedly about Cliff. What a dynamic individual who was a beacon of energy, charm and personality for the entire FaffCon weekend. He makes you feel like you’re a long lost friend and there is nothing phoney about him. I was very fortunate and happy ot have had some time to get to know him better at FaffCon. And while we missed you being there, your family trip is clearly more important. Catch you the next time I’m in Las Vegas.

    • CourVO

      Thanks, Rich…. we all feel the same way about Cliff…he’s just one of those special people you can be grateful for running across in a lifetime. Thanks for your thoughts, here.

      Dave Courvoisier

  3. Rosi Amador


    This is one of the most heartwarming posts ever. Cliff is a mench and there’s no doubt about that! At Faffcon my hubby Brian came back talking so much about how generous he is with his wisdom and talent. I’m glad he sated your Faffcon still-empty feelings too. I consider myself lucky to be part of your/our VO family, Dave & Cliff!


    • CourVO


      It IS a family, isn’t it? Thanks for your constant support and encouragements!

      Dave C

  4. Debbie Irwin

    I don’t know whom I’m more envious of…. Dave or Cliff!
    Either way, the company is fine…..

    • CourVO


      It was great seeing Cliff. ALWAYS great seeing Cliff, or anyone from the FaffCon fold for that matter!

      Dave C

  5. roxanne coyne

    Dave, I missed seeing you at Faffcon, but your presence was felt by all of us! And your handy little notebooks were being used by lots of people. I’m proud to know both you and Cliff and it made me really happy to read your blog today.
    I have a small network of vo buddies who are becoming my personal friends, too, and I look forward to catching up with them on my travels. We are a diverse and enterprising band of gypsies with SO much to say!!
    Thanks for reminding us to be thankful for each other.

    • CourVO

      Roxanne, you made my day with your sentiments… thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Dave C


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