The Big Decision

by | Mar 12, 2013 | VO Events | 7 comments

voxeventVoice actors like to gather.  Working alone in a studio day after day gets tedious.  We’re mostly a gregarious bunch…which makes THE BIG DECISION actually a very pleasant big decision.

What big decision, you ask?

The decision of where to find your best return-on-investment for a voice over meet-up where you’re also supposed to be…uh…maybe…learning something, too?

Sure, we’d all love to be at Faffcon6 in San Antonio, TX…and 100 of us WILL be.  But for if that’s not in the cards for you, the outlook is hardly bleak.

For instance, what about a trip to the British Isles?  My friend and fellow voice actor Natalie Cooper in the UK asked if I wouldn’t mention that the annual VOX event is coming up soon.  Organized by Posy Brewer and Mark Manchester (both of whom were in LA for VOICE2012), VOX is THE best-known and well-attended voice actor conference in Britain.  Clicking on the link takes you to a gorgeous website with all the info. Gotta love London in April!

Later this month, Pat Fraley and Brad Garrett are teaming up for a whole week-long actor’s workshop.  Check out my blog on “Getting Serious about Comedy” for all the links.  I’m actually helping Pat out during his portion of the sessions as “guest performer”.  (yeah, go figure!)

While I’m on the subject of Las Vegas, let me just mention that LA Demo producer Bill Holmes is also coming to Sin City at the end of the month to hold an intimate clinic at an incredible rate.  You can see all about it, and register on the VoiceOverDoctor website.  Hey!  It’s a weekend in Vegas!

In less than two weeks, VO2013 Atlanta takes place.  This is a first-time event, but is getting plenty of attention, and the planned events and speakers are tops (Fraley, Gaskin, Wolfson, Nistico, Alburger, Cashman and more!).  Looks like a winner!

I just recently blogged about the next two down the pike…both held on the same weekend, but in two different countries.

See my blog GET CAMPY to find out about FaffCon’s first-ever FAFFCAMP on the first weekend of May in Charlotte, NC.

Same weekend in Toronto, Voice World Toronto — sponsored by Voices.com.  See my interview with Voices.com’s Ashley Davidson here.

There’s more.  Bettye Zoller never sleeps, I swear!  She’s always jetting somewhere for an audiobook, or international VO, or Demo seminar.  See her  Bettye’s website for details.  http://www.voicesvoices.com.

Another person who seems to be always scheduling VO training is Stephen James of the New Orleans Voice Talent Foundation (NOLA).  Visit his site for a listing of upcoming classes, too.  Mardi Gras is over, the place is not as crowded anymore!

See?  You have no reason to be lonely, or bereft of voice over learning!

If I’ve missed an important event, please let me know int he comments below, or drop me an email.

CourVO

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7 Comments

  1. Colin McLean

    Right .. many thanks for this, Dave. One more Brit just signed up for VOX as a result. Anyone coming over from the US? Let me know if you are.

    Colin

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    • CourVO

      Anytime, Colin… let me know if there’s anything else I can do.

      Best of luck with it! I SO wish I could be there!

      Dave Courvoisier

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  2. Erik Sheppard

    Our New York Voiceover Mixer series has consistently been the most attended voiceover event in the world. We are not doing New York any longer but will be in Los Angeles for the first time this December and expect over 500 industry attendees from around the world. The “event” market has opened up and everyone wants to make a buck from it, the same way they want to make a buck off of talent in a million other ways. Our mixers have never been for profit, only for the love of the business and for the fun of networking with our peers. Along with VOICE and the Faff events we have remained professional and worth the price of a plane ticket. I am saddened to think that that a scourge of event after event will lead the end of the big, wonderful events like we have enjoyed once the market is flooded and there are to many decisions to be made. It is great to see so many people at once.

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    • CourVO

      Erik,

      Your concept and follow-through on the meet-up stands out as an example to us all. So glad you’re bringing it to the West Coast this year! That certainly increases the odds that I’ll be there.

      Thanks for your commitment to creating events whose only mission is having fun, and making lasting relationships.

      Best,

      Dave Courvoisier

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  3. Stephen James

    Thank you so much for your mention of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, Dave. I formed NOLA Voice Talent as a non-profit educational resource for performers after I moved to New Orleans from Las Vegas, where my v/o tutor was Betty Lougaris. She also held weekly v/o workshops on West Sahara. When realized there were no such workshops in NOLA, I decided to take a leaf from Betty’s book and start a workshop here.
    Since then, we have expanded our bi-weekly workshops program to Baton Rouge and hold an annual fundraiser for the local community – a radio-on-stage production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” (this year will be our FIFTH).
    Keep in touch Dave. Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing you when I am next in Vegas.

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    • CourVO

      Stephen,

      You’re most welcome! I did not know that you were from here! I don’t recognize Betty’s name. Is she still tutoring?

      Let me know how I can help in the future…and one of these days I hope I can get down there to participate in one of your workshops!

      Best,

      Dave Courvoisier

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      • Stephen James

        Hi Dave,
        I spent six wonderful years in Las Vegas when I moved from England, and that was when I really got into v/o seriously. It led to some memorable experiences; presenting voice-to-camera on Channel 10 a few times and a performance in front of a SAG audience at Mandalay Bay Hotel/Casino.
        Betty Lougaris is president of Media Guilds International http://mediaguilds.com , for which I was a board member when I was there.
        We would love to welcome you to New Orleans anytime and as a guest of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation. Also, I am hoping very much to be able to visit my (much loved) former adopted home of Las Vegas sometime this year. Who knows.. maybe to put on a workshop and/or performance there!
        Keep in touch!
        Best always,
        Stephen.

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