The Compassionate Voice
Voiceover Conferences-Your Right Fit
by Leesha on January 15th, 2016

With a new year comes a new look at one’s long held hopes, dreams and goals.  If voice acting or voiceover is a part of your 2016 goals, you may be rummaging the internet for voiceover conferences and training. You’ll have a LOT of choices. But how do you choose the right voiceover conference for you? I offer you this list of voiceover conference tips to help you narrow down the best use of your time and talent (if even their under development).
Support Your VO Goals 
Outline what you want to learn in voiceovers.  While many new talent want to do everything voice related, that is simply not realistic.  Focus on what you want to do in voiceovers.  For example, are you interested in audiobooks? What skills do you need (i.e. audio engineering, acting, marketing?  Note one to two major voiceover goals and then develop a sub list of what you want to learn about your specific goal or genre.
Shop for the Right Fit
Look over each voiceover conference's agenda. See if you like the topics and if they are the subjects relevant to your goals.  Will the discussion areas further your career progress and do they relate to what you want to learn (the specifics in your list)?  Your takeaways should be viewed as part of your road map for the coming months or years in your voiceover career.
Also, read reviews from earlier conferences and look for endorsements.  Ask your VO colleagues where they have attended.  Look at voiceover social media chatter on upcoming events. 
Look for Voiceover Superstars
Read each presenter's bio and visit their website. What are their specialties and how long have the speakers been in the voiceover industry? What projects are to their credit?  Note the projects they’ve worked on and if they are in line with the area or areas that you want to work on in the voiceover market.    
Pace your Budget
Is the event near you so you can commute?  If not, how much travel can you afford?  As a voiceover professional, you should budget for one to two conferences per year. Choose wisely. If you do travel, share the expenses with another VO talent (room, board, drive, etc.).  Some of these costs are a part of doing business, so your voiceover business should pay its own expenses.  If your budget is not there yet, you may need to get creative on financing your conference attendance. 
Whatever you choose it will enable you to network within the voice acting community and with other talent.  Take advantage of these times as you build relationships and learn from the novice to the seasoned voice over actors. Make each event a productive voiceover conference experience. Have fun!

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