FaffCon 3, 10 Years Later

Ten years ago this week, I attended my first voiceover conference: FaffCon 3.


It changed my life. I'm not exaggerating.


At first I was afraid to go. I had been a full-time voice actor for about six years and was making a living doing voiceovers but I was barely getting by. I was afraid I couldn't afford to go and more importantly, I didn't think I deserved to go or have anything to contribute.


My buddy Trish Basanyi convinced me to go. She insisted it would be fun and I'd learn a lot and meet some great people. I relented and applied to attend. Since there were only 100 spots and it was an un-conference format, there were no speakers. If you wanted to attend, you needed to be a working voice actor that could contribute to the event. Fortunately, I got in.


It turns out that I knew about half of the 100 attendees already from networking events, Facebook, and other social media platforms which was great but I didn't feel like I truly belonged. I needed to do something to demonstrate to everyone (and especially myself) that I deserved to be there.


Calling upon my corporate trainer experience, I created a presentation about how to write a Mission Statement, annual goals, and a monthly Action Plan. I had been using these tools for about five years and they were a big help to me so I thought they could help other voice actors.


Keeping in mind that there were multiple sessions happening at the same time all weekend, of the 100 FaffCon attendees, about 50 of them attended my session. I couldn't believe it. I was told afterwards that almost no one had ever talked about approaching their voiceover career like a business so people were curious.


I did my presentation and it went well. Really well. Afterwards one of the attendees said to me, "You're a ****ing rock star!"


It turns out that in the back of the room, Edge Studio owner David Goldberg was listening to me speak. A few days later, he asked me to be one of his instructors. Soon I will celebrate ten years of being a voiceover coach, all thanks to David.


The day I got home from FaffCon I got avalanched with work. I've done extensive research and can't find a single corollary beyond the fact that 15 years of planting seeds, marketing, learning, growing, and failing had finally paid off. I got buried with work and I haven't looked back.


Amy Snively, founder of FaffCon, thank you and I love you. I will always be indebted to you for giving me the opportunity to be part of this amazing community.


To my fellow Faffers, thank you and I love you goofy weirdos, too. There are too many to mention who attended FaffCon that weekend that have become true friends. I tell my students that if it weren't for my fellow voice actors, I wouldn't have a voiceover career.


TIP OF THE WEEK


FaffCon 3 taught me that I deserve to be a success as both a voice actor and a person. That may sound a bit corny, but it's true.


Before FaffCon, many people in my life didn't understand or respect what I was trying to do. They thought I was being silly and that I should stop screwing around and get a "real" job, get married, have kids, buy a house, get fat & boring, and wait to die. No, thank you.


You deserve to be a success. You deserve to pursue your dream. The best thing you can do to realize your dream is to surround yourself with people who truly love you, respect you, understand you, and help you be the best version of yourself that you can be.


I believe in you. Believe in yourself, too!


RESOURCES & RECOMMENDATIONS


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Today's recommendation: audio software! I use Adobe Audition Creative Cloud 2021. I've been using it since 2006 back when it was