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The Pros and Cons of Conferences

Voiceover conferences have been around for almost 15 years (I believe VOICE 2007 was the first one) and just like every other aspect of the voiceover industry, there are widely varying opinions.

I LOVE voiceover conferences! I'm new to the industry and I learn so much there!

I can't afford to go.

I hate crowds.

I'm afraid to talk to people.

Those parasites are preying on newbs by selling their books, booths, mics, coaching sessions, and demo packages.

Ugh, it's the same presenters & content over and over again. I know this stuff already!

In short, many new voice actors love voiceover conferences or are afraid of them and many veterans hate them or feel they're not worth attending anymore.


As a voiceover coach and demo producer, I do speak at conferences and yes a part of my motivation for attending is to market my services. I also go because it's fun, I get to meet great new people & hang out with old friends, and I'm still learning & growing as a voice actor, coach, and human being so I still learn stuff, 25+ conferences later.


If you are new to the voiceover industry, I encourage your to attend the voiceover conferences that are right for you and aren't just a platform for coaches to troll for students. If you have questions about specific conferences, message me and I'll be happy to share my thoughts.

If you are a veteran voice actor, some voiceover conferences may still have value for you.

  • networking opportunities

  • exploring new genres

  • renewal of purpose

I have noticed that regardless of the conference session I'm sitting in on, often I take a page of notes and frequently it's not about the subject at hand. Sometimes the subject gets me thinking about other areas of my voiceover business in a good way.

Also, I may have sat in on a similar session years ago but I wasn't ready to hear it for whatever reason. Maybe it's a genre I wasn't interested in then but I'm interested in now.

I'm also listening to the same content with a different pair of ears. I'm hopefully a wiser person now so I may process the information more effectively.

If you have saved your notes from previous conferences, read them again. It’s fascinating not only what you’ve forgotten, but how notes from a few years ago can hit you now in a completely different way.


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Tom Dheere is the VO Strategist, a voice over business & marketing coach and demo producer since 2011. He is also a voice actor with over 20 years of experience narrating just about every type of voiceover you can think of. When not voicing or talking about voicing, he produces the sci-fi comic book Agent 1.22.


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