Online conferences have replaced in-person voiceover conferences in 2020 because of COVID-19.
This has been on my mind a lot lately, especially since I spoke at one just last week and will speak at another one in a couple of weeks. BTW I had a BLAST speaking at Johnny Heller’s New England Virtual Narrator Retreat. There were almost 100 people in attendance and while I do miss seeing everyone in-person, I got to see lots of friends and meet some lovely new people as well.
Will there be any in-person voiceover conference in 2021? I seriously doubt it. Nobody knows when there will be an effective vaccine that can be widely distributed so online conferences may be the only realistic option for the foreseeable future.
I think that moving forward, most if not all future events will be combinations of in-person and online conferences and that’s a good thing. While they’re more technically challenging for the producers, there are many voice actors & speakers that can’t attend in-person because they or someone at home is at-risk for contracting COVID-19. Also, this gives conference producers the ability to attract attendees who either can’t afford an in-person voiceover conference (flight, hotel, meals, etc.) or have logistical issues of some kind (disabled, etc.)
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I strongly recommend attending online conferences. You will have many opportunities to learn, grow, meet new people, make networking opportunities, and have fun. So why not start now? There is still time to sign up for Mini maVO 2020! Learn more about it at www.midatlanticvo.com.
NEWS AND NOTES
SOLD OUT!!! Wednesday, October 28th @8PM EDT: ‘eLearning Praxis (that means practice) and COSTUME CONTEST!!!’
Wednesday, November 11th @8PM EDT: “Agents, Unions, and your VO Business”. Curious about representation and SAG-AFTRA? Are they right for your voiceover business? Sign up here!
Thursday, November 12th @8PM EST: My next Edge Studio Marketing 201 webinar will be ‘Keeping Clients Coming Back’. In this one-hour webinar, I’ll tell you the REAL secret to client retention. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Click here to sign up.
Thursday, November 19th @8PM EST: My next Edge Studio Business and Money 201 webinar will be ‘Managing your Money’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about what to do with your paycheck and how to manage your finances, credit cards, insurance, and retirement. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Click here to sign up.
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Tom Dheere is a voice actor who has narrated thousands of projects for hundreds of clients in over a dozen countries. In addition to voice acting, he is a voiceover business and marketing consultant known as the VOStrategist. When not voicing or talking about voicing, Tom produces the comic book “Agent 1.22”. You can subscribe to his weekly blog and the monthly VO Strategist Learnin’ Stuff Notice here.