It is VERY worth it!! I went in 2008 and still remember it vividly. I only wish I had enough VO work coming in to afford going again!
I recommend it highly. Not only for the education but the networking!!
I attended the VOICE conference for the first time in 2010. Met many, many VO professionals and learned a lot. The short-term results of attending and networking for me were: hooking up with two first rate coaches (Vanessa Hart & Julie Williams); meeting & getting advice from Pat Fraley, Bob Bergen, Hillary Huber, Scott Brick, MJ Lallo, Erik Sheppard; meeting members of the casts of "The Simpsons", "Family Guy", "Tangled" (which was in production at the time, but I didn't know that); gathering info about hardware & software; and the list goes on. The long-term result of attending VOICE 2010 was that I began working toward being an audiobook narrator. I have secured a few gigs and am doing something that I am good at and love to do. So, my advice to you is, if you can swing it, GO! I'm going to VOICE 2012 and this year I am one of the ambassadors who will greet guests and/or introduce speakers. So, if/when you go, I may see you there! :)
Oh and as a member who has received copious reminders - I don't consider it to be SPAM. Without those reminders I would have (for one thing) forgotten to check with Disney about wheel chair access and would have ended up with a hotel room that I could not use.
I am going to my first one this year - as a presenter! Have been to all 4 faffcons, and wouldn't miss one for anything except, say, a wedding of one of my kids :). Always learn so much, and the camaraderie makes it worth it to. So - am looking forward to VOICE, and will let you know!
I went to 2008 and 2010... and like Randye, I'll be presenting this year!
For me, it was a great way to meet folks and try out a bunch of coaches and products.
Well worth the price.
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Hope to see you there!
This will be my third consecutive time as a presenter at VOICE. It's an outstanding event. If you are looking for a coach and trying to decide who is best for you to work with - there's not better way than VOICE. With so many of us is the same place - you can learn all about the specialities of each voiceover coach and their philosophies towards training. The sessions are packed with valuable knowledge and the parties are the best for networking. My only regret each year is not being able to see more of the other presentations.
It sounds amazing.
I will definitely try to go next year!
Thanks, all for this discussion!
Holly - best plan for going in 2014 because (so far) the VOICE conferences have been once every two years.
YES!! Get yourself to the convention if you can!! I echo all the positives of what everyone else has shared so far.
Thank you for all of your replies. Sounds great. It is just a tremendous commitment for a guy on the East Coast but if it's worth the investment that's great. Where do the proceeds go after paying all the expenses? I am just curious, that's all.
People come to VOICE from all over the world. When I was there in 2010, I met VO artists from Turkey, Australia, the UK, Japan, Mexico, Greece, Canada, and Ireland. So, the east coast is just a hop-skip & jump. I know that some of these people are returning this year. It's worth the investment!
Thanks everyone! And thanks Darla for letting me (us) know to plan for 2014 :)