FaffCon is produced by and for working voiceover industry professionals. Each event attracts a nice mix of voice talents, audio engineers, casting pros, producers, agents, managers, copywriters, and more.
FaffCon is a professional development unconference where each participant is both a potential audience member and session leader. So, to ensure the quality and relevance of FaffCon’s Topic Sessions, every potential participant goes through an application and vetting process.
To participate as a voiceover talent, you must meet FaffCon’s definition of a “working voiceover professional.” We consider you to be a working pro if you’re hired by others on an ongoing basis to do professional-level voiceovers; being paid spendable money, by non-relatives, to work on recorded, spoken word projects. But because the attendees at FaffCon are also the content producers, it’s important to the success of the event for everyone to be, not only working pros, but well-established in their careers with expertise in areas likely to be of interest to the group.
If you’re an audio engineer, you’re an audio engineer; it’s probably not particularly ambiguous. But we’ve noticed in the voice talent category, that our intent is sometimes missed. We used to think that everyone agreed on what “working,” “experienced,” and “well-established” meant. Oops! Not so much…
In the context of FaffCon, we make a distinction between voiceover work and voiceover activity. (But we’re not minimizing the value of any of these activities, of course!) For example:
Other things FaffCon does not classify as “Voiceover Work” (even though some of us do these things, too):
Lastly, Please don’t take it personally–it’s pretty much impossible to get into FaffCon in your first several years in our business. We promise that we wish we could let everyone in who want to participate. It’s heartbreaking to have to let people know that we don’t have a spot for them.