At this time next week, I’ll be on my way to Ventura Beach to start my FaffCon experience… and let me tell you, it really can’t get here soon enough. Like past FaffCons, I fully expect that this one will exceed all of my expectations. It will be educational and inspiring. The talent will be stellar. I’ll have fun with old friends and make many new ones.
If you are a pro and have never been, you should put it on your list of things that you must do. If you’ve already attended a previous FaffCon then I’m sure you will be back again and I will see you there because…
I LOVE FAFFCON!
Read more: Dan Friedman’s SOUND4VO Blog FaffCon 4 Is Almost Here
You haven’t heard much from me, here on Voice-Acting in Vegas about FaffCon4. Sheesh, the thing sold-out in, like…I dunno…a couple of hours?
One of the pluses about THIS un-conference is that the seating is limited. That’s so YOUR seat has the same great view as everyone else’s!
Unlike other events with open enrollment, FaffCon4 didn’t need a lot of promotion. Word-of-mouth alone led to the sold-out sign going on the door in short order.
Everyone in VO-land benefits from the lucky 100 attending FaffCon, ’cause like SXSW or TED, the ripples of inspiration and innovation spread out to the larger VO community. I find it so inspiring that this event grew out of a collective spirit on the VO-BB in the first place, and then has thrived under the careful and tireless watch of Amy Snively (and a dedicated corps of her associates — Chief among them: Pam Tierney, Connie Terwilliger and Peter O’Connell).
Yes, there are those associates, and then there are the supporters (and considerable cross-over). I suppose you could count ALL the attendees as supporters, but then there are those who extend themselves even further and become official supporters.
Read More Here: Dave Courvoisier’s Blog: Voice Acting in Vegas << And now…a word from our sponsors!
I’m about to attend FaffCon 4, coming up March 23-25 in Ventura, California. I am THRILLED to be joining the fun once again!
If you are wondering, “What’s a FaffCon?” let me shed some light for you.
FaffCon is the only professional unconference for working voiceover professionals. It’s a participant-driven event where around 100 working voice talents share their ideas, tips, tricks, frustrations and — sometimes — even lipstick colors (thanks Amanda Fellows!). There are no pre-arranged speakers, and there’s nobody there giving a keynote, followed by a chance to buy their latest book/CDs/workbooks/workshops/bumper stickers in the back of the room after the sales pitch, errr, I mean “presentation.” The premise of FaffCon is that every participant has something to offer, and each person there can lead a session on any topic that suits their fancy. It sounds kinda loosey-goosey, but some how, some way, it all miraculously works.
Read more here: CC Heim’s Blog << A Little More than a Week Until FaffCon 4!
What is Faffcon? That can be found here. There’s lots of information there, but in essence Faffcon is a biannual pro-vo unconference. Participant driven, the sessions can be on anything and everything. If you want to teach a class, you can, and you can request sessions or find experts on almost anything you’d care to know about. It is also sold out, and was also sold out for the previous time. There is a waiting list here. But, perhaps you’re thinking, that all sounds lovely, but why should I spend hundreds of dollars to go to a conference where some or all of the sessions might be on things I already know? What is there at Faffcon that makes it worth it for me?
Read more here: Karen Souer, Voiceover Assistant’s Blog << Why You Should Aspire To Go To Faffcon.
If you’ve looked at the Faffcon website, you may have noticed that I’m listed as one of the sponsors of this event. Yes, I actually help underwrite Faffcon each time even though I have nothing to sell or promote to other voiceover talent. I don’t coach. I don’t have a line of voiceover products or accessories. I don’t have a book (physical or electronic) I’m trying to sell.
Read more: Why I help sponsor Faffcon: Bob Souer The Voiceover Boblog
Faffcon, VOICE 2012 or the New York City Voiceover Mixer – these important voice over events cannot enjoy the success they do without sponsorship. There are enrollment fees and tuitions for some but for things like the Mixer, you basically cover your travel and your drinks.
Sponsors are critical to an event like these ever taking place.
Read more here: Peter O’Connell’s Voxmarketising Blog
If you were told by successful voiceover professionals that you could learn how to become a successful voiceover professional from successful voiceover professionals, would you follow their the advice? Here, let some successful voiceover professionals tell you…
Read more here: The Voice of Your Business Blog Be One of the Faffcon 100!”.
On Saturday night while most Faffers were out to dinner, Amy Snively, Pam Tierney and I sat in the mezzanine of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Harrisburg and talked. Among many other discussions, we talked about our favorite parts of the event and past events. I mentioned at one point that I thought everyone’s first Faffcon would be their favorite.
Let’s face it, if you’ve been to Faffcon, you already know you will be coming to a second and probably more after that. The only Faffcon I’ve missed (and therefore hope I will ever miss) is the very first in Portland, OR. It is the one Faffcon that set the stage for all others and I’m sure it will never be duplicated. However, just 24 hours after my conversation with Pam and Amy, I had an amazing experience that I will never forget.
Read More: Faffcon 3 — Sound 4 VO
…I asked Colleen what she’s “most” excited about, and she replied, “I am really excited to see our clients face to face. Also, we had so much fun at the last Faffcon we attended in Atlanta. We got a lot of great information and met some incredibly awesome people!”…
Read more here: Voicebank.net Blog, “Fired up for Faffcon!!”.
It’s been a month since the first Faffcon took place in Portland, Oregon.
In the last month, I’ve thought about the experience a whole lot. Turning over in my mind what it was that made Faffcon such a fabulous experience. This wasn’t my first major voiceover event of the year. I was at 4 different workshops with Marice Tobias, two in Los Angeles and two in Chicago. I was at VOICE2010. I took part in my 14th consecutive Day O’Day International Radio Creative and Production Summit. I also took part in 2 days of workshops with Pat Fraley after Faffcon. Each of these events was very good. Well worth the time and expense. Especially the events by Marice and Pat.
But there was something unique about Faffcon, something that set it apart from everything else. It would be more correct to say a combination of somethings.
Read More here:The Voiceover Boblog, Faffcon.