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Networking For Voice Over- The Atlanta Addy Awards

Networking For Voice Over
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In any business, networking is important. But because Voiceover Talents work from behind the microphone, I believe often they may neglect the sunshine and the rain. From your soundproof closet or booth, its sometimes hard to remember that there is a whole world out there where people shake hands and kiss babies.

It’s a world where you are not just heard, but seen. I often hear from other talents that your demo is your calling card but I disagree. Its a handshake that’s your calling card. For this reason I spend much of my time reaching out to actual people, and shaking their hands.

So much is made of who you know or what you know. But the key is who knows you. For a long time Voiceover talent never wanted to connect their faces with their voices. Demos and online presence was never associated with pictures. This was to keep people guessing about your voice type and not pigeonholing you based on your appearance. But when you run a voice over business, that traditional thinking may go out the window. Its important that people remember your face when a project comes up 6 or even 12 months later.

There are several things that I arm myself with when networking. The first one cost me nothing. Its my smile. I’ve been complimented on it for years. And when I realized that it was an asset in my business, I started to use it. In fact, just smiling helped me break out of my introverted vocal booth mindset to make networking more fun and effective. People remember it and respond to my apparent friendliness.

But the smile is only part of it. We’ve all heard the legends of the the voice talent with bummy sweats, dirty sneakers and ruffled hair who went into the studio and walked out with a $10,000 check for 10 minutes of work, right? After all, that was the selling point that I was told. But I discovered when I got out into the world of decision makers, that that guy was an urban myth. Or at least this wasn’t going to be my reality any time soon. In fact I had an incident that proved the opposite. I was out with friends at a restaurant when a client I had been wooing saw and approached me. He looked me up and down and said “You look quite prosperous.” I gave him that smile and a handshake and received a call from him a few weeks later. Since then, he has been my client going on 2 years now.

So what does a voiceover talent look like? For me it means looking comfortable and stylish. Its a cosmopolitan look. It’s look that says “I do voice over work and I’m successful at it. And I’m comfortable in life.” After all, people like doing business with people who are experienced. Because of this, people believe in my product before they even hear it. But recreating “my style” and image won’t be effective for everyone. YOU must choose your look but remember that people will think of that look as your voice type, or as your level you are at in your career. So I recommend that you at least dress in something that will draw positive recognition.

The last thing to remember is that going to one event gets you invited to others. This will build your network of potential clients and friends. I sign myself up for list so that I can be notified of upcoming events. Exposure, Exposure, Exposure. This is your key.

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Dave Fennoy From The Walking Dead (The Hulu Guy)

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Dave Fennoy

In a world of voice over for animation, Dave Fennoy is a King. I caught up with Dave while he was in town for the DragonConn convention where he was represented as one of the voices of the video game “The Walking Dead”.

You may know Dave Fennoy as the voice of Hulu. But over his 20 plus year career as a voice actor Dave has been the voice for Promos and commercials for Fox, the WB, Starz, TV One, Disney Channel, McDonalds, Corona, Lexus, AT&T, Chrysler, Starcraft 2, Thats So Raven, Spiderman and many, many more brands. But although this A list VO talent keeps a busy schedule voicing projects and traveling internationally with Comicconn conventions, I found him to be down to earth and easily accessible.

I found out that Dave would be in Atlanta by following him on Facebook. I remembered that a friend and fellow talent Kozmo Miller was a personal friend of Daves and had received coaching and mentoring from him early in Kozmos career. So I called Kozmo who reached out to Dave who was connecting flights to Atlanta in Phoenix. Dave was receptive to the idea and not only granted me the interview, but also allowed me access to his live panel discussion at DragonConn.

In the two days I spent with Dave, I found him to be outgoing, funny and super knowledgable, all of which add value to his voicing abilities. It was easy to understand how he had booked with so many high end companies. We talked about a wide range of things, from his career, to how the average person could transition from their careers into being a voice talent. He provided valuable information on animation voice over, auditioning and the work that’s involved after booking a job.

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Vacation & Voice Over In Thailand

Voice Actor Dane Reid In Thailand
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When you work hard, you should play hard. But this playground was 22 hours awayfrom my doorstep. Thailand! A place I loved so much I had to visit twice in 7 months.

Thailand is an alluring place. I met an ex US soldier in Tokyo who said to me that he
had been all over the world but Thailand was his favorite place. So much so that he had
moved there. And I see why.

My tour guide to this constitutional monarchy was Jackie, a beautiful 32 year old
woman who I met hanging out with some friends. Jackie was from Chang Mai, and is
the daughter of a Thai mother who passed and an African American US Army father
who she had never known. We had great conversations where she shared what Thai
life was like. She also surprisingly knew a lot about US culture with great accuracy. She
agreed she would pick me up from my hotel room and take me around Pattaya to find
voice over work.

I did a lot of research before I started knocking on doors. Many of the doors were
closed and one was even slammed in my face but I found a be gentleman who ran a
local tv and radio station who spoke to me. I talked to him for quite a while and kept in
touch but found that the rates for doing voiceover, at least in Pattaya Beach were quite
low.

On my next trip I some more networking but this time in Bangkok. But Bangkok is also
a big city with lots of tourist attractions that I took full as anywhere of. From the Kings
Palace to the river ride to the market, I really took it in.

From there it was of to Phukett in the south of Thailand. Phukett is a beautiful pace
far from the hustle and bustle of the capital, Bangkok. It’s relaxing and the water and
landscape are breathtaking. Phukett is famous for being one of the places in Thailand
where the the tsunami hit and over 10,000 died or went missing. Now there is a clearer
evacuation plan and early warning systems in place to help residents and tourist
survive possible devastation.

From Phukett back to Pattya beach where i ran into that ex US soldier by coincidence.
We hung out for a few days and he really explained more in detail why he loved this
place. It was also in Pattya when I started checking my email and realized that i had
missed a few voiceovers and auditions. But I was prepared.

In anticipation of doing actual voice work I brought my Harlan Hogan potabooth to see
if the old thing still had it. It still had it. And i still had to squeeze work in to playtime. I
guess as a working voice actor there is no such thing as a real vacation. But Thailand is
one hell of a workplace.

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