Speaking At WOVOCon: What Do You Suggest I Present?

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Hey there, hero!

I’ve been asked to speak at WOVOCon later this month in Las Vegas.

I haz essite. (That’s what the kids are saying when they mean “I am excited.”)

And they have asked me to suggest my subject. Sure, I could go with Getting Started In VO, as that’s my go-to.

But there are likely more experienced talent attending this event, not a majority of beginners.

So…want to be my advisor? I have a really short question for you that will help me set my agenda.

Hope this helps!

David

Responses

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  1. Its hard to drill down on the one thing you’ve made the most difference in my career in. There are many. But for this video, but here is what comes to mind: Your teaching on how to audition has been amazing, so let’s go with that. Specifically-You talk about making bold choices vs. relying on takes, not overthinking, let it go and move on to others. This also includes, The Audience of One. This topic is so relevant for a room of beginners to advanced. Every talent needs this. It could be insightful why talent isn’t booking, or perhaps why experienced talent are not booking other areas of work they want to break into. If I was there and heard that a teacher was speaking on why I might not be booking, or how to transform my audition blues to audition freedom, I would be in. Whatever you teach, above all, your passion and way you look into each persons eyes and say you can help them, is key. I don’t go a day without being grateful I am working with you. Your teaching has helped me book 2 on camera jobs this month. Congrats on this opportunity David.

  2. Teachings on how to make yourself a business understanding that there are things that you need to be doing to make sure everything is getting done to the maximum opportunity not just relying on your agent

  3. For me it’s been how you’ve helped with working through the Mindset challenges.

  4. A bias for action. And this might be a second idea but I believe it goes with this: just get started, don’t wait for everything to be perfect.

  5. “Audience of one” is the most valuable to me. Regarding what you should teach, I’d usually say “Getting Started,” but if this group is mostly working VO talent, then I’d suggest the “Retrofitting” topic.

  6. Hi David,
    You are so good at sharing valuable info w/ all of us. As a VO newbie, your advice has been such a gift and I’m very grateful for all that you have shared! so the only thing I can think of for you to present at this amazing convention is the importance of mentoring. If a person is good at what they do, others will take notice, right? they will be sought after for jobs and hopefully their success will grow. If the audience is established in the field, perhaps they’ve forgotten what it’s like to start out in the business. Essentially, we need more people like YOU to be willing to share their gifts. I know, you’re one of a kind ;-), but they can certainly follow in your footsteps or try to! Enlighten people on the different ways to mentor or for them to give a hand to someone who looks up to them. When I get to be a superstar one day (ever the optimist!), I want to find ways to give back. In my book, that’s a small price to pay for success.

  7. In all the categories of voice over, there is one thing that stands out for me that you have incorporated and that is: “the art, the commerce, the science.” It is applicable across the board and I believe a very important piece of information to expound upon.

  8. Don’t be in such a rush to make a demo. I feel people think it’s easy…all you need is a demo and then the audition a couple times. They don’t book and become discouraged. Learn, study and live the art of voice overs, the bookings will come with persistence.