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.
So, why? I’m convinced that for many of us working voiceover professionals, there’s nothing more helpful we can do to move forward with our voiceover business than to attend Faffcon. And without sponsors, Faffcon wouldn’t exist or if it did, it would be a radically less awesome experience.
The way each person who attends Faffcon shares in the experience varies tremendously, but the value of the experience is there for the enrichment of everyone in attendance. For that matter, each Faffcon is different than the one before.
But some things are the same. Each time there are working pros sharing from their accumluated wisdom and other working pros asking probing questions and everyone listening and speaking attentively. These are the hallmarks of what makes Faffcon unique and wonderful. It’s important to note that I am far from alone in my sponsorship of Faffcon. Here’s a complete list:
Bob Souer (me)
Mara Junot, professional voice talent
Dave Courvoisier, voice actor
Liz de Nesnera, French and English Voice Over Talent
GA Voiceovers, the Voice of Technology
Rich Owen, Get Rich, Voiceover Talent
JS Gilbert, Professional Voice Talent
Bobbin Beam, ISDN Voice Actress, Female Voice Talent
Moe Eagan, Voiceovers by Moe
Melissa Exelberth, Bilingual ISDN Voice Talent
Corey Snow, Voxman, Voice Actor
Word2WAV, an Automated Audio Recording Application
Lynda.com, Online Software Training Videos
Diane Maggipinto, D3 Voiceworks, Female Voice Talent
Sound Advice, Voiceover from an Engineer’s Perspective
Voice Over Xtra, The voice-over industry’s online news, education and resource center
A profound thanks to each person or organization that is sponsoring Faffcon. As you can see, there are a number of other voiceover pros who are also helping to sponsor Faffcon. Each of us has our own reason for why and I’ll let the each of them speak in her or his own way about those reasons. For me, it’s really very simple. I want to do everything I can to help ensure that Faffcon continues to flourish for a long time to come. If you aren’t able to be at Faffcon 4 in Ventura, CA, I hope you’ll make everyeffort to be at the next one — date and location of which will be announced at the close of Faffcon 4.