Conference season is in full swing starting with VO Atlanta Conference is being held March 31-April 3, 2022. There will be in person (with of proof of vaccination) and online sessions with access to many of the sessions online after the event. There is a lot to take in with over 120 sessions (which include panels, x sessions and a specialty audiobook academy).
This year’s conference has the bonus of having an app you can use to help you keep organized. Many sessions and panels happen at concurrent times (as in many of the conferences), so takes a bit of planning ahead of time to decide where one’s priorities and interests lie. Some sessions are geared towards newbies while many of the others will concentrate on VO genres, demos, auditioning and business aspects.
I will be participating in VO Atlanta both as an attendee and a speaker. On Friday 1st at 6.00pm, I’m on a panel discussing the impact of AI voices and on Saturday 2nd at 8.30am, I am giving a workshop call The Great VO Experiment.
Roll onto May 6th and the Voiceover Network (VON) is hosting Get Your Game On (GYGOLON 2022). This one day, in person conference at London Heathrow Airport Hilton, is the only dedicated voiceover conference for Video game voiceovers industry. There will be masterclasses and sessions on Performance capture, character performances and auditioning. Their GYGOLAX Conference is scheduled for November 4, 2022.
Then the weekend after comes the One Voice Conference UK 2022. Always the innovator, One Voice’s Hybrid+ will have have online sessions May 11 & 12, and it’s in person sessions May 13-15 in Docklands London. Panels, talks, workshops, and event sessions on every aspect of the industry imaginable. Their One Voice Awards Gala will be May 14th. Their second annual One Voice Conference 2022 USA will be held August 4-7th in Dallas and tickets for this will be available starting April 1, 2022.
I’ll be speaking at One Voice in London on How to Expand your VO business.
The Actor’s Voiceover Experience (AVOX) was suppose to be July 2 & 3rd at the Pasadena Convention Center isn’t a voiceover conference per se. It’s a superfan convention filled with well-known VO artists from the anime, animation, and gaming industry. Events are planned such as autographs, contests, live improv, dubbing, and table reads from some of the world’s best in the business. This event was cancelled for 2022 but hopefully will take place in 2023.
The Mid-Atlantic Voiceover Conference (MAVO) Get Inspired conference is in person and being held November 11-13 in person in Herndon, VA (Washington Dulles). Marc Grau is their keynote with many other great speakers in the industry taking part. It is a more all-inclusive voiceover package with general conference sessions, lunches and mixers being all part of their voiceover package, making for some great networking and socializing.
Then usually right before the holidays is, Society of Voice Arts & Science That’s Voiceover Career Expo. They provide a great voiceover variety of classes ranging from the business of voiceovers to the latest in dubbing techniques. This year it takes place Dec 15-17, 2022 and concludes with the prestigious SOVA's awards.
The wealth of information and learning opportunities are limitless this year, at these well known conferences. Most working voice actors have a resume full of bespoke classes and conferences they have attended. It’s a great way to immerse oneself in voice over, improve skills and learn about the industry from the industry leaders.