VOICE ARTS® AWARDS
Entries Open For The 4th Annual Voice Arts®
Awards Honoring The VO Industry And Talent
April 20, 2017
(VOXtra) - Entries are now being accepted for the 4th annual Voice Arts® Awards - the international competition for voice actors and content creators, which will announce winners and honor the voice over industry at a glamorous awards gala on November 5 in New York City.
Sponsored by the non-profit Society of Voice Arts & Sciences™ (SOVAS), the awards competition features nearly 100 categories for voice actors and related creatives, including specific genres, demos and more.
And following tradition at the gala, SOVAS will honor others in the arts, including documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
VoiceOverXtra asked SOVAS CEO Rudy Gaskins (pictured with SOVAS board member and voice talent/coach Joan Baker) to explain what's new and what's ahead ...
Rudy, now into it's 4th year, is the VAA growing and developing as you had planned?
Voice Arts® Awards is growing faster than I imagined or planned.What changes are you experiencing and making along the way?
The value of the award itself, as determined by the
extraordinary people who judge the entries, has taken on a life of its
own. People appreciate being acknowledged for the effort they put into
creating their careers. In some cases we’re talking about a lifetime of
work that has never been fully appreciated, yet alone acknowledged with
the red carpet gala.
Behind the scenes we
are absolutely buzzing with planning, negotiations and putting out
fires. It would make an interesting reality show.
We also present the Voice Arts Icon Award
and other special awards, outside of the 90 categories covering most
aspects of the industry. It’s impossible to cover
them all, but as we grow, my hope is to arrange for a smaller program
to capture some of the more esoteric categories.
We get talented voice actors
looking for categories which fly under the radar, even for the majority
of voice actors. We’re looking at ways to incorporate these actors. How does VAA 2017 differ from last year's competition?
Also, we’re finding that we have to dig deeper and deeper into
integrating sponsors in truly meaningful ways. Everyone
understands the concept of sponsorship or underwriting, but it’s very
important to all parties that there be a good match between sponsor and
This requires fully understanding the value propositions that
extend beyond the awards themselves. It’s one
thing to work in the voice over industry. It’s an entirely different
thing to illuminate the excitement of the voice over industry for a
broader audience to understand and enjoy what we do.
So we’re seeking to evolve the
program as both a special experience for attendees
and someone outside of the industry who may be watching on TV or
The program is still in an embryonic stage when you consider awards
programs that have been around for many decades. What are this year's deadlines for entry fees?
The difference from
years past is a matter of refining the experience for the attendees and
the sponsors. The goal is to get to a summit from which we can view the
possibilities for the future.
focus is to celebrate the voice actors, content creators and the work
We want that to come through as loudly and powerfully as
humanly possible. It’s not as if there’s a precedent specific to award
programs for voice acting, so there’s a learning
curve to negotiate and it’s steeper than one might think. There’s a lot
of intangible value to uncover and to cultivate.
The final entry deadline is August 6th.
We always get a lot of pressure to extend, but it comes down to giving
the jurors enough time to review the work and giving the nominees enough
make travel plans from all around the world.
Any specific plans you can announce now regarding the Awards ceremony this November?
The Voice Arts® Awards will be held in New York on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
As is our tradition, it will follow the day after the That’s
Voiceover!™ Career Expo, which is a full-day, deep dive into the
behind-the-scenes aspects of what it takes to create and sustain a
That’s Voiceover™ provides unique ways to understand
and experience the business and artistry of the industry in a way
that attendees, no matter the skill level, get
the necessary practical info to meet today’s trends and standards. And,
we do it in a way that is highly informative and highly entertaining.
After all, we’re dealing with actors and content creators – a generally
self-expressed, creative group of type A personalities.
FOR MORE INFO ...
The Voice Arts Awards will feature several special awards for world
renowned talents, including documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, who will
receive the Muhamad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor for his extraordinary
cannon of award-winning historical documentaries
and his uncanny contribution as a director of voice acting. Burns's documentaries have been nominated for two
Academy Awards and have won Emmy Awards, among other honors.
For more about entering the 4th Annual Voice Arts Awards competition, click here.
For more about the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, please visit www.SOVAS.org.
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