Voice over career panelists (l-r): Tor Mhyren, Joan Baker, Rodd Houston, Joe Cipriano, Valerie Smaldone, Cedering Fox, Bill Ratner and interviewer Alan Kalter (Jeff Fasano photo)
THAT'S VOICEOVER! Was 'Over The Top'
In Education, Fun & Career Inspiration
Note: The audio recording of the entire THAT'S VOICEOVER! stage event, and a PDF of the program, is available for $34.95. For details and to order, please visit: http://conta.cc/TVOaudio
By John Florian
Everyone felt like a voice over celebrity at THAT'S VOICEOVER!, the classy voice over career stage event and reception at The Times Center in New York City on September 22.
For nearly three exciting hours, voice over celebrities and insiders were on stage sharing experiences and advice, of course.
And it all rubbed off on attendees who rubbed shoulders filling the theatre and later networking - with hors d'oeuvres and wine - in the marble lobby.
Co-hosts Alan Kalter (The Late Show with David Letterman) and Joan Baker (Secrets of VoiceOver Success) - yes, that's them pictured - guided us through the evening. (More photos are below.)
And yours truly grinned and applauded from the Center's glassed production booth, from where VoiceOverXtra provided the live broadcast of the event online, worldwide - and recorded every word.
BTW: The entire stage event audio recording and program are now available here for just $34.95: http://conta.cc/TVOaudio.
A WINNING PROGRAM
A major portion of the event was producer Push Creative's Audition Spotlight, for which scores of voice talents auditioned before judges earlier in the day. Then on stage during the event, six finalists read that script again.
Voice actor Rachel Logan (shown here, auditioning) took top honors, winning the voicing of an actual TV spot; agency representation by Vanessa Gilbert, president of TGMD Talent; and a Neumann TLM 102 microphone.
Two panels anchored the night in Q&As with co-host Alan Kalter: The Business of Voiceover and Voiceover as Craft and Career.
Dr. Joyce Simons (pictured) spoke on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association, which benefits from the event's proceeds.
The evening was dedicated to the memory of voice over legend Don LaFontaine.
And major sponsors were AFTRA, Neumann, Voicebank.net and Back Stage magazine.
The stage show was followed by a reception and book signing of Joan Baker's Secrets of VoiceOver Success - a compilation of success stories by the industry's pros.
'OVER THE TOP!'
Comments from the theatre and online attendees came quickly, including:
It's not too late to enjoy THAT'S VOICEOVER! The audio recording and program are available here for just $34.95: http://conta.cc/TVOaudio.
PHOTO REVIEW ...
Photographer Jeff Fasano captured the action, including ...
Voice talents Joe Cipriano and Valerie Smaldone
Joan Baker and voice talent Rodd Houston
Co-host and interviewer Alan Kalter
Voice talent Bill Ratner
Rudy Gaskins, Joan Baker, Rachel Logan, Vanessa Gilbert and Alan Kalter
MEANWHILE, UP IN THE BOOTH ...
VoiceOverXtra recording the audio - webinar style - in production booth
VoiceOverXtra's John Florian (with directorial delusions)
Rebecca Bridges, VoiceOverXtra's webinar production director (the real worker)
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