John Florian (center) received the VOICE 2010 Community Award from VOICE 2010 co-producers James Alburger and Penny Abshire at the event's June 5 Celebrity Banquet.
VoiceOverXtra's John Florian Receives
VOICE 2010 Community Service Award
June 7, 2010
By John Florian
This is awkward - writing, for a change, about me. So I'll start with the news ...
If my wits had accompanied me to the stage Saturday night, I would have used that microphone to elaborate on how dear this industry is to me, and how much I treasure meeting and counting as a friend each individual in it.
It is indeed my passion to deliver news and how-to information to you, through VoiceOverXtra's many resources, and also personally by whatever means.
I know you can relate to this passion in the way you feel about your own voice-over career ... at times overwhelming ... but moreover it's what excites you to start each new day and often, what entices you to keep the computer and mic on way past the hour it should.
IT'S THANKS TO YOU ...
But as they say, none of this would be possible without the tremendous help of others.
First, my enormous, outsized thanks and deep appreciation goes to Jim and Penny, who at VOICE 2007 in Las Vegas encouraged me to follow through with plans to start VoiceOverXtra (in July 2007), and who have vigorously supported me every day since. They have exemplified selfless help to others in the voice-over world - and frankly, would be the most deserving recipients of this award.
Of course, my arms are also stretched as wide as can be in thanks to my gorgeous wife, Nancy, for her understanding (or at least, acceptance) of my drive - and for the tireless help that she and our son Christopher give me at the VOICE conferences. (Yes, that's us at our conference exhibit booth.)
And my gosh, where would VoiceOverXtra be without all the voices behind the bylines!
The industry's top professionals - coaches, voice talents, consultants - have let me pick their brains, publish their written wisdom and link to their words, and through this, have enlightened voice talents at all levels on what it means to be a voice actor and how to succeed in this competitive business.
So I conclude with a thank-you that extends worldwide to all VoiceOverXtra readers and their tremendous support and encouragement. Your treasured feedback makes my day, every day.
PS: Join me now backstage (below) for an uncaptioned peek at what I found on my camera at the close of the banquet festivities ...
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