Moe Egan and Liz de Nesnera at the VO-BB pre-Mixer gathering:
"Like, there's a party goin' on right here?" Uh huh!
'New York VO Mixer' Warms Up Rainy Night
With High Energy 'Hi's, Hugs, Smiles & Prizes
By John Florian
Dec. 9, 2009
Tareq and Michaele Salahi were not on the attendee list, so couldn't get past the door guard last Saturday night at the White Rabbit, a long-bar lounge on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
But more than 200 voice talents did get the OK nod and escaped a driving rain into the high-energy warmth of the 2nd Annual New York Voice Over Mixer.
The first smile was from greeter September Day, who with Erik Sheppard and LindZ Reiss organized the event under the umbrella (an apt word for the night) of Sheppard's Voice Talent Productions.
"We thank everyone for coming out and joining us," says Sheppard (pictured, as he announced door prize winners).
"This is not a for-profit venture - this is for fun," he adds. "We try to give people a chance to hang out and have a drink and talk with their peers without any pressure of classes or sales.
"And we love that over 200 other folks think that might be cool, as well!"
Sheppard had another cool move up his sleeve that night: an engagement ring for LindZ (click here for that photo story).
WORLDS OF FRIENDS
Envision four hours of several hundred friends - from both the physical and virtual worlds - meeting shoulder-to-shoulder ... exchanging hugs, smiles, business cards, experiences and ideas - like the chocolate mic (pictured) that David Kaplan is sending his clients this holiday.
Philip Banks jumped "across the pond" from his U.K. studio. Dave Courvoisier shrugged off the rain as a welcome change to always-perfect weather in Las Vegas (do we believe that?). Bob Souer flew up from Charlotte; Elaine Singer and Stephanie Ciccarelli flew down from Toronto; LA's Bob Bergen was conveniently in town, presenting a weekend workshop.
And arriving from Maine, DB Cooper presided over a VO-BB (Voice Over Bulletin Board forum) pre-Mixer party at a nearby restaurant.
(Let us know your travel log, too, in the COMMENTS below.)
Many journeyed home with door prizes.
WORLDS OF SMILES
When pointing a camera, no one had to say, "Smile!" Among the hundreds of flashes throughout the party were these ...
Together again! (Moe Egan photo)
Bob Souer, Philip Banks and September Day (Lee Gordon photo)
Peter O'Connell, Doug Turkel, Melissa Exelberth and Roy Yokelson
Linda Ristig and Dave Courvoisier
John Florian and DB Cooper (Moe Egan photo)
Lee Gordon, Mandy Nelson and Bob Bergen (Lee Gordon's camera)
Erik Sheppard: Will you marry me, LindZ?
David and Eileen Kaplan
Ron 'Graywolf' Levine
Elaine Singer and Mary McKitrick
Tom Dheere and Mark Stewart
Denise LoPiccolo, Frank Rucco, Rob Allen and Marc Bode
Marjorie Ocho Kouns and Trish Basanyi
Xavier 'X-Man' Paul and Karen Gerstman
Leslie Diamond, Danielle Quisenberry, September Day and LindZ Reiss
DB Cooper and Anthony Mendez
Bob Bergen and Marian Massaro
John Florian and Terry Daniel
Liz de Nesnera, Diane Havens and Adriana Sananes
Bob Hurley and Lee Gordon
Bob Souer, Pam Tierney and Michael Schoen
Melissa Exelberth and Bobbi Owens
Peter O'Connell and Tony Impieri
September Day and Tara Mooney