An amazing trend is emerging in my voice-over career. For the second time in 2 weeks, I’ve had the immense pleasure of meeting some fellow voice talents. In fact, both occasions occurred on a Monday evening dinner at an Italian restaurant. See? Amazing!
First, Drew and I met our friend Dave Courvoisier during our trip to Las Vegas in March. This week, it was our turn to play hosts to our friend, the highly successful voice talent and marketer extraordinaire Peter O’Connell as he visited Atlanta.
Although we’ve interacted a good bit on-line for several years, I hadn’t been able to connect with Peter during 2-3 of his past trips to my lovely (and right now, pollen-caked) city. This time, he wisely alerted me in plenty of time so that I could hire a professional organizer to arrange my sock drawer. I wanted to eliminate any possible obstacle I would have in meeting him! 🙂
In addition to his tremendous vocal talent and impressive client list, I have long admired Peter’s marketing prowess. He actually practices “old school” marketing and PR techniques like setting up a booth at trade shows. Of course, his skill in marketing just adds more companies to that already impressive client list. In his copious spare time, Peter wrote the fantastic VoiceOver Entrance Exam, a free e-book that should be required reading for everyone entering this industry.
I also was delighted to meet at long last the multi-talented Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton, who was able to join us in this little soiree on Monday night. Craig and I also have shared on-line correspondence over the years but hadn’t met. Anyone who lives in Atlanta or is familiar with our traffic — sure to be on any top 5 list for worst traffic in the country — can understand why Craig and I hadn’t met before this week! Craig entertained us with stories of his recent adventures singing with a gospel quartet in Japan, as well as his stint as a featured extra in the upcoming movie The Conspirator.
We decided to meet at Olive Garden, and their slogan of “when you’re here, you’re family” certainly seemed to apply to us. Time flew by in the company of both these fun and engaging gentlemen. We got to know each other better as people and learned from each other as voiceover professionals. I found the conversations about agents to be especially helpful as I will soon seek additional representation in new markets.
I’ve met more voice-over pros in 2 months than in all of last year. Getting out of my house and meeting my wonderful peers is an exciting trend that I intend to continue.