SEPTEMBER 18-19, 2013
Voice Over VIRTUAL ...
By John Florian
Tidy up your home studio, or wherever you will be in September with Internet access.
Because we're inviting all your voice over friends and the industry's top trainers and gear manufacturers to visit you there for a giant online party and learning experience - Voice Over VIRTUAL - Imagine That!
Here's what's coming ...
Produced and presented by VoiceOverXtra, Voice Over VIRTUAL - Imagine That! is a bustling two-day online city of opportunities for:
NOW IMAGINE THIS ...
You're in your home studio ... or relaxing in a comfy chair or WiFi hangout somewhere ... and your click transports you to VOV Plaza - a visually popping gathering place for voice actors.
Look around ...
Why, that's Virtual Emcee Dave Courvoisier over there, smiling, beckoning us to click for a welcoming message and brief tour of this online world and how you navigate it.
Hey - and here is the VoicePlex Theater, where the main door (click it) opens to your seat for dozens of educational sessions led by the industry's top professionals.
After the session, follow the trainer to an interactive Q&A text chat session for answers to your follow-up questions.
NEVER MISS A SESSION
In the theater you'll see an agenda for the day's scheduled presentations, and you can make online notes about ones you don't want to miss.
At showtime, wherever you are in the virtual world at that moment, we'll remind you to hop back to the theater.
And don't worry if you have to miss a particular event - just flag it to drop the recording in your VOV Briefcase to view later (even well after the VOV finale - we give you plenty of time).
SHOP AND PLAY
Say, what's all the excitement about next door to the theater?
Click the Shops & Games Arcade for a virtual array of booths you'll enter to chat personally with manufacturers and distributors of voice over equipment, top voice over trainers, services and products.
Some will appear live on webcam! Download information, audios and videos, and connect to their websites (but return to VOV!). And note the times of scheduled demonstrations you won't want to miss.
Ahhhhhh ... and here, too, is the flashy entrance to the VOV Game Room. How many prizes might YOU win?
NETWORKING FUN - WHO'S THERE?
With so many colleagues wandering around VOV, you're bound to rub virtual shoulders with folks you know - or want to know (if you want to, that is. Privacy is up to you).
Take a break in Tom's Tiki Lounge or wander into the Chance Encounter Cafe and strike up a chat. Dare you enter Demo Dare?
Spontaneous chat groups can be formed to discuss voice over home studio, voice acting ... or whatever topic you want to explore with colleagues. (Just contact VOV HQ with your idea.)
Amid the excitement, don't forget to eat. We're even exploring the possibility of an online Food Court.
LOOK FOR OPEN HOUSE
(I've yet to voice an infomercial, and have always wanted to say this: "But wait! That's not all!")
Voice Over VIRTUAL's main days are Wednesday and Thursday, September 18-19, 2013. But wait, that's not all!
WHO'S HERE NOW?
VoiceOverXtra - the voice over industry's premier online news, education and resource center - is the sole producer and financial investor in Voice Over VIRTUAL.
Yet a project of this scope needs the vision and behind-the-scenes work and energy of a highly talented and creative crew. You may already know many of these folks ....
And the staff will surely grow as we develop the virtual environment for you.
COMING SOON ...
The official website will be online soon, and attendee registration for Voice Over VIRTUAL - Imagine That! will open in May.
Information will be available soon about opportunities to virtually reach the voice over world with interactive exhibits and meeting rooms. A very limited number of sponsorships will also be available.
And we'd love your comments, suggestions and inquiries any time!
John Florian is the founder/publisher of VoiceOverXtra, the voice over industry's award-winning online news, education and resource center, offering thousands of resource links, how-to articles, calendar of industry events, industry directory, webinar training and more. A former magazine editorial director/publisher, John is also a voice talent who merged those two career passions to create VoiceOverXtra in 2007.
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