It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since we ended the 2019 VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference. There are so many memories and careers ‘Refreshed’. We welcomed hundreds of talent, agents, directors, and resource providers from around the world to the largest event on the voiceover calendar. With Key Bess as our conference keynote, the conference was a big success. We wrote about our amazing experience in a different post but wanted to share some special thoughts about our conference keynote here.
The VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference is focused on people. In order to support that, we made a change in 2019 to revamp our schedule. We moved our keynote address to the first night of the conference. It was a nervous change after having had the keynote take place on the morning of the first day of the conference.
The Right Decision
Not only was it the right decision, but it also proved to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made regarding the schedule. The keynote delivered by Kay Bess was a huge hit. She took attendees on a ride through her history of successes and failures, ups and downs. She shared her personal experiences of discovering friendships that she treasures.
We’ve never gotten as much feedback about the keynote as we did this year with our conference keynote Kay Bess. We continue to reflect on her keynote to this day and feel it’s forever left a positive mark on us going forward. It just goes to show that it’s not always about adding something new. This year’s conference has shown us it’s just as much about better using what’s available and paying attention to the needs of your audience.
The Road Ahead
We’ve continued to look for opportunities to better serve the needs of the voiceover community. So, in addition to moving the keynote address to Thursday evening, we’ve made plans to open up more sessions as part of our pre-conference schedule. We’ve created more networking opportunities, and we’ve launched our first Audiobook Academy to focus on up and coming narrators.