With Atlanta’s fast becoming a big screen, music and entertainment mecca, those often “heard” but “unseen” are making themselves visible and planting their feet in the Atlanta marketplace. Voiceover artists are a unique niche of actors. They bring voice to character and vision; bring life to narration and advertising and are hired to communicate with almost every facet of society. What we don’t see, we often take for granted, not realizing the magnitude of its impact, as highlighted in the recent CNN story on Susan Bennett, the voice behind Siri. “The voice over industry is indeed affected in a positive manner since Atlanta has become the third most active film and television market in the country,” says Jeffrey Umberger, industry expert and agent of the premier Atlanta voice over talent agency, Umberger Agency.
VoiceoverCity, LLC (VOC) President, accomplished facilitator, and Founder of the VO Atlanta Voiceover Conference, Gerald Griffith, noticed a gap and set out to create a platform for both regional and national voiceover professionals. [CLICK HERE TO VIEW GERALD GRIFFITH’S BIOGRAPHY]. Griffith’s company, VOC, along with several major sponsors including, Edge Studio, ACX (an Amazon platform), Voices.com, and Sennheiser USA, will host VO Atlanta 2014 Voice Over Conference, the Southeast’s major, 4-day, voice over industry event. Curious, novice and seasoned voiceover artists will have direct access to educational resources, voiceover professionals and agents; along with coaches and trainers with industry tips and insights for professional advancement. “We are excited to be on the cutting edge of this industry,” says Griffith, “VoiceoverCity has a lot to offer to professionals seeking to make an impact in creative communications and the conference is just the tip of the iceberg.” Last year’s event attracted attendees from 27 different states, and Bermuda.
The VO Atlanta 2014 Voiceover Conference, being held at the Atlanta Airport Hilton on March 20th-23rd, 2014, will boast exceptional speakers, leaders and presenters in the voice-over industry. This year’s presenters include Looney Toone’s voice actor Bob Bergen, corporate, gaming, film and show voice actor, Dave Fennoy, motivational guru, Lauren Hudson, industry expert, Jeffery Umberger, special guest voice actor, Randy Thomas, the spokes voice for Entertainment Tonight (ET) and The 2014 Oscars, as well as, many other accomplished voiceover industry professionals. Of its many special features, the conference will incorporate a youth component, Youth VO, facilitated by Emmy Award winning casting director, Stevie Vallance [CLICK HERE TO VIEW A Q&A WITH STEVIE VALLANCE]. The 2014 conference will also include a scholarship award towards attendance at the conference, live panel discussions, and a voiceover contest.
Griffith is confident that the VO Atlanta Conference will have a major draw from a national audience as the conference promises to deliver some of the most impressive experts and talent within the industry. For more information visit: www.voatlanta2014.com
WHAT: VO Atlanta 2014 Voice Over Conference
WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014 – Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
TIME: Thursday, March 20th – 3pm – 10pm
Friday, March 21st – 9am – 8pm
Saturday, March 22nd – 7am – 10pm
Sunday, March 23rd – 9:30am – 12 noon
WHERE: Atlanta Airport Hilton, 1031 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30354
VoiceoverCity, LLC is an educational training and resource center located in Atlanta, Georgia. Services include voiceover demo production, ongoing voice-acting classes, and an annual conference dedicated to the voiceover industry. Monthly meeting are also provided to build a sense of community for those looking to build and establish a career in the voiceover industry. Its founder, Gerald Griffith, has worked in both the radio and tech industry, and is an accomplished facilitator and Toastmaster.
About Bob Bergen:
Bob Bergen is an American voice actor. He is the current voice of Porky Pig in many Looney Tunes shows and formerly hosted Jep!, a kids’ version of the popular game show Jeopardy! He is also responsible for the voice of Luke Skywalker in over a dozen Star Wars video games as well as theRobot Chicken, the voice of Wembley and the World’s Oldest Fraggle for the animated Fraggle Rock. Bergen also voiced characters of the day in the 1987-1989 seasons of Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies.
About Dave Fennoy:
Dave Fennoy has been a preeminent voice working in Los Angeles since 1990 and one of the most versatile voices in the industry providing voices for commercials, narrations, TV promos, Award Shows, animation and games. His promo clients over the years include HULU.COM, ABC, The WB, Fox, CBS, Showtime, Starz, ESPN and Disney to name a few. Gamers enjoy his work on major video games STARCRAFT II, Ultimate Spiderman, Star Wars, Laura Croft Tomb Raider. Some of his film credits include Ghost Raider, Happy Feet and King’s Ransom”. Dave has been the show voice for several TV and Award shows, among them Late Night with Gregg Kinnear, The Billboard Music Awards and the NAACP Image Awards.
About Jeffrey Umberger:
Umberger Agency, is one of the most respected voice over talent rosters in the country. Jeffrey Umberger was a Casting Producer for 2 seasons on DIY Network’s ‘MEGA DENS’. He scouted for the TV series ‘COLLECTOR INSPECTOR’ on HGTV, and ‘BREATHING ROOM’ on Fine Living Network.. He has long been affiliated with music, acting, and photography. An accomplished musician, he enjoyed a long career as a society pianist in Beverly Hills and Atlanta, most notably performing Jazz and Classical at the legendary Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. As a composer, he scored music for the Billy Dee Williams film GOOD NEIGHBOR, The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and a short film by SOUTH PARK animator Dustin Woehrmann, among other credits. His black and white art photography was purchased as set-design for the TV sitcom ‘HOUSE OF PAYNE’. In 2014, Jeffrey was presented with the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ by the Georgia Entertainment Gala. [CLICK HERE TO VIEW A Q&A WITH JEFFREY UMBERGER]
About Randy Thomas:
America’s premiere female live voice announcer Randy Thomas made history as the first woman to announce The Academy Awards©, The Emmy Awards©, The SAG Awards©, The AFI Awards©, to name a few. As the seven-time announcer of The Oscars©, and fourteen-time Tony© announcer, Thomas has been winning accolades and opening doors for female voice artists for over 20 years. For the past nine years she’s been heard daily by millions of people as the iconic voice of CBS Television Distribution’s “Entertainment Tonight©,” one of the most watched entertainment programs in the world.
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