MAVO2022 Schedule

Please note that the following schedule is subject to change. 

**The Mastery Sessions for 11/11 and the breakout sessions taking place over the 3 days are on Sale NOW!!**

MASTERY SESSIONS, FRIDAY, November 11, 2022
**PLEASE NOTE THE TIMES OF THE MASTERY SESSIONS AND THAT THEY HAVE EXTRA FEES NOT INCLUDED WITH A GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET. YOU MUST HAVE A GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET IN ORDER TO PURCHASE AND ATTEND A MASTERY SESSION. 
IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO THESE, YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER FOR THEM AND YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO DO ONE SESSION IN THE MORNING AND ONE IN THE AFTERNOON ON FRIDAY, 11/11/21.**
**REMEMBER THAT THESE SESSIONS ARE OPTIONAL. YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THEM! IT'S JUST AN OPTION IF YOU'RE IN TOWN DURING THE DAY ON FRIDAY AND WANT TO ADD THESE EXTRA CLASSES ON!**

MASTERY SESSIONS ARE 3 OR 4 HOUR SESSIONS AND ARE LIMITED IN SIZE TO 12 ATTENDEES EACH. THEY ARE VERY PERSONALIZED AND INTERACTIVE. THESE ARE PERFORMANCE BASED CLASSES!! THESE ARE A GREAT OPTION FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO LEARN NEW SKILLS AND APPLY THEM IMMEDIATELY!! 

SCHEDULE COLOR KEY:
Opening/Closing or Sponsor Session
Mastery Session
Breaks/Networking/Lunch
Breakout Sessions
Social Events
General Sessions
Panel

9am-10am ET - Registration/Networking

 

10am-2pm ET Mastery Session:

Jason Linere White - "Character Movement for Video Games, Animation, and Motion Capture." (Fee - 4 hour session - $200/person, MAX 12 attendees)

 

10am - 1pm ET Mastery Sessions: ( 3 hour sessions - Fee $150/person, Max 12 attendees per session)

Tom Dheere - "Managing Your VO Biz"

You've gotten your voiceover training, produced a shiny new demo, built your home studio, and created a new website. Now what?

Now you learn how to build and run your actual voiceover business!

 

In this 3-hour Mastery Session, we will discuss how to create your voiceover business on both a financial and philosophical level. You'll learn how to:

  • Think like a business

  • Define success for your business

  • Set goals

  • Write a business plan

  • Manage your finances

  • Learn about incorporation, insurance, and retirement....  

       and much more!

Cliff Zellman: "Voice Over for Automotive... A New State of Mind."

This 3-hour workshop will focus on all 3 tiers of VO for automotive. We will start with an introduction to the tiers, and which one could be best for you. We cover the 15 Points of an Automotive Script (essential) then move on to... Multiple readings! Recording! Direction! Each attendee will receive a recording of their own time on the mic. It’s fun, it’s fast and it’s a workout! And it’s NOT just yelling and selling, I assure you! You will take a way a solid understanding of VO for automotive, while dispelling many of the myths and misconceptions. Voice Over for Automotive... It’s a New State of Mind.

**Now, some Perks!**

 • Receive a post conference, 1 Hour consultation/coaching/marketing meet up via Zoom.

• 1 Attendee from the Workshop will receive a FREE National or Local Automotive Spot to add to their Commercial Demo, including coaching, spot prep, self-marketing tips and more.

• IF... after the Workshop and the 1-hour post conference meet up... after deep discussion, extensive coaching and combined confidence that automotive is right for you, I will DEDUCT the cost of the Workshop towards your shiny new automotive demo! Why? As I have been saying for 25 years, Automotive can be the Holy Grail of VO. Hope to see you there! For more info, please contact me at: czellman10@gmail.com

1pm - 2pm ET - Lunch Break (if in Tom or Cliff's Mastery sessions)- on your own (lunch not included)

OR 

2pm-3pm ET - Lunch Break (if in Jason's Mastery Session) - on your own (lunch not included)

1:30-3pm ET - Marc Graue - Breakout Session (Fee $35)

ORC'S, PIRATES, ROBOT'S AND MORE!! THE 60 MILLION DOLLAR VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY! This class will cover everything from Video Game demos to audition tricks for booking AAA game titles to the business of the gaming business!

3pm-6pm ET Mastery Sessions (Fee $150/person - MAX 12 attendees)

Johnny Heller - "AUDIOBOOK DEMOS: WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WHAT YOU MUST DO HOW TO DO IT"

Each participant will have the chance to work on a demo piece - maybe two!

Scott Parkin - "Improvising in Commercial VO - Your Competitive Edge"

Scotts teaching style is a fast paced & entertaining program designed to entertain AND educate because it’s a lot to be scared when you’re laughing. Scott creates a safe space for students to stretch out and performs with the talent as they learn valuable tricks & techniques that demystify Improvisation for VO. With the skill sets attendees learn they can make their auditions to stand out and so they can compete for more work. **THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT**

Carol Monda - Long Form Narration: All VO genres have their glory and their challenges. Let's dive into both of these beauties and more in this intimate, intensive interaction. We'll explore the nature of this VO breed, including genres within the genre, how to nurture and sustain audience focus, in what ways it mirrors other types of VO, and where and how it diverges into its own unique style. Bring water, paper, a writing implement and your finely tuned instincts and imagination!

Jamie B. Chambers - "On Screen transition to Voice acting and Character performance capture." (**NEW ADDITION**)

6pm-7:30pm ET (actually, this timing depends on which mastery sessions you're taking -if any, so adjust accordingly!!) - Dinner Break - on your own (dinner not included)

7:30pm-8:30pm ET - MAVO Social - Guest Speaker Intros - Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar)

8:30pm-9:30pm ET - Radio Play Performance (Uncle Roy & Cast)

9:30ish pm ET - ? - If you choose to continue socializing, you can do so at the bar area of the hotel. We have to clear this space to reset for Saturday! 

Saturday, November 12, 2022

8:00am-8:30am ET - Registration (if you didn't check in and get your swag bag on Friday!) - also networking time!

8:30-8:45am ET - Opening remarks - Val Kelly - Owner/President/CEO/Executive Producer - Mid-Atlantic Voiceover, LLC

8:45am-9:00am ET - Break/Networking

9:00am - 10:00am ET - "bodalgo" - Platinum Sponsor - Armin Hierstetter - Welcome to the world of online casting. Armin Hierstetter is the Owner/Founder of the best online casting out there, "bodalgo" Learn all about his company, as well as have a chance to ask all your most burning questions about online casting sites. 

10:00am - 11:00am ET - General Session: Dan Lenard- WoVO - Silver Sponsor

10:00am-11:30am ET - Breakout Sessions (Extra $35 fee/session/person):

Elley Ray Hennessy - 

"Priming The Successful VA"

If you're in need of a vocal workout to get you back in the booth, then this is the refresher for you!

A Daily Vocal Workout to Strengthen the Entire Instrument. Play It!

Hands-on instruction, exercises to work; the Brain; Diaphragm; Soft Palette, Vocal Folds, Esophagus, Lower Jaw; Lips, Teeth and Tongue, Spirit, Emotions and more. 

It's time to Awaken greater VO potential!

Laura Schreiber - "Current Commercial Trends" - 

Are you booking all the gigs you think that you should?
Understanding today’s trends is essential. Studying the scripts
that are out NOW and looking at what is on TV and the social
media at the moment is a critical part of staying current in VO. In
this break out session we will work on strategies to stay on top of
current trends, keep your reads fresh, and develop techniques to
self check your audio. We will look at current spots and scripts
and work through reads together so that you can feel more
confident when submitting your work.

11:00am - 11:15am ET - Break/Networking (General Session attendees)

11:15am - 12:15 ET - General Sessions:

J. Michael Collins - "Let's Get Political!" -

In this rapid-fire hour JMC will discuss where to find political commercial VO work, and run through the major delivery techniques in this genre.

Yolanda Spearman - "Get Inspired and Stay Inspired: Do Your VO Business your way everyday"

Do you suffer from the fear of missing out? – learn strategies to work through this in a way that is satisfying and motivating. Do you feel like you are not as good as other VO (Voiceover) talent because you work a job? - Learn strategies to incorporate VO into your workflow. Do you feel like you don’t know what to do next to grow and develop in your VO career? - get some tips to help you discover more ways to succeed. Just remember “the riches are in the niches Voiceover is work but it shouldn’t feel like a job. It should be a career that brings you joy. If you feel
a little uninspired come and stay awhile, I’ll leave the light on for you.

Tom Dheere - 

“Control Your Time!” (60-minute General Session)

Getting a handle on working from home when you’re used to the 9-to-5 workday can be a real challenge! In this General Session, we’ll discuss time management strategies & tactics to help you consistently make effective moment-to-moment choices to move your voiceover business forward.

12:15pm -1:15pm ET - Lunch (included)

1:30pm-2:30pm ET - Keynote Address - Marc Graue - "Get Inspired"

2:30pm-5:30pm ET - Elley Ray Hennessy - Mastery Session (add-on - $150/person - limited in size to 12 attendees) :

"Nothing Can Stop Your VO Success but YOU!!! Create the Magic and Thrive!

2:30pm-3:30pm ET - General Sessions -

Scott Parkin - "Improvising in VO & Life"

Jimmy Doom

"Be The Ball, The Ballroom Dancer or The Ball Buster - Getting into Character":

Techniques for being someone you're not and the confidence to be directed as that character.

2:30pm-4:00pm ET - Breakout Sessions -

Carol Monda-

"VO Overwhelm: So Many Hats!"

So, you're expected to do all the heaVO lifting, aye? What if you've never run a business?

What if you're a technophobe? What if you lack confidence? From workflow to a flowing delivery, there are best practices for your many practices. In this session, we'll take a closer look at and 'get inspired' by the challenges to our business, craft, and sanity. No lifting required.

 Jason Linere White- "Creating Provocative Characters for every genre".

3:30pm-4:00pm ET - Break/Networking (for general session people)

4:00pm-5:00pm ET - General Sessions:

Kim Hurdon - "Ask A Voice Director" - Kim will give you a tour of the other side of the “glass” for animation, gaming and commercial sessions. You’ll lean how differently they all run and what the clients are looking for. Have your questions ready for the Q&A!

Cliff Zellman- “Introduction to Voice Over for Automotive... A New State of Mind” Presented by Cliff Zellman, Director of Talent Development - Automotive Division, ACM Talent Owner – A-MazingDemos.com A very informative hour covering the many facets of Voice Over for Automotive. The sound of automotive advertising is changing. Right now is a great time to jump in! Get the background on automotive advertising and why it may be worth pursuing. Hear what is expected of the “everyday” automotive Voice Talent and what it really takes to succeed. No need to live in L.A. or NYC! I will also be discussing the 15 Points of an Automotive Read (essential), self-marketing tips, both organic & digital plus a Q&A. TAKEAWAYS: 1) How Automotive Advertising is changing. 2) A focus on National, Regional and Local. 3) Understanding the 15 points of an Automotive Read and how to apply them to your performances. Tips on how to self-direct for auditions, finding the clues within the script, and understand the 'new' sound of automotive. 4) Introduction to self-marketing, tips and insider tricks. I have produced, directed, edited and mixed over 21,000 thousand automotive TV & radio spots for nationwide broadcast, so when it comes to life in the fast lane, your on-ramp is straight ahead! Beginning and intermediate (optional) Male / Female - Soft, Medium and Enthusiastic scripts will be supplied. For more information, please contact Cliff at: czellman10@gmail.com

Jamie B. Chambers - General Session - "On-screen experience versus voice acting (how the two compare/overlap)

4:00pm-5:30pm ET - Breakout Session: Johnny Heller - "Self Direction/Choices"

Q & A, Directed Reads, Discussion of character choices/direction choices.

5:00pm(or 5:30pm depending on the session you're in) -7:00pm ET  - Dinner (not included) on your own

5:30pm-6:30pm -  It’s time to level up your voiceover career with Rachael Naylor from "The VoiceOver Network" (Gold level Sponsor)

This session will be an informative and empowering session where Rachael will share her years of experience not just as a busy voice actor working internationally but also as a casting director, coach, multi award winning entrepreneur and CEO of The VoiceOver Network. If you are ready to learn how to not just book more work but work with higher paying vo clients then this session is for you. Rachael will be covering mindset, marketing, audition advice, agents and so much more. It’s going to be a jam packed session!

6:30pm-7:30pm - Dinner break(on your own - not included)

7:30pm-8:30pm ET - Animation/Videogame Panel  - Marc Graue, Elley Ray, Everett Oliver, Jason Linere White, Kim Hurdon

8:30pm-10:00pm ET - Breakout Session - Val Kelly - Social media Strategies workshop  - Are you on Social media? My guess is that you are - at least in some capacity. Having an online presence is vital in the entertainment industry these days. In this session we will cover strategies to improve your online presence. We will talk about Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram specifically. I will approach this from the aspect of what a director looks for when hiring someone and from the aspect of a voice actor. Bring your laptops, your questions, a drink or two and let's dig into this topic head on. The goal is for you to leave this session with a solid strategy for improving your online presence and the tools to make it happen. 

9:30pm - 11:00pm ET  - MAVO Social - More Details Coming soon! 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

8:30am-9:00am ET: Val Kelly - Opening Remarks/Networking/Coffee

9:00am-10:00am ET: General Session - Rob Sciglimpaglia - Belair Creative- Silver Sponsor:

"How to Find and Close High Ticket VO Clients"

Step 1 - Skills 

Step 2 - Marketing

Step 3 - Sales 

In this presentation, Voice Over Legal Author Robert Sciglimpaglia Jr. and his daughter Mary Sciglimpaglia Brainard (who specializes in marketing) will walk you through the simple 3 step process to find and close high ticket voiceover clients. Rob and Mary are the co-founders of Belair Creative, a marketing agency which specializes in helping voiceover artists use direct marketing to land clients. 

9:00am-10:00am ET: General Session - Laura Schreiber"Nailing Your Branding Will Open Up a Brand New World!"

Do you stand out? Why you are different than other voice actors? Why should a client work with you over another talent? The answer can often be simply conveyed with your branding, but branding is no simple task. How coherent is yourbranding? Come to this session and leave with a better understanding of why it  matters, who your reaching, and how it needs to be carried out. Uncover why coherent branding helps you convey your personality, corner the market, and reach your voice over goals!

9:00am-10:30am ET: Breakout Session - Jamie B. Chambers - "Overview on accents/dialects for character development."

10:00am-11:00am ET: General Session - Elley Ray

"Create Authentic Characters with EASE"

In this fun and interactive talk by Elley Ray, you're going to PLAY a series of vocal exercises; 3 Basic Ingredients required for PLAY; the 10 Basic Placements that help facilitate PLAYING Characters; the Lips, the Teeth and the Tongue and how to use them creatively when exploring Characters; acceleration exercises; humanisms; efforts and colouring outside the lines!

It'll be an absolute blast, so come along and learn about as much as is possible in just under an hour!

10:00am-11:30am ET: Breakout Sessions -

Kim Hurdon - "NPC Gaming VO" - If you don’t know what it is, you should! That’s where the bulk of video game work lies. Kim will walk you through what AAA games are looking for when it comes to casting and the sessions themselves. You’ll learn how to do barks and efforts which really just means you’ll learn how to yell on the battlefield and then die in many many ways. Most fun ever!

 Dan Lenard - "Proper Set Up Of A Home VO Studio."

Dan Lenard, THE Home Voice Over Studio Master will cut through the mythology and intimidation of how to set up your home studio and get you recording quickly and competently! Any and all questions will be answered.

11:00am-12:00pm ET: General Session - Jason Linere White -

"How to Book More Work as a Voice Over Artist"

12:00pm-1:00pm ET: Lunch (included)/Networking

1:00-2:00pm ET: General Session - Johnny Heller- "INTRO TO AUDIOBOOKS!"

A PRIMER Differences between audiobooks and other VO genres Expectations v Realities Where's the Work Script Prep Dos and Donts! Q & A

1:00pm-2:30pm ET: Breakout Sessions -

Everett Oliver- **Bronze Level Sponsor** - "Bring Your A Game "Animation Competition" -

You will select one script out of 4 audition scripts and then there will be four finalists who will read an additional piece of copy to compete for a prize....

Rachael Naylor - "Having fun and booking the gig"
This will be an interactive fun session where Rachael will be working with you on various scripts to get you out of your head and free your creativity. Auditions are a massive part of our job as voice actors so what is it that the busy voice actors are doing and how can you increase your booking rate? Whether it’s video games, animation, commercials etc these techniques will help you to find your unique path and get the casting directors attention. It’s time to stand out in the crowd and book more work.

Yolanda Spearman - "Mindset Makeover: Using concepts from law of attraction to propel you to the next level."

successful thinking = successful people
No amount of training, associations or friendships will change your perception
of who you believe yourself to be. Once you convince yourself that you are
what you want yourself to be the universe conspires to put you in the car that
you already believe you are driving. Want to know more about how it works? Come check out the workshop. Want real world examples of how this happens to regular people like you? Come to the class.
You believe it, now what? Come to the class and find out! It’s like Prego,
It’s in there…

2:15pm-3:15pm ET: General Session - Carol Monda - 

"True Crime: Melodrama, Method or Madness?"

True Crime is one of the most popular genres of all media programming, and the narration can make or break its level of success. We'll visit a few types of true crime and explore the kind of delivery expected from each. We'll also discuss the nitty gritty of the grit, horror, facts, surprises and resolutions that comprise this edge-of-your-seat, sometimes-while-laughing medium.

2:15pm-3:45pm ET: Breakout Sessions -

Tom Dheere- “Learning to do eLearning” 

What exactly is eLearning narration? What’s the difference between eLearning, industrials, corporate, and Explainers? How much do you charge? Where do you find the work? These and many more questions will be answered. If we have time, randomly selected attendees will receive live coaching!

Jimmy Doom -

"The Pen is as Mighty as the Voice:

Characters, Dialogue and Dialect for Yourself and Others":

From finding your own voice and approach for professional blogging to creating believable, relatable original characters for the VO world and beyond.

3:45pm-5:00pm ET: Closing Ceremony/Prizes (You must be present in person to win a prize)!! 

 

** BREAKOUT SESSIONS AND MASTERY SESSIONS ARE ON SALE NOW AND ARE SELLING FAST!! DON'T WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE TO CHOOSE YOUR SESSIONS.**