My Second First Faffcon

27 September 2011
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By Dan Friedman

On Saturday night while most Faffers were out to dinner, Amy Snively, Pam Tierney and I sat in the mezzanine of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Harrisburg and talked. Among many other discussions, we talked about our favorite parts of the event and past events. I mentioned at one point that I thought everyone’s first Faffcon would be their favorite.
Let’s face it, if you’ve been to Faffcon, you already know you will be coming to a second and probably more after that. The only Faffcon I’ve missed (and therefore hope I will ever miss) is the very first in Portland, OR. It is the one Faffcon that set the stage for all others and I’m sure it will never be duplicated. However, just 24 hours after my conversation with Pam and Amy, I had an amazing experience that I will never forget.

Pam actually had offered to “hire” me to help her with her studio. We were going to go through her entire signal chain from “soup to nuts” (Pam… FOCUS!) ;-). But, as far as I was concerned, this was a great opportunity to continue faffing, so we invited others to join us in the mezzanine. About 20 of us spent over three and a half hours talking studio stuff. It was an incredible thrill for me to share my knowledge, and also learn from everyone who participated, in a truly unexpected Faffcon session. I was told later that this impromptu session captured the essence of the very first Faffcon exactly. How cool is that!

Like any “first,” everyone’s first Faffcon will probably always be their most memorable. However, and this is the true beauty of Faffcon, each session and event is filled with “firsts”, opening up the possibility to new opportunity, new connections and handfuls of “golden nuggets” each and every time. It is truly an inspirational event. I hope that everyone in voiceover gets the opportunity to experience these “firsts” for themselves.

And now some very special shout outs:

David Goldberg – I really appreciated the opportunity to work with you and to get to know you better this time around. I know we can make things happen and I’m excited about the possibilities.

Colleen ColinVoicebank and Voice Registry provide such a vital service to our community, I’m thrilled to be a new member. Thank you for all you contribute to Faffcon and our industry.

Pam Tierney – Your adventurous spirit and sense of humor is infectious. Thank you for all that you do for Faffcon and for your friendship.

Paul Strikwerda – Your session on blogging was fantastic. I was inspired to write an entire blog based on just one thing you said (this will be forthcoming). I know that my blog will benefit greatly from your advice.

Peter O’Connell
– Your improv sessions provided me with some of the best laughs I’ve had in years. They also got me out of my comfort zone and offered an experience that I will never forget.

Melissa Exelberth – Where would I be without you Melissa? Probably under a table at the Firehouse. Thank you for being such a good friend and pouring me into the rickshaw on Friday night and getting me where I needed to be. I’m not ashamed to admit how much fun that night was!

Corey Snow – It was a pleasure to meet you. I know we will be talking more and working  on some things in the future.

Philip Banks – Thank you for just being there. It is incredible that you traveled half a world away to share your knowledge and experience with us. While that alone would have been enough, your support for my efforts and words of encouragement were greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Cris Dukehart – I think you may have been instrumental in opening a new door for me. Thank you for that. I really look forward to getting to spend more time with you in the future.

Liz de Nesnera  – I am so thankful for your friendship, support, kind words and everything else… and yes… your demo deliveries ROCK!

Cindy Neill – It was a pleasure to meet you face to face. You are always a blast to work with and I’m happy to help you (directly or indirectly) any time you need it.

Tom Dheere, Trish Basanyi and Lauren McCullough – I loved hanging out with all of you on Friday and at various times throughout the weekend. You are all ROCK STARS!

Special thanks to my ProComm family:

Amy Snively
Amy Taylor
Cindy Neill
Mike Harrison
Rowell Gorman
Zak Miller
Bob Souer
Philip Banks
Melissa Exelberth

I love you all!

Bob Souer – Your generosity, expertise, and knowledge is simply unmatched. Thank you so much for all of your kind words, support, information and help with my personal journey as well as everything you do to help make this event happen.


and… our QUEEN BEE…

Amy Snively – Words really cannot express the level of appreciation we all have for what you do and for how you have enriched all of our lives by bringing us Faffcon. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Faffcon crew. It is an honor and a pleasure. You literally work to the point of exhaustion and WE LOVE YOU and THANK YOU for everything!!

I would also like to thank everyone who has ever purchased a copy of:

SOUND ADVICE – Voiceover From An Audio Engineer’s Perspective

Thank you so much for your support and kind words. Let me know if I can ever be of help.

9 responses on “My Second First Faffcon

  1. Thank you for making Faffcon3 such a terrific success, Dan. It’s all about sharing, and boy, do you have a lot to share! I also learned that you started playing poker recently, and you and I had a spirited debate about that. Please let me know when you’ll mail the check so I can notify my landlord!

  2. PS I clicked on the RSS button, but I wasn’t able to subscribe to your blog. I got a page filled with code instead…

    • Dan says:

      Paul, I can’t figure out how to fix that. Can you help?

      • There are at least 34 RSS-plugins in WordPress. Some get more stars than others. I would uninstall the one you have now, and install a new RSS-plugin. Alternatively, you could unistall your current Subscribe-plugin and pick one that comes with more social media buttons. An RSS button or link is usually included.

  3. I couldn’t agree more, Dan! I am bummed that I missed the impromptu studio faff in the mezz…I think I was singing with Paul and Bob at the karaoke or something. 🙂 Seriously though, thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience. I’m still digesting everything but one of the things that really struck me was the humility of just about everyone there. Those who haven’t faff’d just can’t understand…they need to go to the next one! Rock on!

  4. Linda Ristig says:

    It was a joy to read all the heartfelt thanks you were able to weave into one blog post. Now I have one for you. On my train ride home, I read the autographed copy of your book. Concepts like EQ and Compression became a little easier for me to understand. I’m no expert on the audio engineering aspect of VO, but knowing I have a reference book that’s user-friendly with colored photos is a valuable addition to our home library. Thanks, Dan! It was truly great to meet you!

  5. Dan,

    Our after hours Audio Session was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend.
    I’m so glad we were all able to do that Sunday night.

    So excited to crack open my AUTOGRAPHED copy of Sound Advice =)

    Hope your journey back to Asheville went smoothly.


  6. Tom Dheere says:

    It great hanging out with with you too, Dan. I learned a lot at your FaffCon Bonus session!

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