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Ever heard of FOMO?

UrbanDictionary.com helps with this: It’s a “fear of missing out”. “The fear that if you miss a party or event you will miss out on something great.”

Admittedly, I have it. I thought I was stronger than that. But, alas… no.

(Eric Barker, one of my most favorite bloggers, who posts weekly for Time.com, helps us with FOMO: This is the Best Way to Overcome Fear of Missing Out.)

In my case, VO FOMO is a fear of missing out on anything voice over related… and apparently, I really did. This past weekend, VO Atlanta was presented for it’s 5th year. Many of us watched from social media and hoped that not-too-much good stuff happened! 😉

Thankfully we have George Whittam and Dan Leonard of Voice Over Body Shop, a popular, highly educational, and entertaining weekly webcast for all things voice-over who have provided us “Madcap Highlights of the VO Atlanta Conference”. You can catch that episode here.

There are MANY voice-over conferences now and so we need to be a little choosy. My plan for attending a couple of conferences in 2017 is in motion and I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t miss out on the ones I’ve selected. Turns out, VO Atlanta wasn’t one of them and darn it all, my fear of missing out was warranted. So, to make sure it doesn’t happen again my plan is two-fold.

1 – Pre-register for VO Atlanta 2018. DONE

2 – If I need to skip a conference, I need to know that another great one is around the corner. (Or, keep re-reading Eric Barker’s blog post on FOMO.)

So, here’s the answer to why voice actors are specifically prone to VO FOMO:

We work in isolation…literally, in an isolation booth. Seeing people, especially those who do what we do… well, ANY people really… is a major treat.

And, as we begin to attend these conferences, other people in the voice over industry become our friends. For such a diverse group of people, we have something in common that tightly bonds us together. So, of course we want to see our friends and dive into a conference that allows us to build our skills, our network, and our friendships!

See you there next year, VO Atlanta!

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