Patrick Sweeney, organizer of the voice-over group VO in TO, is consistently striving to be a better voice actor and continuously tries to improve his overall business model. Patrick hopes to further his talents through more voice-over training at VoiceWorld Toronto and believes that there is always something new to learn.
In this article, find out where Patrick Sweeney’s love for voice acting began and what he hopes to achieve by attending VoiceWorld Toronto.
How long have you been doing voice-overs for?
I began taking voiceover workshops back in 2003 and ultimately decided that if I am going to take this industry seriously, I need to be doing it full time. So in 2008, I jumped in full time and have never looked back.
Where did your love for voice acting begin?
Well that very first workshop fueled my passion and it has only grown from there. Voiceovers provided that creative outlet for me that may have been missing after working in the Medical Industry for 25 years. As a kid, I was always fascinated with recording anything on my cassette tape recorder and I knew throughout my medical career that I had always wanted to run my own business and possibly use my voice somehow, so everything just seemed to come together and fall into place nicely.
Why did you decide to register for Voices.com‘ s first voice-over conference?
Well I registered for a number of reasons. First of all, VoiceWorld is happening 15 minutes down the road from where I live, so it’s very convenient. Aside from that, I also wanted to show my support to all of my friends who are participating as speakers for the day. The conference also represents a great opportunity to network, to socialize and to learn from others that walk the same path as you, something I always try and take advantage of.
What do you hope to achieve from attending the conference?
As a voice talent and a business owner, I always strive to be a better actor and continuously try to improve my overall business model. Coming to conferences like VoiceWorld Toronto or any others that cater to voice talent, allow me to further that training and learning process. Learning new technologies, resources, techniques, trends etc…. Conferences and training will always be a constant throughout my voiceover career. Change is constant in voiceover, you can never say you know everything in this industry, there’s always something new to learn.
What goals are you working towards in regards to your voice acting career?
I just completed writing my business plan for 2013 and have a number of things that I want to accomplish. Specifically, I have plans in place to leverage my Medical Narration services to clients, I want to implement a number of new Marketing strategies, plus improve on some of my client service offerings and personally I feel there is always room to become a better actor. Lots to do in 2013!
Who are you most excited to see speak at VoiceWorld Toronto?
I am honestly looking forward to hearing everyone speak at VoiceWorld Toronto. There is such diversity in knowledge and expertise, they all bring something very different to the table, so it should be a great conference.