It wasn’t three days I spent in New York City, it was more like two and a half. That may seem like a minor error, but you can’t get away with anything these days and I know I’d pay for that error somewhere down the line (Oh, that Vance – he’s so prone to exaggeration). As Gary Vee said in the APAC keynote speech; you can’t get away with any BS in these days of Twitter and Facebook – the truth will out.
So, better play it safe: Two and a half days.
Now, back to my experiences in NYC:
You’d think narrators would know better. Whenever we’re asked for guidance from new narrators as to what are the important things to watch for in this business one of the first things we say is ‘protect your voice’. It’s not easy to sit for several hours behind a microphone constantly speaking out loud. So we say ‘don’t shout at loud sports events’, ‘don’t go to parties where you can’t be heard without shouting’, etc., etc… Now APAC prides itself on allowing a great deal of time for networking during and in between the day’s meetings but that networking on Monday took place mostly in a large room with a couple of hundred people all talking at once – and of course the day ended with a social event courtesy of Tantor Audio in the upstairs room of a Manhattan bar. I can’t tell you how many experienced narrators suffered from very sore throats after Monday’s events… including me! Throw in the Audies gala on Tuesday evening and I wasn’t able to get back behind the microphone until Friday. Note to self for next year – listen more, don’t speak!
Talking of the Audies: As you may know my name was attached to four finalists this year – sadly none of them came through in the end, but that in no way diminished my enjoyment of the evening. The MC was Baba Booey (meant nothing to me either, initially – that’s Gary Dell’Abate, Howard Sterne’s executive producer who happens to be a big fan of audiobooks – nice guy, I got to chat with him early in the evening) and Gary did a great job of keeping the ceremony in it’s newly slimmed down format rolling and I did my bit by speed reading through the masses of names I had when presenting awards for things like Audio Drama and so on. The winners as well as all the finalist can be found on AudioFile magazine’s website and congratulations to all of them. Got to meet a lot of old friends and made a few new ones (and tried to bribe a few judges before next year’s Audies – kidding… no really, I’m joking). Catering was particularly good this year (and a photo of me in tux and waistcoat will follow eventually).
Last year I had a very late night at the party after the Gala (sponsored by Playaway, as it was this year) and ended up in a deli, still in my tux, eating an early breakfast at something like 5am. This year I was much more conservative – mainly because I was flying back early on Wednesday. So I didn’t feel at all bad (except for a little hoarseness) when I returned home to California later that day – just very tired…
So ended my two days and, just a sec… nineteen hours in the Big Apple.
Fingers crossed, but I think the audio link below should work!