Attn: Introverts! Advice requested
Confession: I'm currently a Voiceover Conference virgin. But that is about to change!
This Thursday, I'm flying to Dallas, TX for the One Voice Conference. One of my goals for this year was to attend a voiceover conference, so that I can meet other voice actors and learn from them. I am meeting that goal. Yay me!
But here's the problem:
I'm an introvert, I will know no one at this conference, and I'm nervous!
The Oxford Dictionary defines an Introvert as "a shy, reticent person. eg. 'I'm an introvert and I hate public speaking.'" Well, I love public speaking. In fact, give me an audience and I relax completely. But I hate being in a group of new people - especially when they are people who mostly know each other - and being expected to network.
Gravy for the Brain, the company that puts on the One Voice Conference, held a pre-conference mixer last week on Zoom, which allowed me to meet a few folks one-on-one, a little like speed-dating, so I have at least been introduced to a few people. Most of the veterans I met at the Zoom mixer said "Oh, you're going to love it! Everyone is super friendly." But I'm still not sure.
What do you say?
So, what would your advice be to someone who is introverted, but needs to network in a new environment with people she's never met before?
Updates (and photos) to come next week!