Our Story...

The Festival Voice team is a collective of experienced festival goers who have traveled far and wide to attend festivals of various types, all across the globe. After attending so many different events in so many different countries, we noticed many simple things that could use improvements. Things that most large-scale production companies don't even think about. We decided to stand up and make a change about it, not only for our favorite festivals but also for our planet.

Our Approach...

Our philosophy is that you remember the people you were dancing with more than you remember the artist on stage. That is why our approach as a media company is completely different than most others. We focus on showcasing attendees and doing on-site interviews with people just like you at every single festival we cover. We feel that you matter just as much as the artist on stage or the company that put the event on. With The Festival Voice on your side, your voice can finally be heard!

Our Vision...

We simply want to see everyone having the most fun possible, in the safest environment possible, while still being green and sustainable. With your help and feedback, we will finally be able to raise the overall fan experience at events worldwide and make an impact on sustainability at festivals all over. We believe that every festival should be memorable from the moment you walk through the gates, all the way until you get home.

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Meet the Team

Behind every successful business is a team of skilled and dedicated people just like you. Here you can learn about everyone on the team and their role in The Festival Voice. Why? Because people want to know who they're doing business with. It's a human thing.

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Sam O'Shay

Founder / President / CEO

Editor-in-Chief

Sam is a passionate visionary who is determined to make a positive change in the world. Born in California and traveling his whole life, he has a unique perspective on the world. Utilizing his years in Project Management and the knowledge from his various travels, he started up TFV to change the way the way people from all over the world experience their favorite festivals.

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Barry Hutzel

Director of Graphic Design

and Brand Management

Barry has over 32 years of outstanding design experience in large corporate and small consultancy environments, managing creative teams and handling individual projects in graphic and product design. Several of Barry's designs have won international design awards and have been implemented on products that have sold millions of units.

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Nia Garcia

Head of Psychiatric

Development / Journalist

Nia is a Los Angeles native, currently based in Texas. Graduating High School at the young age of 15, she moved on to get her Masters degree in Psychology. She currently works with a talent agency for children and teens that work in showbiz and manages several offices on different coasts. She is excited to be able to give back to the scene that has given her so much life throughout the years.

 

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Alex Markley

Head of Data

Analytics

Alex is a data analysis expert based out of Virgina. During her service in the Army, she was an Intelligence Analyst stationed out of Hawaii. As an Intelligence Analyst, she was primarily responsible for the analysis, processing, and distribution of strategic and tactical intelligence. Her dream is to travel the world experiencing everything that life has to offer.

Julian Kazenas

Julian Kazenas

East Coast Editor / Journalist / Photographer

Julian is a Central Florida writer, actor, musician, and producer. He recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with his BFA in Musical Theatre. Julian's entertainment background has taken him to concerts and festivals all over the world. His mission in life is to create memories with people from all over the globe and tell their stories.

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Savannah McKinley

Midwest Editor / Journalist / Photographer

With a degree in English and Public Relations, Savannah believes one of the greatest gifts in life is the ability to create connections with others while sharing their stories and experiences. After a long venture to Europe in 2011 to expand her worldview, she discovered that festivals provide the perfect outlet for people to discover themselves and the world surrounding them.

Zoe Hudson

Zoe Hudson

Rocky Mountain Editor / Journalist / Photographer

Zoe is a Colorado native who is always looking for new ways to enhance her life. Since a young age, Zoe has been enthralled by photography,and it has been her passion ever since. Through her photography, she intends to showcase the love shown at festivals. She spends her free time attending festivals, traveling, skiing, and adventuring every chance she gets.  

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Minnie Ardalan

West Coast Editor / Journalist / Photographer

A passionate Anthropology student and festival lover, Minnie enjoys traveling on a regular basis and learning about all kinds of different cultures. One of her goals is to attend as many international festivals as possible in order to get a picture of how festival culture varies across different countries. Born and raised in Switzerland, Minnie now happily resides in sunny Los Angeles, California.

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AmberLynn Anderson

Journalist / Photographer

AmberLynn is an experienced journalist based out of Virginia. Working with local publications like the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virgina and national publication. She has experience in local and national coverage of events and festivals, as well as artist interviews. She enjoys writing, painting, hula hooping and traveling in her free time.

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Eden Renee

Journalist / Photographer

Music and festivals have had a profound impact on Eden's life since her first Electric Forest in 2011. Using her degree in Psychology, she intends to integrate music and alternative holistic medicine into many traditional therapeutic practices. Through her passion for writing, she looks to strengthen the collective voice of festival-goers everywhere.

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Bobbie Clark

Journalist / Photographer

Bobbie has spent her life traveling, in efforts to discover opulence via adventure. From The Great Pyramids of Egypt to the depths of the Caribbean Sea, she believes when eyes are open all experiences lead to new discoveries and truth is found through encounters of all kinds. She aims to aid in the refinement of the festival communication between the audience and the organizers to optimize the experience for all.

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Holly Wargo

Journalist / Photographer

Holly is a full-time nurse with a passion for healing in many various forms. While she enjoys the music, she really fell in love with the wide variety of people. She enjoys taking photos of people and sharing their story through that photo. At a festival you can count on her to be the one making sure that everyone is healthy and hydrated. Because after all it’s the little things that matter the most in this big world .

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Vinhcent Nguyen

Videographer

Born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Vinhcent taught himself videography for 6 years before finally going to the University of Arkansas and officially studying videography for 4 years. He loves to travel festivals because it allows him to build bonds, and make lasting memories with people. His goal is to showcase what it means to escape reality and truly live in the moment. He wants to show that we are all united as one people.

Brian Arce

Brian Arce

Videographer

Brian is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer from Los Angeles CA, but currently living in Phoenix, Arizona. Using his bachelors degree in Imaging and Video Editing, he wants showcase how film and photography are getting more artistic as time evolves. He has experience working with artists on and off stage, as well as after videos.

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Adrian Maximo

Videographer

Born and raised in Southern California, Adrian has spent most of his life behind the lens of a camera. Ever since he was a child all he wanted to do was play with the newest camera. He has a way of connecting with people and getting them to open up on camera. After attending so many festivals, he decided that somebody needed to tell the story of the attendees.

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Dan Boswell

Journalist

Dan was raised in Chicago but currently resides in Denver, Colorado. From an early age, he started to get involved with underground events, which quickly evolved into a life of music festivals. Working as an ambassador and volunteer for events put on by Bassnectar, GRiZ, and Insomniac, he strives to keep the festival environment safe, fun, and constantly improving. He believes that the best way to be happy is to make other people happy.

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Frankie Valdez

Journalist

Frankie is a lively and outgoing festival goer, with a passion for both volunteer and charity work. He has over 6 years of experience in promotions for various event companies including Insomniac, Fresh, and Motive events. His dream in life is to travel the world in order to make lasting friendships with all kinds of different people from all over the world. He believes that if he can put a smile on one person's face a day, then that day wasn’t wasted.

Emily Renfro

Emily Renfro

Journalist

Emily was born in Oregon, but now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up with a love for travel, music and all things art. She has been involved with the music scene for over seven years. While she loves the good vibes and the music at a festival, what she loves even more is all the wonderful people she gets to meet from all walks of life. She looks for new adventures everywhere she goes and she looks forward to her new adventures with The Festival Voice.

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Tila Reed

Journalist

Tila is an Arizona native raised in the heart of Phoenix. She started attending events when she was still a freshman in high school since most of the events in her area were all-ages. She found her love for writing after attending her first major music festival and having to constantly explain to her friends how amazing and life-changing the experience was for her.

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Fuming Ben

Journalist

Originally from Shenyang, Liaoning, China, Fuming moved across the Pacific and now lives in Denver, Colorado. Starting as a street team flyer promoter, he worked his way up the ladder to become a street team manager and a social media manager for some of the top promoters in Denver. He now travels around the world, covering festivals and shows.

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Jessii Robinson

Journalist

Jessii is a passionate freelance writer. While working at her college's newspaper, she made it to Editor in Chief in her final year. When writing stories, her focus typically revolves around the human perspective. She makes it her goal to capture the truest emotions in any given story. She is diligent and will do what she must do to turn out stories that readers will love.

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Nicolas Jackson

Journalist / Photographer

Nicolas was born and raised in the SoCal area. He attended college for Business Administration with an emphasis in sales and marketing. Growing tired of the same thing day after day, he took a year off traveling festival to festival meeting new people. All the different people he met along the way gave him a unique outlook on festivals & the world.

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Timer Sekelik

Journalist / Photographer

Timber Sekelik is a photographer based out of Colorado. Her main focus being concert photography, she has shot at a lot of the local venues and is expanding to other states and venues throughout the United States. She is currently studying business management with a focus on music festival management.

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