Annual All-Media BBQ on July 23rd, 2014

If you've been reading the monthly BLAST from MCA-i you already know that Wednesday evening, July 23rd is our annual All Media Organization BBQ and Mixer.  NOW you can register and prepay at this special online site! It's only $12 if you prepay onlne... but PLEASE REGISTER even if you plan on paying at the door! We'll determine how much food to buy based on sign-ups and you don't want to get there and have us run out of food, do you?

Every year our gathering gets bigger and bigger. It's a fun way to network with future clients, suppliers and friends! FIrst held by PVN years ago, MCA-i got involved a few years back and started inviting all our friends! This year is going to be a joint effort of PVN, MCA-i, OCMMA and Media Alliance—and yes, VO Peeps as well, even though they didn't get on the banner! (Sorry, Peeps) That should mean more people, more fun, more food and maybe some fabulous prizes! To register on line and prepay CLICK HERE

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MCA-i First "Summer Project" is a Concert!

MCA-i is gathering volunteers to help film a community concert weekend on Sat & Sun Aug 2nd and 3rd. We have the remote possibility that this project may be aired on PBS as a special but at the very least there will be a DVD documentary made from it and you will get a copy with your name in the credits. We need shooters--with or without camera--and help with live sound mixing. TO VOLUNTEER CONTACT US AT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Next Meeting: August 20, 2014

Don't miss the August 20th meeting of MCA-i's LA/OC Chapter--we've got important info on easy ways to use social media to increase your business, tips on how branding will increase the effextiveness of your social outreach and to round off the evening, a must-see demo of the unusual 'Mast-Cam.'

Long-time MCA-i member, Tim Keenan, of Creative Media Recording in Cypress is a master of media--and not just the audio in which his studio specializes! He's a Social Media Sachem and he's going to share some important techniques to help you increase your business through social media! Broadcaster and author, Manny Pacheco, author of Forgotten Hollywood, will share successful methods of branding yourself to keep business knocking at your door. J. L. Slade owner of Up There Video, is one of our newest members and just arrived in OC from points way, way, North. Her custom-made 'Mast-Cam' is a real trick deal and you will want to see it in action on August 20th. Her company, Up There Video, is the premier purveyor of high shots in SoCal and you'll see why when she demonstrates her equipment's unique capabilities.

As always, the MCA-i meeting is a great place to meet future busiiness associates and keep in touch with colleagues--bring a friend and plenty of business cards, headshots or promotional material to share!

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MCA-I / VO Peeps Scholarship Fund Passes $21 GRAND!

It was only a few months ago (April, in fact) that we were crowing about the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund passing a lifetime total of $16,000 bucks! Now, VO Peeps founder, Anne Ganguzza has again tallied up the donations since the inception of the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund, (it's administrated by MCA-I as the fiscal sponsor under our IRS Charity status,) and she tells us that it's topped $21,000!--Thanks to YOU!

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President's Message: We Had A Great Year!

Walter Davis Finishes Term. 2013-2014 MCA-I Los Angeles/Orange County President’s Farewell Message

One of the greatest honors I will always have to share with others is my term as President of MCA-I Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter. It has really been a good year for me.

We have seen the development of a robust social media presence on Facebook, Blogger, Google+, YouTube, Twitter and Meetup. This provides an opportunity for members to market themselves and the organization for years to come. I'm proud to say this is but one of many advancements our organization has accomplished this year.

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Panasonic Honored By MCA-i at MediaProCamp '14

At the LA/Orange County Chapter's MediaProCamp event Panasonic, one of the world's leading technology companies noted for both professional and consumer electronics, was honored by all of MCA-i for its five-year support and dedication to the non-profit's signature event. Chapter President, Walter Davis (L) presented the commendaton to Panasonic's Rod Wilske (R) saying, "The International Board of Directors of the Media Communications Association-international (That's MCA-i) wants to let you know how much we--and all the chapters of MCA-i representing the professional media communities around the US --appreciate your support and dedication to our industry. I want to present this Placque to you and Panasonic—a company which is an industry leader not only for your innovative and superior products but for your great People! Thank You Panasonic!"

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EVENT REVIEW: OC MediaProCamp 2014 Sponsored By Panasonic

While the crowd was not at full capacity, the event was nevertheless one of the busiest ever with special guests, award presentations and of course, the core element: ad hoc roundtable discussions on subjects chosen by the participants. It was the sixth consecutive year the event was held at Santa Ana College's Digital Media Center, and the FIFTH year Panasonic has sponsored the event in Orange County.

As someone once pointed out, no one ever leaves MediaProCamp dissatisfied because YOU get to choose the topics you're most interested in! And as someone else commented, there are always too many good topics to choose from! Individual attendees post proposed topics for discussion and then after collectively choosing the most popular, meeting spaces are assigned. Between three and five meetings were scheduled every hour. This year the crowd voted on over 20 discussion topics. A few of the most popular included: How to stand out in today's competitive marketplace; How to monitize YouTube; Building your business; Can Social Media Platforms lead to employment; Are 'Pay to Play' websites worth the investment?

Mixed in with these chosen-on-site topics each hour were opportunities to hear and talk with special guests including Indy Filmmaker Alton Glass; Executive Business Coach Jon Block; Master Editor Colin Smith of Photoshop Café; and Panasonic Evangelizer DP Bernie Mitchell who brought some of Panasonic's newest cameras to play with.

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Hector Gomez Awarded MCAI-OC's inaugural Alton Glass Future Filmmaker Award

At its annual MediaProCamp on June 14th 2014, MCA-I's LA/Orange County Chapter honored an outstanding student of media or young working professional with its inaugural Alton Glass Young Filmmaker Award. The recipient is Hector Gomez of Garden Grove, who finished his last semester at Santa Ana College this spring. Hector was nominated by his teachers who described him as hardworking and dedicated.  In presenting the award, noted independent filmmaker Glass said, "I'm honored to have my name on this award and very pleased to give this to a future filmmaker who exhibits creative drive, a dedication to be the best, and a love of the Media." Along with a beautiful crystal trophy, Hector received a cash prize and membership in MCA-i.

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Networking 101

By Peter Carlos

One of the topics discussed at the MCA-I St. Louis Chapter April 2014 meeting, and keeps coming up time and time again, is the ins and outs of networking. Few of us do it well. Some of us could be better at it. Some people are uncomfortable in crowds, and others hate one-on-one situations. But it's important to all of us. So here's some refresher tips:

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REVIEW: OC Media Org. Leadership Roundtable May 21, 2014

MCA-i recently hosted a Leadership Roundtable for OC media associations to address common issues of membership. Representatives of seven different membership organizations attended the May 21, 2014 event and all deemed it a successful evening.

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HOOP Foundation Needs Mentors, Cameras & Equipment

Bryan C. Jones, one of the founders of non-profit HOOP Foundation (“Holistic Offerings & Opportunity for People.”) has asked the MCAI Media Community for help finding volunteers to teach kids video and broadcasting with an emphasis on sports. They also need any equipment you can donate--as long as it's working. The idea is simple: kids love sports. What better avenue to capture their attention and teach them about media while keeping them off the streets. You'll be working with kids at Locke High School helping youngsters learn how to cover sports for broadcast, video, webcasting and more

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Social Media Facts You Need To Know In 2014

There's a video you need to see. It's posted on YouTube by noted Social Media Mentor and MCA-i chapter president, Walter Davis. Besides being a producer, TV and radio host and internet entrepreneur, Walter has captivated audiences at MCA-i's MediaProCamp with extremely useful lessons in social media and making money on the web. The title of this aprox 15 minute video is all you need to know before viewing.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW Social Media Facts You Need To Know In 2014

Your Input is Needed!

MCAI is making plans for next year and we need your suggestions! What program topics or speakers do you need more info on? What can we present at our monthly meetings that will help you in your media business and career? Have you been to MCAI's MediaProCamp? What can we do differently to make it better?

Let us know how were doing. And as Jerry Maguire would say, help us help you! Email your comments, ideas and suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Thanks!

The LA/OC Chapter is part of the Media Communications Association-international, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to helping our members in business and serving the professional media community as well as the community at large.

Encore Directory is Back! Discount for MCA-I Members!

Encore Directory, the premier “find-everything-and-everybody” tool for working media pros in OC and San Diego since 1998 is back in publication as an all-online service. Now, paid-up members of MCA-I can get a special discount: Buy any ad and get a “Featured Listing,” FREE!

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MCA-i Member Benefit: Production Insurance

No matter how small your media business, you need the protection of a good insurance package. MCAI has partnered with Buell Insurance to provide members with insurance packages customized for the entertainment and media production industry.

Buell works with CNA, one of the most trusted names in the business. Policies are competitively priced, and Buell offers prompt response to your insurance questions. A quote can be provided usually within 48 hours of submitting an easy on-line application. If you are a member of MCAI check out the production insurance link here. If not, Join MCAI now! 

New MCA-i Member Benefit: Health Insurance!

MCA-i has partnered with Association Health Programs to bring members an exclusive health program.  Due to this relationship, MCA-I is pooled with over 300 national associations (2.5 million members), which allows us the opportunity to provide A-rated insurance companies, knowledge of products, rate stability, buying power, and hands on service otherwise not available.

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Monthly 4th Wednesday Breakfast Meeting

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Great people, good conversation and a delicious breakfast. All good reasons for coming to our monthly breakfast meeting on the fourth Wednesday of this month. 

Join us starting at 7:30 AM (or whenever you can make it) at Denny's in Tustin. Theres often a few stragglers that stick around until after 9:00 AM. This restaurant, home of the legendary  "Grand Slam," is immediately adjacent to the 5 Fwy at the Red Hill Exit.  It's about a half block east of Red Hill on El Camino Real -- facing the northbound side of the freeway.

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Board Meeting Every 1st Wednesday!

Your volunteer Board of Directors for the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Currently,  board meetings are held at Santa Ana College's Digital Media Center on Bristol Street We start at 6:30 PM and set the direction for our organizations' activities. If you're interested in serving on a committee, let us know! Help us serve our fellow members, the broader media community and our community at large! Your two cents are worth a million dollars to us!  Then be sure to come to our chapter meeting open to all media professionals and students--generally held on the third Wednesday of the month at various locations.

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Panasonic Sponsored All MCA-i MediaProCamps for Three Years!

panasonic-logo-190 Thanks to The Panasonic Solutions Company for making the annual MCA-i MediaProCamp events possible. The popularity of the event has grown the series to a total of six this year.

Previously, Panasonic has given attendees sneak previews of new products such as the groundbreaking AG-3DP1, a 3D integrated twin-lens P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder, and the Panasonic AG-AF100 featuring a large 4/3-inch, 16:9 MOS imager with an imaging area just slightly smaller than 35mm cinema film. We can't wait to see what they will unveil tis year!

.In 2014, MediaProCamp Events will be held in San Diego, Orange County, St Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, and Central Carolina, reaching ever more media pros. For more on MCA-i's MediaProCamp go to the pulldodwn menue on the front page of our Chapters website, www.mcai-oc.org