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, Some great tips on how to use branding to increase the effectiveness of your marketing and social outreach...and to round off the evening, a must-see demo of the unusual 'Mast-Cam.' BUT WAIT! THERE"S MORE! We'll also give you some training on an 'Elevator Pitch' for your business--in preparation for a FREE Elevator Video from MCA-i later in the year. Who doesn't need a FREE Video? Get the details on Aug 20th!
MCAI member and former MCAI Board Member Tim Keenan and his wife Linda were recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cypress Chamber of Commerce at their annual Business awards Dinner. Tim & Linda, long time Cypress residents, own Creative Media Recording, an audio production company in Cypress.
“Having been involved in the “media” community for so many years has allowed us to meet a wide variety of people, with many interests similar to ours," said Tim. "This business is all about referrals and we readily refer people who need help in other areas.”
As my term as president of the LA/OC chapter begins, I want to thank, first and foremost, all of my predecessors and fellow board members for building and nurturing our chapter that has provided me with excellent professional value and lasting friendships.
Our immediate past president, Walter Davis, has done much to upgrade our social media presence, initiate a relationship with the city of Santa Ana, and began live streaming of our meetings. I trust we will be able to continue to take advantage of many of these additions in the years to come.
Our most formidable challenge is attracting and retaining members by remaining relevant and providing value to our membership. Many local organizations have experienced these same difficulties with the disappearance of big industry partners who have increasing withdrawn support for their employees to belong to non-profits, no matter how worthy.
My goal is for us to collect as much information from members and non-members alike to help us make our local chapter a valuable resource for everyone in the media industry.
My guess is that we will need to seriously discuss how we can add value through:
- Public Service
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!
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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:
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.
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