The LA/OC chapter of Media Communications Association-international along with The VO Peeps, is getting ready to award two more of their Career Education Scholarships this month. Entries closed September 1 and are being evaluated by a blue ribbon panel. The scholarship awards are for Full VIP registrations for Voice Over Virtual 2013. It's a bustling three-day online voice over conference for the voice community held September 18-20.
This year the LA/Orange County chapter of MCA-I has distributed close to $10,000 in cash, goods or services to help various members of the So Cal media community. “Starting in January we began utilizing our organization’s 501c3 Charity status to help raise money for needy members of the professional media community,” said Brian Page, chapter president and voice actor. “As you can see, we’ve been very successful in our first year.” The chapter has partnered with other local media organizations not only to raise money but disburse it as well.
Well, 2012 is rapidly coming to a close and we’ve just gone through a very contentious, politically charged election season and are still in the midst of difficult financial times. The future is still cloudy with all the professional prognosticators putting out reams of thoughts, ideas and statements, including the end of the world according to the Mayans. All, seemingly, intended to drive the general public into a frenzy by using a mixture of fear, worry and trepidation. Some people become “preppers”, hoarding gold, guns, ammo, food, water and all the back issues of Mad Magazine they can find. While others just hope it all gets better in time. To some It all seems dire, but, the resilience of this country is very great. And one of our greatest strength is that of community.
Due to Many Requests for Additional Time to Submit, the Deadline for Entry in the 44th Annual MCA-I Media Festival Has Been Extended to December 15, 2012. What fabulous projects have you worked on lately?
I was relatively new to the field of independent production when I joined MCA-I and from day one this group has educated, supported and encouraged me. The experience and generosity of the board and other chapter members is worth its weight in gold. I can’t emphasize enough how much value being associated with MCA-I LA/OC has brought me personally. On top of that, I have made some great friends! I was a little awed when nominated to be chapter president in 2010 but was more than happy for the opportunity to give back.
Performers who specialize in voice work have some unique challenges. Anne Ganguzza, founder and president of VO Peeps as well as a VO artist and nationally recognized trainer, knows that many are struggling. Anne created the concept of a career education scholarship fund specifically for qualified members of the voiceover community and along with Tim Keenan of Creative Media Recording (below) brought it to the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i.
At the September Board of Directors meeting board members were very enthusiastic. So enthusiastic, in fact, that MCAi and VO Peeps are currently working out the details to make the scholarship fund a reality!
In broad terms, the scholarship fund—to be administrated jointly by MCAI and VO Peeps—will respond to a number of both need and merit-based requests from existing members of the professional voice acting community. Some provisions may be made for student level scholarships as well. Scholarships may be granted in the form of equipment, software, training and mentoring services as well as cash.
Here's how we can help... The board of directors’ decision to leverage our tax exempt 501c3 status and use our members’ expertise to raise money to produce media for the benefit of Southern California nonprofits was announced at the August meeting by past LA/OC chapter president, Grace McKay. So the chapter has formed the Media Center for Nonprofits.
This month, the LA/OC Chapter elects our Officers and Board of Directors for the coming year—the folks who steer our chapter into the best position to serve our members, the professional media community and the community at large. We'll be voting at the BBQ meeting on the 13th and we're looking for more media pros to serve on the board. The rewards for service are intangible but very valuable…
OC Sound Stage, http://www.orangecountysoundstage.com a premier studio with large green-screen cyc acts as the semi-regular home of the monthly OC/LA Chapter meeting. Located in Irvine, the heart of Orange County, OC Sound Stage is just minutes from John Wayne Airport and a favorite studio of producers and directors from all over So Cal.
International Board Member, Brian Page, told the LA/OC Chapter that, effective January first 2011, MCA-i dues have been cut in half! The new low $80 fee is due to the lean overhead since the organization went to self-management in 2010. “Now, there’s no excuse for any media professional not to join,” he said.
We are the LA/Orange County chapter of Media Communications Association-international (MCA-i.) Our members gather to help each other in business by networking and offering monthly programs that help us stay at the top of an ever-changing, highly competitive industry. Our regular monthly meetings feature industry experts sharing cutting edge information in technology, creativity, business marketing, etc. As a non-profit association (registered 501(c)3 corporation) of professionals working in every area of the media, our mission is to serve members, the regional media community and society at large through various events, the internet and other initiatives.
The LA/OC Chapter, one of the oldest in the organization, has been a leader with, among other examples, being the first to produce MCA-i’s signature event, MediaProCamp. Our respected website, www.mcai-oc.org offers industry news, information and opinion which results in an average of 10,000 unique hits per month. Our Chapter’s monthly newsletter, the BLAST reaches almost 1,000 professionals across Southern California with a minimum of 20 issues a year. We also run a Meetup Group labeled the Orange County New Media Meetup Group which we use to promote events and take RSVPs and pre-payments for meetings. Our chapter takes a leadership role among professional media organizations in Orange County, often bringing us all together for events, roundtables and/or good works.
Chapter website: www.mcai-oc.org
To join MCA-I go to our international website: www.mca-i.org
Chapter Officers and Board Members serve 1 year terms and may be re-elected as members see fit. Elections are usually in June of each year.
President and Treasurer: Art Kirsch
Filmmaker Art Kirsch is the founder of SoCalShowbiz.com. As well as a producer, he is a business manager and ardent supporter of the entertainment arts in Orange County. Art serves on the Chapter's Programming Committee and various other Boards of Directors including OC Screenwriters Association. He is also active with the OC MultiMedia Association.
VIce President: Brian Page
A past chapter president, Brian hs remained active on the board in his Emeritus status as well as serving on numerous committees. This year he has volunteered to serve as Vice President. Brian is a successful VO talent, an actor, stage director and sound designer. He works thorugh his company Vocal Images and Brian Page Voiceovers. Brian has also served on the international board of directors.
Acting Secretary: John W. Coleman
John is a past chapter president and the Executive Producer of Twin Oaks Communications. A producer, director, writer and media consultant for over 25 years, he works in all media. Twin Oaks serves businesses’ needs with everything from newsletters and video press releases to web-based marketing and sales support communications, for companies large and small. The company also serves as developer of television programming for syndication, cable and the internet.
Member at Large: Jean M. Davis / Event Coordinator
No relation to our immediate past president, Walter Davis,—though she has worked with him—Jean Marie is an internet talk show host and producer. Her budding media career is gaining traction due to her bubbly and energetic personality. Hoping to someday make it a full time job, Jean joined the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-I to network with other professionals, learn more about the business and hone her on-camera skills. She has volunteered as an assistant to Treasurer, Art Kirsch, and is visable at almost every meeting as our greeter and purser.
Member at Large: Anne Ganguzza / Membership
Voice Artist, Anne Ganguzza, has recorded for a long list of clients including ad agencies, production companies, corporations and government entities. She is the founder and doyenne of the networking and talent support group, VO Peeps. In that capacity Anne also administrates the MCAI-OC/VO Peeps Education Scholarship Fund, which she created. Currently, in between recording sessions Anne is vo2gogo.com’s Instructor in Orange County, and teaches the vo2gogo curriculum and day long intensives in the Irvine, CA location. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in corporate and educational training, and has been successfully mentoring and coaching voiceover students for over three years.
Member at Large: Manny Pacheco
A Southern California television and radio personality for over three decades. Manny Pacheco has recently enjoyed growing acclaim for his Forgotten Hollywood book series which is now in development as a television series. Manny was on NBC's Santa Barbara, co-hosted the Daytime Emmy-nominated In Studio, and currently hosts Forgotten Hollywood, a weekly program on the Financial News and Talk Network. He is a 33-year member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) and was recently inducted as the youngest member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters (PPB).
Member at Large: Tom Smith
A California native, Tom is an in-demand producer, director and Director of Photography (DP). His company, Thomas Smith Productions has won numerous awards and Tom has written, produced and directed numerous projects in and around Orange County with credits as far away as Arizona, Colorado and Texas.
The International Board of Directors of MCA-I www.mca-i.org will again have a member of the LA/Orange County chapter helping to lead the 43 year old association. Actor Brian Page will be taking a seat as a Member-at Large while producer John Coleman completes his two-year term on the board. “Even though chapters are not required to have representation on the IO (international organization) board I think it’s symbolic of our chapter’s leadership position,” said Mark Alexander, chapter president.
The other day I received notification that my MCA-i membership was up for renewal. These days every purchase or expense leads me to evaluate it just a little closer. I wanted to take a moment and consider what value and benefit this membership was to me. So I did a little plus/minus column exercise.
The 2010 MCA-I Media Festival deadline has been extended. For a chance at winning a coveted Golden Reel, send your best work postmarked by Oct. 31. Since 1978, the MCA-I Media Festival celebrates excellence in media communications and has a number of unique features that professionals really appreciate.
Enter today and compete for a Golden Reel!
Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I), invites media communications professionals to enter the highly acclaimed MCA-I Media Festival to compete for the revered Golden, Silver and Bronze Reel Awards.The heat of the summer and lots of vacations lets us extend the Call for Entries in the MCA-I Media Festival through September 15, 2010 when our judging panels are back to work.
Check out the Call for Entries.
Although the response was favorable to last year’s online format, the 2010 MCA-I Media Festival returns to its original format of submissions via mail, CD/DVD/URL entries and printed entry forms.
The Category descriptions and interactive Entry Form are on the website and can be filled out electronically, then printed out for ease of submission with discs or URLs.
Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I), invites media communications professionals to enter the highly acclaimed MCA-I Media Festival to compete for the revered Golden, Silver and Bronze Reel Awards.
The MCA-I Media Festival celebrates excellence in media communications. Since 1978, Golden Reel honors have been highly coveted and recognized internationally for their prestige. The name stands for creativity and advancement in technical applications. Outstanding projects receive Golden, Silver or Bronze Reels.