The last two years as chapter president has been very rewarding. As I wind down my tenure and we prepare for elections of new officers and Board of Directors for the LA/OC Chapter, I want to thank all our members and the board for making this such a great organization. We've had some great recent meetings on HD Workflow with KeyCode Media; Secrets of Audio Post with Tim Keenan & Rick Sherman; and next week Marcelo Lewin, the DigiMediaDude, is going to give us a demonstration of the amazing DJI Osmo 4K camera with integrated Gimbal. Our annual Pro Camp is in the process of planning for June and our annual BBQ is scheduled for July.
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I get by with a little (ok maybe a lot of) help from my friends. Since July 1st, the start of my term as chapter president, I have been guided by the fact that the vast majority of our members are independent contractors. With information and networking available on the Internet, in order to remain relevant and of value to our fellow members, our organization needs to provide networking and educational opportunities that help us increase our income.
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You heard correctly! Just become a member of the local LA/Orange County chapter of MCA-I and get a free video to help market your company or professional services. Sound too good to be true? Well, it's for real. Here's what's involved:
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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have experienced these same difficulties with the disappearance of big industry partners who have increasing withdrawn support for their employees to belong to non-profits, no matter how worthy.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
TV and radio personality and author Manny Pacheco recently joined MCA-i. "I don't know what took me so long to join, really. I've known about the advantages of membership in the organization for a long time and been friends with many of the members," Pacheco said. Most recently Manny has enjoyed growing acclaim for his Forgotten Hollywood Book Series, which is now …
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The LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i has awarded long time member, Brad Hagen, the Shining Star to recognize his service to the organization and the OC Media Community. Presented by the chapter's president-elect Art Kirsch, the award also notes Hagen's "dedication to upholding the highest standards of business, creativity and friendship." Brad is the founder and owner (he often lists himself as Chief Troublemaker) of Video Resorces Inc, which has been a leader in media production in Orange County for many years. Under Brad's leadership VRI provides a variety of production services, animation, and equipment rentals. With a second office in Boston, Brad and his team bring their diverse experience to create engaging and effective events for business throughout the world.
Pictured Here: Representing the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i, Art Kirsch (L) presents the Shining Star Award to Brad Hagen (R)
Walter Davis: Serial Communicator
As our Chapter President, you'd think Walter Davis would be a pretty busy guy—and you'd be right. But no one kows exactly HOW busy! Besides running a couple of media businesses, Walter has been a TV and Radio host for a number of years. Because he believes in using his skills to be a positive force in the world, his Citizens Internet Radio Network, as well as many of his TV shows, often showcase stories focused on human rights and social justice. He also uses it as a media forum to expose MCA-I to millions of listeners. Some of Walter's individual shows have reached as many as 20,000 listeners.
You'll find the shows contain fascinating perspectives and important information—often facts that are not widely talked about! For example, during February 2014, the Citizens' Internet Radio Network will be presenting a series of radio shows highlighting holistic health, parental rights, cancer prevention and many other topics. But take a listen to past shows (still available in archives) and you'll get an idea of how broad Walter's interests are. These webcasts are supported by a number of sponsors and Walter constantly seeks more as he encourages listeners to support them. Shows are available world wide and can be accessed via computer or phone. Archived versions are available immediately after broadcast. We suggest you liosten in and share with family, friends and associates.
Vocalist and VO Artist Tina Wilson, a long-time member and a past president of the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i, made the local paper. The OC register caught Tina in action while performing at a fundraiser for the Young Singers of Orange County, held at Chapman University. Among her busy schedule of performaing and being an in-demand VO professional, Tina always finds time to help others—whether its volunteering at a fundraiser or serving on the board of a non-profit professional organization like MCA-i. We're glad she got recognized! You can hear more of Tina on her website: http://tinawilsontalent.com ...And thanks to the Orange County Register!
SIGN-UP as a JUDGE before January 15, 2014!
As you've probably heard, MCA-I's annual Media Festival's valued Golden Reel awards are based on non-competitive, peer reviewed judging! This unique format means everyone could win the highest prize. Equally important, entrants get valuable feedback from the whole panel of judges so they understand how they were scored. Naturally MCA-I selects the best experienced media professionals.
You owe it to yourself to be a judge. Judging is educational, enriching, fun, interesting, thought provoking—and a darn generous thing to do! Judging will again be done all online, so you can view, score and comment at your convenience. Judging starts shortly and the deadline to apply as a judge is Wednesday January 15th
Register HERE to be a Judge for the 45th Annual MCA-I Media Festival.
You do not have to be a member of MCA-I to be selected as a judge. However, each panel of judges will include a majority of MCA-I members. Judges will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Years of experience in the industry
- Membership in MCA-I
- Past experience judging media competitions
- Willingness to provide written critique, which is a hallmark of the MCA-I Media Festival
You may receive notification that you have been approved, but that does not mean you are on a team and can begin scoring. The final determination of judges will depend on who has registered. The administrator will let you know if/when you can begin scoring
Register NOW to be a Judge for the 45th Annual MCA-I Media Festival.