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.
The MCA-I has taken a bold step forward this year in reducing membership dues to just $80 annually for an individual membership. This national professional organization formerly known as the ITVA is seeing new growth in 2011 and wants to make it easy for everyone to join.
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 MCAI’s signature event, MediaProCamp. Our respected website, www.mcai-oc.org offers industry news, information and opinion which results in 10,000 average unique hits per month. Our Chapter’s monthly newsletter, the BLAST reaches almost 1,000 professionals across Southern California with a minimum of 22 issues a year.To Contact Our Chapter:
Chapter website: www.mcai-oc.org
To join MCA-I go to our international website: www.mca-i.org
President: Brian Page / Program Committee / International Board Member
A voice actor and owner of Vocal Images for over ten years, Brian performs in commercials, does industrial narrations and more. He is also an audio editor with many years background as a national radio program producer. As a stage actor he has performed in more than 50 productions over the last 15 years and has found time to appear in two films. Being around the theater has led to doing sound design for many productions as well. Brian also serves on the MCAI International Board of Directors starting a two-year term in 2011.
Treasurer: Art Kirsch / Program Committee
Filmmaker Art Kirsch is the founder of OCShowbiz. As well as a producer, he is a business manager, and ardent supporter of the entertainment arts in Orange County. Art serves on various Boards of Directors including: MCAI-OC/LA; Media Alliance of Orange County; and OC Screenwriters Association. He is also active with the OC MultiMedia Association.
Secretary: Marilyn MCLeod
Marilyn McLeod, aka Coach Marilyn, http://www.CoachMarilyn.com is a respected executive business coach, sought after speaker and the author of 11 books. http://amzn.to/MarilynMcLeod Her titles include “Social Media Overview: Stategies For Small Business,” http://amzn.to/cmSocialMediaOverview “Social Media for Beginners” and “Recession or Plenty: 7 Steps to Success in Business and Life.”
Member At Large: Walter Davis
Walter Davis, CEO of Walter Davis Enterprises, http://www.walterdavisenterprises.com/ is a business entrepreneur, new media production and marketing guru and host of talk shows on radio and cable. He has been a popular highlight presenter at our MCAI MediaProCamps and is recognized as a generous teacher. He's made a successful business with the same techniques and tools that he has generously shared at our events.
Member at Large: Anne Ganguzza
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, OC VO Peeps. In that capacity Anne also administrates the MCAI-OC/VO Peeps Education Scholarship Fund, which she created. Currently, in between recording sessions Ann travels the Western States as Voice Coach and Producer for Such A Voice http://www.suchavoice.com/ a nationally known training organization.
Webmaster: Grace McKay
Grace is the CEO of Scanbox Television, www.scanbox.tv Scanbox offers professional high definition telecine film transfers from regular8 super8 16mm and 35mm usung DFT Shadow Telecines and DaVinci 2K color correction to ProRes DNxHD AVI, DPX, or any other professional or consumer format, including Blu-Ray and DVD.
Communications: John Coleman
John is the President and Executive Producer of Twin Oaks Communications. www.twinoaks.tv 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.
Membership: Tina Wilson
Voice over artist Tina Wilson is also a fine vocalist who started singing at 2 years old. She has performed with jazz bands, country music bands, duos and trios and as a soloist with my guitar. Very often she can be found crooning with Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite. Tina feels blessed to have done a wide variety of voiceover work including characters on the documentary, “Voices of a Never Ending Dawn.” Samples of her work can be heard at: www.tinawilsontalent.com
Charity Committee: Curt Byk
A talented Voice Over artist and savvy businessman with many years in advertising. To hone his ability to develop characters for client's projects, Curt performs with an Improv group. He also believes in giving back and recently began volunteering his skills and time to the non profit organization, “Recording For The Blind And Dyslexic.” Samples of his work can be heard at www.curtbyk.com
President Emeritus: Mark Alexander
Mark is a producer, videographer, editor and the major domo of Alexander Video Productions, http://www.alexandervideopro.com AVP produces videos for a wide range of clients including manufacturing and service businesses, scientific and engineering firms, non-profit groups, law enforcement agencies, public safety organizations, documentary film makers and special interest video producers. Mark served as the chapter's Secretary for two years before becoming the president. Mark was also the force behind our 2010 Media Industry Survey.
Our parent organization, Media Communications Association-International, www.mca-i.org is the leading global community for media communications professionals. The association seeks to drive the convergence of communications and technology and provides a global forum for communications professionals to advance the art, craft and business of visual communications. There are over 20 chapters in cities across the US and Canada as well as many members in a virtual chapter all around the world including, New Zealand, Germany and Asia.MCAI Members include: producers; directors; writers; performers; cinematographers; web designers; public relations, advertising and marketing execs, educators and more. Commercial members include equipment and service suppliers and members of allied industries that support visual communications. The organization’s uniqueness, and its greatest strength, lies in its diversity of talent. Members find common ground in their commitment to high-quality and effective visual storytelling.Membership in MCAI offers a number of benefits including access and registration in a powerful searchable worldwide industry database, “Find-A-Pro.” Besides the courtesy of member-to-member discounts, Association members enjoy DISCOUNTS on a long list of both Production and Business services including insurance services, professional training, production tools and audio and video stock footage.MCA-I serves as a vital NETWORK for members to find resources. This network helps members cultivate new business and professional opportunities on the local, national and international levels. The association provides members with MARKETING training and opportunities, and discounts on services they need to do their jobs better, faster and more cost effectively.MCA-I delivers PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT opportunities through local and regional workshops and joint ventures with various conferences and trade shows across the country.MCA-I offers the RECOGNITION that professionals deserve. The centerpiece of the recognition program is the Awards in Media Excellence (or AiME)- formerly known as the Golden Reels. The Awards in Media Excellence recognize excellence in the production of visual communications programs, including associated crafts such as lighting, scripting, editing and sound design.MCA-I was originally founded as ITVA and has been serving media professionals for over 40 years. It is a registered 501(c)3 charity and run by its members. MCA-I accepts charitable donations which are generally tax-deductible by the donor. For more information on the international organization, its benefits and to join MCA-i go to our website at www.mca-i.org
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.
Help guide our international organization into the future! The MCAI Nomination Committee is searching for candidates for International Office Board positions becoming vacant in 2011.
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.
When the recent MCA-I media professionals survey went out there was an opportunity to submit your name into the random prize drawing. We were happy to draw three names from all the participants in the survey. Drum roll,please as we present the lucky winners...
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.
Even before becoming your newly elected Chapter President, I found a great passion and motivation among our members to see our chapter be one of the best in the country. That happens by being aware of and addressing the needs of our members. That's my goal.
It's hard to believe, but it's time to put me out to pasture. No, I'm not retiring - that day will come when they put me in the ground! But, effective July 1st, 2010, I'm officially being drummed out as MCAI OC/LA Chapter president.
The ballots are in and have been counted! We're happy to report no hanging chads! The new leadership for the LA/Orange County Chapter of MCAI is herewith presented for your perusal.
For the second year, the Panasonic Solutions Company is making these iconic events possible. Starting on March 24th with the first event in San Diego, Panasonic is supporting media professionals with its involvement in MCA-I’s MediaProCamp. 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
.This year, 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