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President's Message SPRING 2019

 Keeping A good Thing Going...

My first experience with SoCal MediaPros (then the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-I) was at an event called the 2011 MediaProCamp. I was intrigued because there was no formal agenda; instead, the participants all suggested topics about which they were either interested in learning or in which they had a certain amount of expertise they were willing to share with the other attendees. Everyone present voted on which of those topics were of interest to them as well. We split up and round-table discussions were then held on the top 3 vote-getting topics, after which we reconvened as a group & repeated the process. It was truly a different experience for me! I learned a lot and met some great people in those discussion groups. The collaborative power of MediaProCamp to share information and solve problems among working Media Professionals was extraordinary!

Now, as the president of SoCal MediaPros, I am excited to let you know that later this year we will once again be presenting another MediaProCamp. More accurately, we'll be co-presenting with the Orange County Small Business Development Center at the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana. This year the focus of MediaProCamp will be the fast-growing multi-billion dollar Video Gaming Industry —much of it located in SoCal and specifically in Orange County! Like every MediaProCamp, this will be an opportunity not only to network with a diverse group of people including creatives, technologists, executives and others but people who come from all aspects of media such as development, production, distribution, marketing, manufacturing— and not just games; print, video, audio, education, you name it. 

This will be our 9th MediaProCamp event and the first since the demise of MCAI when we reorganized as the new SoCal MediaPros. It promises to be our biggest and most successful yet. Every MediaProCamp is unique because so much of the content is determined and supplied by the media Professionals who attend. I find that exciting. While I can't guarantee exactly what you'll take away or who you'll connect with, I can guarantee you will benefit and enjoy the experience!  I hope you will make plans to be there.

For more details Stay tuned to the SoCal MediaPros website...


Joe Nagle, President SoCal Media Pros

Holiday Party December 8th 2018

SoCal Media Pros and VO Peeps Celebrate Together!

  Join all your media pals for a fun yuletide gathering! This year it's an intimate soiree at the   Ganguzza's in Irvine. Space is limited so don't delay in getting your tickets online! 

 Anne Ganguzza is on the board of SoCal Media Pros and the Founder of VO Peeps and a   renowned hostess! Her equally talented hubby and master chef, Jerry, is in charge of the   food so you can expect his usual legendary Italian-American cuisine!  At $20 per person it's  a steal...but who cares because you're coming to rub elbows with the most fun, talented pros in SoCal!

This party is open to all media professionals but space is limited so REGISTER AND PAY NOW HERE

DETAILS: Saturday Evening December 8, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm / $20 per person in advance / Dinner + beer, wine, soda included. BYOB and share!

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NEXT MEETING: October 23, 2018


   Join SoCal Media Pros as we present THE POWER OF PODCASTING with Paul Roberts. Paul will show you how to get found, share stories, create content and start a conversation with anyone you want to meet (including new customers!) by podcasting. Yes, audio done the right way can be that powerful! What business couldn't benefit from THE POWER OF PODCASTING? Paul Roberts has created thousands of hours of podcasts as the owner of OC TALK RADIO...Orange County's only community radio. Among other valuable lessons, you'll learn Paul's mantra: "Podcasting is Streaming...not screaming."

Doors open at 6:30 for networking, program begins at 7:00 PM. $5 at the door. Paid Members of the SoCal Media Pros are free. No Food will be served but limited refreshments will be available. For directions PLEASE RSVP HERE

As always, bring a friend and come early for networking with other media pros. We will be meeting at the Digital Media Center, 1300 S. Bristol in Santa Ana.


Tom SmithAn Interesting Journey

SoCal Media Pros member, Tom Smith, is a well-known producer-director with a wide variety of clients. Besides the CEO of Thomas Smith Productions, he's also a respected videographer who freelances for a number of large event companies. We got to chat with Tom about his very interesting business and how he got here--a journey you may find surprising!

SoCal: Tom, What excites you about your business?

Tom Smith: The best part of my job is the wide range of people I get to work with. Last month I worked for a large Catholic university on an immigration and refugee program, very different. Last week I was working with people in the General Aviation field and shooting state-of-the-art aircraft, next week interviews for real estate. Always different and Fun!

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Brian Page, Versatile Master

brian page 150 thumbYou've heard the old saw, Jack of All Trades Master of None? Well, SoCal Media Pros member, Brian Page, is a prolific creator who turns that archaic wisdom on its head! Page is a Master of a number of professional media trades, some of which seem to observers as quite disparate. For instance, how do you reconcile his success as an Actor and Director with his technical prowess as a Sound Designer? It all makes sense once you get to know him!

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Members Are working On... 1st Quarter 2018

socalmediapros logo180wMembers of SoCal Media Pros help each other in business and also serve the community. They're very good at what they do, so get in touch and collaborate with these experts for your next project!

Our friends have been busy and we haven't reported on their activities for a while, so let's start Alphabetically!

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When you rise to the top of your profession as SoCal Media Pros member Tim Keenan has, it's often due to more than just expertise and longevity. While Tim has over thirty years experience as producer, audio engineer and studio owner at Creative Media Recording in Cypress, CA, his well-earned reputation for top quality work is always accompanied by another equally important characteristic: he's a nice guy! Yep, everybody really likes working with Tim Keenan!

We recently spoke with Tim about his successful business, his career, professional media and the changes he's seen.

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NEXT MEETING: Wednesday June 20, 2018

Work With FILMMAKER TREVOR MAYES On His Next Project!

trevor mays T Shirt Award-winning Screenwriter and Director, Trevor Mayes, is prepping his next project and he's looking for both cast and crew! Whether you're interested in working on the film with Trevor, or just want to hear how a successful Indie puts a production together, you'll want to join SoCal Media Pros for our June gathering! Who knows, you may end up on the set with Trevor!

Trevor is going to share his process and filmmaking advice with us. You'll get important details on his creative formula, keys to success and how to make money as an indie filmmaker, including:

Crowdfunding / Screenwriting / Teamwork and Passion / Formatting for Theatrial Exhibition / Festival Frenzy / The Streaming Market for Indies

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MEETING REVIEW: SoCal Pros March 2018


Veteran Producer-Director, John W. Coleman, presented his demonstration of "5 Important Lighting Concepts for Professional johncoleman thumbFilmmakers and Video Creators" to the SoCal Media Pros March gathering at the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana.

Coleman, who has taught a lighting class at local colleges for over a decade, pointed out that the concepts were all well accepted by top DPs and Cinematographers, even if they were such second nature they rarely needed to be mentioned. To demonstrate he used small tungsten lights from a classic Lowell kit along with some new portable, low-lumen LEDs. SoCal President, Larry Stimson, captured the very simple presentation on video.

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Meeting Review: February 2018

Video Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business and Personal Brand

Austin Armstrong SmallerAustin Armstong, a digital marketer for over 13 years has been a Project Manager and Video Marketing Strategist for Therapy Cable the last four. In that position he's produced over 700 videos as a tool to market their online service. Austin gave SoCal Media Pro members the benefit of lessons learned and the strategies he's developed over those last four years at our February 2018 meeting, entitled "Video Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business and Personal Brand". He did not disappoint.

Armstrong started with some important facts, including that YouTube is the second largest search engine, second only to google! His stats proved the value of marketing via video with a note that Facebook live videos are watched 3x longer than non-live videos. Then the really important information began to flow!

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