Chapter Listing


OC/LA ChapterCA - Orange County / Los Angeles Chapter

(Now: SoCal Media Pros)

Contact: Larry Stimson Chapter President & Treasurer

Looking for MCA-I meetings around Los Angeles and Orange County? Connect with us! 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. Regular monthly meetings feature industry experts sharing cutting edge information in technology, creativity, business marketing, etc. As a non-profit association 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.

SD Media Pros CA - San Diego Chapter (SDMediaPros)

 Address: 5205 Kearny Villa Way Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chapter President
Description SDMediaPros is the San Diego Chapter of MCA-I, an organization of media communications professionals that provides opportunities for networking, forums for education, and resources for information. If your job involves media communication, MCA-I is the portal to resources you need to perform your job more effectively, to advance your career and to help you get the respect you deserve.

Atlanta ChapterGA - Atlanta Chapter

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 Description: Serving Atlanta, GA and vicinity - this is an active chapter.

Film Club GSUGA - Georgia Southern University Student Chapter (Film Club GSU)

 Address: Georgia Southern University, Department of Communication Arts, P.O. Box 8091, Statesboro, GA 30460
 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Faculty Advisor

Film Club GSU began in October of 2014 as a local student organization open to all interested undergraduates and graduates on campus who aspire to learn professional film production skills. Now serving as the MCA-I Chapter for the South Georgia region, the club continues to promote a spirit of creative collaboration with peers in other academic departments/colleges to produce quality, entertaining content and establish networks with professionals in multiple fields, building future internships and careers in digital media.

SEMO ChapterMO - Southeast Missouri State University Student Chapter (SEMO)

 Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Faculty Advisor
 Description: For students interested in video and film production.

NCentral Carolina ChapterC - Central Carolina Chapter

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Description: Serving North Carolina and vicinity, we're a community of people interested in video and film production. Connect with multimedia pros from across the Carolinas.

NNJ ChapterJ - New Jersey Chapter

Address: c/o Marilyn Avery, 1681 Yorktowne Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753 USA
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The New Jersey Chapter (formerly the North Jersey Chapter) meets monthly at various New Jersey production facilities; our meeting topics include a wide variety of technical and business administration issues. MCA-I New Jersey members include producers, directors, editors, writers, camera, sound, voiceover, make-up and digital arts professionals who work as freelancers and on staff, as well as production companies, studios, equipment rental companies and other vendors to the trade. We always welcome new members from all disciplines and in all stages of their career. Join us and you’ll see how professionally, and personally, rewarding membership can be.

ONE Ohio ChapterH - Northeast Ohio Chapter

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Description: The Northeast Ohio Chapter is building back up!  Seize the opportunity to become a leader in this international organization.

OOhio Valley ChapterH - Ohio Valley Chapter

Address: P.O. Box 2046, Dayton, OH 45401-2046 USA

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Description: The Ohio Valley Chapter is building back up!  Seize the opportunity to become a leader in this international organization.

WMadison ChapterI - Madison Chapter

Address: P.O. Box 5315, Madison, WI 53705 USA

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We are professionals who work in video, film, distance learning, web design and creation, and all forms of interactive visual communications, along with all associated crafts. Our members create programs that use visual media to convey important messages and information for corporations, small businesses, agencies, non-profit organizations, the government, education, broadcast and cable television, the medical field and more. Serving Madison and surrounding areas with an Annual Media Festival called the WAVE Awards. We meet monthly from September through May with a summer party.

WMilwaukee ChapterI - Milwaukee Chapter


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Mike Brown, Chapter Representative

Description: The Milwaukee Chapter is building back up!  Seize the opportunity to become a leader in this international organization.


VO Peeps Scholarship Funds Reaches $16,700!

What began as an entrepreneurial vision of one girl, Anne Ganguzza, VO PEEPS CREATOR and FOUNDER of the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund, has now evolved into one of the most exciting and PLUGGED IN places to be for the Voice Over Community! The rapid growth of the popular global networking group since its inception in 2009, led Anne to seek ways in which to give back to the community. She approached MCA-i as a fiscal sponsor and the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund was born.

The fund, established in January of 2012, is an MCAI-OC sponsored nonprofit 501(c)3 fund dedicated to providing both need-based and merit-based scholarships to qualified members of the voiceover community. You don't have to be a VO artist to donate! In fact, the success of the fund has been partly because so many in the media want to help...and of course because of the efforts of Anne Ganguzza! To date, more than $16,700.00 worth of scholarship and aide to the VoiceOver community has been donated, and Anne continues to grow the excitement and drive the VO Community to what it does best, and that’s GIVING BACK!  The spirit of giving back is inevitable in every community, and when you look at the many blessings that have been bestowed  upon the VO Peeps Community through the Scholarship Fund, you can't help but recognize it’s generosity!

Listen to what some of our Scholarship winners had to say:

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Need a Last Minute Tax Deduction? Use MCA-i!

Looking for a last minute charitable donation to help you with your 2013 taxes? Then consider donating a few dollars to MCA-I. MCA-I is a 501c3 non-profit association, so any contributions you make are tax deductible!   You can give a general donation to help keep the association moving forward, or you could designate your donation to the G. Warren Scholarship Fund. Either way it's tax deductable!
To Donate Go To:


Small Business Accounting Basics - What you NEED to Know!

Webinar Presented by VO Peeps  - Sponsored by MCA-i

Wednesday June 26, 6 pm PST 8 pm CST 9 pm EST

Join Host Anne Ganguzza and presenter Denise Chamberlain for this special webinar aimed at media professionals! Whether you own a company or freelance you need to operate like a business! This webinar is the first in a series to help you be successful in Show Business!

Register Here!

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Help Future Media Leaders

 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high schoolers and its college division, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is holding its annual conference in late June at the Anaheim Convention Center. They're looking for professionals from every industry to volunteer as judges. If you can donate six hours in either a morning or afternoon session contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or signup online at

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6 Things You Should Know About Every Prospect

Selling: It's always a big mistake to "show up and throw up" a bunch of slides. That's just asking for trouble, because the prospect will know that you're not really prepared to talk about the prospect's real issues. Therefore, before you present to a prospect, there are six key perspectives that you absolutely MUST have (if you want a fast sale). Here they are:

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5 Ways To Grow Your Business Despite The Economic Crisis

Looking at the gridlock in Washington, it’s easy to get discouraged about the future of your business. But entrepreneurs have a long history of tunneling under, over and around obstacles—and finding new opportunities on the other side. You can do the same, even if the obstacle is as daunting as the current economic uncertainty we all face. Here are some strategies to grow your business, despite today’s political climate.

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Free Internet Marketing Tip

By Anne Ganguzza, Courtesy of 
(Anne is the founder of VO Peeps and serves on the Board of Directors for the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i. While this article was aimed at VO artists, it contains good advice for all media professionals who need to market their services—Editor)

There are a lot of tips and tricks we can apply to our Internet marketing to increase our effectiveness, but there is one tried and true method that has proven to be effective on many different levels, and is something I have been telling my students for years:  Content is key.

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Don't be the weakest link on LinkedIn

Are you on LinkedIn (LNKD)? Probably so. Is it helping you sell? Probably not. Never have so many connected with so much and landed so few new customers. Although everybody in the business-to-business world seems to be on the professional networking service, only a rare few have a strategy that gets results.

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Duel of the Edit Systems: CS6 vs. FCPX

Our friends at OCMMA (OC MultiMedia Association) have an important event on Nov. 8th which you should not miss! It's a head to head matchup of Adobe's Premiere Pro CS6 and Apple's Final Cut Pro X! OCMMA's Mike McGready will pilot the CS6 and MCAI's Dolores Jennerson-Madden (an apple certified instructor) will engage him in battle with FCP-X! Besides comparing how the two systems perform you may win some valuable doorprizes!

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Tips to Undo the Damage Your Facebook Profile Has Done

Social Media can be a double-edged sword. Even in the media industry, where so many of us have the freedom to dress, act and opine without corporate restrictions, this can still be true. MCA-i is always looking for articles to help media pros, and while this one was written for job searchers it has lots of good advice for media freelancers as well. -Editor

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Building an Audience Online

A blog is simply a web log, or diary, that one shares with others. But when users were finally able to add video to these blogs, a viral phenomenon was born. People watched more than 10 billion videos online last year. Shouldn't some of those people be watching your stuff?

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You Can Pick the Entries for Anaheim Fim Festival!

Beginning July 26th, the Anaheim Film Arts Society (AFAS) will give you the opportunity to participate in the selection process for this year’s Anaheim Film Festival & Media Arts Expo.

Every Thursday evening at 7pm for six weeks starting July 26 through Aug 30th, The AFAS will present a selection of shorts, features, and documentaries that are in consideration for this year’s festival. After viewing these films, you’ll have a chance to give us your feedback and be a part of selecting some of the films that will play in October

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Branding With a Better Website

What is your website saying about your brand? I've looked at more than 750 business websites for clients and their competitors in their industries in the last two years. The majority are blah and do not build the brand. All of this is happening at the exact moment that these companies are saying that they want to stand out from the market clutter. If you want to take your brand to the next level, try these website tips:

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8 Ways To Focus When Working From Home

Working at a home office is a blessing and a curse. Your commute is nil, but distractions are everywhere. Television, household chores, dogs, children, roommates and spouses can all knock you off your game. I asked dozens of those in the trenches to share their best work-from-home tips. Here are eight of the most helpful.

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Getting the Best Performance from VO Talent.

Your client’s approved the copy. You’ve cast the voiceover talent. You’ve booked the session. Now, it’s time to record.  With the talent behind the mic, ready to lay down the track, you wonder, “Will I get the read I hear in my head?”

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Travis Analyzes The SAG-AFTRA Merger

The SAG/AFTRA Merger:  What does this mean to MCA-I Members?

Short answer: Nobody knows.

Slightly short answer: Not nearly as much as the industry changes which prompted the merger in the first place.

Longer answer:  As of this writing, it appears that the two primary actor’s unions in the United States are about to merge into one union. The merger depends upon acceptance, by ballot, of the majority of the members of both unions.  


The reason there were originally two separate unions is because, until recently, the two unions represented performers in two separate industries – AFTRA (The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) represented performers in the broadcasting industry.  SAG (the Screen Actors Guild) was formed to represent actors in the Motion Picture Industry. 

Both of these unions were formed before the advent of television.  Since both are part of the AFL-CIO, and because many performers were members of both unions, the two unions agreed to work together to avoid conflict when determining jurisdiction – which union would represent which performers who appear on television.  It was decided that AFTRA would represent actors who appeared on live television, and SAG would represent performers on TV programs which were shot on film. When videotape came into widespread use, the unions agreed that videotape would be treated as “live” television when it came to matters of jurisdiction.  For non-broadcast programs, such as corporate videos and training programs, the same rules would apply, SAG for film, and AFTRA for everything else. 

That system worked well, until the advent of the digital age.  Each year, the lines between “TV/Tape” and “Film” productions became less clear.  Some forward-thinking members of both unions succeeded in getting members to vote on mergers in 1998 and 2003, both attempts failed.  There were too many issues of disagreement between the unions concerning existing matters of retirement, dues, and joining eligibility for those merger attempts to succeed.  Many predicted that a serious jurisdictional dispute would occur in time.

That dispute came in to existence 2008 during contract negotiations with the major TV show producers.  AFTRA wanted to accept an offer from the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that SAG would not.  AFTRA then broke with SAG and accepted the producer’s offer.  Though SAG ultimately came to agreement with the Producers, rates for TV shows under the AFTRA agreement were slightly lower.  The same year producers realized it was becoming possible to give up film and keep the same film-look and quality on TV shows.  Producers pounced on the opportunity, and converted dozens of TV shows from film to electronic, thereby switching union jurisdiction from SAG to AFTRA. Needless to say SAG was not happy.  There were also issues of jurisdiction in “new media” which neither side could agree.  The only reasonable solution – merge the two unions.  Most people involved say the merger is likely to go through this time.

Impact of the Merger:

So what does this mean to producers?  -In the short term, very little.  Rates working under both unions are essentially the same.  If you use union performers in your productions, there may be some slight changes of paperwork, but that’ll be about it.  If you usually work non-union, you’ll go on using the same people under the same working conditions.  And remember, most professional performers already charge considerably more than SAG/AFTRA scale- they have to in order to make a decent standard of living.

Long term, however, may be a different story.  Longstanding differences between AFTRA and SAG will need to be worked out, and worked out quickly.  Take, for instance, the matter of the 30-mile “production zone” in Los Angeles, which states that production which takes place within 30 miles of the intersection of Beverly and La Cienega are “local” – which means no per diems or other expenses typically charged for “on-location” productions.  For a long time, many SAG members have seen the zone as discouraging union work in Southern California, while the 30-mile zone has been a real cash-cow for AFTRA members working for TV stations. – Extra money for TV news reporters and other performers who cross the zone under certain locations. AFTRA has been known to intentionally discourage production in Orange County to keep that situation in place.  The merger may mean new SAG/AFTRA offices in Orange County/Ventura/San Bernardino counties, or an extension of the “zone”.

Some performers have benefitted in the separation of the two unions – Having a SAG membership for “bigtime” film and TV productions in Hollywood, and not joining AFTRA, so they can do lower-budget video productions without the risk of violating the union’s “rule-one” (Don’t do non-union work) and subsequent penalties.

SAG also has a history of being much more flexible than AFTRA for certain productions.  For instance you can produce a low-budget SAG feature, and only pay your actors $100.00 per-day, with the union’s blessing – the deal being that if the film’s a big success, you’ll need to pay your actors what they would-have-made under a full SAG contract-plus a bonus.  AFTRA has no such provision, except for certain “new-media” productions.

I don’t consider myself to be a good prognosticator, but it seems that nobody else is either, so here are my predictions:

(1) Most smaller production companies will notice very little change as a result of the unions’ merger.

(2) It will take a couple of years before the total impact of the SAG/AFTRA merger will even begin to be felt.  There are a great number of things the two unions will need to work out AFTER the merger is approved, and there will be a few lawsuits to settle.

(3) Some SAG members and some AFTRA members will hate the deal and attempt to start a new union.

(4) The TMZ (Thirty Mile Zone) will be extended or there will be a new “Local Zone” created in Orange County and other places.

(5) Ultimately, there will be an increase in small productions using union performers. Many producers will be surprised to find it actually saves them money.

(6) We will see greater flexibility from the “new” union, in terms of working with smaller production companies and low-budget production.

Standardization of “new media” rates.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Travis (who goes professionally by just the one name) is a Newport Beach voiceover artist and lifetime member of MCA-i who, before becoming a fulltime voiceover performer, worked as a broadcast engineer, producer, AV industry writer and programmer.  His demos may be found at:


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