Member Profile: Joe Nagle

Joe N. Recording my Commercial demo Nov 2010SoCal Media Pros member, Joe Nagle, has been doing VO professionally for almost a decade. In that time, he's made a name for himself and his mellifluous baritone voice. Joe does a variety of projects but seems to be called a lot for the narration of animated white-board explainer videos, e-learning courses, non-fiction audiobooks and corporate-industrial-medical training modules. He's also noted for his creative marketing! As an avid home-brewer of craft beer, Joe named his VO business "Joe's Speak-Easy Voice Overs and Home Brew." Now everyone remembers the beer-brewing VO guy.

But once-upon-a-time he was a salesman with a 30-year career in the metals industry. Joe's telling of his career change reveals one of his endearing traits, a great sense of humor:

"After being laid off a second time in an economic downturn it finally dawned on me - I wasn't a very good salesman."

And when we asked Joe which title he liked the best (thinking he may prefer "VO Artist" to "Home Brewer" or maybe even "entrepreneur") his answer was "The Thrilla in Manilla," --Muhammed Ali's third title!

As you can tell, it was great fun talking with Joe and getting to know him. Here's more:

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Jonathan Fackler Passes

Jonathan FacklerWe were all saddened to hear Producer-Director Jonathan Fackler of Costa Mesa, California passed away suddenly and quietly in the presence of friends and family on April 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a year and a half since diagnosis of prostate cancer. Jon will be remembered for his professional contributions, creativity and unfailing optimism. One of Jon's more memorable contributions in Orange County was as Co-Executive Director and Producer of a gala awards show for the Newport Beach Film Festival a few years back under the auspices of the Media Alliance of Orange County. Jon was deeply loved and his enthusiasm and dedication to quality production will be missed. 

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Member Profile: Kathleen Kosche´

Kathleen Kosche1SoCal Media Pros member, Kathleen Kosche´ (co-SHAY) is waiting for a film to premier. Like most working actors, she has no control over the post-production process or release schedule of her work. But she, along with all her fellow SAG-AFTRA members, doesn't let that keep her from moving on to the next project.

The feature film in question, expected to be released early this summer, is "Heavenly Deposit," the story of a man who finds himself in a desperate situation, until a miraculous encounter changes his life. Kathleen plays Athena and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. "I have a good part: the Greek mother of the lead character. And working with writer-director, George Vincent and his co-director Rick Irvin was wonderful! Great Guys!"

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SoCal Media Pros / VO Peeps Educational Scholarship Fund Continues To Grow!

LOGO VO Peeps scholarship1The fund, established in January of 2012, is a SoCal Media Pros (previously 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. 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, and the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund was born. socal mp logo 234SoCal Media Pros has been proud to continue the fiscal support of our predicessor, MCAI.  To date, more than $31,458 worth of scholarship and aid 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!

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US International Film & Video Festival Extends 2017 Entry Deadline

US International Film Fest LOGOCelebrating 50 years of acknowledging creative excellence in film and video production, our friends at the US International Film & Video Festival have extended the deadline for this years entries to APRIL 13th!!  ENTER NOW

The Festival offers five mini-competitions in one by recognizing outstanding Corporate, Education, Entertainment, Documentary and Student productions. Entries are judged against peers, meaning Corporate competes with Corporate, Education against Education, and so on. Judges do not have to grant awards in each category. As a result, the top award in a category is not necessarily a Gold Camera, but may be a Silver or Certificate winner. Conversely, more than one Gold, Silver or Certificate may be presented in a category. Decisions are made based on both effectiveness and creativity by judges located around the world.

Member Profile: Larry Stimson

Larry runs Camera2Our current president, Larry Stimson, holds the honor of not only being the first president of SoCal Media Pros but also the last president of the LA/OC Chapter of MCAI! Because many of our members work in media production and because you've probably seen Larry behind his 4K camera recording some of our meetings, you might assume he's a producer or cameraman.

(Photo Left: Larry Stimson operates camera on a short film)

Well, he is… but his bread-and-butter job in media is an Application Designer. Larry was happy to explain how one guy can wear all these hats:

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Members of SoCal Media Pros join to coordinate with other working professionals for mutual benefit--as well as serving the community. They're doing good work worth talking about. So get in touch and collaborate with these experts for your next project!

Long-time member (going back to MCAI and ITVA days) Lynn Yeazel has been a key player with Tektronix for many years. Now they want you to know about an important training session Thursday, March 30th in Glendale. It's about SDI over IP, HDR and 4K Conversions…real cutting edge stuff, featuring expert Steve Holmes.

Talk about Nice Guys!...Producer-Videographer Bill Ennis and his company Media Magic have recently finished a pro bono fundraising video for The First Tee of Orange County, which develops life skills in children and teens throughout the county. Good Work, Bill!

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Bob Stewart Passes Away


Bob StewartEmmy Award-winning musician, composer, sound engineer and OC audio icon, Bob Stewart has passed away. According to his friend Robb Hart, who had been working with Bob on a shoot in the desert just days before, it is believed that Bob suffered a heart attack in his sleep on Monday Feb 6th. Besides being friendly and fun Bob was well-known as a multi-talented member of the OC professional media community. For many years he ran Stewart Sound on the second floor of a funky building in Old Town Santa Ana, providing all kinds of audio services for music, film and TV. He will be missed.  Details below...

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Member Profile: Bill A. Jones

Bill Jones GleeFinalwith Patricia Forte JacksonL and Fortune Feimster RSoCal Media Pro member, Bill A. Jones may best be known for his on-screen roles: ‘Rod Remington,' the character he played on FOX's Glee for six seasons (photo on the right from the Glee Finale), and starting in February '17 on the new NBC show Powerless as newscaster ‘Marv Wolfman’. Bill Jones Headshot However, many of us in the industry also know Bill from less high-profile gigs — such as his VO and Emcee work. The big surprise to some will be to find out Bill Jones is also an accomplished singer.  As a vocalist, he performs the great standards made famous by Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble` and others, often backed by a Big Band, or his smaller group The A Players.  Bill's singing performances are a real treat! He was named one of LA's Best Male Cabaret/Concert Artists by BroadwayWorld's Don Grigware.

We got a chance to ask Bill about all this and more…

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MEMBERS ARE WORKING ON.... For February 2017

SoCal Media Pros members are always trying to stay busy with new projects…Join our group, connect with our members and let us know what you're up to!

Tom Smith of Thomas Smith Productions recently completed a package of 6 commercial spots his company produced. The man is talented…and prolific! But he wasn't too busy to load up his truck with sound gear and run audio for our monthly meeting at the Silver Dream Factory! We've got lots more members and lots more to report on their activities on...

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  1. MEMBERS ARE WORKING ON,,, For January 2017
  2. Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!
  3. President's Message May 2016
  4. TWO (2) MCAi-VO Peeps Scholarships Offered
  5. Meet MCA-I Member Patricia Shanks
  6. Meet MCA-I Member Joe McDonald
  7. MCA-I OC Chapter Board Thanks Davis and Slade with Shining Star Awards
  8. Terry Bales Retires after 44 years at SAC-TV
  9. EVENT Volunteers Needed!
  10. President's Message
  11. Enter MCA-i Media Festival Now!
  12. Long-time MCA-I Member Brad Hagen Passes Away
  13. MCA-I Offers Members FREE VIDEOS!
  14. Review of August 2014 Meeting: Social Media & Branding For Your Business and Aerial Mastcam
  15. Tim & Linda Keenan Get Lifetime Award
  16. New President's Message
  17. MCA-I / VO Peeps Scholarship Fund Passes $21 GRAND!
  18. Hector Gomez Awarded MCAI-OC's inaugural Alton Glass Future Filmmaker Award
  19. Meet New Member Manny Pacheco
  20. Brad Hagen Awarded Shining Star by MCA-i
  21. HOOP Foundation Needs Mentors, Cameras & Equipment
  22. Social Media Facts You Need To Know In 2014
  23. What Members Are Doing: Walter Davis
  24. Members In The News: Tina Wilson
  26. Merry Christmas from Your Friends at MCA-i!
  27. Enter the MCA-i Media Festival Until Dec 31, 2013!
  28. NEW Scholarship for VO to be Awarded!
  29. Your Input is Needed!
  30. Brad Hagen Recovering from Brain Surgery
  31. MCA-I's Walter Davis to Present at DV EXPO!
  32. An OC Treasure: The Silent River Film Festival Oct 17-20 2013 in Irvine
  33. Entries Now Accepted for 45th MCA-i Media Festival
  34. Meet MCA-I Member Jean M. Davis
  35. MCAI Offers Members Huge Discount at DV Expo
  36. Member Profile: Frank Holguin
  37. Coleman and McKay receive National Honors From MCAI
  38. OCMMA presents Adobe CreateNow Camp June 1, 20013
  39. Member Profile: Paul Fabian, Lighting Director and Gaffer
  40. Gary Lycan, Radio Columnist Passes
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