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OC Students Win Video Contest with Help of MCA-I Mentors

The teens from Santa Ana Public Library’s Seeds To Trees Program recently won top prize in a statewide competition with their music video, “Own The Night.” They were mentored by a number of OC media professionals including three MCA-I members: John Coleman; Art Kirsch; and Rick Sherman.

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Travis Voices Disney/Marvel Film “The Avengers”

When the Walt Disney Company and Marvel Entertainment produced the mega-hit, “The Avengers,”  they spent a fortune bringing the action and adventure to audiences around the world. Without careful consideration a small but important part of that audience might have been have been left out – those who are visually impaired.  However, Disney elected to add “Audio Description” to the movie – which allows those attending the film to hear a complete description of all the action on the screen.  To accomplish this, Disney tapped the voice-over services of MCA-i member “Travis”.

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Mark Alexander Wins MCA-I Silver Reel Award

  Mark Alexander, President of Verdict Videos and board member of the LA/Orange County MCA-I chapter, has received a Silver Reel Award for a video submitted to the 2012 Media Communications Association-International Media Festival. “This is fantastic and we’re very happy that our work has been recognized for quality and effective communication by our peers” said Alexander.

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Penny Abshire and James R Alburger make generous contribution to Scholarship Fund



March 16, 2012 - VOICE 2012 Executive Producers James R. Alburger & Penny Abshire have generously donated One (1) Full VIP Registration for the Voice Over International Creative Experience in Anaheim, CA from June 13-16, 2012 to the VO Peeps MCA-I Career Education Scholarship Program! The Fund provides both need and merit-based scholarships to working voice-over artists, as well as those new to the business.

The First Annual Scholarship will be awarded on May 15 to one deserving Voiceover professional and will consist of this special VIP Registration so generously contributed by Ms. Abshire and Mr. Alburger!

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VO Career Educational Scholarship Fund Gets First Donation!

The new scholarship fund established by VO Peeps and the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-I has announced receiving its first donations.

“We passed the hat around at our last meeting and got a great response,” said Anne Ganguzza, founder of VO Peeps. “In terms of dollars it’s modest but it’s a great start for the fund.” The money was deposited in Feburary and Ganguzza hopes to award the first scholarship by May 2012!

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Respected VO Workshop Starts Feb 28th, 2012

Actors and VO artists, it’s time to jump start to your career this year! Dates are now locked in for the next Tim & Sylvia Voice-Over Workshop and a few spots are already filled!

Tim Keenan, a Voice-Over Director and owner of Creative Media Recording has more than 25 years of spoken word experience.  Co-instructor, Sylvia Aimerito of Audio Girl Productions is a sought-after Voice-Over Actor and KRTH 101FM Personality with more than 20 years as a voice artist.

In this series of workshops, held on Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm for 4 weeks, February 28th thru March 20th, You’ll come away with tips on:

    * Improving your auditioning skills

    * New voice-over techniques

    * Different ways to deliver your best performance

    * Microphone technique

    * Effective self-promotion

    * What clients expect from voice talent

    * What makes an effective DEMO TAPE

    * Who to contact for V.O. work

    * Performing with other voice actors

Tim & Sylvia have been pulling together more sample scripts from actual voiceover sessions as well as industry related articles to share with you. The voiceover business is constantly changing and we plan to update you on the latest trends & techniques for finding voiceover jobs. You’ll walk away with some great resources for your V.O. business.

Join Tim & Sylvia Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm to 9:30pm for FOUR weeks in a row – Starting at the end of February – February 28th - March 20th. Here's the link to the web flier:

The spots have been filling up quickly and class size is limited. To lock in your reservation, send a deposit check (minimum deposit is at least $200.00 of the total $375 fee) payable to Creative Media 11105 Knott Ave., Suite G, Cypress, CA 90630. The balance is due at the first class.

For more information contact:

 Tim Keenan  714/892-9469

 Audio for Video Tips: @Soundtrack_Pro

 Tips & Tricks for VO folks @tjkeenan




Art Kirsch Starts Service on MCA-i International Board of Directors

As a result of MCA-I’s annual year-end election, LA/OC Chapter Treasurer, Art Kirsch, began his service on the international Board of Directors in January 2012.  He will continue chapter duties while helping to guide the direction of the overall association. International president, Don Glass, of the Atlanta Chapter also started his term in January and said Kirsch was a welcome addition. “Art is full of great ideas and knows how to get things done.”

 Art Kirsch is well known in the OC media community as the publisher of His monthly postings profile the movers & shakers of the industry as well as articles, events and calendars covering all the entertainment and media arts. He is also a film producerc urrently working on a documentary, “The Brick People.” Besides serving locally as an officer of the MCA-I chapter, Kirsch is on the board of directors of the Media Alliance of Orange County and an advisor to the Orange County Department of Education Music & Arts Administrators. If that were not enough, Kirsch is also on the board of OC Screen Writers Association  and serves as the treasurer of OC MultiMedia Association

Two other members of the LA/OC Chapter have finished their term on the international board just as Kirsch begins his. John Coleman and Brian Page congratulated their fellow member on his election. The Media Communications Association-international (MCA-I) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which helps it members as well as serves the media community and the community at large.




MCA-i Members Teach Teens Media Skills

MCAI members John Coleman and Art Kirsch, along with other OC professionals, have been teaching “at-risk” teens various media skills since September as part of the Santa Ana Library’s “Seeds to Trees” career training program.

Producer-director John W. Coleman, Executive Producer of Twin Oaks Communications     gathered a few of his friends to help the kids out, including Producer-Web Publisher, Art Kirsch of Kirsch is the treasurer of MCA-I’s LA/OC Chapter and Coleman is a past president.

He also enlisted screenwriter Mark Sevi, founder of OC Screenwriters Association; composer-musician Rick Sherman of Sherman Sound Suite and artist-animator, Terry Syndergaard of Team Video & Animation

Over the course of the 2011-2012 school year these media experts have been teaching professional skills and attitudes to a few dozen youngsters who need a positive direction in life. The students are having fun while learning the basics of various media skills in what could be described as an after-school program funded by a government grant. Coleman and friends have all reported the experience to be both challenging and rewarding.