Sat April 30th Filmmaker Gary Alvarez, Exploring Social Consciousness

Posted on April 30th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews

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Interview with Filmmaker Gary Alvarez: Exploring Social Consciousness

Posted on April 30th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Connecting People, Everything Miz Meliz, Tinsel Town Live 2016

Did you ever get one of those notifications or suggestions on Facebook for “people you may know” and wonder, why? Why should I know him? Who is he or she? Curiously, you click on their profile to see if you might now them and who they know that you are already connected with. That happened when I “met” Gary Alvarez for the first time. Totally random. I sent a friend request and he asked me how I might know him. He said, “thanks Melissa for reaching out! please remind me, have we met in person?”

That was the first sign of sincerity. Gary didn’t automatically accept the request. I told him about the friends that we have in common, what I do, and that I would love to interview him sometime. I had looked at his profile and was intrigued by his bio. Writer/Filmmaker in Los Angeles. DJ. Webseries. Umm, ya, that is what I am interested in.

Gary then accepted the friend request and we messaged about what we do and who we know. I told him I would like to interview him and he said, “interview me?! *blush*.”  That was the second sign of sincerity and indicated to me that Gary was a humble man. I am always perplexed by the reason a person would be surprised when I ask to interview them. I always want to say, “Why not?” Because I sincerely believe that everyone is interview-worthy. I am interested in meeting people and what better way to get to know someone than in a conversation about them? I told Gary, “I love to interview the people behind the scenes. As well as those who are living their purpose and passion.” He said he looked forward to connecting with me. Sweet!

It took a little coaxing, but I am excited to say that he agreed to a face to face interview. He is driving into town for an event and is making a stop at my studio to be interviewed! Check it out in the embeded viewer below…live on Saturday, April 30th at 4 pm Pacific Time. Otherwise, watch the replay here or on YouTube.

Gary Alvarez is a filmmaker based in Long Beach, California. He developed the web series SCUMBAGS. Other credits include producer/director of THE GOOD FOOT! SWEET 16 promo doc and writer/director of the award-winning short film A GOOD MAN. He also writes the column RACK FOCUS, spotlighting breakthrough filmmakers for the online magazine Landscape Latino.

G$ 2Check out some of Gary’s work:

SCUMBAGS – web series –
‘Cause there’s one in us all.

Long Beach soul club The Good Foot! celebrates its 16th Anniversary.

The right thing and the consequences.

A GOOD MAN from Gary Alvarez on Vimeo.

Landscape Latino magazine

Tinsel Town with Miz Meliz

Show Notes from Pre-Interview with Gary Alvarez

G 14“I like to discuss all things creative, specifically film, music and books. I am a writer/director of narratives and documentaries. Currently in post-production on the pilot of a web series called SCUMBAGS, which I produced. Developing my next feature screenplay FROM TJ TO TULUM, inspired by my (mis)adventures across Mexico during a road trip in 2004. In pre-production on a feature doc called POWER, CORRUPTION & LIES based on the Bell political corruption scandal in 2010. I teach film production to 6th graders in Santa Ana as part of the Latino Film Institute’s Youth Cinema Project.”

G 13“When I’m not writing or directing, I spin records and host an internet radio show called PERSISTENCE OF SOUND on, based at Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights. During our guest DJ segment PATCHED IN, guests share their top 10 songs that inspire them and/or influence their work as we discuss their projects. I also contribute the column RACK FOCUS to the online magazine LANDSCAPE LATINO, interviewing breakthrough filmmakers on their craft.”

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“I’m very community active, supporting organizations in Santa Ana (where I teach), Long Beach (where I live), Bell (my hometown) and Boyle Heights (where I spin records). And, I am into all things Chicano: identity in a marginalizing society, access to higher education, immigration reform, social consciousness, political participation, economic equality, spiritual progress, and self-empowerment.

Books that have inspired me: ON THE ROAD and THE FOUR AGREEMENTS.

Favorite pastime: playing baseball (Go Doyers!)G$ 6

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Gratefulness Creates Vision for a Bright Future by Melissa Reyes

Posted on April 27th, 2016 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz, Theme of the Week

April 25th 2016 Theme of the Week: GRATITUDEgratitude

noun: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

My intention for this week will be to remember the things I am most grateful for. I will fill in my little Gratitude Journal every day. It’s a mini book designed by Kathryn Costa for her friends in the Friendship Circle on and it is called, 7 Days of Saying Thanks.

It’s that simple.

So far, I have listed the following:


1. My husband
2. My sons
3. My home
1. Friends
2. Health
3. Technology
1. Music
2. Poetry
3. Self-expression


I interviewed Kim Somers Egelsee yesterday, and she was full of energy and light. I am in line with what she is teaching, and I learned a new way of explaining it. She has a great way of expressing her message and one thing she uses is the term (or mantra) FLOW.

Kim says to master flow, you must be focused yet free, be able to love and let go, be open minded and optimistic, appreciate the wonders of the world without being too attached.

F – Focused, Free
L – Love, Let Go
O – Open-minded, Optimistic
W – Wonders of the World


This is an excellent way of honoring oneself and living in the moment. She says there are paradoxes in everything, it is difficult to be both focused, and free, for example. Yet, when we can fine tune our soul to be free of worry, of regret, of the weight of the world – then we can focus on the matters at hand.

I am grateful for the opportunities I have to speak with such amazing people and learn from them. I hope you enjoyed the interview as well. If you missed it, be sure to watch the replay, it is only 30 minutes and full of valuable compassionate information on how to live what Kim calls, a Ten Plus Life.

Tonight, I will work on my mandala art and post photos of my work in progress on Snapchat. Please follow along if you are on Snapchat. Add me as a friend: My intention is to create a new mandala for each week. At least one, but hopefully more. I am hoping to finish the 100 Mandala Project by the end of the year and have my mandala coloring book published in time for Christmas. I am less than half way through.

This weekend is going to be super busy. There is a carnival in the afternoon on Friday at the school where I work. I am in charge of the popcorn booth. Then, we are going bowling with friends to celebrate a birthday. That will be fun! Saturday afternoon I am interviewing a local filmmaker, writer, and radio host, Gary Alvarez – live in studio. I met him on Facebook, we have a few friends in common and I discovered a remarkably talented man who embodies the spirit of the Los Angeles Chicano in his work, his contribution to society, and in his creative focus. I look forward to introducing him to you! On Sunday morning I will meet with Cindy Harrison for our second show in our creative series on Blab. It is called, Sparkle & Inspire with Cindy Harrison. Cindy is an art teacher and she is showing me step by step how to create intricate and useful art pieces. In the process I am learning techniques that I can use in my drawing and painting as well as in crafting. The show is every Sunday, 7-9 a.m. (Pacific) and everyone is welcome to work along with us. I have listed the supplies needed for our next show here: Decorative Tiles on Sunday, May 1st. In the afternoon, I am covering the 12th Annual First Star Celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center for my friend, Alexa Anastasio. It is honoring the heroes who are transforming the lives of foster youth in Los Angeles. It is an honor for me to be there and have the opportunity to share with you via live streaming and social media.

I am grateful for the ways in which I can express myself, communicate with other people, and experience life!

Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more…

It turns denial into acceptance,

chaos into order,

confusion into clarity.

It makes sense of our past,

it brings peace for today,

and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie


What are you grateful for this week?

Tinsel Town Interview with @KimSomers Confidence for a 10+ Life

Posted on April 26th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews

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Getting Your Life to a Ten+ Tinsel Town Interview with Featured Guest @KimSomers

Posted on April 25th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Everything Miz Meliz, Tinsel Town Live 2016

Kim Somers Egelsee is a confidence expert and life coach. She is a TV host, award winning speaker and the #1 best selling author of Getting Your Life to a Ten Plus and I am thrilled to welcome her to Tinsel Town with Miz Meliz!Kim tedx

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A few words from Kim…

I like Yoga, traveling, wine tasting, fitness, and bicycling. I am the # 1 best selling author of Getting Your Life to a Ten+, I’m a multi award winning speaker and TedX speaker,

business and life coach, confidence expert and image consultant.

I have a confidence course, life coach certification program and image consultant certification program.

I’m excited to tell you that I’m sharing the stage with some of the greats in our industry, Brian Tracy, Darren Hardy, and more in Dallas, Texas on May 13-15, 2016!

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  • How to exude confidence in every interaction
  • How to flow
  • How to stand out in a crowd
  • What it means to live a ten+ life

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