Blog Venture

Happy Birthday to Me! Live.Me Actually @OPStandoff @sofiedossi @streamLiveme @BubblrMedia

Posted on May 4th, 2017 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Last Night's Show, Live Performances

Sometimes the stars align and I am in the right place at the right time! There may be hope for me yet, perhaps I won’t ALWAYS be A Day Late and a Dollar Short! In fact, life has been pretty good lately and it seems I have been doing a lot of cool things. I don’t believe in luck. I also believe my stars have always been lined up just right. The fact is, I am ready for this. It is my year to rock this – My Year in Bloom! I am my happiest, healthiest, and best self – so that means I get to do the things I love doing!

I present to you one of those things. Celebrations. 

Happy Birthday Live.Me!

LOS ANGELESMay 3, 2017  — Live.me, the live broadcasting app, celebrated it’s one year anniversary with an award celebration in a swanky Bel-Air mansion on Saturday April 29th in Los Angeles. Hundreds of Live.me broadcasters were in attendance at the invite-only event which also included appearances by recording artist Kesha, FaZe Banks, FaZe Nikans, RiceGum, Macy KateDiego Navarette(Diegosaurs), Nick BeanSam and Rosa PottorffAndrew Fontenot, and dozens of other social media stars.

“Good News!”

The highlight of the event for me was seeing this great Los Angeles band, Ocean Park Standoff. The lead singers may seem familiar to you because they have been in the headlines in recent years and are now in the hottest new band making their rounds on TV shows. They performed on NBCs Live Today  on February 22nd and on May 2nd on CBS’ Late Late Show with James Corden. Soon they will be on my show! I interviewed them for Bubblr Media and will show you the video exclusively on Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz!

photo copyright Melissa Reyes for MizMeliz.com April 29 2017

Ocean Park Standoff Perform at the Live.Me Birthday Bash

Ocean Park Standoff, the latest need-to-know LA pop rock band led by Ethan ThompsonSamantha Ronson, and Pete Nappi, performed a handful of songs live, including the hit single “Good News.

Touring this summer with a few of my favorite bands, Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups, Ocean Park Standoff is taking flight! Super stardom is in the works as the band’s new EP is being released this week. It will definitely be my favorite music to take me into the summer months!!

Ethan Thompson looked so familiar to me and I realized when I met him that it was from watching him on American Idol in 2014. He sang his original songs on Idol and has always been known for writing songs with a positive message. (Yeah, my kind of guy!)  DJ/Singer-songwriter Samantha Ronson is a well-known musician on the Hollywood scene known for her video and music talent along with her brother Mark Ronson.  Pete Nappi, the band’s producer and drummer is best known as a writer, producer, composer and artist who specializes in pop writing/production and film scoring. (Is that all?)

Read more about the band in this awesome interview: on PaperMag

On Target!

Contortionist and America’s Got Talent finalist Sofi Dossi performed a routine which included shooting a bow and arrow using only her feet.  @sofiedossi

photo by Lito Reyes copyright 4-29-2017 for MizMeliz.com

Sofie Dossi’s breathtaking performance at the Live.Me Birthday Party

I was floored by the amazing performance by Sofie Dossi! She is self taught! Can you believe that? Well, you wouldn’t believe it if you saw what she did on that stage! I will show you the video on my show so be sure to check it out on Last Night’s Show with Miz Meliz on BubbrMedia! 

Live.me has celebrated many successes in its first year, including becoming the highest grossing live broadcasting app in the US, recognized a handful of broadcasters for achieving various milestones throughout the year. The list of winners includes:

  • Queen of Hearts Award: SavageWinter – 1337 [Most hearts received in a single broadcast with 3,977,141 hearts]
  • Rainmaker Award: Ice King [Sent the most gifts with 44.2M coins]
  • Lit Marathon Award: Gharet Starke [Longest consecutive stream at 154 hours]
  • Class Act Award: TurnUpKing [The highest Broadcaster Class Level/Experience]
  • Time Well Spent Award: Ashcatash [Broadcasted the most hours with 1,675.6]
  • Social Butterfly Award: Collins Key [Most shares in a single broadcast with 9,879 shares]
  • Tubefilter Chart Topper Award: TheRealKatherinRojas [Has appeared highest the most weeks on the Tubefilter rankings and ranked highest]
  • Diamonds Are Forever AwardKristina Plisko [Has received the most diamonds with 44.1 diamonds]
  • Follow Me AwardRoman Atwood [Most followers with 5.53M fans]
  • Live.me Star Award: SammieFreakingFirth [Person cumulatively appearing highest across all 3 in-app charts (diamonds, gifter, trending)]
photo by Lito Reyes copyright 4-29-2017 for MizMeliz.com

Khudor Annous announcing the awards and introducing the Live.Me super stars!

“A year ago, it was hard to imagine Live.me would break through in the way it has, but it’s a testament to our strong community of live broadcasters and how much the live video format has been embraced by all types of creators,” said Khudor Annous, Head of Marketing & Partnerships for Live.me. “We’ve got some exciting surprises in store for this next year and big plans to continue to reshape the future of mobile broadcasting.”

The party included sponsors Heineken and Hint Water, and music by DJ William Lifestyle, co-founder of the charity HashtagLunchbag. To recap the first year of activities and broadcasters, a brand new video was debuted and can be seen on Live.me‘s YouTube page:

About Live.me 
Live.me is the fastest and highest grossing live broadcasting platform in the U.S. The app has been downloaded by more than 21 million people, including creators of all formats and interests, to connect with others and earn virtual goods that can be exchanged for prizes, rewards, and cash. More than 200,000 hours of live video are broadcast daily on Live.me.

 
Shout out and a Special Thanks to my friends Kristy Gillentine @KrisGillentine  and Chris Strub @ChrisStrub   for introducing me to Live.Me and to Andrea Slaydon of Drive West Communications for providing all the information I needed to make this blog post awesome! Disclosure: I was not paid to post this, all opinions are my own, and I was sent an invitation to attend the party as a guest. For more details on why I post articles like this here on my blog, please read my full Disclosure. Thanks!

Legend of Tarzan is a Must See! #AlexanderSkarsgard @MargotRobbie @legendofTarzan #LegendOfTarzan

Posted on July 1st, 2016 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

I loved Legend of Tarzan! Directed by David Yates, the film was a wonderful interpretation of a classic story for modern viewers. It had heart, history, and hope. It was a fresh and exhilarating fantasy/action film with breathtaking cinematography and graphic effects.
The relationship between Tarzan and Jane depicting their origins as well as their legacy told a deep meaningful and heart wrenching story.
Everyone should see this film. It won’t disappoint the avid classic Tarzan movie buff or those who grew up with the beloved Disney animated version.
All the actors were outstanding in their roles, especially Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan. He played it like the superhero memory of Tarzan that I cherish. Margot Robbie played Jane as a fierce, strong, and sensible partner to John Clayton.
I was thrilled to attend the press conference for the film, Legend of Tarzan, last week in Beverly Hills. It was such a treat to see and hear the stars and director of the film in person. Here are my pictures from the event:

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I was lucky to have this opportunity! I wasn’t compensated to attend the event or post about it on my blog. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure for info on why I write posts like this.

Here is the info about the movie that was sent to me:

SOCIAL MEDIA:                   www.legendoftarzan.com
 
OPENING DATE:                  Fri., 7/1/16 – in theaters nationwide (and also in 3D and IMAX)
 
RUN TIME:                            109 mins. (tent.)
                               
MPAA RATING:                    PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue.
 
SYNOPSIS:                          From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes the action adventure “The Legend of Tarzan,” starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 
The film also stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” the “Captain America” films), Margot Robbie
(“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator”), with Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained”). 
It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side.  Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Leon Rom (Waltz).  But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.
David Yates (the final four “Harry Potter” films, upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) directed “The Legend of Tarzan” from a screenplay by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, story by Brewer and Cozad based on the Tarzan stories created by Burroughs.  Legendary producer Jerry Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy) produced the film, together with David Barron (the “Harry Potter” films, “Cinderella”), Alan Riche (“Southpaw”) and Tony Ludwig (“Starsky & Hutch”).  Susan Ekins, Nikolas Korda, Keith Goldberg, David Yates, Mike Richardson and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team included director of photography Henry Braham (“The Golden Compass”), Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“Dangerous Liaisons,” “The English Patient,” the “Harry Potter” films), editor Mark Day (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Myers (“Emma,” “Unknown”).  The music is composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Grown Ups”).
“The Legend of Tarzan” was shot at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, as well as on location around the UK.

Your Kid Called – He Wants You to Have More Fun #ThisIsHardRock @TMZ

Posted on August 9th, 2015 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

I have to admit, I get kind of bummed sometimes about my kids growing up.

Living the Hollywood Life

(Read my disclosure on why this is not an ad.)

My youngest son is now the tallest in our family. My kids have grown and I have to think of new ways to connect with them. I get jealous of the boys’ relationship with their Dad. I am grateful that they are so close and my husband has developed a great relationship with each of our sons. I wonder how can I stay involved with my teenaged sons?  I decided to try and include them in some the fun things I get to do as a blogger. They don’t always get to come along and it’s not always a good fit, but recently my son and I had a blast living “the Hollywood life!”

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Being a Total Rock Star

I always strive to be my best self and shine brightly to others. I call that being a “total rockstar.” I believe life is like being on movie set at times. We are always “in production” and trying hard to impress others. No matter what our role is, performing on stage or behind the scenes, if you bring your rockstar attitude and enjoy yourself as you are doing your best work – it will show.

Living in Hollywood

I live near Hollywood, CA. It is a major tourist attraction. I love taking friends to Hollywood and I love going on tours. I always learn something new. Old Hollywood and new Hollywood – it’s a crazy business! Living near Hollywood is great because I get lots of opportunities to attend events and even see some stars. Lately, I’ve been able to interview some TV and movie stars for my blog. I even went to a red carpet premiere of a film at the world famous Chinese Theater. It was thrilling! So, when I was asked to review a few Hollywood-related things recently, I decided to take my son as my “plus one.”

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Being “Cool” is a State of Mind.

Admit it! At some point in your life you were either proud to be a cool kid or you wished you were one of the cool kids. Have you ever been surprised to find out that someone you know now considers you to be cool? Has anyone ever said to you, “I bet you were really cool in high school!” This always shocks me.

Me, cool? No way!

I equate being cool with being popular. Even though I knew a lot of kids in my school, I was not one of the popular kids. Yet, I have always been fascinated with being cool. What makes someone cool? What makes someone a star? Is it about having a winning attitude? Is about having a “bad” attitude? Why can’t everyone be cool?

I try to explain this to my kids. I think they are cool. Of course, I get an answer like, “Ah, Mom!” Because I wouldn’t know what makes a kid cool these days. But I know. I really do know. Because no one ever thinks they are cool. There is always someone else to emulate. There is always an idea that if you only had this or that, could do this or that, knew him or her…..that you would be really cool. And what we never realize is that other people see what we have, what we do , who we know, and think, wow – that’s cool!

My point is that I think Hollywood is cool. I think sightseeing is cool. I think meeting movie stars and interviewing them is cool. I think taking my kid with me on a TMZ Hollywood Tour bus is totally cool!

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Okay. So, my son didn’t think going to breakfast at the Hard Rock Cafe or going on a TMZ tour bus in Hollywood for the afternoon would be fun or cool. He thought it would be boring. He thinks being a hipster is cool. I am not really sure what it takes to be a hipster. So, it must be cool! I am the mom, I am not supposed to know these things. But I do know. I really do know what is fun. So, I made him come with me. In a nice way. I encouraged and prodded. He is a good kid and was willing to go with me, but he was open about not really wanting to go. I tried to downplay it as much as I could. I said it’s for my blog, and I promised I would try it out. I don’t want to go alone. Blah blah blah. That’s probably what he heard me say. “Blah blah blah blaaaaah.” I had a feeling we would like it and we did!

Love it, Rock it, and Have Fun!

Hard Rock Kids Event

When you want your fourteen year old to come with you to a “work thing” be sure to tell him there will be free food. That worked for going to the Hard Rock Cafe Kids Breakfast. I was invited to attend this event by the folks at the Hard Rock Cafe at Universal City Walk. Disclosure. When you want your teen to come with you on a bus tour, promise him candy! We stopped by Sweet! Hollywood, the biggest candy store I have ever been to, and bought some snacks for our bus trip. It was a hit. @sweetstorela was totally Sweet, they have everything to satisfy your sweet tooth and a lot of fun novelty items. Shopping there was the perfect way to spend time while waiting for our tour, it’s just around the corner from the Starline Tours waiting area.

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My cool son at the Hard Rock Cafe Universal City Walk

I hope they continue to have this event or something like it at the Hard Rock Cafe, because it was a lot of fun! We hung out with some big name celebrities. Cinderella was there, and Iron Man! The little kids loved it! I loved it. My teenager? He enjoyed himself! Who wouldn’t? It’s the Hard Rock Cafe!!

Me and Cinderella

Me and Cinderella

Our next stop was the TMZ Hollywood Tour. I booked this through Tours4Fun.com it was a little confusing finding our vouchers and figuring out where to go and what bus to get on, but once we were on the tour – it was a blast! I highly recommend taking a bus tour of Hollywood (or any city) when you get the chance. The tour guides are knowledgeable and funny. I always learn something new. And guess what! I saw Iron Man on Hollywood Blvd. Do you think he was following me?

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Let me know if you visited one of these awesome restaurants this summer:

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd.

6801 Hollywood Blvd. #105 Hollywood CA 90028

Direct Line: 323.606.7155; Cafe: 323.464.7625

Fax: 323.464.7005

Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood at Universal CityWalk

1000 Universal Studios Blvd #99 Universal City CA 91608

Sales Direct: 818.622.7660; Cafe: 818.622.7625
Fax: 818.761.9964

(This is not an ad. I received some incentives to attend these events, but there was no requirement to write this and all opinions are entirely my own. Disclosure)

New Media Expo Shout Outs from Miz Meliz #NMX2015 @NMX

Posted on April 27th, 2015 by & filed under Blog Venture, Connecting People, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

Networking and Socializing

My favorite part of attending a conference is meeting people. I also like learning about new things and seeing the latest offerings at the expo booths. I guess I like all there is about conferences because I also love to travel, eat out, and experience new things. But the best part is meeting people and making connections. Some people have asked me, what happens after the conference? Well, networking is fun, but pointless if you don’t use the resources and reach out to the people you meet. Right? That is what you want them to do when you give them your business card, correct? Here is how I do it…

Vernon Ross and Melissa Reyes at NMX15 Copyright Melissa Reyes April 2015 Las Vegas Nevada for http://mizmeliz.com

I met Vernon Ross IRL at NMX2015. I was surprised that he knew me from Triberr!

As a blogger and podcaster, I meet tons of people online. Meeting someone online and following them via social media is like watching a TV show. You get to know their character and feel like you know them. If you are lucky, they interact with you and follow you back, so you become like a super fan. I get all “fan girl” when meeting some of my favorite online personalities in person. I ask for a selfie and I post it to Instagram. I can’t wait to tell everyone how nice he or she was IRL (in real life!) Most people, even your traditional Hollywood celebrities, are so much easier to access and meet now than ever before. I love the internet for that! But, I don’t have to explain to you – you are here! You know! So, I will get on with my point.

Let me give you just a little history first. This is a New Media Tale…there was a man named Dino Dogan who was quite popular in my social media circles. He is one of the creators of Triberr. (I love Triberr. That is a story for another day.) Last year at NMX2014, my goal was to meet Dino and ask for an interview. That was my primary mission. Oh, and to push my book and brand and learn all I could about the technology needed for my blog and what I needed to do to become a better “content creator.”

More than anything, I wanted to meet Dino and get “face time” with him. It took me all week, some near misses, some bold direct Tweets, and a little stalking, but I finally did meet him on the last day. I ran in to him in the middle of a long aisle on the expo floor. Right there and then, I got my selfies, asked my questions, and got the interview booked. I was silly happy. Within a few weeks, we did a Skype interview about Building Community.

Me and Dino!! #NMX2014

Me and Dino!! #NMX2014

Why Making a Connection Matters

The post with that interview got the highest amount of page views on my blog last year. That was super cool, but more importantly to me – that Skype interview was so amazing to do! I loved it so much that I went on to doing more online interviews. I am more confident about reaching out to people and asking for an interview. I also feel much more comfortable contacting Dino if I have a question or just to say, “Hello!” Because of this experience, I became a podcaster and have my own interview show on You Tube called, Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town. (Please SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel HERE.)

 This year my mission was to connect with people and really get to know them better. I also wanted to establish myself in the podcasting community as a podcaster. NMX2015 was the perfect place for both of my objectives. In Vernon Ross’ presentation he actually discussed the idea of networking and really knowing the person – not just arbitrarily throwing out names and cutting and pasting messages to “engage” with “friends” on social media. *Say “Hi” to Vernon @RossPR He is very nice!

Shout Outs and Follow Through

…And now, here is what you have been waiting for! I would like to shout out to the people I connected with at NMX2015. These folks were so nice, encouraging, and extraordinary to meet. I plan to forge real lasting relationships with the “new media family.” I will take the time to follow up and with these people and companies and hopefully, interview them on my show!

Melissa Reyes and Ciaran Blumenfeld of #Hashtracking at NMX15 copyright Melissa Reyes April 2015 for http://mizmeliz.com

I volunteered to help at the Hashtracking booth at NMX2015. Best part was getting know Ciaran Blumenfeld.

Shout Out to Ciaran Bloomenfeld

Have you heard of Momfluential? Listen to your Mother? Hashtracking? This is the woman who is behind it all! Meet her @momfluential @hashtracking @LTYM. I attended a performance of Listen to Your Mother Sunday 4-26-15 in Orange County. I never would have had that opportunity if I didn’t sit down and take the time to get to know Ciaran. See my post about “Listen to Your Mother” here.

 

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Lunch with The Women of Midlife in Las Vegas at NMX2015

Shout out to The Women of Midlife / Rebecca Forstadt

It was wonderful being invited to lunch to meet up with the members of one of my Facebook Groups that was well represented at NMX2015. The Women of Midlife is the newest group I have joined and it is amazing. I am dealing with pre-menopause and it is difficult for me since my mother, sister, and aunts have all passed on. I don’t really have a person I feel comfortable asking for advice on the subject. (I know,TMI!) But, this group is a very supportive and lively group. Many of the women are now bloggers and podcasters. They all have fascinating backgrounds as professionals and many were authors and journalists. Their writing is high quality and meaningful. I love the sharing threads and I love all of their blogs They also have the time (many are in retirement) to get involved in their community and do wonderful service to those people most in need. It was an honor to meet all of these women, but I was most impressed with the connection that I made with one lady in particular…

You can meet her @rebeccaforstadt and you may be surprised with her extensive notoriety in the voice talent world. Rebecca has made an impact in voice acting and has a name for herself in the Comic and Anime world. She is quite the celebrity! Of course, I didn’t know how much this connection would mean when I first spoke to Rebecca. It was at the party after the Podcast Awards and she was one of those people who was easy to approach. Then, she was at lunch with this group and as you can see in the picture above, we sat across from each other. Later I looked up her IMDB filmography and I recognized a few of her shows. Mainly, Robotech. This is one of my husband’s all time favorites. In fact, it is a family favorite and I have watched tons of episodes with my kids and husband. Lito’s brother is an anime collector and Robotech is his passion. It turns out that my WOM friend is the voice of one of the main characters. She has a great podcast, too.  (Two Boomer Broads is a hoot!) In fact one of the shows she did was an interview with Denny Tedesco, creator of the newly released film, The Wrecking Crew. My friend from elementary school, Damon Tedesco, is Denny’s brother. It’s a small world indeed! I have so many questions for Rebecca and all the women in this group. They welcomed me warmly and inspire me greatly. Expect to see them on my show and on my blog as I take the time to learn all about each of them. They have so much to share!

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Here I am with R. Mordant Mahon of the Success Freaks Podcast at NMX2015

 Shout Out to The 10th Annual Podcast Award Nominees / R. Mordant Mahon

Attending the 10th Annual Podcast Awards was a thrill! I had been looking forward to it for a long time. Now that I am interested in making my podcast the most awesome one out there – I wanted to be fully immersed in the community of podcasters at NMX. It turns out that many of the best, biggest, and award nominated podcasters were also presenters at the conference. That made a nice opportunity to learn from them, get to “know” them, and meet up for a selfie. I must say that no one was as motivated to meet content creators and all attendees of NMX2015 as exuberantly as The Success Freaks hosts, R. Mordant Mahon and Charles McFall. After all, they are the co-hosts of “a comedic motivational talk radio show designed to motivate and make you smile.” (They have a real knack for bringing on those big smiles, just look at the photo!) I talked to “R” a few times throughout the week. He was super nice and his infectious smile and energy is still with me. He and Charles went through a lot to be speakers and on panels at the conference. They set the example for trying until you succeed. And, they give great hugs!

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I stood in a line to say “hello” to Marcy Massura after her NMX2015 session

Shout Out to Marcy Massura

When it comes to telling it like it is, my favorite speaker is Marcy Massura. I have seen her at the Entertainment New Media Network conference, and now at NMX2015. She gives a blogger’s (pardon me – – influencer’s) perspective on the social media climate and how to adjust to the atmosphere. She is in PR so she gives great advice on what brands are looking for and need. She is pretty awesome! (I am obviously not trying to win any points for writing at this moment, I really just want to say hello and that I am officially a fan.) You can be a fan, too, just follow her @marcymassura and tell her Miz Meliz says “Hello!”

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Here I am with Gisele Roman

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Jennifer Priest and Me

 

Shout Out to New Friends: Jennifer Priest and Giselle Roman

Using resources like Facebook Groups and Tribes come in handy when you need a roomie or a ride – or both! I connected with Jennifer Priest that way and found a new friend in the blogosphere. Jennifer is a seasoned blogger and instructor in the craft business and has an amazing blog called Just JP. Connect with her for consulting and coaching as well. She gives great advice. I have a feeling I will be seeing her speaking at more conferences soon. We had a few glitches on the trip with accommodations, but all in all, Jennifer was a great travel buddy. Weirdest thing that happened during our five days together – – we both got calls from our husbands that our sons were taken to ER for injuries on the same day. How weird is that? A mother’s nightmare, that call about going to the emergency room. Luckily for both of us – our boys were okay. Her’s had a sprain and mine got a few stitches. They were miles apart and never met each other – but the experience was shared for our two families.  Oh, and her husband makes a great breakfast! Her family was nice enough to put me up on the first night. Wow, that’s special.

So, it is the last day and we checked out of our hotel (ick! no recommendations will be listed here for that place) and we were early to the expo and sessions at the convention center. Jennifer and I drank our coffee and ate our Starbucks breakfast while we waited for things to start. I was making a mental list of the booths I wanted to visit before leaving Vegas. Jennifer was planning her day. A stylish looking lady with a broad smile and a big cup of tea sat on the bench near us and we began to chat with her. She was remarkable. Her name is Gisele Roman, Creative Director of Bullwhip Films, and she was attending the expo to get ideas for her upcoming project. It was quite remarkable that both Jennifer and I connected deeply and found many things in common with Gisele. She was open to listening to what we had to say and learning about our reasons for being there. She was genuinely interested in what we do as content creators, infuencers, and social media engagers. We exchanged contact information and took photos. I have emailed and texted with Gisele multiple times since the conference. I feel like I have a new friend. Guess what! She…this is hard to write…Gisele is not on social media. Can you believe it? I made friends with the one person at NMX2015 who doesn’t have a Twitter account and has never been on Facebook. Lucky for me she texts! Come to think of it, she may have been the best conversationalist I had the pleasure of speaking with this entire year. That goes to show you, engaging with people and making lasting friendships matters. That is why I am moving to interviewing on my podcast show in addition to writing. Communicating verbally and expressing yourself with words and actions is vital to relationships. Smile. Hug. Shout out and shine!

Who have you met recently that made a lasting impression on you?

Do you take the time to follow up with the people you meet at conferences or other networking situations?

What are some ways that you organize the contact information you collect.

In my next post about NMX2015, I will introduce you to some of the best booths I visited  and tell you about their brands, services, plug ins and aps.

I learned about some great new tools on the Expo Floor and I plan to integrate them into my plans for the blog and podcast.

Sooo Exciting!

My Creative Studio Copyright Melissa Reyes April 2015 for http://mizmeliz.com

I wish I could mention EVERYONE I met and believe me, there were so many awesome people at this conference! Here is a photo of all of the swag and business cards that I collected.

 

 

New Media Expo 2015 Live from Las Vegas #NMX

Posted on April 16th, 2015 by & filed under Blog Venture, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

I am sitting in the center of it all at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I was here for NMX 2015. It is a small portion of a huge conference for broadcasters called, The NAB Show. This is the big time. It is the first time the New Media Expo conference, which began as Blog World, has been included and combined with NAB.

Miz Meliz at the live recording of GeekBeat.TV's The NAB Show Live

Miz Meliz at the live recording of GeekBeat.TV’s The NAB Show Live

I’ve learned so much here at this four day conference and super expo. I will be posting a recap very soon. This past week has included many new experiences in travel, exercise, networking, socializing, technology, inspiration, and motivation.  There will be new innovation and direction for Mizmeliz.com as well as for Ten Minutes in Tinsel Town.  All good!

For now, I want to shout out to some amazing people I have met  and to all the new rock stars I have connected with this week. Hello and welcome!

More later…I need to run to the next session!

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