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Tinsel Town: Livestreaming Tips #ConnectHer16 Part 2 @Tenminitt

Posted on August 24th, 2016 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz

Tinsel Town: Live Streaming Tips #ConnectHer16 Part 2

I had a wonderful day in Manhattan Beach with the community I am a part of through Connect Her Media! Here are my photos and some commentary:

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Here are the questions that I received during the three round table sessions that I moderated at the ConnectHer16 Conference:

To see a video and notes about each part of my presentation, please see Part 1 of Tinsel Town: Tips for Livestreaming #ConnectHer16

  • How do I optimize and reuse content?
  • How do I deal with spotty internet connection?
  • Where/what is the best platform for community growth?
  • Personal or Business Page for Facebook Live, which is better?
  • How do you set goals for yourself in livestreaming?
  • How important is niche?
  • How do you best store videos when you don’t have a lot of space left on your phone?
  • What do I do about my glasses? I need them to read the comments, but not to see the faces.
  • How do you handle speaking during a live chat (stream) when you are at a performance and potentially interfering with (the live experience for people present) it?
  • Produced vs. in the moment?
  • How to get viewers to a spur of the moment Facebook Live Broadcast?

Optimizing and Reusing Video Content Created From Live Streaming is Easy.

Most videos are available for replay instantly after the live feed has ended. In many cases, you can (and should) save the video to your phone, camera, laptop, or whichever devise you are using. It is often a one step process to upload the video directly to You Tube. From there it can be embedded on your website/blog. If you are using Facebook Live, you can share that video across your pages, groups, and events. Once the content is on your devise, and/or on You Tube, you can share it to any and all social media platforms you like. To optimize the live stream video content, be sure to use hashtags, keywords, titles, and links. I always add a hashtag and a Twitter handle to the title of a video so when it is shared, I will get a notification. I love to see when it gets a like or re-tweet!

It is Time to Learn About What Your Livestream Platform of Choice Requires for Internet Connection, Speed, and Frequency.

I got by with not knowing anything about Internet Speed, Bandwidth, Servers, Routers, Ping Tests, and the difference between Streaming, Downloading, and Uploading just fine until I started my own live broadcast show. Now, I have had to become familiar with these terms and know how to ask for what I need to make my shows happen. I just couldn’t accept that my laptop wouldn’t let me make great content with clarity and ease like other people could. I finally understood the difference when I took the time to educate myself. It’s not that hard.

If your location or situation absolutely cannot change and you want to stream live on Facebook, or anywhere else, don’t worry. I have some suggestions for you. Here are some tips to make what you have now work better:

  • Make sure no one else is using any computers, game consoles, TVs, phones, or smart devices in your house at the time you are going live.
  • Before broadcasting, re-set your router.
  • Before broadcasting, make sure your browser is updated and if you are on your PC (or MAC) remember the three Rs – reboot, restart, refresh.
  • Make sure you are using the browser that works best for the platform you are using (for example, Blab.im only worked with Chrome.)
  • Don’t run any other apps and close all other windows and tabs while you are streaming.
  • If you are using your phone, try putting it in Airplane Mode and then turn on WiFi.
  • Find out if you have enough bandwidth for the platform you are using.
  • If all else fails, find a place with strong WiFi to stream from – try it outside or at a coffee shop, hotel lobby, mall, college campus, or restaurant. Remember to ask for the Wifi access code – most places will be happy to let you use their WiFi for free.
  • You might need to increase your plan to include faster Internet Speed.
  • Once you evaluate your household’s usage you and you know what your overall need is, you can test your speed to see what you have available using this Speed Test.

Honestly, I still don’t really know what all this stuff means, and I don’t think I need to know. But I do know what to ask for if I have a problem and troubleshooting is something that a live stream broadcaster gets used to really fast. Hey, if things go wrong, you can always say, “It’s LIVE folks!”

 

 

ICE AGE the Movie Collides with LA’s La Brea Tar Pits @IceAgeMovie #IceAge #CollisionCourse

Posted on July 21st, 2016 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Movie Reviews

When I was invited to attend a special screening of the film “Titans of the Ice Age,” and interview La Brea Tar Pits’ chief paleontologist, Dr. Luis Chiappe and get a selfie with a giant prehistoric sloth – how could I resist! I love L.A.! Read my review of the new film from the Ice Age franchise opening in the U.S. in 3D on July 22nd, 2016. See the film, I liked it!

Thanks to 42 West and Fox Family Entertainment for this special opportunity. See my Disclosure for details on why I post this type of article on my blog. I was given the opportunity to see the film prior to it’s official release and meet with people associated with the making and distribution of the movie for free for the purpose of review. I am under no obligation to post this on my blog. All opinions are my own. 

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Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World.  To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

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Day at the Museum

I had fun on my summertime “play day” in the city. My first stop was the La Brea Tar Pits, in Los Angeles, CA. The museum is currently running a film about the Ice Age in 3 D – which ties in perfectly with the Movie, Ice Age: Collision Course coming out this summer!

Paleontologist

After seeing the film at the museum, paleontologist Dr. Luis Chiappe spoke to the audience concerning the historical truths about the Ice Age compared to what is portrayed in the animated movies. The kids in attendance asked great questions and I thought that the producers were being socially responsible to give us the opportunity to learn the realistic value of what is in the movie.
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The tour of the museum included a presentation about the tar pits that existed there in Los Angeles millions of years ago. Now surrounded by an “asphalt jungle” that left behind millions of fossilized bones and artifacts, the area continues to be excavated by archaeologists.

Fossil Work at the Museum

These paleontologists work in a glass windowed area inside the museum, sorting and documenting tiny bones and fossils. They are so gracious to work in front of a stream of onlookers.

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Josh Peck in Ice Age Promo

Before leaving the La Brea Tar Pits museum, I spied Josh Peck, who plays Eddie in Ice Age, filming a promo for the movie. He is so cute! I talked to him and told him to add me on Snapchat. (Josh – if you see this – I am still waiting! snapchat.com/add/mizbizevents )

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Max Greenfield and Josh Peck

Josh Peck was the first one in the room at the press junket that I attended the following day. I could tell he loves playing voice parts, that bright smile and lighthearted energy said it all. I just read that Josh landed a role as the lead character in the upcoming animated film, “Gnome Alone” with singer-songwriter, Becky G.

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Max Greenfield is new to the Ice Age franchise portraying a new character in the series. Roger plays an integral part in the film and was probably my favorite. Max is a nice guy and he said he really loved the experience of being the voice of Roger.

Queen Latifah and Ray Romano

I have met Queen Latifah a few times before this press junket and I always enjoy seeing her! She is talented, beautiful and a total sweetheart! I was in the audience for her talk show and had a blast! She really seems to love the character she plays in Ice Age and identifies with being a mom like Ellie.

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Meeting Ray Romano was awesome! Ray is great as the voice of Manny, the dad in Ice Age. He is funny and quite personable. He spoke to everyone in the room at the press junket as though he knew us and was very genuine. I enjoyed ribbing him a bit about what is yet to come in future Ice Age films and if he would enjoy being “Grandpa Manny!”

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John Leguizamo and Wanda Sykes

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Meeting John Leguizamo and Wanda Sykes was a hoot! They are both funny separately – and together they were hilarious! As Granny and Sid in Ice Age Collision Course – they steal the show with their dynamic wit!

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John Leguizamo in Ice Age

I just had to get a selfie with John Leguizamo since my friend, Suzette Valle sent me her selfie with him when she found out I would be going to the press junket. I actually showed him the picture of her above and he remembered her. He said, “Oh yes – I have her book!”

Suzzettes BookIce Age is one of the 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up, the book by Suzette Valle. An expert in film and entertainment, Suzette is a big proponent of family films. If Ice Age made the cut in her book – you know it’s a good one!

See Ice Age: Collision Course when if first comes out – the 3D animation is fantastic – and I don’t usually care for 3D. Sometimes the 3rd or 4th film in a franchise doesn’t have the best quality animation – but this is an exception. This film is top quality with a wonderful story and message.

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Animated Comedy

Release in US: July 22, 2016, in 3D

Director:  Michael Thurmeier

Co-Director: Galen Tan Chu

Producer: Lori Forte

US/English-speaking Voice Cast:  Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah,  Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, Stephanie Beatriz,  Michael Strahan,  Melissa Rauch, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

URL: http://www.iceagemovies.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/IceAge

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/iceage

INSTAGRAM: @IceAgeMovie

HASHTAG: #IceAge #CollisionCourse

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.

I was a Guest on #MediaChat and it was Awesome! @kilby76 @Media_Chat

Posted on June 27th, 2016 by & filed under Connecting People, Events, Everything Miz Meliz

When Aaron Kilby asked me to be a guest on his long running Twitter chat – #MediaChat – I was a little surprised. I think of those chats as serious networking opportunities for professionals. I knew that there would be a lot of social media marketing peeps on the chat. How would I come across? I decided to go with a topic that everyone relates to – happiness. What makes you happy? I really love social media! It totally makes me happy!

 

is a weekly Twitter chat every Thurs at 10pm EST featuring guests on social and online media, new apps and anything media related! Hosted by

Media Chat

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Here are the questions and answers from my “Why Social Media Makes @MizMeliz Happy interview” on #MediaChat:

What do you believe is the purpose of social media?
I believe SocialMedia is a means to actively participate in our global/technical society, not just for sales and promotion. #MediaChat
 
What social media platforms do you engage in most?
My top 3 SocialMedia platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat. As part of my daily plan of action, it’s is like making the rounds! #mediachat
 
How does interacting with people on social media platforms help you in your business and personal endeavors?
Getting to know people makes me happy. Social Media drives that and I fuel the interaction that improves my experience. #mediachat
 
What do you like least about the internet and the effects that social media has on society?
People dont take responsibility for their words and actions. Trolls/Bullies, time-sucks, and risk exists online but, that’s life. #mediachat
 
How can the use of social media make life better?
Growth makes life better for everyone. SocialMedia is one way to explore the opportunities. Be proactive and good things happen. #MediaChat
 
What in your personal background has prepared you to be a smart social media influencer?
Sales and marketing management and executive administration helps me professionally to be a successful writer, blogger, creative #MediaChat
Being a life coach enables me to relate to people. Being mindful of the needs of others and earning their trust is important. #MediaChat
 
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Aaron Kilby is the host and instigator of Media Chat

What is the best kind of content that influencers can provide for brands and consumers in your opinion?

People learn and receive info differently so varying styles and modes of communication is key to creating effective content. #MediaChat

 
What have you experienced because of social media that has been beneficial to you?
Being active in Social Media has enhanced my ability to Connect, Be Authentic, Be Responsible and Confident. It helps me #Sparkle #MediaChat
 
Does social media make you happy, why?
Happiness is learning, growing, and loving people and all life has to offer. Using Social Media to do that makes me very happy #mediachat
 
How can social media make people happy?
The ROI of time/energy in SocialMedia pays off with increased opportunity and knowledge; better relationships is what makes you happy. #MediaChat
Use Social Media to build better relationships and that will be the key to happiness and empowerment. #bejoyful #mediachat #MediaChat
 
I love Social Media for the "outside the box" opportunities I have to blog about!

I love Social Media for the “outside the box” opportunities I have to blog about!

What makes YOU happy?

Please feel free to answer any of the questions on Twiter, use #mediachat and get in the conversation.
Thank you to Aaron Kilby for inviting me to be on #MediaChat! A huge hug and special thanks to our friend Melany Berger of Melany’s Guydlines for introducing us! 

Southern Gothic: A Celine Caldwell Mystery by @BridgetteRAlex @CelineCaldwell1 @tenminitt

Posted on June 21st, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Books, Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Tinsel Town Live 2016

Please enjoy this online interview with art historian and author, Bridgette R Alexander.

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I look forward to meeting her in person at an event at Henri Bendel!

Oh my gosh, what a pleasure it was to meet Bridgette and her family at her book signing in Los Angeles! We are friends for life!

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