Events

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)

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 @CocaColaCo @specialolympics

Posted on July 6th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Intentional

This is not an advertisement. I have not been paid to post this information. I am affiliated with the Coca-Cola Company and will be attending some of the events as a volunteer and as a guest of the Coca-Cola Company. See my Disclosure for more details on why I write posts like this. It’s all good.

The Special Olympics World Games is coming to Los Angeles in a few short weeks. Imagine the excitement of the athletes and families who have been preparing for this! I have never been to a game or competition for Special Olympics. I am thrilled to have the opportunity this year. I will be attending the Opening Ceremony and many events over the two weeks the Special Olympics is in Los Angeles. I look forward to meeting some of the organizers of the events and most importantly, the athletes! I can’t wait to cheer them on and see their remarkable spirit!

Please watch the video below and share it with your friends. It is amazing how much love takes place when you take time to encourage someone…

Coca-Cola will donate $1 to Special Olympics for every share (up to $100k)

Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, O.A.R., Cody Simpson, Nicole Scherzinger, J Balvin and ‘Reach Up LA’ theme song creator Siedah Garrett

Headlining Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 on July 25

The show will be directed by Emmy Award Winner, Debbie Allen and produced by FiveCurrents with appearances by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria, Lauren Potter, Michael Phelps, Yao Ming, Greg Louganis, Stephanie McMahon and many more.

They are calling it the “world’s largest sports and humanitarian event this year.” The show at the opening ceremony may be one of the most inspirational events that LA has ever hosted. It is hard for me to wrap my head around these numbers. 7000 athletes. 3000 coaches. 170 countries represented. All will be there at the Opening Ceremony held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That is the same venue that hosted both the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Did you know that?

People from around the world will be there to cheer on the athletes and a global audience will be watching.

“Taking place in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, we are delighted to welcome these entertainment legends for a night to celebrate acceptance and inclusion for all,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and Chief Executive Officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “Everyone in the Coliseum, as well as the millions of viewers tuning in around the world, will have the chance to cheer on and celebrate the true stars of the Games, the Special Olympics athletes.”

The creative production team who captured the world’s imagination with the Opening Ceremonies for both the London 2012 Olympic Games and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games – FiveCurrents – will be the executive producers of the World Games Opening Ceremony. The team is working with Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen, who is the Director for the Opening Ceremony. Specific details of the night’s event, which will include the Parade of Athletes and culmination of the Final Leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® that will light the World Games cauldron, are being kept under tight security.

Special OlympicsThe Special Olympics World Games will go on from July 25th to August 2nd.

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You could say Special Olympics is in Laura Cook’s blood, and now the 39-year-old’s dream will become reality when she competes in track and field at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. The El Monte resident has been part of Special Olympics for 27 years, but her parents, Karl and Penny, served as track and field coaches in the 1980s. With their help, Laura has accumulated 10 pounds worth of Special Olympics medals throughout her career. But, according to Penny, it’s what Laura has done with her medals that shows what she is truly about. “While medals are important to Laura, she plays for the love of the sport and takes the meaning of a medal to a different level by often giving her medals to friends and relatives who would be happy to have them,” Penny said. “Or if someone close to her passes away, she will place a medal on their coffin.” Her inclusion on the World Games roster itself is an accomplishment. “My dream has come true,” Laura said.

There will be 25 Olympic-style sports!

  • Aquatics,
  • Athletics,
  • Badminton,
  • Basketball,
  • Bocce,
  • Bowling,
  • Cycling,
  • Equestrian,
  • Football,
  • Golf,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Half Marathon,
  • Handball,
  • Judo,
  • Kayaking,
  • Open Water Swimming,
  • Powerlifting,
  • Roller Skating,
  • Sailing,
  • Softball,
  • Table Tennis,
  • Tennis,
  • Triathlon,
  • Volleyball, and
  • Beach Volleyball

Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts.

Honorary World Games co-chair and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has confirmed her attendance at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games on 25 July, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The program will take place on Saturday evening, 25 July 2015, from 6-9 p.m., with tickets on sale now via the www.LA2015.org Web site, in four price tiers of $120, $100, $60 and $30.

Current Founding Champions and sponsors include:

  • The Coca-Cola Company,
  • Mattel,
  • Deloitte,
  • Toyota,
  • Bank of America,
  • Kaiser Permanente,
  • OUE Skyspace Los Angeles,
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro),
  • Davis Elen Advertising,
  • Microsoft,
  • Toys“R”Us,
  • The Walt Disney Company,
  • Google,
  • UPS,
  • Herbalife Nutrition,
  • Los Angeles Times,
  • AMC Theaters,
  • La Opinión,
  • Los Angeles Tourism and
  • Convention Board,
  • WWE,
  • AEG,
  • Annenberg Foundation,
  • David Geffen,
  • Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg,
  • Panda Express,
  • Knights of Columbus

With this kind of support – it is sure to be an extraordinary event for everyone involved. It is going to be amazing! I am so excited that the Coca-Cola Company is supporting me in being a part of the media with credentials to cover the event. My husband and I will be there to take pictures, interview participants, and live stream from the games. I am so happy about being a Fan in The Stands!  100,000 strong, the volunteers are going to be there to cheer and encourage all the athletes. If you want to volunteer and be on the Coca-Cola Team – check out this link: http://coke-surveys.com/votingmodule/s180/f/816605/9315

Do you have any experience as a volunteer or participant in the Special Olympics? Please tell me in the comments. I want to learn more about what it feels like to be there.

 

 Visit Special Olympics at:

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See You at the #CinemarkCarson Southbay’s Newest Entertainment Destination @Cinemark

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Live Performances, Miz Meliz Newz Update

Miz Meliz Newz Update – Summer Lovin’ Edition

Disclosure This is not a paid advertisement.

Summer is about relaxing and having fun. Here are some things I will be doing this summer. And guess what – it starts with Memorial Day weekend, right! That’s now! Watch out Summer…here comes Miz Meliz!

VIP Night at the #CinemarkCarson 

New Theater Opening Just in Time for Summer

Get Two Free Tickets to Carson Cinemark

Tweet me if you want two tickets to the VIP Night at the New Cinemark Theater in Carson on Wednesday, May 27th. Or leave a comment and let me know you are interested. I can give away ten pairs of tickets to the event. Tickets are FREE, While Supplies Last. Note: Sharing this post to Twitter will automatically enter the phrase and give you a chance to get tickets.

Southbay’s Newest Entertainment Destination #CinemarkCarson

20700 South Avalon Blvd., Suite 285, Carson, CA 90746

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Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters

I will be attending a special media event for the #FestivalofArts and I hope to see you there!

Please follow Pageant of the Masters and the Festival of Arts on Twitter: @FestivalPageant Home to the Festival of Arts – California’s Premier Open Air Fine Art Show & Pageant of the Masters- a theatrical performance where art comes to life!

Looking for a job this summer? Come work with us! Job applications are now available online. Check out all the opportunities at http://www.foapom.com/contact/job-opportunities/

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TwoTickets2015_loresGet your tickets to see the 2015 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach Click Here to Buy Tickets

Tickets are $25-80 each.

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Tweet me if you want two tickets to the VIP Night at the New Cinemark Theater in Carson on Wednesday, May 27th. Or leave a comment and let me know you are interested. I can give away ten pairs of tickets to the event. Tickets are FREE, While Supplies Last. Note: Sharing this post to Twitter will automatically enter the phrase and give you a chance to get tickets.

This is not a sponsored post. I was not compensated to post this information. I was offered free tickets to give away and a few tickets to attend the event for the promotion of the new theater. Cool, huh? Read my disclosure for more information on why I post things like this on MizMeliz.com.

 

Miz Meliz Newz #SendMetoBarcelona @HardRockLA ENTER BY May 13th @TheCornerDoorLA @HopeoftheValley

Posted on May 7th, 2015 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz, Miz Meliz Newz Update

SPAIN ON THE BRAIN

This sounds like a dream doesn’t it? The Hard Rock Cafe is hosting a two-day festival at a beach-front venue this summer. Deep breath. I want to go! My favorite bands, amazing music, the sandy beaches of Barcelona, Spain…

It’s not a dream. It can happen. You can go. I might see you there!

The Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood locations at Universal CityWalk and on Hollywood Blvd are sending one lucky winner to the Hard Rock Rising Barcelona Global Music Festival! It’s easy to enter, just Instagram a picture of you and your favorite Hard Rock merchandise and tag @HARDROCKLA with #SENDMETOBARCELONA between now and May 13th—the winner will be announced on May 20th!  Be sure to read the Rules: http://hardrock.co/1ECgvpY

Past festival photos – Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach 2014

GLOBAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Kings of Leon, Avicii,  Lenny Kravitz, Juanes and Steve Angello to Take the Stage at

Beachfront Concert Event at Platja del Forum (Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona)

FRIDAY, JULY 24 – SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2015

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Hard Rock announced that American rock band, Kings of Leon; Latin rock superstar, Juanes; American rock singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz; Swedish electric dance music DJ, Avicii; DJ-producer and former member of Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello are all a part of the lineup for the first Hard Rock Rising Barcelona global music festival. The weekend-long event will take place at the Platja del Forum (Parc de la Pau, s/n. Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona) on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, 2015.  The festival features 16 hours of live music across two full days at this unforgettable site which embraces the magic of Barcelona’s beach-front venue. Visit www.hardrockrisingbarcelona.es for additional talent announcements and event details.

 “We are honored to partner with Live Nation and the City of Barcelona to showcase this dynamic lineup of incredible musical talent at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona global music festival,” said James Buell, HRI Senior Director of Music and Marketing. “This music festival is the perfect way to bring legendary rock stars and emerging artists together on Hard Rock’s global stage.”


JUST AROUND THE CORNER

The news on the street is…The Corner Door is one of the best spots for cocktails in all of Southern California. And now, with Executive Chef Brendan Collins in charge of the kitchen, The Corner Door has an all new Dinner Menu with eats to match.

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IT’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE CITY

Collins loves Culver City. “It is a close-knit community, and all the restaurants are friends with each other,” he says. “I lived and worked in Culver City for seven years, and wanted to keep a connection with the neighborhood.“

As Executive Chef, Collins will be cooking at The Corner Door at least one day a week, but his longtime lieutenant and Chef de Cuisine Ali Haji has taken charge of day-to-day operations. Haji has worked with Collins continually for the last eight years, beginning at Mesa, in Costa Mesa. “I am closer to Ali than anyone, maybe even my own wife,” Collins says. “He knows what I like and the standards I like to keep; he is ready to step up and run his own kitchen.”

The menu partially reflects Haji’s view of Southern California cuisine. “At The Corner Door, the menu pulls from what I consider the culture of LA — everything from Asian to Mexican to Middle Eastern to French.”

The connection between the kitchen and bar runs much deeper than just sharing a building at The Corner Door. “The food stands up to the drinks. Ali and I talk every day about what we are working on,” says Beau du Bois, The Corner Door’s well-known Bar Manager. “Brendan’s approach to cooking and The Corner Door’s reputation for cocktails are a good match – complex flavors with notes of comfort and innovation.”

Rediscover (or DISCOVER!) The Corner Door, a friendly neighborhood hot spot with amazing drinks and yummo food to go with ’em!

The Corner Door is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am, and from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is offered every day from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and late night happy hour is also available every night. For more information or reservations, please visit www.thecornerdoorla.com or call The Corner Door directly at 310.313.5810.  12477 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066

 

The Corner Door Photo Credit:  acuna-hansen

 


LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION!

The 2015 6th ANNUAL HOPE OF THE VALLEY CBS STUDIOS GALA and HOPE AWARDS is seeking support for the Hope of the Valley’s new Recuperative Care Center, a center designed for the short term medical care, mental health, addiction services, and case management for homeless patients recovering from an illness or injury in a clean, safe environment off of the streets. Currently there are only three recuperative care facilities in Los Angeles, none of which are located in San Fernando Valley. Unlike the other existing programs, Hope of the Valley’s Recuperative Care Center will have an open door policy enabling them to accept a wider array for medically vulnerable homeless patients 24/7 who are unable to perform their activities of daily living. We thank you for your continuing support on all of our endeavors to help the homeless population of San Fernando Valley transition from the streets into permanent housing.

For more info and to purchase tickets to the event: http://hopeofthevalleyrm.simpletix.com/

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So, what are you going to do first?

  1. Enter to win a trip to Barcelona by posting a pic on instagram in your Hard Rock shirt, tag @HardRockLA and use #SendMetoBarcelona by May 13th.
  2. Make a reservation to try the new dinner menu at The Corner Door.
  3. Support Hope of the Valley.
  4. Tweet me @MizMeliz for more Newz!

Thank you

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.

 

 

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