Connecting People

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! 

Tinsel Town Interview with @ChrisKubby @TenMinitt

Posted on June 16th, 2016 by & filed under #SPARKLE Tinsel Town Tonight Interviews, Connecting People, Everything Miz Meliz, See the Video on YouTube, Tinsel Town Live 2016

This week I had the chance to interview Chris Kubbernus, an internationally known digital marketing expert, that I met through social media.

“Kubby” joined me online from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he works and lives with his family.

We had a lovely conversation and Chris shared his background with us. I asked him about his core values and he gave us insights as to why he does what he does.

I enjoyed getting to know Kubby better and I was pleased to find that my first impressions of him were accurate – he loves to help people succeed in their business and is motivated by making the world a better place. That is why I think he is a SUPER STAR!

See the video of our interview here and enjoy a game of “Hollywood Squares” style trivia that we played. It was a fun and light way to get to know each other and spend a little time with the audience. I will be hosting other trivia games online every Tuesday night this Summer – I hope to see you there!

Show Notes:

Chris likes to see movies. He is passionate about marketing, social media, Snapchat and building businesses.

Chris likes to do a lot of q & a and he talks about how businesses will use content in the future to promote themselves.

Check out Kubby’s tips for social media on his blog: http://www.chriskubbernus.com/blog/video-the-future-of-social-media/

Topics we will discuss:

Social media, business, marketing, branding…and “The Brady Bunch!”

Connect with Kubby Here:

Chriskubbernus.com

Twitter.com/chriskubby

Facebook.com/chriskubby

YouTube.com/chriskubby

Instagram.com/chriskubby

snapchat.com/add/chriskubby

snapchat-for-web“My favorite spot in Copenhagen is called The Meat City (rough translation). It’s basically an old meat market converted into offices, bars, restaurants and other fun hangouts.” ~Chris Kubbernus

The next interview I am doing is with Bridgette Alexander, the author of a new novel in the #CelineCaldwell series called, “Southern Gothic.” It is a Young Adult book and I look forward to reading it and reviewing right here on MizMeliz.com and meeting Bridgette when she does her book signing in Los Angeles.

Interview with Filmmaker Gary Alvarez: Exploring Social Consciousness

Posted on May 4th, 2016 by & filed under 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.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scumbags-web-series/645903182186828

THE GOOD FOOT! SWEET 16
Long Beach soul club The Good Foot! celebrates its 16th Anniversary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG3soE6rTJM&feature=youtu.be

A GOOD MAN
The right thing and the consequences. https://vimeo.com/111246114

A GOOD MAN from Gary Alvarez on Vimeo.

RACK FOCUS
Landscape Latino magazine
http://www.landscapelatino.com/2015/01/21/rack-focus-spotlighting-breakthrough-filmmakers/

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 radiosombra.org, 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

Connect with Gary Alvarez

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/gary.alvarez.315?fref=ts

SCUMBAGS: https://www.facebook.com/Scumbags-web-series-645903182186828/

PERSISTENCE OF SOUND: https://www.facebook.com/PersistenceOfSound/timeline

YOUTH CINEMA PROJECT: https://www.facebook.com/LatinoFilmInstituteYouthCinemaProject/?fref=ts

LANSCAPE LATINO: http://www.landscapelatino.com/film/observations-of-a-young-chicano-filmmaker-at-sundance-2016/

MIXCLOUD: https://www.mixcloud.com/gary-alvarez2/

VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/111246114

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkufLIMuTaIMIh4ezlCJuog

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/garyalvarezcastaneda/

TWITTER: https://www.twitter.com/garyalvarezcast

 

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Ladies Night on Tinsel Town with @MizMeliz Featuring @Vicki_Fitch and @JennyQ @tenminitt

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 by & filed under Connecting People, Everything Miz Meliz, See the Video on YouTube, Tinsel Town Live 2016

Whoa! It is just a few hours until show time for Tinsel Town Tonight! It’s “ladies night” because I have two amazing show hosts joining me tonight as my featured guests. This is going to be ahmaaaazzzinggggg! Please help me welcome, Vicki Fitch of He Said, Red Said and Vicki Fitch Live AND Jennifer Quinn of The Daily Q Show!

Vicki Fitch

vickiAn International Business Coach, speaker, author & serial entrepreneur that has built and sold four companies, Vicki’s expertise is in the Direct Sales Industry and is in the Top 10 for Sales & Recruiting Internationally.

Vicki is the author of several books including 7 Ways to Close More Sales with Confidence and a new one on the way called Evict the Bully in Your Head.

Vicki records two podcasts which are broadcast live on Blab every week. On Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Pacific it is, He Said, Red Said. On Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Pacific she does, Vicki Fitch Live: A Fresh Perspective. On the first Wednesday of each month, Vicki’s topic is from the “Evict The Bully in Your Head” series.  For that episode, Vicki’s guests are examples of people who have dealt with pain, drama, trauma and have come out ahead, not giving in to the “Bully.”

One of her current passions is her new course. The Rock Star Guide to Gettin’ It Done, which should be available any day!  She loves helping people to get more done in less time by group tasking.

When she isn’t busy selling, training, blabbing, writing, and she has gotten it all done, this rock star loves to collect giraffes from all over the world, she is an avid scrapbooker and loves being active. (I am not surprised about the active part! I am tired just writing this.)

We’ll talk about some of Vicki’s favorite topics when she is on the show, such as Time Management, Organization, and Building a Business. I can’t wait to find out more about her and how she found her way to being a social media and livestream star!

 

Connect with Vicki Fitch Here:

www.VickiFitch.com

www.twitter.com/vicki_fitch

www.facebook.com/vickifitch1

Blab & Periscope @Vicki_Fitch

Pinterest: VickiFitch

Instagram & Linked In @parklanevp

 

 

Jennifer Quinn (@JennyQ)

No stranger to Tinsel Town Tonight, Jennifer Quinn joins me once again for her turn “on the virtual couch.”  Last time, Blab was undergoing a major overhaul and everyone was experiencing technical difficulties. The quality of that video was shameful. Although, we tried as best we could to keep going and we had a lovely conversation, Jenny was happy to return for another try, she is such a trooper!

In case you are just getting to know Jenny, here is a little bit about her:

IMG_0907Jenny likes to hike, walk & bike along the river where she lives on the Boise Greenbelt. She loves to dance, sing karaoke, read, connect with people, and hang out with her family. She says, “I like to not cook.” (Something I can relate to for sure!)

Jennifer Quinn is the Host of “The Daily Q Show” on Blab where she interviews people who demonstrate excellence in their field. She loves being a livestreamer and can also be seen on Periscope, MeVee, and Snapchat. Jenny loves the live video format so much she wrote the book on it, literally! You can download her “Free Livestream Guide” HERE! http://thedailyqshow.com/live-streaming-guide/

I will talk to Jenny about livestreaming and it’s effect on personal growth, the pursuit of excellence, and her insights on self-development. I’m looking forward on getting the details from her latest adventures!

Meet Up with Jenny Here

Twitter, Blab, Pericscope – @JennyQ

Snapchat, Instagram – JennyQ411

http://TheDailyQShow.com

 

Tinsel Town Tonight Spotlight on #Focus @Tenminitt 3/29/16 6:00 pm PDT

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by & filed under Connecting People, Everything Miz Meliz, I Love My LIfe, Intentional, Life Coaching, Mindfulness Guidance and Coaching, Tinsel Town Live 2016

Tinsel Town with Miz Meliz

The theme for this week is “FOCUS” and that means I need to get to work! I have lots of moving parts in my life’s work. I create art, I produce content for this blog, I enjoy connecting with people around the world via multiple social media platforms, I spend valuable time with my family and friends, and I have a full time job that I love. That’s a lot!

How can I focus on any of it or all of it? I am trying to come up with a way to tie it all together. I am making sense of my purpose for all that I do. I am considering what is most important to me and what I need to do to get closer to my heart’s true desires. My core values and goals are always top of mind. Mainly, above all is to be happy and love others. To do this well, I put aside differences, keep a cool head when facing challenges, and I try not to worry about most things. I am doing the best that I can. It actually feels pretty good.

So, how do I focus when I have so much happening in my life? This is the perfect time for me to do some streamlining and spring cleaning. I am on a staycation (at home vacation from work) and I have a list of things to accomplish. If I stick to the list and focus – – I will only get closer to my heart’s desire.

My Heart’s Desire is: To be happy, creating, connecting, and best of all, SPARKLING brightly!

Join me on Tinsel Town Tonight, my live talk show, to discuss why it is important to focus on your self and share your current projects with me. I look forward to hanging out with you and connecting!

 

Follow me on Twitter @MizMeliz and @TenMiniTT

Follow me on Twitter @MizMeliz and @TenMiniTT

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