We Met at the Merge...
On August 21st, 2014, I headed out to Los Angeles to attend the Merge Summit 2014.
Platinum badge in hand & business cards in pocket, full of anticipation and excitement.
A few friends/ industry professionals met me there, Pastor Karen (the writer) flew in from New York, WanDa (the writer) flew in from Atlanta, and Rhavynn Drummer a fellow casting director and web series producer. All of us first time attendees and eager to see what the #MergeSummit was all about.
Thursday was the opening night and the Black Tie event and Terrence J was a dashing host. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay long... #JETLAG
At 7 am on Friday morning was the first of many powerful worship experiences. +Touré Roberts was powerful, he talked about being in Purpose versus being in the industry and then he talked about having an expectation, having a focus and he said, "little becomes much when placed in the Master's Hand." POWERFUL and this was day 1 at 7am.
Photo Credit: +Leslie M Greene
I have to say, that the rest of the day only got better!
The rest of the day included classes such as:
8:45 No Risk, No Reward: Faith is For Real
(Master Class) DeVon Franklin ... 1 word, POWERFUL...
10:15 Packaging and Presenting Your Ideas for Television:
With Austyn Biggers of #BET, Endyia Kinney-Sterns of #OWN, Pearlena Igbokwe of +NBC & #BarbaraFisher of #UPTV
11:30 +Rushion McDonald: Live and Direct
Rushion was 100% straight out the GATE! He reminded me that, God's timing is perfect!
Food & VIP Spa break for a quick minute...
5:15 Glide: The Splash Theory
@Clint Culpepper of #ScreenGems #Sony. Clint spoke with such a transparency, love and passion for what he does, it was very encouraging.
All of the above happened on the first day. The Merge Summit was more than I expected, desired or wanted, this was a great investment. If you don't know anything, you should know this 1 thing... Succeeding in and access to the sports, film, music and television industries are based on building and maintaining great relationships!
To See More Photos from day 1 and Day 2 and get an idea of who else attended the Merge Summit...
I have to say a special SHOUT OUT to the Awarding Winning Writer, T. Faye Griffin, Bettina F. (Academy of Motion Pictures) & Courtney Doutherd (Disney).
Much Success to You!
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