Monthly Archives: November 2011
Episode 5 aired July 5th – not at 7 PM as scheduled… it was more like 11 pM. With technical difficulties and a frustrated ‘host’ (me) – these ‘avoidable’ issues were, in retrospect, divinely perfect! Hidden Gifts.
Cultivating the topic for Episode 5, had me go in several directions as the show continued its focus on women – There were several topics that I had a strong desire to cover; InDepth Astrology, Tantra, Fertility and Holistic Healing – specifically. With these in mind, I set out to discover, contact and schedule prospective guests. As with other months, I came across scheduling conflicts. On top of this, I was coming to understand that the idea of a ‘Web Series’ was and remains for many, a foreign idea. Part of the reason for using this ‘web series’ tool, is to bring new possibilities to the viewers, myself and guests alike.
I was fortunate to find July’s guest… Fertility Goddess Alicia Gargaro-Magaña~ Scheduled, I headed over to Alicia’s house in West Hollywood. HOLLYWOOD! Mirroring Alicia’s personality, her space is Vibrant, Colorful & Warm! What a Blessed creative place to film the shoot. I personally look more vibrant & colorful in this episode… coincidence?
Alicia and I sat down and filmed the whole show… and, OOPS! With so much content, I exceeded my 30 minute time limit! I really have to get a good timer! The attempt to edit the show down had failed… And… We would end up re-shooting the next day! This time, I managed the time more efficiently and completed the shoot with what you see today on Season 1 Episode 5!
Okay – so from the production standpoint, I experienced more frustrations, which, by-the-way is all part of the process. My producer was busy with another project at the time, so I enlisted Editor, Eduardo Magaña (Alicia’s husband) to edit the show… Eduardo is world-class! Such great luck! With the show beautifully edited, I brought it to my producer a week before the premiere on the 5th. Well, as I stated above – technical difficulties ensued the day of the premiere and the show aired 4+ hours late! Frustrating…
Thank Goodness for the quality of the editing and for Eduardo’s feedback on the show. He shared with me some directing tips on creating more depth and interest while shooting – this episode and subsequent shows all benefit from Eduardo’s expertise!
The Gifts? Episode 5 gave me many – I’ll share a couple
First – with regard to the post production aspect of the show, I realized that I was wanting/needing to have more control over the show and the integrity of the air time, which I would soon have the opportunity to do… Second – I was coming to the realization of just how much more comfortable I was becoming in my ‘skin’ – being in front of the camera. Becoming less self-conscious! Breakthrough!
Thank you my Beautiful friend & Fertility Goddess – Alicia Gargaro-Magaña for contributing famously to the show and to Eduardo for his generous creative assistance! Wishing you both Divine Blessings on your Fertility Journey!
Be sure to check out Alicia’s Fertility Goddess Website! Here is the link! Fertility Goddess
Episode 4… I want to share a little back story, a glimpse into the ever-changing world of this show… Here is a snippet on how Episode 4 “went down”… This particular episode was filled with technical and ‘personal’ challenges. Finding a guest wasn’t too difficult, scheduling the guest was a different story. I was coming up against conflicts in coordinating availablity. Determined or stubborn, some might say, I pushed through. Finally… I believed I had found someone, an expert on a ‘topic’ I was very much interested and they were happily available. Scheduled and ready to shoot that morning – I received a call – and for personal reasons, they were backing out… Ugh!
I had to find a new guest… and FAST. May’s show was to air on the 3rd and I had less than a week to replace my guest, shoot and have the producer edit and upload. Whew!
Something all the while, was presenting itself – as if to “Bless” me with an opportunity. Over the course of the show, my producer hadn’t been shy to voice his disdain for the quality of the photos I had been taking, (No… I am not a professional). Hmmm… This gave me an idea and I set out to recruit my friend, Reinaldo Robinson of RMR Pictures. Reinaldo, an amazing professional photographer based in Los Angeles and New York, has a solid background in teaching a novice such as myself, on just how to take a picture – whether it’s “what to look for” or “what to avoid”. Reinaldo, at the last-minute, graciously agreed to be my guest for Episode 4.
Of course, keeping in line with the challenges faced… the digital camera I had planned to use as a prop during the shoot, was ‘smashed’ the day before filming (a whole other story). How was I going to make this work? Thinking on our feet, Reinaldo and I decided to use our cell phones as the prop, which turned out to be absolutely perfect.
With the filming complete, the footage was passed to the producer for edit and upload on Tuesday. In all honesty, there was a little banter back and forth between the producer and I, regarding the topic. As it turns out… he loved the show, after actually watching it! More importantly however, the viewer feedback was positive.
Indeed, another opportunity... This whole experience was a great Gift in ‘learning’ to be thicker skinned and most importantly in Trusting myself.
Let me take the time to Thank Reinaldo for being my guest and teaching me (us) some valuable tools that I’ve used extensively to this day. Frankly, I’ve surprised myself at what fabulous pictures I’ve been able to take… even with my cell phone!
Check out Episode 4…
Where Episode 1 left off in Season 1 of… ’The Selina Ray Show’, Episode 2 & 3 proved to unveil an evolution and a fine-tuning of the direction the show would take.
My guest, the delightful Lorinda Rainwater, shared her personal story with all of us, regarding her Pregnancy and the Unassisted Birth of her lovely daughter, Eyeah.
Her story needed 2 parts according to, my then producer, Rich Mbariket. He chose to air the show over a 2 month period. Episode 2 [Part 1] aired on April 5th, 2011 and was followed by Episode 3 [Part 2] on May 3rd.
Having exceeded the 30 minute time limit, much to Rich’s dismay, Rich had the challenge of ”breaking” the show into 2 parts – evidence that the show, indeed was becoming much more than either of us had anticipated.
All the while I was gaining more confidence in the way I would approach the shoot of show… continuing with my original idea, to keep the show authentic and completely unscripted. Oh sure, I had in mind what I wanted to know – however, I knew that each show would unfold as the conversation went on… And this particular show proved that unscripted could become very interesting. To date, my show with Lorinda, has more views than all my other shows combined in Season 1.
I have such a profound gratitude for Lorinda and her Beautiful Authentic Self!… Thank you my dear friend!
Check out Episodes 2 & 3 [Parts 1 & 2]… My Conversation with Lorinda Rainwater
Episode 2 [Part 1] Pregnancy & Unassisted Births with Lorinda Rainwater
Episode 3 [Part 2] Pregnancy & Unassisted Births with Lorinda Rainwater
In early February, I was approached by Rich Mbariket of Web Series Network, to host a promotional show for those in the ‘Entertainment’ Industry… Originally, it was meant to be a 10 minute spot to air monthly as a web series. As we sat down at the mall in Sherman Oaks, California – it became clear that this show would be more… much, much more.
Rich & I realized that we had an opportunity to create a monthly talk show series for the web – utilizing what, for 15 years, I had already been developing as a profession. This and the combination of my experience with social media – helped to establish a perfect extension of the work.
This first Episode brought to life this opportunity and as I’ve said before, I am deeply grateful to Rich and Web Series Network for being a catalyst.
Enjoy Episode 1…
Original air date – March 1, 2011
Each week, I will be presenting in sequence, a different episode with some ‘backstory’ on the evolution of the show – I’ll be sharing stories and anecdotes about the guests, the shoots – and the challenges I faced while securing guests, producing and filming the episodes.
Have fun, feel free to comment and share feed back!
Thank you all for watching the Season Finale of the show and for your support throughout the year! I feel so Blessed! A Great Big THANK YOU to my personal Astrologer and Guest, Divine Harmony for her Expertise and incredible ability to articulate the subject of Astrology and The Divine Feminine - both the ‘Light & Dark’ aspects!
As promised! Here are links to information referenced in the show! Take time to check out Divine Harmony’s Website for in depth astrological insights and other writings by Divine… And to Book an Astrological Reading with Divine!
Divine’s Website: Divine Harmony
Divine speaks about Eric Francis… Here is a link to his site! Eric Francis
Here is a wonderful site that I’ve found regarding the works of Carl Jung! The Jung Pages