“It was a ‘cozy, intimate, no pressure type of networking’ night. Everyone was at ease and seemed to be themselves.” says FACC Hollywood’s Co-Vice President, Paul Mirador.
And, it sure was. Our first general social mixer of the year was held inside the Filipino American owned and operated business, the Brewyard Beer Company. It is a micro-brewery tucked away in a converted warehouse in Glendale, California specializing in a new category of Lagers known as “Common” Lagers. The only officially recognized beer of this hybrid style is the California Common (aka Steam Beer).
The general mixer occurred at the start of Happy Hour with nearby eateries that delivers ordered food to the Brewyard. FACC Hollywood President Craig Wilson added, “The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Hollywood’s Bridging The Gap: Filipino Art and Business Through Film was a mixer focused on our newly restructured Filipino American Film/Business Challenge.”
Filipino Americans are the second largest group of immigrants in the United States. FilAms are ranked as the second highest paid immigrants in the United States and the largest workforce – employees in the City of, and County of Los Angeles.
In an effort to foster community for professional Filipinos in the entertainment and media industries as well as to build relationships that can help members’ careers, everyone – from business executives, social media influencers, business owners, entrepreneur startups and creative artists (both in front of, and behind the camera) – was welcome! And that by the end of the night, more people joined our membership at both our Audience Tier Level as well as our Entertainer Tier Level!
Memberships’ Tier Benefits:
Members are the life of our organization. By becoming a member, you gain access to people and businesses that can have a huge impact to your business needs. You also gain exclusive discounts to our events, and your membership supports FACCHO in its efforts to enhance our FilAm Community’s presence in the local industry.
“I’m super excited! We’re going to talk about projects we have been building as well as watch Joy Regullano and her Sini-Gang improv team perform some improv.” says Wilson.
“Oh, and there’s a special batch of Calimansi Beer brewed!” Wilson says. “$1 a pint goes to the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood.”
But first, we had our first contestant to play spin-the-wheel for his chance to win some prizes – as it went Facebook Live!
The game attracted our guests to try their luck. While that was going on, more people arrived to network.
“We had everything ready from signage, projector and screen, raffle, spin-the-wheel games, sign-in through laptop to membership form. We were prepared.” says Mirador.
Then, the program began with a welcome and introduction of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Hollywood by Wilson.
Among the some of the aforementioned projects is the FACC Hollywood’s first premier issue of its newsletter in E-Magazine form called ABE (Art – Business – Entertainment). Assembled together by yours truly as its editor and designed by Katherine Bercasio along with a President’s Message by Wilson.
Did you know that there are very active Filipinos in entertainment and business? Want to stay in the know and perhaps even see yourself on these pages? Want to know what FACC Hollywood is up to? Check out the preview of our premier issue and have it emailed directly to your email monthly at this LINK.
Another project is the Filipino American Film/Business Challenge. Sponsored by the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood (FACCHO), Search To Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) and the Kumu International Filipino Film Festival (KUMU.PH), both Filipino American filmmakers and Filipino American businesses collaborate on a film project together. Here are the rules and more information about the film challenge due March 1, 2019 at this LINK.
Wilson says that the film challenge is “revamped and we’re now working hand in hand with a new Filipino film festival.” That film festival is the KUMU International Film Festival.
“Yep, be the business in a film and get your business seen in front of 1,000 of eyes. Take the challenge and make a film to automatically play at this Los Angeles based film festival. All entered films will also appear on the Kumu App.” says Wilson.
And another one is the Entrepreneur Training Program (ETP), an 8-session skills building training program designed for startup entrepreneurs covering the A to Z of starting and running a successful business. This is open to all!
If you want to start your own business and don’t know where to start or how to start, this program was made FOR YOU! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from the experts and from business owners themselves on how to build the business of your dreams! Reserve your seat at this LINK.
– 5 more spots left!!! – as of this post.
– One time fee covers food and beverage and training materials for all 8 sessions
– Discounted Rate is available for College/University students and low income families. Contact Fidji NOW to apply! 424-235-5011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
– FREE Parking on site. Parking lot is accessed on Robinson St.
– Program will be held at the SIPA Multipurpose room (through Robinson St. entrance)
– Includes FREE one-on-one business counseling with our counselor, Fidji Victoriano
– You will receive a Completion Certificate at the end of the program
Contact: For any questions or to register in person
Fidji Victoriano – Call at 424-235-5011 or e-mail email@example.com
This program is brought to you by Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) in collaboration with the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Hollywood (FACCHO) and the support of Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (APISBP) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Then, Wilson introduced me…
I gave a short speech something to the effect as — about the classic improv game, “Yes, and…” where it teaches the value of accepting each other’s ideas and cooperating with one another no matter how crazy ideas can get, they are formulated in a safe space between two people or groups of people with the same goals. It is the basis of all collaborative teamwork and group creativity. The improv exercise or game teaches each member to learn how to actually listen and to encourage brainstorming on the spot. Also, to create a safe space for team players to thrive, take chances, fail, engage as well as welcoming critical thinking.
I “bridged that gap” informing both business professionals and creative artists inside Brewyard to apply the “Yes, and” technique when they socialize, network, exchange business cards and maybe collaborate in the near future. Who knows? The partnership may transform careers! After my short speech, I introduced our main event entertainment, the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Filipino AF improv team, Sini-Gang.
To start off, lead Joy Regullano asked if someone would like to go up to answer a few questions they want to ask. The questions Sini-Gang asked will help them formulate organically improv beats or scenes on the spot with each other. I’d rather have someone else in our mixer to participate, but they voted me to be interviewed instead.
After the Q&A, Sini-Gang did their thing. Keep in mind, in improv, scenes organically created and carried further are never be seen again. That is the magic of long form improvisation! And, these chosen pictures can’t explain how my responses led to these. You had to be there.
“The comedy/improv skit was great [and] Brewyard is a great place to hang out with friends, away from the mass public.” says Mirador.
Afterwards, networking resumed with even more fervor. As mentioned at the top of this blog, more attendees signed up as new members at two of three membership tier levels — our Audience Tier Level and our Entertainer Tier Level.
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