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The Pod Bay Door Show

Join Jamey and his Co-Host Carla this week for an in-depth and frank discussion on being a Las Vegas Entertainer.  Topics include getting started as a showgirl, the pitfalls of being in the entertainment industry and how being topless on stage really feels.  Also covered is what it is like to be an talent agent, the strange things people ask you to do and horror stories of the Biz…as well as good and bad clients.  Included on this episode is a Special Report from Adam & Sam at the LVL Up Expo – The Ultimate Gaming and Animae conference.  Special topics will include strippers and strip clubs, monorails and Jet Skiing in the Bellagio Fountains…with, of course, Gear Grinders and Area 52.

 

Episode #13 – Rundown

 

(Jamey) – Hello Everybody…thanks joining us…

 

This is… THE POD BAY DOOR

 

You can join us every Tuesday for info on the newest Tech, movies, games, and of course our base… Las Vegas. Sit back, relax and have some fun and maybe gain some interesting and useful information along the way.

 

You can find us on iTunes podcasts @ The Pod Bay Door

Our YouTube channel is – The Pod Bay Door Podcast

Or find us on any of your favorite podcast apps.

 

If you like Subscribing to things and clicking buttons then scroll down and give ours a try – we think you’ll love us!

 

 

 

15 Sec pre roll –

 

 

 

 

(Jamey) This is Jamey…and my beautiful co-host today is Carla Marerro…Welcome Carla!

I am very excited to speak with Carla today as she is a former Las Vegas Entertainer and who is now an agent and talent representative for Las Vegas and the whole Southwestern region including now Kansas, MO. I am going to get the inside information on what it’s like to perform in Las Vegas and what the entertainment and event atmosphere is now.

 

Also in today’s episode, we are going to hear from Adam and Sam at the LVL Up conference here in Las Vegas. They are on location and on site at the conference and will give us all of the highlights from this premiere gamers gathering.

 

…but first

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to our new listeners in North Dakota and North Carolina…we really appreciate you guys – keep listening!!

 

 

 

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all – As they have been so popular we are going to continue the Las Vegas questions that we hear so often:

 

– Can I get a stripper to come to my room? What are the best strip clubs?

– Will the monorail drop us off at every hotel?

– I heard you can jet ski in the Bellagio Fountains? Bruno Mars? Special deck for dining.

 

The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

        -DayDream at Mandalay Bay and Marquee Dayclub

        -NYE Sightings

        -The Topless Show

 

  1. (Jamey) Carla Marerro-Entertainer

– When did you begin your career in Las Vegas?  What did you do?  Did you do any topless work?

– What are the hardest things about being a Vegas Showgirl?  Do you recommend the life?

– What is the strangest thing you were asked to do as an entertainer?

 

  1. (Jamey) Carla Marerro – Agent

– Who do you represent? What is the hustle like?

– Is talent as difficult as they are depicted? Horror stories?

– Upcoming events-Show plug – Shameless plugs

  1. (Jamey) – Adam & Sam – LVL Up

 

Now we are going to hand it over to Adam & Sam for a field report from LVL Up-The ultimate Vegas Gaming and Anime Convention.

 

Hi Adam…

 

 

 

  1. Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

– Paid parking in Las Vegas – Are you kidding me?

– Texting while you are…doing anything!!!

 

 

 

  1. Area 52 (Jamey)

– Astronomer Carl Sagan, Martin Sheen & Kris Kristopherson have all been arrested in Las Vegas – Nuclear Protest

Along with Paris Hilton, OJ Simpson, Adam “Pacman” Jones, Bruno Mars, Vince Neil, Suge Knight, Floyd Mayweather and Flavor Flav.

– The urinals of the Main Street Station Hotel & Casino were mounted, in part, on a portion of the Berlin Wall.

– Las Vegas is popularly known as the Ninth Island of Hawaii.

 

 

Jamey – Closeout

Thanks to everyone listening and watching.

You can catch The Pod Bay Door on the PodBean app (or any of your favorite podcast apps including Itunes, Google Play, TuneIn and Stitcher Radio. You can watch the show on our Youtube Channel

The Pod Bay Door-Podcast

 

Please Download, like and Subscribe!

Our Social Connectivity screen is coming up – check in with us on FB, twitter and word press.

 

The Pod Bay Door is closed…talent is out…

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Source: Ep#13-Diaries of a Las Vegas Showgirl…

The Pod Bay Door Show

 

Episode #13 – Rundown

 

(Jamey) – Hello Everybody…thanks joining us…

 

This is… THE POD BAY DOOR

 

You can join us every Tuesday for info on the newest Tech, movies, games, and of course our base… Las Vegas. Sit back, relax and have some fun and maybe gain some interesting and useful information along the way.

 

You can find us on iTunes podcasts @ The Pod Bay Door

Our YouTube channel is – The Pod Bay Door Podcast

Or find us on any of your favorite podcast apps.

 

If you like Subscribing to things and clicking buttons then scroll down and give ours a try – we think you’ll love us!

 

 

 

15 Sec pre roll –

 

 

 

 

(Jamey) This is Jamey…and my beautiful co-host today is Carla Marerro…Welcome Carla!

I am very excited to speak with Carla today as she is a former Las Vegas Entertainer and who is now an agent and talent representative for Las Vegas and the whole Southwestern region including now Kansas, MO. I am going to get the inside information on what it’s like to perform in Las Vegas and what the entertainment and event atmosphere is now.

 

Also in today’s episode, we are going to hear from Adam and Sam at the LVL Up conference here in Las Vegas. They are on location and on site at the conference and will give us all of the highlights from this premiere gamers gathering.

 

…but first

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you to our new listeners in North Dakota and North Carolina…we really appreciate you guys – keep listening!!

 

 

 

 

Keep those comments and show suggestions coming in…we love them all – As they have been so popular we are going to continue the Las Vegas questions that we hear so often:

 

– Can I get a stripper to come to my room? What are the best strip clubs?

– Will the monorail drop us off at every hotel?

– I heard you can jet ski in the Bellagio Fountains? Bruno Mars? Special deck for dining.

 

The Topless Report!!Where are they naked now…

        -DayDream at Mandalay Bay and Marquee Dayclub

        -NYE Sightings

        -The Topless Show

 

  1. (Jamey) Carla Marerro-Entertainer

– When did you begin your career in Las Vegas?  What did you do?  Did you do any topless work?

– What are the hardest things about being a Vegas Showgirl?  Do you recommend the life?

– What is the strangest thing you were asked to do as an entertainer?

 

  1. (Jamey) Carla Marerro – Agent

– Who do you represent? What is the hustle like?

– Is talent as difficult as they are depicted? Horror stories?

– Upcoming events-Show plug – Shameless plugs

  1. (Jamey) – Adam & Sam – LVL Up

 

Now we are going to hand it over to Adam & Sam for a field report from LVL Up-The ultimate Vegas Gaming and Anime Convention.

 

Hi Adam…

 

 

 

  1. Gear Grinders – Las Vegas

– Paid parking in Las Vegas – Are you kidding me?

–  Texting while you are…doing anything!!!

 

 

 

  1. Area 52 (Jamey)

– Astronomer Carl Sagan, Martin Sheen & Kris Kristopherson have all been arrested in Las Vegas – Nuclear Protest

Along with Paris Hilton, OJ Simpson, Adam “Pacman” Jones, Bruno Mars, Vince Neil, Suge Knight, Floyd Mayweather and Flavor Flav.

– The urinals of the Main Street Station Hotel & Casino were mounted, in part, on a portion of the Berlin Wall.

– Las Vegas is popularly known as the Ninth Island of Hawaii.

 

 

Jamey – Closeout

Thanks to everyone listening and watching.

You can catch The Pod Bay Door on the PodBean app (or any of your favorite podcast apps including Itunes, Google Play, TuneIn and Stitcher Radio. You can watch the show on our Youtube Channel

The Pod Bay Door-Podcast

 

Please Download, like and Subscribe!

Our Social Connectivity screen is coming up – check in with us on FB, twitter and word press.

 

The Pod Bay Door is closed…talent is out…

As an aspiring photographer, there are aspects of the job that can be overlooked when trying to teach the basics. Here’s an article I found on white balance and how it affects your photographs.
http://www.howtophotography.org/understanding-white-balance/

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Understanding White Balance

Perhaps one of the most important camera settings that beginning digital photographers don’t understand is white balance. In this article, we’ll introduce the basic concept of white balance as well as a few photography tips for managing the white balance within your images.

What is white balance?

Put simply, white balance is the color of the lighting in your images. It might seem like a strange concept at first to think that light has color, but various types of light produce different hues which are reflected in your photograph. For example, indoor fluorescent lighting commonly produces a bluish hue, filtered or indirect natural sunlight produces a cool blue tone, and other natural forms of light like a fire produce a very warm tone within the image.

While these variations may not be visible to the human eye since our eyes adapt to compensate for them, in a digital images they can be very noticeable and can produce vastly different temperatures within your photograph. Therefore controlling for and adjusting the white balance in your images can change the feel of a photo completely.

How to manage white balance

Most digital SLR cameras come pre-programmed with a range of white balance settings. These commonly include:

Auto: This setting will work well for many settings as the camera will automatically adjust for the appropriate lighting.

Fluorescent: Useful when shooting indoors under fluorescent lights to compensate for high levels of blue.

Shade: Again, this setting will warm up cool, dark hues in shaded areas by adjusting accordingly.

Cloudy: This is a very useful setting for warming up an image on cloudy days where the dark skies might produce elevated levels of blue.

Sunny: This setting may go by different names according to the camera manufacturer, but in essence it makes very minor adjustments on most models to adjust for direct outdoor sunlight.

Tungsten: Programmed for shooting indoors under incandescent lighting, this will adjust for the high levels of yellow produce by most indoor light bulbs.

Flash: This setting will adjust the white balance to mitigate against the harsh lighting of a flash.

Most DSLR cameras will also have manual white balance setting which we will discuss in more detail in a follow-up article. This process involves “teaching” your camera what you want the lighting to look like in an image, so we’ll discuss this setting alone. However, most of the settings listed above will allow you to capture great images making only one setting adjustment.

With these white balance photography tips, you’ll be able to capture the lighting you want for your photograph regardless of where you’re shooting.

This post was inspired by a question that was recently posed to my business partner and me.  We were asked about any new gear and/or techniques we employ for our video production while using our DSLR’s.  This prompted a furious search of the web for what is out there and coming soon.  Honestly, I didn’t find very much.  We would love to hear from our fellow Tech Monsters what gear they have been reading about and testing…off brands are ok too!

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My Kinda of Town…Vegas is…

Professional photography (and any creative tech field for that matter), has always had a tenuous relationship at best with Las Vegas.  As with most things Vegas, Photography is looked at with a crooked eyebrow and a doubting that anyone is truly a professional.  Of course, there are many highly skilled professional photographers in many disciplines in Las Vegas.  The problem is that there are twice as many that are not qualified to retain the title of professional.  It has always concerned this writer that Las Vegas will never be able to gain the artistic respect it deserves because of those unscrupulous invidividuals that have purchased a camera just to meet girls and enjoy the party life that they think is the life of a professional photographer.  Those of us who are not only artists but run the company know all too well that the party life is often usurped by the life of an accountant, marketer, brand manager, public relations officer and human resources representative.  My question to those of my colleagues that are following is…Do you feel Vegas is respected as a creative leader in the photographic and related industries? and if not, Will we ever be?

 

 

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Long have photographers dealt with the issue of archiving their images. The subject is now even more prevalent with the deluge of digital images that are now produced. In the professional arena, which is the one most directly affected by the storage issue, we are faced with producing giant images that take many megabytes to store. As we cannot sacrifice image quality and editing compression, we must look at the storage options instead. Of course, the makers of storage, WD, Seagate and the like, are keeping up but unfortunately we are producing images in the thousands and must have them at the touch of a button for our returning and new clients. I would ask my colleagues in the commercial photography/videography field to engage in this conversation and tell us what options they have explored and employed…

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Of course we think cameras are the greatest scientific achievement of all time.  Although scientific advancement has provided us the ability to capture imagery, we have always believed that creating art out of that imagery requires a trained eye and strong imagination.  But, every once in a while, science can inadvertently create art all on its own.  Here is a great example, life.com has released photos of x-rays over the years.  Though some are strange and grusome, here is one that we thought was art. Do you know what it is?

X-ray of Tulips from 1910. (Photo: Edward Charles Le Grice/Getty Images)

Alter Ego Studio – Las Vegas – Commercial Photography, Video Production and Photo Studio Rental

News articles abound about small film producers that are creqating films with dlsrs and small scale HD cameras totally in a studio like Alter Ego Studio.  We would love to know what projects are being produced out there…what type of gear is being used, and what applications beyond Final Cut pro are being utilized.  What is the bad and the good about the concept all the way to the can.  Let us know guys!

 

Alter Ego Studio – Las Vegas – Commercial Photography, Video Production and Photo Studio Rental

The lines are getting just a bit more blurry for the stil photographer and budding video shooter.  More and more in the field we are seeing the 5D Mark II and D7000 being employed for on the fly video.  The savey shooter can actually double book a commercial job and produce wonderful results in both arenas.  Of course, the problem now is the deluge of rigs and accessories that are supposed to aid in video but don’t.  The single most mentioned problem we hear in the field is the issue of focussing.  We would love to know what tech our colleagues have seen just outside the bubble to address this issue…?

 

Alter Ego Studio – Las Vegas – Commercial Photography, Video Production and Photo Studio Rental

Remember when we all had to actually put film in our cameras? When we would spend time in the dark room?  When touching up photos meant something more than a few clicks of a mouse?  If you are like us, you made the switch to digital a decade ago.  I am pretty sure you can’t even buy film at Walmart or Target anymore, now only available through specialty retailers.

This article posted earlier today on USAToday.com shows there are still enough enthusiasts out there to keep the camera business alive.  Kodak says they still plan to make film as long as there is a viable market for it.  But as the article states, when these people’s cameras break down, they with replace them with digital.  It will be a sad day when they are all gone, photography will never be the same.

 

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