Friday, August 30, 2013

The Merge Summit 2013 - Conference

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The Merge Summit 2013 - Conference

By Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist
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The 2013 Merge Summit

Is A Resounding Success!

Dr. Holly Carter Merge Co-Founder
The annual Merge Summit is an event where the Christian entertainment community gathers to meet, greet, inform and celebrate in music and worship. The Merge Summit is the brainchild of Dr. Holly Carter, President/CEO of Releve’ Entertainment and Her Partner Robi Reed, VP Talent and Casting, Original Programming, BET Networks. 
Robi Reed Co-Founder Merge Summit

    Every year they put together an outstanding event that brings all sectors of the entertainment industry together. Actors, music artists, songwriters, producers, play writes and everything else in between are able to participate and come face to face with the actual power brokers who make it happen. 

Actress Kym Whitley Awards Luncheon Speaker

The Thursday Opening night dinner was address by actress Kym E. Whitley. The red carpet was ablaze with celeb talent. The Friday session opened at 7:15 AM for “The Worship Experience At The Merge,” with singer/psalmist Kevin LaVar for praise and worship followed by an inspiring word from Pastor Toure Roberts of the “One Church International.”


The Rt. Rev. DeVon Franklin VP Sony Pictures


L-R: Tracee Edmonds & Suzanne dePasse TV/Movie Producers



     Friday and Saturday saw over 60 industry experts and executives including major TV, film and recording stars lead more than 20 dynamic classes and workshops on branding, music, television, radio, film and new media, providing attendees with the opportunity to interface, learn from, and partner with the industry’s best. There were meet and greet sessions with the pros giving the inside skinny and tips on auditioning, pitching songs, scripts to even getting in on the executive side.

One of many master classes given by top indy pros

     For those with poetry and musical talents, the summit offered their annual “The Merge Showcase 2013” where 10 artists competed for a spot on the “BET Music Matters Showcase.” There was also the “Freedom” closing night concert that featured Mali Music, Kierra Sheard, Kevin Levar, Missterious Janette..ikz, Jessica Reedy and gospel rapper Tedashi. The Merge Summit Awards Luncheon was hosted by Fonzworth Bentley. The honorees included

    Debra Lee, Chairperson and CEO of the BET Networks; Steve Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional VP of Walgreens; Pastor Toure Roberts, One Church International. A Pastor and leaders forum was held and a wellness lounge was provided that offered treatments in reflexology, massage therapy, ear candling and antioxidant screening to the V.I.P’s.

     The Merge Summit draws participants from all over the U.S, and those who come leave with a feeling of great accomplishment because of the industry contacts they have established and the friendships they have developed that may even last a lifetime. If you don’t live in the Los Angeles area and would like to attend, go to and get the information you need to be there next year.


The Merge Summit

Who heard of this event?  If you’re trying to break into Hollywood and haven’t heard of this merging Faith and Entertainment 3 day event, then something is wrong.  If you did not attend this incredible workshop/program and you knew about it, you are not taking your career seriously.  I could give a line-up of panelist and celebrities that gave their time and wisdom to everyone who showed up.   Why do so many of us spend more time with what’s going “on our heads”, than putting value “in our heads”.  For those who missed this event, I urge you not to miss it next year.  As with all professions it takes commitment and perseverance.  You cannot just lay back and expect things to happen. It’s not just about going to auditions either.  We need to learn.  And what better way to learn than from those who are doing it.  I’ve been fortunate to be on Modern Family, Family Game Night, Shake it Up, The Young Icons and ABC’s The View + more.  All of these opportunities came because of connecting and investing the time to learn from 
those in the industry.  So if you’re serious about your career, invest in it.  

Editor's note: 
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