Ready4Air (Brands And Bloggers) | A Hotel Bumps It Up A Notch: From Grand To Luxurious (VIDEO)

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October 14, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

 

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Don Pablo Collection
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

My recent, first-time trip to the Dominican Republic–where I stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana Hotels & Resorts–only got better when I upgraded my stay to the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection. The Esmeralda is one of the five hotels that are a part of the 3,100 room resort.

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Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Don Pablo Collection
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

The Hotel Esmeralda falls under the Privilege Club at Bahia Principe, which offers its guests a few more luxury amenities than the other hotels at the Bahia Principe, including access to all five hotels during your stay. If you spend a few extra dollars to become a member of the Bahia Principe Privilege Club, you automatically get the perks when booking your airfare (a few hundred dollars less), once you land (ground transportation included), and at the hotel.

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Don Pablo Collection
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

One of my favorite perks was being able to walk to the beach. My room was only steps away, as you can see. After a tasty breakfast in the morning, I headed down to the beach and snorkeled for a while. How do you like the view?

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Don Pablo Collection
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Of course, food and drinks are included at the beach and pool. The room minibar is refilled daily and the lobby had a bar cappuccino with desserts for the taking. If you are like me and are not ready to completely unplug, there is Internet service with one hour of free Wi-Fi daily in the lobby of the hotel.

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection  Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Don Pablo Collection
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

If I wanted to be ambitious on this vacation and not just lie around, I had a couple of entertaining options including daily stretching on the beach, yoga classes, beach volleyball, a game of bocce, and merengue lessons. Every day had a different activity–all I had to do was look at the printed calendar of events.

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Don Pablo Collection
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

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At night, I had the option of going to the theater to see a live show. I saw the tribute to Michael Jackson, which was amazing! Other choices included dancing the night away at the disco under tropical skies and singing karaoke at the sports bar. Best of all, they offered special events. I was looking forward to the Friday Caribbean night party, but since I was leaving in the morning, I grabbed a photo with one of the dancers instead.

My Dominican Republic vacation came with all the flavor of an island stay, including the famous water bug that I found in my bathroom one afternoon. After a quick call to the front desk, the maid service arrived, smiled, and promptly removed the creepy creature as I screamed frantically and took pictures. Hey, what can I say? Producers are never on vacation. LOL

The staff at the Bahia Principe–both Esmeralda and Punta Cana–were extraordinary. Since a few of them only spoke un poco English, I had a good time practicing my Spanish. I studied Spanish in high school and Italian in later life, so I sometimes mix my Spanish and Italian, which the guys enjoyed. I would like to say a special thanks to the following staff members: Veronica the guest services assistant manager at the Bahia Principe Punta Cana and Ramona, who registered me and helped me settle into my room on the first day. Richardo at the Jazmin buffet restaurant at hotel Esmeralda and bellhops Danny and Ambiorix for lugging my bags to and from the rooms.

Last day of vacay with Richard Morales at Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Last day of vacay with Richard Morales at Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Don Pablo Collection.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Finally, a special shout out to General Manager Richard Morales, who I met the morning of my last day. Although he’s a busy guy, he took time out to pose with and listen to this blogger’s mini review of her short stay in Punta Cana. Thanks to DMMA team member Nay Ayache, you can watch the amazing video of my vacation at the Bahia Principe in the Dominican Republic. Thanks, Nay!

 

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Coming Up: Ready4Air (TV) |Aegism In TV- “Aren’t You A Little Old To Be A Producer?” 

Deborah J. Mitchell

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TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

 

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Ageism In TV| Where Did Box Office Mojo Go? | A Hotel Brand’s Luxury All-Inclusive

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October 13, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

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The control room of Arise TV.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

In the almost three years that I’ve been writing for Ready4Air, I’ve  focused mainly on the editorial and technical aspects of the television industry, staying away from the blaring social issues that exist in the industry. In my book, these issues include ageism, racism, and nepotism. All three ism’s have existed and continue to exist in an industry that is responsible for bringing all kinds of  information to anyone who may be watching, regardless of their race, age, creed, or color. Last week, a friend and fellow producer, who is over 50 years old, was stopped in her tracks when a male guest she booked for a segment asked her, “Aren’t you a little old to be a producer? I didn’t witness the incident, but when she told me about it, it made my heart hurt and my blood boil. Since I can’t stop thinking about it, I’ve decided to write about it.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), Ageism Behind The Scenes Of TV. Producers weigh-in and answer the question, “Aren’t you a little old to be a producer?”

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Film Critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.com Photo Credit: Catherine Smalls and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.com.
Photo Credit: Catherine Smalls and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Agesim isn’t a problem yet for 16-year-old film critic Jackson Murphy. He is part of the new generation of movie critics. In 2010, he became the youngest winner to date of a New York Emmy Award for On Camera Talent: Commentator/Editorialist. He’s a recurring  guest co-host on Arise On Screen and I saw him over the weekend when he joined us for another show.

This week, Jackson is back with a new Ready4Air (Film) guest post. He’ll be writing about the popular movie website Box Office Mojo, which mysteriously disappeared last Friday and had social sites abuzz with the news.  As mysteriously as it disappeared, it was back up again on Saturday with no changes. We are waiting for word from the site’s owners (IMDb).

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection  Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Don Pablo Collection.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

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And finally, last week, I took you on vacation with me to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic where I discovered a new all-inclusive hotel brand, Bahia Principe. I was delighted to report that the hotel was a true find. Whether you are traveling single, as a couple, or with a family, the resort has something for everyone. My trip got even better when I moved over to the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection, one of their hotels that is just steps from the beach and entitles guests to a few extra perks.

This week on Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) A Hotel Bumps It Up A Notch: From Grand To Luxurious, with a video of the trip.

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Coming Up: #TVFAIL- “Aren’t You A Little Old To Be A Producer?” 

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air: (Brands and Bloggers) |Fathom Travel: Cruising With A Social Conscience

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May 22, 2016 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books) | By

Fathom Adonia Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

I was invited to cruise for a purpose. Thanks, Fathom Travel for providing this impact + travel opportunity. As always, opinions are my own.

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami - #TravelDeep (i) Lora Wiley-Lennartz, Vicki Winters and Deborah Mitchell Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami – #TravelDeep
(l) Lora Wiley-Lennartz, Vicki Winters and Deborah Mitchell
Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

It turns out the second time was the charm when it came to a few blogger friends and I sailing on Fathom, Carnival Corporation’s newest ship. Yes, we were disappointed when our first scheduled cruise was suddenly canceled a month earlier but we rebooked as soon as the next sail became available. On May 8, Lora Wiley-Lennartz of Diary of a Mad HausFrau, Vicki Winters of The Vicki Winters Show , her husband Dan and I joined a group of almost 300 passengers to depart the Port of Miami on Fathom’s Adonia, heading to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. WHOOT!

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami - #TravelDeep Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia, Port of Miami – #TravelDeep
Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Our cruise was the third sailing for Fathom. Just a week earlier, May 1, the intimate 700 passenger liner made global historical news as the first ship to sail from the United States to Cuba in 50 years. Fathom Travel, the brainchild of social entrepreneur Tara Vargas Russell, is a cruise vacation that offers more than just traditional cruising sun and fun. Instead, interested travelers have a chance to make a social impact at their destination. Fathom Travelers, sail to Cuba or the Dominican Republic and engage in a cultural exchange or some cases give back.

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Fathom Adonia to Dominican Republic, - #TravelDeep Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia to Dominican Republic, – Impact + Travel Training sessions #TravelDeep
Photo Courtesy: Deborah Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

In the Dominican Republic, the goal is to give back and make a difference in the community’s economy or assist in their education. Once passengers book a cruise they can review the Fathom Travel Impact + Travel  activities which include:

Reforestation & Nursery

Recycled Paper & Crafts Entrepreneurship

Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative

Community English Conversation and Learning

Student English and Conversation & Learning

Water Filter Production

Concrete Floors in Community Homes

I wanted leave my social impact footprint but also wanted time to relax. Since I didn’t know what to expect I registered for three activities, Cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative, Student English and Conversation & Learning  and Reforestation & Nursery. Now, I was ready to become a Fathom Traveler.

Vicki Winters on Fathom Adonia Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Vicki Winters on Fathom Adonia
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

So, what’s being a Fathom Traveler?  Well, for Vicki, it meant being sick to her stomach and confined to bed for the first day of the trip. The ship’s medical staff, on the lookout for possible cases of Norovirus, did not want to take any chances when Vicki told them she was nauseous had diarrhea and couldn’t get out of bed. Ms. Big Fat Mouth was tested and quarantined to her room for two days until the results were in. Only Vicki! (lol!) Read about her crappy sick days here.

Fathom-Impact-Travel-Training-with Impact Leader Gil-Lang Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom-Impact-Travel-Training-with Impact Leader Gil-Lang
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

For the rest of us, our days on the high seas were spent learning how to be good Fathom Travelers. We were divided into cohort groups, a Fathom family of sorts,  to attend a variety of Impact + Travel Training sessions. The 45-60 minute sessions take place throughout the day and are a chance for passengers to meet fellow travelers, learn about the destination and impact activities. We learned how to work alongside and interact with the locals in sessions like “Spanish Phrases,” “Empowering English Tutoring,” and “Social Innovation In Action.” The leader of our group was the cute and knowledgeable Impact Guide Leader Gil Lang, a seasoned traveler with a history of  social impact work.  Speaking of work, even while on vacation,TV producers are always digging for information which meant Gil had his hands full answering Lora and my long list of questions.

Fathom Adonia pulling into Amber Cove, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Adonia pulling into Amber Cove, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic
Photo courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

By the time, the ship pulled into Amber Cove two and a half days later; we were ready to get to work. In the past, I have always enjoyed the Dominican Republic from the beach of an all-inclusive luxury resort. But this time, I saw another view of the isle. Puerto Plata, named by Christopher Columbus, means silver port. Mountainous and on the northern side of the island it was beautiful; reminded me of  Jamaica. Turns out the Dominican Republic is the second largest island in the Caribbean (Cuba is one and Jamaica is three). Amber Cove, the 30-acre waterfront property docking station, built for Carnival was going to be our home for the next few days.

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Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, DR Reforestation and Nursery Group Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Fathom Travel, Puerto Plata, DR
Reforestation and Nursery Impact Activity
Photo Courtesy Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

When we arrived and boarded our activity bus, the question remained for me; how much of a difference could we make in three days, spending only a few hours working? We would soon find out. Our first stop was the Reforestation & Nursery impact activity, our chance to make a difference in the rainforest-one tree at a time!

If you are interested in taking a Fathom cruise, they are offering a discount link. Click here  and use the insider code 1530 to save on your next booking.

Coming Up:  Fathom Travelers: Making An Impact One Activity At A Time

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) | #TBT 3 Luxuries I Left Behind When I Became an Entrepreneur

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August 27, 2015 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect | By

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More than one-third of people define luxury items as status symbols, and one in six believe luxury is synonymous with good quality.
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First published on Entrepreneur.com

On July 27, 2015

During my decades as a well-compensated network television producer, I paid all my bills on time and spent money on my share of luxuries, including pricey vacations, restaurants, fitness trainers and fancy health clubs. Oh, those were the days!

In a survey of 1,000 people from across the country for personal training supplier Methodfitness.com, 60 percent of Americans agree that everyone should experience a bit of luxury in their lives. As to the meaning of luxury, more than one-third of people define luxury items as status symbols, and one in six believe luxury is synonymous with good quality. I agree with one respondent who said, “Luxury in my world is all the bills are paid at once.”

When I became a business owner, I had to find ways to drastically reduce my luxury spending to make my new professional life work. I’ll share the three luxuries I gave up to become an entrepreneur and tell you how I went from living a luxury life to living luxury-lite.

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1. Luxury life: Health club memberships

I have always loved exercising and have belonged to a gym most of my life, even as a college student. Once I started working and making a good salary, gyms became high-end membership health clubs. In New York City, these clubs are pretty fancy, offering top-of-the-line classes and personal trainers, gourmet foods, spa treatments and more.

The health club initiation and yearly membership fees were almost the cost of a five-star vacation. A crazy splurge, but in my mind, it was worth it. I worked very hard as a producer, and this luxury was for my health. How could I deny myself?

Luxury-lite: Wearable workout equipment

As a new entrepreneur, the health club membership wasn’t a necessity. With no more trainers or high-energy sculpt classes, I had to be the keeper of my own workout. I discovered that walking and riding my bike, both free, are good options when it comes to burning calories. Add a Fitbit activity tracker and it’s like having a personal trainer again. Worn on my wrist, the tracker measures my activity data such as calorie intake and calories burned, the number of steps I’ve walked, the quality of my sleep, steps I’ve climbed and other personal intel.

Now I ride my bike daily and walk as much as possible. My version of the Fitbit even has a heart rate monitor. Who needs a trainer? While I still miss my hot yoga group classes, I think my new workout routine is getting the job done.

2. Luxury life: Last-minute vacations

Overall, 43 percent the people surveyed say they treat themselves to luxury items, and on average they do so more than twice a year. Taking a couple of nice vacations a year alone or with friends was standard for me. But I had a habit of booking tickets at the last minute and not trying to negotiate a better deal.

Luxury-lite: Plan vacations in advance

I still like to take vacations, but this entrepreneur appreciates a great deal. Now, I plan and purchase plane tickets months in advance and have become a better negotiator. While I still use my credit card frequent flyer miles, I have joined a travel group. I have a list of discount travel sites, including skyscanner.com and theflightdeal.com to monitor daily, and I always ask if a discount is being offered when I’m planning a vacation. I’ve found that most things are negotiable — all you have to do is ask.

3. Luxury life: Shopping in stores

When you are working every day in a professional setting, it’s important to look good. And while I enjoyed shopping for designer goods, I did and still do appreciate a good sale, and it turns out I am not alone. One in four surveyed says an item of clothing was the last luxury item they purchased. Nineteen percent purchased jewelry and 11 percent purchased shoes with an average $1,069 spent on luxury items each year. Six percent say they spend more than $5,000 per year on their dream items.

Luxury-lite: Shopping in the closet

No more shopping in the stores for me. I’ve found a new store: my closet. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a few classic pieces that still work well. If you’ve invested in quality pieces, then you should be able to find a few new outfits by shopping in your closet. If you can afford it, it might be a good idea to invest in hiring a stylist or wardrobe consultant to help come up with different combinations of existing outfits. Consignment shops are a great resource for finding gently used designer items, as are sample sales. These short-term sales give shoppers the chance to get merchandise at a fraction of the price.

When it comes to clothes, especially in the summer, Katie Keating, creative director and founder of Fancy LLC, says this about her work team: “We’re lucky to be located in New York City where there are terrific sample sales all over the place all the time. We definitely spend less overall now that we have our own creative boutique vs. when we worked for big agencies, where … every day was a fashion show.”

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Don’t get me wrong. I still miss certain luxuries from my old life, and while my former trainer argues that a personal trainer is not a luxury but a necessity, I know better.

The survey did provide a bit of good news. Turns out, we tend to treat ourselves to fewer luxury items as we get older. Sixty percent of people ages 18 to 24 say they treat themselves to luxury items, but that number continually declines in older age groups, with only 36 percent of people over 55 saying they would spend their money on luxuries. Finally–an upside to starting a business later in life.

What luxuries did you give up when you became an entrepreneur? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell – Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | A Scene From Jurassic Park | Meeting A Show Line Producer | Tips For A Career Change In Midlife

Thanksgiving Holiday 2014, Dominican Republic
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December 8, 2014 | Posted in TV Production | By

Thanksgiving Holiday 2014, Dominican Republic Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell /Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Thanksgiving Holiday 2014, Dominican Republic
Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell /Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Well, my beautiful holiday came to a screeching halt last week when my plane landed at JFK airport, and instead of heading home, I went straight to the office. With luggage in tow and sand in my flip flops, I got there last Tuesday night at about 7:15 p.m. to work on the script for last Saturday’s episode of Arise On Screen. Tuesday night is what I call “date night” with Steven Ramey, the show’s line producer. We usually spend a couple of hours refining the script and creating the show rundown. Could I have gone home from the airport and worked on it the next day? Yes, but that means we would have been behind schedule and scrambling a little bit to catch up. For me, it was worth it to go into the office and just get everything together as usual.

All this is to say, my re-entry into the work grind was quick, but I’m still glowing from my few days in the Dominican Republic. Speaking of DR, I was excited to meet fellow producer Tracey Cuesta, the mastermind behind Dominican Republic Production Support Services in La Romana.

La Romana/ Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell /Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

La Romana/Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell /Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Tracey–a seasoned producer who spent several years working in Los Angeles–is from the Dominican Republic and moved back there over a decade ago. Now, she coordinates amazing shoots and events on the island. While I was there, Tracey took me on a tour of a few beautiful locations located in La Romana/Casa de Campo, which included the famous one above that was featured in the 1993 film Jurassic Park.

I’ve invited Tracey to guest post for Ready4Air and share her insights on making the most of an international shoot. Hopefully, she’ll join us on our weekly production blogging adventure.

Ready4Air (Brands And Bloggers) | A Hotel Bumps It Up A Notch: From Grand To Luxurious (VIDEO)

Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Line Producer Steven Ramey in Arise On Screen control room Photo Credit: Nick Vargas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Line Producer Steven Ramey in Arise On Screen control room
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Earlier in this post, I mentioned Arise On Screen line producer Steven Ramey, who I’ve worked with on this job for almost a year. Steven and I go way back to our years at CBS News The Early Show. Back then, we worked on the same show but on different shifts and rarely saw each other. Now, we work side by side as a team to bring Arise On Screen to life each weekend. As the show’s line producer, we’ve worked many late nights at the office, traveled internationally to the Cannes Film Festival, and put out fires in the control room when the control gremlins surface. But what, exactly, does a line producer do?

This week on Ready4Air, I will introduce you to Steven Ramey, who will tell us exactly what a line producer does on a television show.

2014 Savor The Succcess Event, NYC. Photo Credit: Patrice Waite/ Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

2014 Savor The Succcess Event, NYC.
Photo Credit: Patrice Waite/ Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

And finally, if you are regular readers of this site, you may be familiar with my career reinvention story. If you are new to the site, you can click on the link below and read about it. I was forced to reinvent my professional life during midlife. It’s a journey I did not plan on but had to rise to the occasion when I lost my job almost five years ago. It wasn’t easy but definitely doable, and I’ve lived to tell about it.

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It happens more often than you think. New management cancels a position, a company goes bankrupt, or you have an epiphany on the bus home one night, and all of a sudden, you know it’s time for you to switch careers. When that happens, whether in your late thirties, forties or fifties, reinventing yourself may seem like an impossible task. But with a little preparation and a lot of determination, you can take on change with a clarity that will lead you right into your next dream job.

In a recent post for Entrepreneur.com I wrote about changing careers in your later years. In this week’s Ready4Air, I share  “What You Need To Do To Make A Midlife Career Change.”

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Coming up:  What You Need to Do to Make a Midlife Career Change

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: So Nice I Visited Twice

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November 28, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

I am back in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The last time, I was at Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection. The meals were fresh and filled with island flavor. So what’s on the menu for the holiday weekend?

Stay tuned…

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Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda Don Pablo Collection Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda
Don Pablo Collection
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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