And we’re off!

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I was encouraged by all the volunteers who showed up to help keep MW a very active group. Let me summarize where things stand as of today (9/15/12).

Most of the organizational work happened at the 5 PM 9-13 meeting the transcript of which is in the previous blog. Only a few people showed up on 9-14 who volunteered for existing projects. Here is where things stand:

Astrokris Messmer and Lacie Benningborough volunteered to co-chair the group responsible for putting on workshops. They will continue the tradition of 5 PM Thursday workshops but try to expand to offer additional workshops at different times. They will be recruiting a staff to help them.

This is a BIG project and they can use all the help they can get. If you would like to lend a hand, contact either of the Chairs to volunteer. If you are on their staff, you would be expected to recruit speakers for workshops, publicize the event and host it. You may also be inclined to lead some workshops yourself once in a while. If so, please contact them. Even if your help consisted of just helping to line up a speaker only one time while allowing others to publicize and host, I’m sure that would be appreciated too. These are valuable and free workshops that are great opportunities to learn. Please give back to the group by doing your part to keep these workshops going. If you have an idea for a workshop speaker or want to give one yourself, feel free to contact Kris or Lacie. I’m sure they would appreciate your help.

There was some discussion of whether or not to try to continue the Teach For Tips program I had tried to start earlier in the Summer. The general consensus was to put that idea on hold for now.

The Styling Challenge will be chaired by Beatrice Serendipity. She plans to hold it as a monthly event, most likely the first Wednesday of every month at 4 PM. Contact Bea if you would like to help with that or possibly add a version at a different time.

Suki Rexen is planning a big convention with several workshops planned on various aspects of mesh. If you would like to help with that project, contact Suki.

MW has put on about a half dozen fashion shows over the years. Each was designed primarily to give people experience doing this. Most folks doing these have been in roles relatively new to them. They have been great learning experiences. Lacie Benningborough, the CEO of the former Catalyst of Fantasy agency, has agreed to take the lead putting on about 4 shows in the next year. Astrokris Messmer, the CEO of IC Motions and owner of the sim that hosts MW, has agreed to help with this. The plan is to continue to make these educational projects. Watch for notices. Also if you care to help, contact Lacie or AstroKris.

Lexi Vargas has agreed to put on a photo based monthly contest on Flickr. Watch for his notices about that. Again if you would like to help, contact Lexi.

Finally, Adriana Cerna will take over the lead with our blog. If you are interested in helping with that, please contact her.

Sequoia Nightfire, who has been instrumental in developing and maintain both the blog and flickr sites will work in the background with both Lexi and Adriana.

As MW Committee Chairs, these folks will be sending out notices to get their projects going or to announce events. Watch for their notices.

Don’t feel confined by the projects described above. There are plenty of other things that could be done that could contribute to the ongoing professional development of SL models. I have suggested other possibilities like limited series of workshops on basic runway skills, photography and photo editing. I have often dreamed of developing a resource library for example of where to buy good hair, animations, skins, shoes, etc. The possibilities are endless. If you have an idea for a project you’d like to do under the auspices of MW, please contact me and I’m sure we can work something out.

So, we have plenty of things planned for the year. Again, please help if you can. MW is sustained by the energy and work of its group members.

Monica Balut

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