SUCCESS REFLECTIONS | Charitable Giving Project
SUCCESS REFLECTIONS | Celebrity Interview Series and Charity Book Project
Charitable giving is one way that many people elect to support a specific cause or organization that is close to their heart.
SUCCESS REFLECTIONS is a labor of love for charity created by celebrity talk show producers Ray DuGray and Maria Ngo.
Ten years since inception, SUCCESS REFLECTIONS is a video and book interview series with celebrities and influential people sharing their success advice, life lessons, overcoming adversity, or how they achieved their dreams.
The following list of individuals have agreed to serve an interim advisory role position during the preparation, production, and promotion phases of the SUCCESS REFLECTIONS project.
The following list of entrepreneurs, celebrities, philanthropists and industry experts have contributed content for this project in the form of an on-camera or in-print interview for THE STRIP LIVE or MASTERCAST LIVE celebrity talk shows.
MARIA NGO & RAY DUGRAY
Maria Ngo and Ray DuGray are the happily married hosts and executive producers of a celebrity talk show based in Las Vegas called THE STRIP LIVE, founders of VegasNET Media LLC and creators of VegasNETmedia.com and VipNETmedia.com where they feature interviews with some of the world’s most successful and influential people.
They have personally interviewed and showcased hundreds of top celebrities, entrepreneurs, and industry experts — including Stevie Wonder, Donald Trump, Tony Bennett, Sir Richard Branson, Kevin Costner, The Kardashians, Joe Jonas and even Bart Simpson.
Why SUCCESS REFLECTIONS?
Ray and Maria know what its like to have a dream. That dream was to have a positive talk show interviewing celebrities, entrepreneurs, and industry experts on their success messages. Little did they know, that the dream would come at a hefty price.
[NOTE FROM THE PRODUCERS] Since we are telling our story involving shared experiences, it's just easier to write in third person. Otherwise it seems weird. :o)
The journey began once the two newlyweds decided to make the leap of faith. They closed up their training company in Canada and Ray left his stable firefighter position with the City of Winnipeg . They took every penny from savings, retirement, investment funds and sold their home to move to Las Vegas in 2004.
Ray and Maria had no back-up plan, no media or broadcasting background, and no connections to make this dream a reality. Most of their family and friends thought they were insane to say the least!
Finally, in 2007 the dream seemed to be coming together. They officially had a talk show airing on Vegas TV broadcasting network and filmed at the V Theater at Planet Hollywood.
Bill Bartmann agreed to be their first show guest sharing his "Billionaire Success Secrets" to a couple of hundred "at-risk" kids in the live audience. Ray and Maria felt that their dream was taking flight even though there were many challenges with being so green and without any production experience.
Then... REALITY hit. After only six months of production Ray and Maria were on the path to losing everything. They tried to stay afloat for as long as they could, but in 2008, lost everything including their home.
Ray and Maria knew that they couldn't walk away from their dream. So with just the two of them, they took to the red carpets, back-stage, to live events and continued interviewing celebrities, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and industry experts even when they couldn't afford the gas to get them there.
Ray and Maria continued to live their dream with sheer determination and belief. It is astonishing to see that they have interviewed some of the biggest A-listers including Stevie Wonder, Donald Trump, Tony Bennett, Christina Aguilera, Dennis Hopper, Sir Richard Branson, Kevin Costner, Joe Jonas and even Nancy Cartwright aka Bart Simpson!
If you were to ask Ray and Maria if it was all worth it, they would say wholeheartedly "YES!" and that their purpose in life is to empower others to follow their own dreams despite of what others may say or think.
SUCCESS REFLECTIONS is a labor of love because of Ray and Maria's own journey of what it took to overcome adversity to achieve their dream. They want to help inspire and impact others to be or do whatever they feel is right for them.
The video interviews will be available to view online and also transcribed into a high gloss coffee table book and a digital download version where 100% net profits will be donated to the charity of their choice.
our working processin 3 phases - 12 stages
All of our invited show guests for this project go through the 3 phases of our proprietary Media Showcase Cycle including a 12 stage process outlined below.MORE ABOUT OUR SERVICES +
* Media Planning
* Media Preparation
* Media Practice
* Media Presentation
* Media Production
* Media Proprietorship
* Media Processing
* Media Packaging
* Media Publishing
* Media Penetration
* Media Publicity
* Media Positioning
MEDIA SHOWCASE CYCLE
During this phase, our team will prepare the business and strategic plan for the SUCCESS REFLECTIONS charitable giving project including a celebrity interview video series along with a series of charitable giving book publications (available both as a digital and physical product). This phase includes four stages:
- Planning (Market Research)
- Preparation (Scripting & Story-boarding)
- Practice (Media coaching with show guests)
- Presentation (Dress rehearsals with show guests)
During this phase, our team will curate, create and produce a series of celebrity interviews that serve to inspire, motivate, educate, encourage, and entertain a global audience of success seekers. The SUCCESS REFLECTIONS content will be distributed as short-form video interview segments for THE STRIP LIVE and MASTERCAST LIVE celebrity talk shows. This phase includes four stages:
- Media Production
- Media Proprietorship
- Media Processing
- Media Packaging
Early in the first quarter, our team will publish and distribute the SUCCESS REFLECTIONS book title(s) via the world's largest wholesaler of print and electronic books - IngramSpark through their POD service (Lightning Source) and CoreSource (ebook distribution platform).
In this phase, our team will focus on serving our participating charities through bulk product sales (high end coffee-table books) and will continue to attract potential corporate donors and sponsors through corporate gift giving initiatives. NOTE: 100% of the net proceeds from the book sales will go to the charities of the donor's choice. This phase includes four stages:
- Media Publishing (upload and publish book to IngramSpark.com)
- Media Penetration (spread the word via media outlets and social media partners)
- Media Publicity (submit press releases announcing the release of the book and media tour)
- Media Positioning (outreach to key influencers to bring on marketing and distribution partners)
During this phase, our team will continue to attract potential corporate donors, sponsors, and participating charities for future expansion opportunities for the project including (but not limited to) additional digital and POD book publications and other distribution opportunities. This phase includes four stages:
- Collect Stage (Lead Collection)
- Attract Stage (Lead Attraction)
- Select Stage (Prospect Qualification)
- Enroll Stage (Prospect Conversion)
SUCCESS REFLECTIONS INTERVIEWS
Over the past decade, 'success-themed' celebrity interviews have been produced through VegasNET Media LLC for THE STRIP LIVE and MASTERCAST LIVE celebrity talk shows and published online at VegasNETmedia.com and VipNETmedia.com.
For this project, and undetermined number of featured interviews will be selected by a board of advisors for inclusion in the print version of the SUCCESS REFLECTIONS coffee-table book.
Interviews that do not make the cut into the print version will be available online via its own landing page (e.g.) SuccessReflections.com/guest-name.
SUCCESS REFLECTIONS Book
The video interviews will be available to view online and also transcribed into a high-gloss coffee table book and a digital download version where 100% net profits will be donated to the charity of their choice.