IAWTV Announce Nominees for Inaugural Awards Show in Las Vegas

It’s the start of award season and to have the web where more video is produced, published and consumed to finally have an awards show that acknowledges them is very welcomed and why we’re excited to share the nominations with you.

The Inaugural IAWTV Awards show will be held at CES in Las Vegas (where Mingle Media TV will be attending and covering) so you get all the latest news.  The winners will be honored Thursday, January 12, 2012 at a live ceremony at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas during the prestigious International CES.

Without further ado – here’s the list of nominees for this year’s event:

Nominees

Best Comedy Web Series
Gigi: Almost American
Pretty
The Guild
The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Video Game Reunion

Best Drama Web Series
AIDAN 5
Anyone But Me
CELL: The Web Series
Pioneer One
RCVR/Web Series

Best Hosted Taped Web Series
A Comicbook Orange
ETC – Entertainment, Technology, Culture
Immersion
NextMovie Daily
The Web.Files

Best Hosted Live Web Series
Geek Beat LIVE
Indie Intertube
Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show
Stupid For Movies
What’s Trending with Shira Lazar

Best Animated Web Series
CliffsNotes Films
Dick Figures
Red vs. Blue
Sketch 22
The World of Bruce McCall

Best Documentary Web Series
Beyond the Gallery
Deja View
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The Founders
White Collar Brawler

Best Variety Web Series
Fanboy Funhouse
Kids React
Mark Malkoff
Stripped Down Live
Team Unicorn

Best News Web Series
Breakout
Daily Ticker
Tech News Today
The Philip Defranco Show
The Woodward Report

Best Educational Web Series
DadLabs
Engineer Your Space
Financially Fit
The Great Camera Shootout 2011
What You Can Do

Best Writing (Comedy)
Felicia Day, The Guild
Jeff Lewis, The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Marilyn Anne Michaels and Dominic Conti, The Best Friend
Jessica Mills, Awkward Embraces
Steve Silverman, Pretty

Best Writing (Drama)
Vidas Barzdukas, AIDAN 5
Mark Gardner, CELL: The Web Series
Susan Miller and Tina Cesa Ward, Anyone But Me
David Nett, Rick Robinson & Andrew R. Deutsch, Night of the Zombie King
David Van Eyssen and Brian Horiuchi, RCVR/Web Series

Best Writing (Non-Fiction)
Benny Fine and Rafi Fine, Kids React
Grace Helbig, Daily Grace
Rudy Jahchan, A Comicbook Orange
Scott Lynch, The Great Camera Shootout 2011
Nar Williams, NextMovie Daily

Best Directing (Comedy)
Sean Becker, The Guild
Sean Becker, The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Sandeep Parikh, Legend of Neil
Steve Silverman, Pretty
Frederick Snyder, SOLO: The Series

Best Directing (Drama)
Ben Bays, AIDAN 5
Tina Cesa Ward, Anyone But Me
David Nett, Night of the Zombie King
Chris Preksta, The Mercury Men
David Van Eyssen, RCVR/Web Series

Best Directing (Non-Fiction)
Danny Cameron, DadLabs
Benny Fine and Rafi Fine, Kids React
Sandra J. Payne, The Web.Files
Brett Register, What’s Trending with Shira Lazar
Mike Rotman, Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show

Best Female Performance (Comedy)
Alexis Boozer (Brynn Arbor), Leap Year
Emma Caulfield (Emma Caulfield), Bandwagon The Series
Felicia Day (Codex), The Guild
Julie Ann Emery (Emily), Then we got HELP!
Hillary B. Smith (Ellie), Fumbling thru the Pieces

Best Female Performance (Drama)
Jourdan Gibson (The Woman/Sarah), CELL: The Web Series
Rachael Hip-Flores (Vivian McMillan), Anyone But Me
Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade), Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Maya Sayre (Det. Morgan Riley), AIDAN 5
Taryn Southern (Jamie Phillips), BlackBoxTV: The Series

Best Male Performance (Comedy)
Yuri Baranovsky (Aaron Morrison), Leap Year
Jeff Lewis (Vork), The Guild
Jeff Lewis (Stan), The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour
Jonathan Nail (Scott Drizhal), SOLO: The Series
Sandeep Parikh (Zaboo), The Guild

Best Male Performance (Drama)
Dingani Beza (Patrick Aubert), Asylum
Bryan Michael Block (Det. James Aidan), AIDAN 5
Daniel Bonjour (Luke Weber), RCVR/Web Series
Maxwell Glick (Hicks), Night of the Zombie King
Kevin McCarthy (The Man), CELL: The Web Series

Best Host (Taped)
Khail Anonymous, ETC – Entertainment, Technology, Culture
Burnie Burns, Immersion
Kristyn Burtt, The Web.Files
Casey McKinnon, A Comicbook Orange
Brad Powell, DadLabs

Best Host (Live)
April Grant and Amanda Shockley, Indie Intertube
Mark Keizer and Wade Major, Stupid For Movies
Shira Lazar, What’s Trending with Shira Lazar
Kevin Pollak, Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show
Curt Smith, Stripped Down Live

Best Cinematography
Andrew R. Deutsch, Night of the Zombie King
Christopher Charles Kempinski, Riese: Kingdom Falling
C. Kim Miles, Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Iskra Valtcheva and Michael Morlan, CELL: The Web Series
Joost Van Starrenburg, RCVR/Web Series

Best Design
Greg Aronowitz, Dragon Age: Redemption
Ben Brown and Jason Mowry, AIDAN 5
Jonathan Nail and Michael Levine, SOLO: The Series
Kelly Wasserman, RCVR/Web Series
Eric Whitney, Continuum

Best Costume Design
Katie Broad, Fallout: Nuka Break
Jenny Green, Dan Crawley and Thais Yuki, Video Game Reunion
Kristin IngramThe Guild
Megan Leson, Riese: Kingdom Falling
Shawna Trpcic, Dragon Age: Redemption

Best Makeup/Special Effects
Greg Aronowitz and Kimberly Graczyk, Dragon Age: Redemption
Michael Del Rossa, RCVR/Web Series
Kimberly Graczyk, The Guild
Ralis Kahn, Bianca Appice and Shintaro Kakioka, Fallout: Nuka Break
Jamie Register, A Good Knight’s Quest

Best Visual Effects
Chad Briggs, Continuum
Lawson Demming, Rocket Studios and Tunnel Post, RCVR/Web Series
Keegen Douglas, Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Shawn Likley, AIDAN 5
Chris Preksta, The Mercury Men

Best Editing
Fawaz Al-Matrouk, Goldilocks
Jeff Cowan, RCVR/Web Series
Matthew Lyons and Kirby Jinnah, Riese: Kingdom Falling
Chris Preksta and Tyson VanSkiver, The Mercury Men
Tony E. Valenzuela, BlackBoxTV: The Series
Best Original Music
Rob Gokee, Night of the Zombie King
Rob Gokee, SOLO: The Series
Mike Jackson, AIDAN 5
Peace Nistades, Dragon Age: Redemption
Brian Satterwhite, CELL: The Web Series

Best Supplemental Content
Kids React
RCVR/Web Series
The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros
The Mercury Men
Vampire Zombie Werewolf

Best Interactive/Social Media Experience
CliffsNotes Films
Kids React
RCVR/Web Series
Stupid For Movies
What’s Trending with Shira Lazar

Best Web Site Design
AIDAN 5 
Engineer Your Space
RCVR/Web Series
Ruby Skye P.I.
The Guild

Best Distribution Platform
Blip.tv
Crackle
Dailymotion
Hulu
Joost

Nominees for the Inaugural IAWTV Awards were chosen by majority vote of the active voting membership of the IAWTV from over 350 officially submitted web series. Only episodes of a web series as defined by the IAWTV that were released during the period of January 1, 2010 through October 31, 2011 were considered for nomination in the Inaugural IAWTV Awards and only so long as at least two or more episodes of the web series were released within the eligibility period.

About the IAWTV Awards
The IAWTV Awards is an official web television industry awards show established for content creators, by content creators. The event serves as a platform for members of the IAWTV to honor the best of their profession, while networking among industry luminaries and supporting the IAWTV. Proceeds raised from the show are used for the betterment of the community by providing more member resources as well as professional development and education for professionals working in web television. For more information, please visit 
http://iawtv.org/awards/ or follow us on twitter at @iawtvawards.

About The International Academy of Web Television
The International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) is a nonprofit organization comprised of leaders in the field of Web television, Web video and the digital entertainment industries. Founded in 2009, the IAWTV is helping to shape the rapidly evolving Web television industry while providing a venue for the acknowledgement of artistic and technological achievement in original entertainment distributed on the open Internet. IAWTV members include actors, agents, composers, content developers, directors, editors, producers, technology innovators, writers, and other industry professionals all of whom joined the organization based on their passion and dedication to advance the craft of Web television. For more information, please visit www.iawtv.org or follow us on twitter @iawtv

Dr. Bill Chachkes of Football Reporters Online to Guest Tonight on Insightful Player™ Television Show on MingleMediaTV.com

 

Dr. Bill Chachkes, Managing Partner/Executive Editor, Football Reporters Online (FRO) on Insightful Player™ Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

 

Tuesday, September 20th 7 PM EST

 

Watch LIVE here today:

 

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Dr. Bill Chachkes, Managing Partner/Executive Editor, Football Reporters Online (FRO)

Dr. Bill Chachkes, Managing Partner/Executive Editor, Football Reporters Online (FRO)

Dr. Bill Chachkes, Managing Partner/Executive Editor, Football Reporters Online (FRO) will be the guest of the weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com  tonight,  September 20 at 7 p.m. ET . Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m excited to have the chance to interview Dr. Bill Chachkes, who has been a tremendous supporter of what we’re trying to accomplish with Insightful Player,™” said Carew, who was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

There are 32 members of the Insightful Player™ team. To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.  The Insightful Player book, published by Morgan-James Publishing, will be released in October.

 On the show, Dr. Bill Chachkes and Chrissy Carew will discuss the challenges retired players face, how to play the game right and train right  (so players don’t get hurt),  introduction of the new high tech safety helmet and  chin guard, the growth of Football Reporters Online (FRO) and their combine next March.

FRO is an accredited media organization that has multiple affiliated partners including the Football Writers of America & the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

FRO is a multi-media approach themed company that provides player and team analysis on the collegiate and professional levels. FRO’s distinct content niche is forged through its key connections:

  • ·         The NFL and the League Office
  • ·         Top coaches and players from the professional and collegiate ranks
  • ·         NFL Alumni
  • ·         Mainstream and alternative media personalities and outlets
  • ·         Cutting-edge technology partners

FRO’s yearly draft guide is sent to every NFL Team, in addition to all NCAA Sports Information Directors & athletic directors, as well as other professional football leagues such as the UFL, AFL, CFL and AAFL. FRO’s executive management team has over 65 years of combined experience covering the NFL and the NFL Draft, as well as College and High School Football, as well as topics relating to the athletes and their world around them. Outside of the draft guide FRO also produces three live weekly radio shows via Blog Talk Radio. 

Bill has attended the NFL draft since 1972, when he said, “I can pick these players as well as any GM,” to his dad, a lifelong College and Pro Football fan, career federal law enforcer, and career citizen soldier. Bill began studying the game of football under his dad’s watchful eye at age five when he attended his first New York Giants game at Yankee Stadium in 1965.

When other kids wanted to be the star QB, Bill was practicing his punting & place-kicking. Several years later he and his dad were writing letters to Giants GM George Young to suggest players to draft, the family having been season ticket holders since 1937. Mr. Young would always reply by hand written letter. This past year was Bill’s 27th straight year with a press credential to the NFL Draft. Bill has covered and reported on several hundred College, Pro, and High School football games since 1986, and is a featured expert speaker for several groups on football training, the history of the game, and scouting and talent evaluation for coaches, players, parents, and fans at every level.

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place. 

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S. 

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

Buccaneers Cornerback Myron Lewis to Guest on Insightful Player™ Television Show

Buccaneers Cornerback Myron Lewis to Guest Star and his brother Hamin Milligan, a former Arena League Football player on Insightful Player™ Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

Tuesday, September 13th 7 PM EST

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Myron Lewis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Myron Lewis

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Myron Lewis and his brother Hamin Milligan, a former Arena League Football player, will be the guests of the new weekly Insightful Player online TV show on MingleMediaTV.com  this Tuesday,  September 13 at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.

There are 32 current and former NFL players that are members of the Insightful Player™ team. To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.  The short-versions of these 32 stories are currently available on InsightfulPlayer.com with the full-length versions soon to appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing in early October.

Myron Lewis will soon join the roster of the Insightful Player™ team and have his story featured on the InsightfulPlayer.com website.  On the show, Lewis and his brother Hamin Milligan will discuss how they are giving back to the community through their Foundation, the Ismay Raymond Foundation, named after their grandmother.  The Foundation is dedicated to educating people how to live with diabetes as well as to raise money for diabetes research. Hamin, a resident of Dallas, played six seasons in the Arena Football League.  The three priorities of the Foundation are education, prevention and care.  The brothers recently lost an uncle to diabetes and their grandmother also succumbed to the disease.

“I’m thrilled to be able to use the platform of my MingleMediaTV.com show to allow Myron Lewis to discuss the vital work he is doing to educate the public about diabetes,” noted Carew. “With 1.6 million new cases per year for adults, if we can reach even one person that is in danger, we are accomplishing a wonderful deed.  This work that Myron is doing is why he is a perfect individual to join the Insightful Player team.”

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place.  Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

Daniel Wilcox, Former NFL Tight End for Baltimore Ravens to Guest on Insightful Player TV Talk Show

Former Ravens Tight End Daniel Wilcox to Guest Star on Insightful Player™ Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

Tuesday, August 16th 7 PM EST

Watch LIVE here today:

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Daniel Wilcox

Daniel Wilcox

Former Baltimore Ravens  tight end Daniel Wilcox, one of 32 current and former NFL players recognized as Insightful Players will be the guest of the new weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com  this Tuesday,  August 16 at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m thrilled to have an online show on MingleMediaTV.com where I’m able to interview my Insightful Players like Daniel Wilcox and have their stories told to the world,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show. Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

Wilcox is one of the 32 members of the Insightful Player™ team. To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.

The short-version of Daniel Wilcox’s Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing later this month.

After playing college football at Appalachian State University, Wilcox began his NFL career in 2001 signing as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets, He joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002 and then played for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe before joining the Baltimore Ravens in 2004 where he played through 2008, including being a member of the Super Bowl XXXVII champions.

Carew will discuss with Wilcox how he avoided becoming a statistic in a community filled with violence and drugs, growing up without a father and allowed his dedication and guidance from his mother helped mold him into a successful athlete and role model. Wilcox will also discuss his work with his Baltimore-based foundation, Empowerment Minds, and how he wants kids to go where they have never been before.

Excerpt from Daniel Wilcox’s Insightful Player Profile

Daniel Wilcox could have been a statistic. He grew up without a father in a community filled with violence and drugs. He never thought he would make it to 21.

How this self-described ‘ordinary, nothing super special’ guy became an accomplished NFL athlete dedicated to motivating and inspiring kids is a remarkable story.

“My Mom was my difference maker,” Daniel remembers. “She made sure I didn’t have too much idle time to get into trouble.” Carol Wilcox taught her son how to throw a football and baseball and she was a little league baseball coach.

Early on, Daniel’s outstanding athletic talent helped him choose a different path.

“I saw kids selling drugs a lot”, he recalls. “They had much nicer things than me, but I didn’t care. I never wanted to live that life. After a while, I was doing so well in sports they wouldn’t let me near the stuff! They looked out for me – they thought I would do something with my life.”

Daniel didn’t meet his father until he was 17. “At first it was shaky. It took 2 – 3 years to acclimate to each other. He did everything he could to help me grow up and become a man. Now he’s one of my best friends.”

What Daniel didn’t get as a child is the very thing he is giving to kids. He launched his Baltimore-based foundation, Empowerment Minds, because he wants kids to go where they have never been before.

A lot of kids use “I am a victim of my environment” as an excuse, Daniel observes. He doesn’t let them get away with that. This “no excuses” attitude especially applies to education.

Daniel’s special message for kids: “You are the people who are going to make this world better. You’re going to take us adults into the rest of our lives. We believe in you, and we are counting on you. Your individual and personal role is very important.”

In addition to his Foundation, Daniel participates in other good causes, such as visiting troops in Afghanistan. He admits that, without his ability to tap into his strong desire and follow through, plus his previous travel experiences, he never would have had the courage to take that trip.

Commitment is one of Daniel’s biggest themes. “People will tell you that you aren’t good enough, fast enough, smart enough, talented enough or creative enough. Don’t give up on yourself! You can be anything you want to be in this world.”

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

Meet-up for Tacos, Networking and Donation to ONE IndieGoGo or Kickstarter Campaign

Everyone talks a good game – over a month ago our producer, JD AKA @Misadventurer, came up with the idea for a Taco Vestifal which would bring together new media, web series indie creators, producers, actors and  community to hang out together.

We had 48 RSVP confirming they would come. Hard to find a place where we could all hang and really “network” while enjoying Tacos… so we selected the venue and hired a caterer who would come out to cook up a feast fit for the Inaugural Independent Taco Vestifal… the tickets for admission are FREE to come hang out or for all you can eat and drink $15/$20.

GET TICKETS HERE: 

http://independenttacovestival.eventbrite.com/

We’ve committed to do this and have set up everything from providing the Culver City venue with free parking and awesome cooked on the grill meats for tacos, fixings, drinks and more… including screening YOUR webseries or playing Rockband… while hanging out with cool people who love tacos.

We’re still waiting on some of you who said you’re coming to get your tickets… so to make this even more about the community and supporting it. We’re giving back $5 for every ticket sold – and YOU get to pick which IndieGoGo or KickStarter campaign that money goes to.

Click here to buy your tickets and post your suggestion on this blog post for which current campaign you’d like to see the money go to for consideration.

We have 50 tickets to sell for this event…. that’s $250 to someone’s project. Are you in??

GET TICKETS HERE:

http://independenttacovestival.eventbrite.com/

This event will be a feast for kings… featuring all YOU can eat Tacos

Friday, August 12, 2011 from 6 pm – til ?

We have selected the best caterer around! “Dads Tacos & Burritos” will be grilling and preparing the food on-site – that means a grill will be going right there with fresh ingredients for you to enjoy!

The taco buffet bar will include:

  • 3 meat options (carne asada, carnitas and pollo)
  • Rice and Beans
  • 3 types of Homemade salsa
  • Flour and Corn tortillas
  • Chips & Guacamole
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • a full condiment bar including – shredded lettuce, chopped onions, cheese, limes, sour cream and radishes

PLUS all you can drink soda or water… or BEER

Upgrade to the adult beverage ticket package and get 2 beers included or bring a six pack to share.

GET TICKETS HERE:

http://independenttacovestival.eventbrite.com

Not eating? You can still come! Just let us know by Facebook or Twitter @MingleMediaTV

Damian Vaughn, Former NFL Tight End for Buccaneers & Bengals to Guest on Insightful Player TV Talk Show

Former Bengals & Buccaneers Tight End Damian Vaughn to Guest Star on Insightful Player™ Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

Tuesday, August 9th 7 PM EST

Watch LIVE here today:

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Damian Vaughn, former Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL player Former Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Damian Vaughn, one of 32 current and former NFL players recognized as Insightful Players will be the guest of the new weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com  this Tuesday,  August 9 at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “Through my online show on MingleMediaTV.com I’m able to showcase Insightful Players like Damian Vaughn and have their stories told to the world,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show. Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

Vaughn is one of the 32 members of the Insightful Player™ team. To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.

The short-version of Damian Vaughn’s Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing in September.

On the show, Carew will discuss how Vaughn’s approach to life has enabled him to help other players find the meaning of success and how it can be used for a higher purpose through his work in establishing The Vaughn Center in Phoenix, Arizona, which helps athletes focus on their minds and bodies through meditation.  Vaughn, who is starting a PhD program in a few weeks for Neuroscience positive development psychology, has also completed a book and is talking with publishers.

Excerpt from Damian Vaughn’s Insightful Player Profile

Former NFL tight end Damian Vaughn has spent many years contemplating the meaning of success and how it can be used toward a greater purpose. His passion is helping top-tier athletes tap into their greater potential as role models and inspirations rather than just as sports heroes. The drive to play a sport well is important, he believes, but far more important is learning to accessing the well of motivation that lies within each of us and harnessing it for more profound results.

In Damian’s own case, the desire to be the best player he could be had both a down side and an upside. To his enormous credit, he demonstrated superlative effort and stamina as a young athlete working his way to the top. On the other hand, he believes it was this determined bent toward overachieving that ultimately resulted in career-ending injuries. Today, one reason he has devoted his post-sports career to helping athletes recognize their potential is with the hope of helping others avoid the pitfalls into which he stumbled.

As Damian sees it, parents and coaches need to help children strike a balance between working hard to develop athletic abilities while also keeping sight of the other areas of potential in their futures. He recalls an incident that took place when he stayed with friends in Florida last year. While sleeping in the room of his hosts’ teenage son, he spotted a poster on the boy’s wall that posed the question “Why do I play football?” Also on the poster was the boy’s answer: something along the lines of “so that I can get more girls and be popular and people will respect me.” Though Damian admits he felt the same way as a fourteen-year-old high school player, he found it alarming to see the sentiment so nakedly expressed.

Wanting to impress girls or be popular is an extrinsic motivation, he says – as is having a goal to be an All Conference player, go to the championship game, or be a leader in your position among your peers and your league. By contrast, “when you’re intrinsically motivated, your focus becomes much more about presence and awareness, being fully present in everything that you’re doing.”

A parent of a young son and daughter himself, Damian believes many parents make the mistake of micromanaging their young athletes’ games. “When you see parents getting overly aggressive with their kids’ coaches, they’re not allowing their kids to really shine and develop for themselves,” he says.

On the other hand, parents who are able to look for teaching moments in children’s sports can do a great deal of good by modeling resilience. “For example, if a kid is not getting the playing time that he wants, he sometimes tells himself ‘My coach doesn’t like me’ or ‘I’m not good enough.’ As a parent, you can teach your kids to stay true to their passion regardless of what the results appear to be. It’s so critical at every single moment to recognize that you’re either contributing to positive growth or moving in the opposite direction.”

As a youth, Damian says he was less athletically gifted than some of his teammates on the high school squad in Orrville, Ohio. But the drive to prove he could play Division 1A football led him to Miami University in Ohio to play as a walk-on rather than accept a football scholarship at a smaller school. “So my dad said, ‘I’ll pay for this one year, and if you don’t get a scholarship then you’re on your own.’”

Damian played as a tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then went on to the Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe. Although his stats were good, injuries plagued him throughout his career, cutting his pro years short.

The lessons Damian learned from both his triumphs and his adversities would serve as a launching point for his subsequent career as founder of The Vaughn Center in Phoenix, Arizona, which helps athletes focus on their minds and bodies through meditation.

It is in that role that he hopes to effect genuine change in the world of sports. “What you miss when you’re not playing anymore is the feeling of being the hero. But once athletes realize they can leverage that same kind of leadership for a higher purpose, their careers after sports can be truly amazing.” Damian says. “The transition from a sports career should be a stepping stone to ever greater achievement and impact.”

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

Ben Utecht, Former NFL Tight End for the Colts & Bengals to Be Guest on Insightful Player TV Talk Show

Former Colts & Bengals NFL Tight End, Ben Utecht to Guest Star on Insightful Player™ Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

Tuesday, August 2nd 7 PM EST

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Ben Utecht, Former Colts and Bengals NFL Football Player

Ben Utecht, Former Colts and Bengals NFL Football Player

Former Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals tight end Ben Utecht, one of 32 current and former NFL players recognized as Insightful Players will be the guest of the new weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com  this Tuesday,  August 2 at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m thrilled to have an online show on MingleMediaTV.com where I’m able to interview my Insightful Players like Ben Utecht and have their stories told to the world,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show. Carew was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

Utecht is one of the 32 members of the Insightful Player™ team. To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.

The short-version of Ben Utecht’s Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing later this month.

On the show, Carew will discuss how Utecht’s approach to life was to grow in multiple areas while staying true to his values. He prepared for life after football and went full-force into a successful music career after concussions forced his retirement. The former University of Minnesota star, who won a Super Bowl with the Colts, is well on his way to becoming a successful musician with his “Christmas Hope” album and current music tour

(www.benjaminutecht.com).

Excerpt from Ben Utecht’s Insightful Player Profile

Graced with many gifts and talents, Ben Utecht grew up in a loving family, surrounded by music. He readily admits that he was far from perfect.  In is early years, he bought into the idea that he was better than others because of superficial things.

Ben was fortunate to have people in his life who told him the truth. He remembers a high school friend saying he had some issues with pride, and that ‘arrogance is not a quality that represents what you stand for’.   “It wasn’t easy to hear,” Ben says, “but it was a revelation.”

”When I left high school, the only thing that I was going to strive to do was to love people and love God.  My perspective about popularity and all those things had changed.”

Ben’s initial plans for a pro football career did not work out as expected. He spent half of his college career with two different injuries that took him completely out of the NFL draft. 

When Ben became a free agent, he was contacted by Tony Dungee, coach of the Indianapolis Colts.  He and Ben are both alumni of the University of Minnesota, and had met at a conference.  The Colts paid Ben for a year while he underwent surgery and rehab. Three years after missing out on the draft, Ben was a starting tight end on the Colt’s Super Bowl championship team.  Without those college injuries, and the related incidents that occurred during that time, that would not have happened.  That experience reinforced his faith and hope. 

Being a part of the NFL has opened some new doors for Ben.  He released his debut Inspirational music CD in April 2009.  Ben’s music reflects his personal mission.  “One of my songs talks about how, if our focus was on love, and how we can better serve people, it would change everything — from politics to religion.”

Ben has an inspiring attitude about his missteps and challenges.  He likens them to a trial by fire. “Some of our most precious metals are forged in the greatest heat,” he explains. Even in the midst of tough times, Ben looks forward to what’s ahead because he knows that growth can come from the greatest adversity.

Ben believes that people really do understand right versus wrong and good versus evil. “If you trust your instincts, you’ll usually make the right choice. It’s like a snowball effect.  The more good choices you make, the easier it gets to keep on doing that.” 

From the outside, it looks as if Ben Utecht has everything, and could easily rest on his laurels. He takes none of this for granted, and believes his work has just begun. “I’ll never be afraid to stand up for what I believe in. And, I’ll always strive to be the best husband and father that I can possibly be.

 “God has given me talents and abilities to do something with them.  I believe my job as an athlete and, hopefully, my job in the future as a musician, is so much more than just giving a performance.  It’s a platform to create change that affects everybody positively. I promise that, no matter if it’s football or music, I’m going to do whatever I can to inspire a new generation to change the world in a positive way.”

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.