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Association Chat Podcast

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Oct 23, 2020

In the year of COVID-19, everyone wants to know, "How can I look better on video?" Charles "Chuck" Espinoza, AVIXA Staff Instructor, has over 27 years’ experience in the Audio-video industry with 13 years in the United States Marine Corps-8 of those years as Platoon Sergeant and Marksmanship instructor.

Espinoza has contributed to the development of hundreds of audiovisual professionals in his numerous professional training roles, as well as through his leadership in AVIXA, the Audio Visual Integrated Experience Association.

Intro [00:00]

What kind of tech are you using in your mobile office? Peripherals? [02:26]

The importance of camera angles and facial expressions [03:30]

Discussing the document camera [05:15]

When you teach people how to look better on video, where do you begin? [09:47]

The importance of "sanitizing the environment" of any sensitive information in your camera shot [18:24]

Discussing my new background! [19:03]

More about the document camera! [19:59]

How to reach Chuck [22:04]

Guidelines for video backgrounds [25:43]

With so many people showing up for meetings, events, the news, even award shows, from their homes; do you – someone with vast experience and knowledge of AV – have any pet peeves on common mistakes we’re all making that really gets to you every time you hear or see them? [36:10]

Preparation as a sign of respect for yourself and for others [40:50]

What do you do when things do go wrong? [43:43]

Have you ever met a celebrity? If so, share your favorite story of that meeting?! [54:43]

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In the U.S. Marine Corps, Espinoza was the Chief Sound System Engineer for the United States Marine Corps’ Musical field units.

Since retiring from the Marines, he has held a variety of positions supporting commercial and federal government clients, including sound system engineer, project manager, senior integration engineer, chief training officer, quality assurance engineer, and Director of Operations. 

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