Who is Eligible to Appear on the Show?

Anyone who contributes to the theme of “People doing good things in Ventura County” and the surrounding area.

Are there any Fees Associated with Being a Guest or Host on the Our Ventura TV Series?

No. Our Ventura TV is a weekly public access TV series for the community of Ventura County and is sponsored by NonprofitFire.org, SkyworksMarketing and PJmurals and there are no fees for the hosts or guests for nonprofit or noncommercial programming.

How Do I Become a Guest on the Show?

Just click CONTACT and write a message that includes your name and what topic you would like to speak about as a guest.

When will My Interview Appear on TV?

Every week a new Our Ventura TV show is broadcast on Ventura Cable Channel 6 TV and each show that is broadcast may include more than one interview, or segment, per airing. Additionally, a new segment is published every few days on the OurVentura.com website, YouTube, Facebook and other social media networks. At any given time there is a line of shows awaiting broadcast and online publication. As a general guide, any newly recorded show will appear on the website first, usually in about 3-6 weeks, and the same show will be broadcast on TV a week or so later, depending upon how many shows are already in line.

How Can I Receive Program Notifications?

Here are a few options to be notified when new segments are published.

Facebook Notifications: “Like” us on Facebook
YouTube Notifications: Subscribe on YouTube
Email Notifications: Enter your name/email below and click “Submit”

Can I Perform or Present my Art?

Yes. Visual artists, dancers, musicians, actors, authors and other performing and non-performing artists are featured on Our Ventura TV. The series is also supportive of community theater and story readings. Ideally, as an artist, there would be some community service activity that you can discuss as part of the interview portion of your show. Just click CONTACT to submit a query about being a guest artist on a show.

Where are the Shows Recorded?

The Our Ventura TV series is recorded at CAPS Media Center, 65 Day Rd., Ventura, CA., 93003. However, for more information about the Our Ventura TV programs, click CONTACT on this website, since Our Ventura TV is a wholly independent TV series produced for the Ventura County community at the CAPS Media Center facility and not by CAPS Media staff.

If I’m a Guest Can I Promote My Business?

No. Our Ventura TV is a public access TV series, and as such, is for noncommercial programming. The purpose of each segment is to educate and/or entertain the viewers. However, oftentimes the host will ask the guest, near the end of the show, how viewers may contact the guest “for more information,” which is when the guest may indicate a website or phone number. If you are interested in promoting your business, see the question below on “Commercial TV Productions.”

How would I know if I’m being too promotional about my business?

RULE OF THUMB FOR BUSINESS OWNERS OR BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES: If your business is mentioned at all in the program, it could be construed as a commercial message. The exceptions would be at the beginning of the show, when you are introduced by the host with your professional title and at the end of the show when the host may ask how viewers can find out more, and you can indicate your website. Simply speaking, do not mention or refer to your business. (Unless it is a nonprofit).

If you are interested in promoting your business, see the question below on “Commercial TV Productions.”

If I Become a Guest Does That Mean I Will Definitely Be on TV?

No. The vast majority of recorded shows are published on the OurVentura.com website and broadcast on Ventura Cable Channel 6 TV. But the Executive Producer of the series reserves the right to not publish or not broadcast any individual show. Although it is rare, one of the reasons why a recorded program would not be published or broadcast is that the guest was too self-promotional and violated the spirit of noncommercial TV.

What is an “Evergreen” Show?

Your interview will be more interesting to a greater variety of viewers in the future if it’s “evergreen,” meaning that the information is pertinent all year long and at any point in the future. Realize that, in addition to your show being broadcast on cable TV, many people will be viewing your show for years and years into the future on the OurVentura.com website, as well as on YouTube. For example, if you or your organization are producing a special community event, it’s better to speak generally about “our annual event” as opposed to “our event that is coming up in 2 months.” Also, rather than saying “We started 10 years ago,” it’s best to say “We started in 2007.” The fact of “10 years ago” will be incorrect every new year into the future. However, by naming a specific year, the information will always be correct at any point in the future. The point is to frame your discussion so that your statements and information are accurate and relevant to a viewer who is watching your program at any date in the future.

Are there any Opportunities for Commercial TV Productions?

Yes. Although Ventura Cable Channel 6 TV is only for noncommercial programs, the Producer of the Our Ventura TV series can also create TV programs, ads and business videos for other TV channels as well as the Internet. Details for TV commercial production, as well as having them placed on local, regional and national TV, are available at SkyworksMarketing.com.

Is there any Opportunity for Programs to be Broadcast more Broadly than just the City of Ventura?

Yes. There is no limit. First of all, programs “can” be broadcast on other TV channels (cable or network TV) throughout Ventura County, or Los Angeles, or all of Southern California, or throughout the entire State of California, or even throughout the United States or any regions within the nation. Although there is no cost to broadcast noncommercial shows on public access TV stations, such as Ventura Cable Channel 6 TV, there are costs associated with airing programs more broadly and/or on different cable or network channels. For more information, just click SkyworksMarketing.com and write a message regarding your interest.

What Should I Wear as a Guest or Host?

The following link offers practical advice for attire. An important point is to “not” wear white, or very light colors, as they tend to “burn out” or get over exposed, relative to the dark background of the set.

Clothes to Wear for a TV Interview

What Other Advice is Available to Help Guests Present Themselves Positively?

Visit the following link for useful information about being interviewed on TV.

Video and TV Interview Tips

Can My TV Segment Be Published on My Own Website and/or Social Media?

Yes. Anyone can publish any of the shows on their own websites and social media. Although there are no physical copies of the shows available (such as on a DVD or original digital file), each online segment is embeddable, which means anyone can grab the show and put it on a website. Each segment is also shareable on Facebook, Twitter, etc. By the way, the online versions of the shows are higher quality than the TV versions, because Ventura channel 6 TV broadcasts in standard definition. However, the shows are recorded in high definition and the online segments are posted in high definition.

What Other Kinds of Opportunities are Available for Volunteers?

Our Ventura TV welcomes volunteer production interns with or without any experience (training will be provided). As part of the Our Ventura TV Production Internship Program, behind-the-scenes volunteers gain experience as camera operators, audio technicians, lighting directors, floor managers and other administrative and production functions. Just click CONTACT and write a message that you want to find out more about helping on the set of the Our Ventura TV productions.

How Do I Audition as a Host for Our Ventura TV?

Our Ventura TV is hosted by a variety of individuals and we periodically audition new talent. Just click CONTACT and write a message that includes your name, a little info about yourself and why you are interested in auditioning as a host.

What are the Qualifications to Audition as a Volunteer Host for Our Ventura TV?

No prior TV experience is necessary to audition as a host – training will be provided. However the following criteria will help determine any individual’s opportunity for success:

♦ Need to be comfortable in front of TV cameras and under studio lights
♦ Should be a good conversationalist
♦ Must be able to conduct interesting interviews
♦ Must be reliable and punctual
♦ Need to be friendly, easy to work with, and a timely, good communicator
♦ Should be available to conduct TV interviews every month or so, usually on a Wednesday afternoon

Additionally, it would be helpful for a host to have associations with potentially interesting guests that may be interviewed as part of the TV series. However, after the first audition (or two), the host should be willing to interview other guests that have requested to be on the show.

What is Public Access TV?

Public access television channels may be run by public grassroots groups, individuals, private nonprofits, or government organizations. Policies and regulations are subject to their own ordinances and community standards.

Public access television is a form of mass media where ordinary people can create content which is broadcast or cablecast through cable systems.

Click the following link for more information about Public Access Television.