Activerain First Annual Talent Contest-The Results Are in, the Top Ten Have Been Selected, the Rest is Up to You!

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Activerain First Annual Talent Contest-The Results Are in, the Top Ten Have Been Selected, the Rest is Up to You!

The top ten videos have been narrowed down, and they are ready for your votes! Take a look at each of our talented participants, and leave your top 3 favorites in the comment box below. If you wish to keep your vote anonymous, you can email your votes to me at

Last day for to cast your votes will be Friday October 21st, up until midnight (PST).

I would like to thank all those who participated, it was a very difficult job for myself, Pamela, and Chris to go through all these excellent videos, and all of you did an awesome job, and thank you so much for your participation! Please keep your eyes open for more videoblogging challenges in the future.

I would also like to give a special thanks to my two judges, Chris Alston and Pamela St.Peter, you two were awesome!!! I appreciate all your help with narrowing down these videos! I could not have picked two better people to help with this, and I appreciate your help more then words can say!!!

Also thank you to the Activerain staff and community builders for allowing us to be able to hold contests like these!!! This is a very special community and I love being a part of it!

Now the moment you have all been waiting for.... IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER....... Activerain's First Annual Talent Contest Top Ten Finalist!!!!!


Activerain Talent Competition. Did Being a Realtor Ever Make You Want to Go to the Garden to Eat Worms?-Donald Bradbury

AR Talent Competition-The Top 5 Real Estate Group Jingle Video-Marc and Carey Montgomery

Digby, the Amazing Diving Ducktoller-Sally Weatherley

 Deb Hired an Assistant! Her Name is Reecie Sue-Deb Brooks

1st Annual Activerain Talent Contest: My Video Entry-Richard Yates

Still Afraid To Get in Front of the Video? It Can't Get Any Worse Then This-Laura S. Baker

 Talent Competition Video-Determination and Persistance-Tom Arstingstall

Yes, Virginia, There is Summer Fun in Prince William County-Karen Kruschka

30 Elevator Pitch- Rebekah Radice from Cameron Radice on Vimeo.

First Annual Talent Competition, Life is a Juggling Act-Rebekah Radice

 ***And for some reason the code for our 10th finalist was not taking to well to this blog... Joe Manausa: if you have a youtube channel where I can get this code please let me know and I would be happy to embed it to this post.  But here is the link to our tenth finalists blog.***

How to Animate Your Housing Reports Using Video-Joe Manausa

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Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Stacey - Loved all these videos.... hmmmm gonna have to come back and vote on all of these after I view them again... hmmm tough decisions....

Oct 15, 2011 01:48 PM #13
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage


What an honor to be included in the Top Ten Videos. There were so many good videos submitted, I don’t know how the judges were able to whittle it down to ten. It was great to see so many people get started with video and join the VBlogger Group, I hope everyone continues to produce videos in the future.

Thanks to the three judges, Chris Alston,  Pamela St.Peter, and you Stacey Smith! Your efforts in making this happen are incredible.

Good luck to all of the finalists!

Oct 15, 2011 02:50 PM #14
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I am having trouble with each video.  Fortunately I saw most of them when they were submitted, except for Tom's video.  Have to check it later.  I love Rebekah's video, but I have to see Tom's.  I'll email you my choice.  Thanks for the contest.  It was fun.

Oct 15, 2011 04:09 PM #15
Toronto, ON

Hi Stacey - I will be fun reviewing all of the videos to see who to vote for.

Oct 15, 2011 04:22 PM #16
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

There was a talent contest? Well, obviously one of the many blogs I missed. Of course I have no talent, so that fact will now safely remain a secret!

Oct 15, 2011 04:43 PM #17
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Stacey - Lots of talent.  For myself I like Rebekah's, Laura's and Joe's because I think it was a brilliant way to make market reports more exciting.

Oct 15, 2011 06:57 PM #18
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

So much talent in our profession.  I obviously have a long way to go with my new video camera.  These entries encourages me to experiment for myself.

Oct 15, 2011 07:19 PM #19
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

This. Is going to take a while to do but let me get in the spirit and check them out!

Oct 15, 2011 08:38 PM #20
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I will check these out . Congratulations to the top ten. I am sure all of them are worthy of being #1 .

Oct 16, 2011 12:23 AM #21
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Stacey, I just found this~wowser! I am so tickled to find that Reecie Sue made it to the Top Ten! She is totally excited about the opportunity to be an Active Rain Star! She did all the work. I just held the camera!

Note to all.

Video is not finished till credits are complete...

Keep watching and you will see how Reecie wraps up her day!

I found by watching all the videos that there is much talent here in the rain. I truly thank you for being chosen as a finalist. Thank you so much. I, Deb, could not enjoy Real Estate without her! Now, I need to learn how to juggle so Reecie doesn't keep going in circles! LOL.

Thank you also to the judges who took their time to review! So, thank you Chris and Pamela! You rock!


Oct 16, 2011 07:29 PM #22
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Now, who couldn't love this face??? LOL!

Reecie Sue experiences Halloween!

Reecie Sue votes for Reecie Sue and the rest too!

Oct 17, 2011 03:06 PM #23
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

What an interesting group of entries... I didn't know we could enter the talent of other people, as I have no talent, but my kids do!

I vote for Reecie as she was so darn cute... and second is Don Bradbury. I learned the worm song a little differently, but same meaning.

Oct 18, 2011 03:16 AM #24
Sherri Wellborn
Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro - Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate

It's impossible to pick one!  They are all so great!  Rebekah has already made history with her elevator speech - who wouldn't LOVE that!  I'm leaning toward Laura because she connected with me and I can totally relate to what she went through!!  Sbe showed great courage and a real sense of humor!  

Oct 18, 2011 06:29 AM #25
Art Kruschka
Administrative Manager - Manassas, VA
Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices

I vote for

  • Karen Kruschka
  • Donald Bradbury
  • Deb Brooks
Oct 20, 2011 12:46 PM #26
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Funny when I first read the rules for the contest I thought it was a "talent" contest and not a contest to just produce a video.  Silly me. 

Anyway my votes go to:

Dan Bradbury
Rebeka Radice
Laura Baker

Oct 21, 2011 12:50 AM #27
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

It was an honor to have been selected as one of the Top Ten Videos for the contest. 

Here are MY Votes:

Laura Baker: Overcoming the fear of making your first video, is the hardest thing to do.  Laura is the perfect role model to inspire others, to do what she has successfully done.  In addition to making this video, Laura has been successful at giving others the confidence needed to make videos.  

Rebeka Radice: She is just TOO clever!  I'm actually a much better juggler, but Rebeka's creativity, and the power of this video, to inspire others that are now working on Their Elevator Speeches, leaves ME speechless.  This video is doing a great deal of good, far beyond the scope of this contest. 

Deb Brooks: I have a weakness for dancing dogs, and Deb continues to get closer and closer to becoming a star in her own video.  Her enthusiasm for Reecie is obvious, and now that she has stepped behind the camera, it's just a matter of time, before she is willing to step in front of the camera.  I don't remember reading that animals couldn't win this Talent Contest.  But, that's up to the judges.  I wonder if any of them are dog lovers?

I also want to thank All Three Judges, for making the sacrifice of time and energy necessary to make this contest happen.  It has definitely focused more attention on Videos and the VBloggers Group.  Congratulations to all of you and best wishes always.


Oct 21, 2011 09:51 AM #28
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Here are my votes:  Rebekah Radice-- love this one!

                                  Laura Baker:  We can all relate to this one!

                                   Richard Yates:  Let's just say, I'm a fan.

Great job to all the contestants.... it was a tough choice!  Kathy

Oct 21, 2011 02:31 PM #29
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi there,

Lot's of good ones here!

Oct 21, 2011 03:21 PM #30
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates | Expert Advisor Home Services | eXp Realty, LLC - Roanoke, TX
-"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!"

I was beginning to wander about this contest and the favorites were Sally diving dog and Rebekah's video.

Oct 22, 2011 11:59 AM #31
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

These were fun to watch.  I enjoyed all the talents we have here in the Rain.  Hopefully this will become an annual contest!

Nov 02, 2011 10:39 AM #32
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