Monday, June 6, 2016

Runway Modeling, Beauty Pageant and Acting Coach!

One of the many things I enjoy about "Beauty Pageant" Coaching (and I purposely put it in quotes because nowadays, Beauty Pageants  encompass so much...not just winning a "Beauty Queen" crown). I absolutely love that it takes me ALL over the US.  On a few occasions this past year, I went to Houston, TX to teach Runway Modeling, Interview Skills, Audition tips and Acting to a wonderful group of women of all ages from Gabbana Models.
Special thanks to Sandra, owner of Gabbana Models! 

Even in big groups, I pride myself on giving each girl tips according to their specific needs. Above, teaching proper foot placement .

Rehearsing lines during the Acting lesson.

Individual attention ...teaching proper upper body placement.

Myself, left, w/Sandra, owner of Gabbana Models.

till next session..always end w/a group hug xoxoxoxo!

Monday, August 17, 2015

"National Celebrity Spokesperson:" INSPIRE A CHILD Organization video to promote raising funds for Charity

 Several years ago, I had the #outoftheordinary experience of becoming a #castaway on the @CBS #RealityShow #SurvivorFiji. I often tell people who ask me "how was it?" that I sound Bi-Polar when describing my experience on there because it was as horrible as it was exhilarating. Most of all, it has been rewarding. I call it "the gift that keeps on giving" to myself & my family through wonderful opportunities for my career on television & acting ( a career I had started many years before being on Survivor (being a Miss Venezuela contestant in 1989 opened that door, which I put on hold for 10 yrs. thru my married life in Mexico City, but that's a WHOLE other story..LOL)   The experience on Survivor Fiji gave me many things, among them, I found that I could use the very powerful public image that comes w/being on an internationally renowned show like Survivor, to do positive things.  Thus, in 2007 was awakened a natural essence, energy, drive to help others.  I turned the public's desire to meet me into donating my services as #Emcee for many charities, locally & nationally: or I would offer to do #redcarpet coverage or #interviews on the webshow that I #produce and #host!lctv/c1w7z.  Recently, I was given the Blessing of being named "National Celebrity Spokesperson" for a wonderful organization that helps keep #innercitychildren off the streets and in #afterschoolprograms.    I Produced the following brief video to help them continue to raise funds so that they can implement/provide after school programs.  I know these programs work. The Founder of this organization is a Product of one such program that saved his life. In my native #Venezuela, a similar program ended up creating a world renowned orchestra from children living in the #favelas..the conductor of that children's orchestra is now the @LASymphony conductor, @GustavoDudamel.  Thank you for taking the time to have a look!  #ritaverreos

Monday, August 10, 2015

Rita Verreos, Bi-Lingual VO's

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LA PRENSA AWARD GALA Announcer: video videoDIUREX CONDOMS Jingle videoVITAL ALLIANCE TV Spot: English videoVITAL ALLIANCE TV Spot: Spanish

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Meagan Tandy, the epitome of my "High Self Esteem" Beauty Pageant Coaching philosophy!

Meagan and I
I'm so freakin' proud of one of my 1st "students," of my #BeautyPageantCoaching classes, Ms. Meagan Tandy.  I remember her not just taking my @MissCaliforniaUSA Beauty Pageant Coaching classes in 2005 & 2006 when she went on to win the Miss California USA title. She then went on to place in the Top 5 at the Miss USA pageant.  I remember teaching her my famous @MissVenezuelaOrganization walk. Let's just say she took it and went running...straight to SUCCESS..atta girl!

and telling ALL my girls what I call the #halleberry story.  "How many of you remember the name of the girl who beat Halle in the Miss USA 1986?"  NO ONE  and yes, I did just write that someone actually BEAT Halle!! but you wouldn't know it from what Ms. Halle did since becoming 1st Runner Up, okaay??  THAT's what I'm twalkin' bout.. a WINNERS attitude.  I teach all my girls the following, Halle felt like a winner no matter what place she was "officially" given.  The mere fact of being 1 of the Miss USA contestants ALREADY made her a winner. None of this "2nd place" loser attitude that I can't stand hearing.  She went on w/a "watch out world" attitude and mindframe and the world is still watching her:)  
I recently moved to Miami, to continue pursuin my TV Host/Correspondent career-practicing another motto that I preach: PERSISTENCE BEATS RESISTANCE..but that's another story! Anyhoo, while packing, I found a letter Meagan had written me shortly after the Miss USA pageant where she placed in the Top 5.  She wrote "Ms. Rita, I'll never forget your words just minutes before the Miss USA pageant which reminded me that I was already a winner and you know what, Ms. Rita, I'm gonna do what you told me to do, take this experience, make others see the high value of just having been a Miss USA contestant and use it to keep going after my career goals and dreams...just like you've done w/your Miss Venezuela experience"  I'm BEYOND proud to share below a list of @MeaganTandy accomplishments since becoming Miss California:

Meagan  has filmed several national commercials: Wendy's, Boost Mobile, a movie promotional from the film Shrek The Third, appeared on the hit show Whose Got Jokes alongside Bill Bellamy and filmed a national Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi Max.  In 2010, she played  one of Denzel Washington's daughters in the international feature film hit movie, Unstoppable. She also played Mia on Comedy Central alongside Bobby Lee. On the ABC Familyshow Jane By Design, she played Lulu Pope. In June 2013 she made her debut onto the MTV series "Teen Wolf" where she currently plays the role of Braeden. In 2014, she appeared as Nurse Jackson's niece, Sabrina, on TV show Red Band Society. Currently she's on the +Lifetime  Hit show @unreallifetime

To all of you out there pursuing a dream/goal...Have Faith in God's plan for you and remember my motto-PERSISTANCE BEATS RESISTANCE!  Look at Meagan go..."Unstoppable"  indeed! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Red Carpet Correspondent at Eva Longoria's Casino Night to Benefit "Eva's Heroes" Charity 2013

With the Director of Eva's Heroes, Christianne Perkins Garcia
 Doing what I can to help foster awareness and funds for those with Special Needs is one of the causes I MOST champion.  I have been involved w/doing so for the past several years including attending my fellow Latina Actress & Producer, the beautiful & Talented Eva Longoria's EVA'S HEROES Casino Night Charity events, either as a "Celebrity" Guest or, in recent years, doing my work as a Red Carpet Correspondent: ,   Here's my candid Red Carpet Interviews for LATIN CONNECTION TV at last year's event, featuring interviews w/actresses from the Cast of Eva's Hit #Lifetimetv show, #DEVIOUSMAIDS and her on-screen hubby from #Desperatehousewives, Ricardo Chavira! 
 Eva's parents are the SWEETEST people, remind me so much of my own, Jim & Raquel:) They were among my 1st and biggest fans during my participation on the CBS Reality Show, #SurvivorFiji 
 As such, I was grateful and humbled to have gotten pulled aside, while doing my work on the Red Carpet, to be interviewed as a "Celebrity" at the event! I'm AMAZED and beyond grateful at the outpouring of continued admiration for my participation on SURVIVOR Fiji. It was w/o a doubt, 1 of the hardest things I've ever done, but so very, very worth it! If you scroll below this post, you'll see a very recent award that I was just given by the European SURVIVOR fans...SURVIVOR FAN FAVORITE & OVERALL Reality Show Fan Favorite 2014!   Back to the REAL stars (pun intended) of Eva's Heroes Casino Night, Eva's Sister, for whom Eva's Heroe's was founded, the sweet and very fashionable, Lisa and the "Boy of the Year," 
The event didn't let down, as usual. There were even water dancers!  Here I am w/Eva's mom and a dear friend a close family friend, Lettie Longoria & w/one of my dearest friends, my fellow Greek, Barbie Partalas who was my "date" for the event because my hubby who is usually doing double duty as Videographer and the most handsome date, was out of town:(   Nowadays, seem's nothing's complete w/o a group shot.  Here's one for you...Eva surrounded by the Vegas Style Showgirls. When Eva does something of her sister, she goes all out! When I say "all out" I mean with Penguins greeting you! Water dancers... video video Live Auction and Live Band! 

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  To get the complete  "Celebrity" experience, I even got an autograph of one of the "Devious Maid's" Actresses, the very sweet & pretty Edy Ganem for one of my followers and friends, José Casteñeda:) 
I'm certain next year will have lots of surprises in store! For more information about Eva's Heroes programs and how you can get involved with helping the Special Needs Cause, please, click here:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Winning SURVIVOR and Reality Show OVERALL Fan Favorite !

I have always tried to show my gratitude for all those who showed me their support during and after my participation on the CBS Reality show, SURVIVOR Fiji.  It's hard to believe, but it's been 7 years since then  Last year,  the European SURVIVOR fan group REALITY EU asked me to send them a special hello! I was in middle of an event for PEOPLE en Español Magazine where I was doing Red Carpet interviews for the webshow I've been Hosting this past year, LATIN CONNECTION TV, but I took a moment to send them this greeting.
videoOne of my motto's in life is "it takes so little to make someone happy!"  Then, they were SOOO sweet & thoughtful and made this video which touched me so deeply.  
Here's my response to them:

A year later,  I was beyond pleasantly surprised to wake up one morning to find my fb page with the announcement that I had won the European Reality fan group's,  2014 "Reality Show OVERALL Fan Favorite" Award!  My gratitude, I hope, is clear!  I will continue to be as accessible as  possible to all those who have shown me an continue to show me their unconditional support, admiration and love. Please know that it's entirely reciprocated! (#cbssurvivor,#survivorfiji,#ritaverreos,#fanfavorite,#survivorfanfavorite,#realityshowfanfavorite)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Member of the Board: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ALL Star Charity Fundraiser 2014

With Kim Tindall, Winner of LLS All Star Woman of the Year, 2014
As they say, birds of a feather flock together! As such, at an event I attended to show my support for another dear friend, I met a giving woman, Angie Lozano (pictured with myself and TELEMUNDO Director of Marketing, Juan Zuani).  Angie was the 1st Runner up of a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Woman of the Year, 2013."  This year, she had joined a committee to help a fellow work colleague of her's, Kim Tindall, in her quest of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's National ALL Star Woman of the Year. Angie asked me if I could Volunteer to Emcee one of the fundraiser's for Kim's campaign.  At the same time that Angie approached me, I got a call from one of my dearest friends with the bad news that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.  This prompted me to not just Emcee, but also  join the Fundraising Committee.

Click here to see me dance the Macarena...yes, you read right! Ha,ha, well as footage of a "Texas Hold' Em" Fundraiser our committee put together which includes  a fun interview of  Latin Grammy Winner Patsy Torres for the webshow that my fiancé and I Co-Produce & I Host, Latin ConnectionTV(#latinconnectiontv,#patsytorres,#latingrammy,#leukemiaandlymphomasociety,#allstarwomanoftheyear,#webtvhost,#coproducer,#carlmergenthaler,#ritaverreos)

Drum Roll please!  After 6 weeks of email blasting, fb posting-fundraising, I'm so very thrilled and proud to share that our Committees efforts were rewarded by the announcement that we had won the 2014 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's National ALL Star Woman of the Year by raising over 100K!! Here are images from the evening of the Winners Gala held at University of the Incarnate Word's Skyroom.

With Richard Ojeda, Winner of San Antonio's "Man of the Year, 2104"

With Bella & Jasmin Mazuca, LLS Survivors

Friday, May 30, 2014

Emcee for "Women in Heels" Fundraiser for DRESS for SUCCESS Charity to help Abused Women, 2014

A couple of months ago, a fellow Beauty Queen Title Holder, Valerie Anne Chavirra, Mrs. Rivercity United America 2013 approached me to Emcee an Abused Women's Shelter Fundraiser Fashion Show. She had seen my work to help the DRESS FOR SUCCESS Foundation. I was Honored to be a Local "Celebrity" Spokesperson, alongside "THE BIGGEST LOSER" Trainer, Jillian Michaels who was the DRESS FOR SUCCESS National Celebrity Spokesperson or a Marathon Fundraiser last year. Please, click here for images/video of that event! :

The Women in Heels Fashion show, thankfully, was a HUGE success, thanks, of course, to ALL the wonderful giving people who participated including, one of my dearest friends, Dr. Thomas Jeneby, pictured here w/some of the models from the show. They are holding a HUGE Gift Basket worth close to $1,000 worth of Beauty Products from his Spa: Black Spa. (#drthomasjeneby)  Besides Dr. Jeneby being a warm hearted, giving philanthropist, he is one of the best Plastic Surgeons in San Antonio.  For more info. about him and his practice, please, click here:
Dr. Jeneby, Valerie Anne Chavira and the Director of Dress for Success, San Antonio, Pamela Taylor

I was doing double duty as Emcee and Host of the webshow LATIN CONNECTION TV!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Correspondant for Latin Connection web TV at The Ferrari Kids Charity Red Carpet event, 2014

Recently, at a fashion show benefitting an Abused Woman's organization, DRESS FOR SUCCESS, I met a gentleman, Manuel or Manny as he's affectionately know, Diotte,  who heads a wonderful organization, The Ferrari Kid ( took from his very personal experience as a Child to come up with a simple, but extremely rewarding idea.  Through a collaboration with Ferrari car owners, Manny provides these kids are coping with cancer, dealing with illness, going thru chemotherapy, radiation, and so much more.....with a ride  in a Ferrari.  Making them feel like a  celebrity for a day! 
Recently, he put together a shopping spree at one of the most popular outdoor Malls in San Antonio, Texas, La Cantera.  Different shops collaborated to provide manicures etc. as well as a delicious Italian meal, courtesy of Luciano's. I was so touched by this that I offered to add, hopefully, to the "celebrity" experience, by offering to do "Red Carpet" interviews of the children. 
Take a look at their "Red Carpet" moments! (#theferrarikidorg,#ritaverreos,#manueldiotte,#shopsatlacantera,#redcarpetcorrespondant,#dressforsuccess,#lucianositalianrestaurants)
* For images from a past DRESS FOR SUCCESS event:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Emcee for "American Idol" style Mariachi Competition featuring Grammy Winner, Vikki Carr

San Antonio's Main Plaza Conservancy Hosted this wonderful music event. Mariachi groups from throughout the City competed to win coveted spots in the renknown "Mariachi Corazon" group. It was an event that tested my longevity...or would that be on stage stamina? ha, ha, ha...because the event lasted from noon

to 11pm!  Thank you to  Jane Pauley Flores for having me as Emcee and also, allowing me to get an exclusive interview of the living legend, Ms. Vikki Carr for the webshow I Host, Latin Connection TV:
President of the Main Plaza Conservancy, Mr. William Scanlan Jr.

My fiancé, videographer and editor of Latin Connetion TV, Carl Mergenthaler.