The first time I participated in the OCMA’s, it was pretty surreal. I had never been a part of an event of its kind before. The showcases felt very different from other local shows, and I left the first (and following) season of it with lots of new friends. The awards ceremony itself came and went and I felt like a deer in headlights the whole way through. Now having wrapped up year 3 and gathering some perspective on the annual freight train that is the OC Music Awards, it’s time to reflect. Here’s what works great, and where steps could be taken to make it stronger.