Tres Waves Film Premiere Ft. Lainney Dizon by Lainney Dizon

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I absolutely love collaborating for creative projects that inspire me to step my game up. Recently, I had the pleasure to work with film director Larry Rodriguez of Looming Bear Productions in a short film titled Tres Waves. Tres Waves is a series of short stories featuring Los Angeles creatives.

My story, Ratchet Rampage, features a situation we can all relate to: getting parking ticket. The scene opens up in Studio City, where I find out that I parked in a 'no-parking' zone and transitions to me dancing angrily in a warehouse. The scene then goes to me finding peace and serenity at the beach and transitions to flames within a bonfire. Special thanks to my talented producer friends Dakota and V Fresh for providing the dope instrumentals to this fun scene. Watch the feature below: 

A special thank you Larry for allowing me to share my art and dance in this film and thank you to all my close friends and family who came out to support last night at The Colony Theatre! I'm truly blessed to be surrounded by creative and passionate individuals. Check out Looming Bear Productions for upcoming showcases and projects. 

Genius & Dropbox Present Visual Art Exhibit ‘Lyrics To Life’ by Lainney Dizon


The world needs your creative energy.

Music to me is more than just a melody, it's a way of life, a culture and a feeling that can move and inspire others. Art in it's most meaningful form is meant to create and inspire more art. That's why when Genius invited me to peep the upcoming "Lyrics To Life," in collaboration with Dropbox, I knew I had to come through and support. 

"Lyrics To Life," showcases original works of art from renowned visual artists inspired by iconic lyrics across different genres. Among my favorite art installations of the event featured Notorious B.I.G.'s iconic "Juicy" lyrics: 

It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up Magazine
Salt N Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hanging pictures on my wall

Graffiti artist TYPOE remixed old school play block letters to bring viewers into what he described as "a state of childhood. A state where we didn't limit our dreams and our potential. There was less fear and more openness." 

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Photo credit:  Dropbox  

Photo credit: Dropbox 

Fashion designer Peggy Noland interpreted Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life" lyrics: 

In this very moment, I’m king
In this very moment, I slayed Goliath with a sling

Peggy highlighted the unlikely nature of success by showcasing a modern day David vs. Goliath scene complete with a Queen scene lips couch and slingshot aimed at Goliath. My favorite piece of this was the colors and vibrant attitude towards the monster. Oftentimes, it seems as creative artists, we think our trials rob us of our joy but it's in the perspective and attitude of our struggle that really causes us to be victorious no matter the situation.  

Photo credit:  Mariafini  

Photo credit: Mariafini 

Plexi Art Queen Melfinia, interpreted Radiohead's popular 1993 hit, "Creep":

But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

Melfinia took viewers on a sweet escape with a room themed in the 90's. She explains, "In times of distress I would comfort myself by creating my own alternate reality. In this alternate space that I was able to heal, combining natural elements like plants and crystals, to draw positive energy from.” As an artist, solitude is oftentimes, the greatest thing that helps us recharge and reimagine our vision. This room was a favorite for me because it made me realize how as a kid, I had the space of being able to write in my journal, AIM with bae or just listen to music on my iPod, pre-social media era. There's happiness in stillness and imagination. 

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Other visual artists featured include rapper/filmmaker Amine, L.A-based artist Devin Troy Strother, Mokibaby and Nitemind with lyrics inspired by The Notorious B.I.G., Tame Impala, Nicki Minaj, Sia and Animal Collective. Follow the story across social with #LyricsToLife or visit the interactive art exhibit in DTLA's Art District. 

Lyrics to Life is open to the public from March 2-5. As of this writing, tickets are still available for Sunday, March 4 and Monday, March 5. Check ticket availability here.

The Drop: 2000's Hip-Hop Party Returns February 16 at General Lee's by Lainney Dizon

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Excited to bring your favorite throwback Hip-Hop party in Los Angeles! The Drop: Best of 2000s Hip-Hop Party returns this Friday, February 16 at General Lee's. We will have special guest DJ Fatlip (formerly of The Pharcyde) and DJ Rico and DJ Mike Sincere in the building! Hosted by Dizon Dreams and Tres Stacks Brand. Have a song request? Comment below! 

Free with RSVP:

'For the Culture' Art SHOW Benefitting Inner-City Arts at Wallspace LA by Lainney Dizon


We're excited to announce our first charity event benefiting Inner City Arts, a non-profit dedicated to sparking LA's next generation of thinkers, doers and creators! Presented by We Are Asential & LA Pulse Mag, 'For the Culture' is a celebration of emerging creative community in art & music with proceeds benefiting arts education for the Los Angeles Youth.

Enjoy Live Performances by: WhyFi, Jpeg Mafia, Cold Boi Bryce, Smokeey Bacon and Reydio.  
Pop-up by Tres Stacks Brand and complementary drinks by Pabst Blue Ribon

It's 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink, only $5 to enjoy all the festivities!

Come support arts education for the youth and enjoy an evening with LA's emerging creators in the world of art and music! RSVP here.

See you there!

Event Recap: Baarnyard x Dreamers In LA Present Fierce Queens United by Lainney Dizon

This weekend, I had the pleasure to join Baarnyard and Dreamers in LA's Fierce Queens United, an event dedicated to supporting women in the industry looking to build their personal brand through social media. Building a brand on social media takes consistency, strategy and a keen understanding of who your audience is. Who are they? Where do they consume content? How can you speak to this audience effectively and monetize your passion into something that offers value?  

From discussing the art of the finessing into the DMs or the importance of building relationships before going in for an ask and how to not get lost in the hype, we talked about the good and bad of social media. Moderated by Kennya of Dreamers in LA and Simone of Baarynyard, Fierce Queens United featured myself and fellow boss ladies Audrey Bellis of Worthy Women LLC, Erin Rivera of Huntern and Fox, and Brittany of My Brown Box. Fun fact: I was already following these ladies on social media before I met them. Why? Because game recognizes game. Here are three important take-aways from the panel: 

Getting sponsorship is relationship-based. Utilize LinkedIn to make a mutual connection.
Life is about relationships. When asked what's the best advice for landing sponsorships, Audrey of Worthy Women noted, "I used LinkedIn a lot to secure sponsorship. You need to find people that you have mutual friends with and ask them to introduce you." Keep in mind that there are people in companies whose sole job is to find events to participate in. Use keywords like "integrated marketing" and partner it with a brands you're looking to be sponsored by. Also note which brands sponsor events in your local city and see if their target market matches your event. 

Create more than you consume. 
With social media, it's easy to look at someone else's profile and compare yourself with someone else's success. But guess what? Everyone is showing is the glossy version of their life: There's no struggle. Never compare your Point C to someone else's Point D, everyone is on their own separate journey. Also, it's important to limit the time you spend on social media. Make sure to create content more than you consume if you're focused on building your own personal brand. 

Often value daily through your social platforms, then go for the ask. 
When building your own personal brand, think of who your ideal consumer is. What are their problems? Where do they consume content? What's their preferred social media platform? Answer these questions and strategize your content based how you can best offer value to your audience. For example, Dizon Dreams specializes in social media and event curation. We offer value to our followers by sharing the best LA hip-hop events to attend, and share social media tips in our newsletter. 

Ultimately, building your personal brand takes consistency and strategy. Take the time to know your passions and specialty and use those skills to help others around you. A special thank you to all the queens (and kings!) who attended, Kennya of Dreams In LA and Simone of Baarnyard for inviting me to speak on the panel, Ashley Osborne of Ayeoh Studio for capturing the magic of the event, and my fabulous stylist Jesa Joy of Blankclo!

<3 Lainney 



Dizon Dreams Hosts TrapxArt Los ANGELES may 21 at the avalon hollywood by Lainney Dizon

Dizon Dreams is proud to host the Los Angeles Trap x Art this Saturday, May 21, at the iconic Avalon Hollywood! Based in the Bay Area, California, Trap x Art is a movement that fuses art,  hip hop culture and the spirit of being your own boss. Whether its your career, your art, your life, your beliefs, your body, your anything, the Trap x Art team believes in self expression. Trap x Art events are a celebration of beautifully diverse people, unparalleled live art exhibits showcasing amazingly talented local artists, and of course dope music. Trap x Art events feature musical tributes to adorned artists and self-made record labels of the past and present who embody the essence of our movement. Each event features a new tribute that the music and some of the art will reflect. 

Dizon Dreams spoke with the team behind the movement, Jesse and Amine Brooks, to talk about the inspiration behind the Trap x Art movement, what they love most about Los Angeles, and advice on how aspiring artists can become their own boss:

How did Trap x Art begin and what's the inspiration behind it?

Trap x Art began in 2013. We started promoting parties full time in 2011. It took us two years to stumble upon the concept of trapxart. The Basquiat documentary is what sparked the inspiration to start incorporating art into our events. Once we began to involve art into our events trapxart and the community we began to build began to grow into what it is today. 

TrapxArt is a movement that fuses art, hip hop culture and the spirit of being your own boss. What tips do you give you aspiring artists who are working towards being their own boss?

Have a strong work ethic, and to be creative. We believe if you stay focused on bettering yourself consistently and form good habits positive results will eventually happen. Things might not turn out how you initially envision things to be but if you put in the work we believe you will end up where you should be.

What do you love about LA? And how does the vibe differ from where you originated the series in the Bay?

LA is a special place for us. We lived in LA prior to the formation of Trap x Art back in 2010. I was interning at Atlantic Records and Amina was working retail at Nordstroms. When I was living in LA I had dreams of being the next big music mogul which didn't work out, but as I said before things may not always go how you envision it but if you put in the work you will be where you want to be. Everyone in LA is trying to make it. I love that. People from all over come to LA with dreams of becoming the next big thing. I also like how many media outlets are in LA. 

LA and the Bay are different for so many reasons. LA has Hollywood the Bay has the tech world. LA has gang culture, the Bay has mob culture, we had the hyphy movement too which I think has set undertones in the swag of people from the bay. The Contrast between the bay and la is huge but I also think we are like first cousins. We are on the same coast. Pac made that clear.

Original interview via LA Pulse Magazine. RSVP for the debut of TrapxArt in Los Angeles on May 21, 2017. Use code "dizondreams" for $5 off your tickets here