Jon Chu CAllS Out ASIAN-American talent in WARNER BROS 'CRAZY RICH ASIANS' CASTING CALL: HERE'S MY SUBMISSION! by Lainney Dizon

From ABC's Fresh Off the Boat to Emmy-Award winning Master of None and a live-action adaptation of Mulan heading to the big screen, it seems like Hollywood is on the verge of a breakthrough of representing Asian-Americans. Yes, we are talented. Yes, we have a story to share.  Filmmaker Jon Chu is calling out Asian-American talent to the forefront with his open casting call for upcoming Warner Bros film Crazy Rich Asians, adapted from Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel.  "You may or may not know that ['Crazy Rich Asians'] is the first all-Asian cast from an American Hollywood studio in a long, long time," Chu said in a video introducing the contest. "So it's a great opportunity to showcase all of the Asian talent out there." Fact: There are only three Asian-Americans to ever win an Oscar: Miyoshi Umeki, Haing S. Ngor and Ben Kingsley. 

From ABC's Fresh Off the Boat to Emmy-Award winning Master of None and a live-action adaptation of Mulan heading to the big screen, it seems like Hollywood is on the verge of a breakthrough of representing Asian-Americans. Yes, we are talented. Yes, we have a story to share. 

Filmmaker Jon Chu is calling out Asian-American talent to the forefront with his open casting call for upcoming Warner Bros film Crazy Rich Asians, adapted from Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel. 

"You may or may not know that ['Crazy Rich Asians'] is the first all-Asian cast from an American Hollywood studio in a long, long time," Chu said in a video introducing the contest. "So it's a great opportunity to showcase all of the Asian talent out there."

Fact: There are only three Asian-Americans to ever win an Oscar: Miyoshi Umeki, Haing S. Ngor and Ben Kingsley. 

It's time for our story to be shared, don't you agree? Here's my message to every Asian-American with a creative dream: You can do it. The world is waiting for you to shine. Be fearless. 

When Jon Chu announced the casting call, I knew I had to give it a try. I'll admit that I was scared, but life is short and you need to things that make you scared.. so YOLO!  The monologue calls for you to share a special talent and "have your personality shine" so you know I had to do a lil freestyle:

I am fantastic, there's no doubt about it
When Jon Chu said it's a challenge, I said Yup, I'm on it!
Opportunity has been hard to find
With the lack of diverse roles around
Maybe when the time is right, our story will be heard
But until that time, just watch me shine
Watch me, watch me, watch me shine
Watch me, watch me, watch us shine

Watch my full video below:

Hope you enjoy my monologue and freestyle. If you do, please like and share. If you're an aspiring Asian-American actor, there's still time to submit so be sure to check out the info at CrazyRichAsiansCasting.com

Looking forward to watching this in theaters or.... being on set! Special thank you to my friend and director director Edwiiiiin of APLUSFILMZ for helping me creating this. 

As always, thanks for your support! I hope you do something today that terrifies you. 

<3 Lainney 

Myx TV Premieres "My Motto" Digital Series On January 17! by Lainney Dizon

Living in Los Angeles, I'm often surrounded with talkers. These are the people who say they want to do something, but more often than not, talk more than they do. Working with TV clients, Dizon Dreams biggest goal this year is to include diversity in media. Brown people have a special narrative to share and it's coming to Myx TV's digital series January 17.  "My Motto" is a Youtube original series featuring Asian American go-getters determined to build the kind of live they want to live.  Watch the trailer below: 

From touring with Jay-Z to winning an Emmy for dance, "My Motto" features an amazing group of Asian-Americans who highlight the importance of creating your own path. Their journey highlights the risks involved: from being nearly rejected by their parents to leaving financial stability, they show that it's better to risk something rather than to live average. When was the last time you had to risk something and got something even better in return? 

Fail, risk, and believe in your journey. Live your dreams. What's the point of being average?  Watch "My Motto" coming to Myx TV January 17th. 

4 WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR INFLUENCE ON INSTAGRAM by Lainney Dizon

Photo by @TheLAGirl

Photo by @TheLAGirl

Did you know that 75% of Instagram users are outside the US? On an average day, 80 million photos are shared. What does that mean for you? It means that being a brand or artist is so much more than sharing your story, it’s about being able to share that story visually on social media. This weekend, Dizon Dreams had the pleasure to attend The LA Girl’s first-ever Instagram Marketing Workshop. The LA Girl is a Los Angeles lifestyle blog founded by Gwen Lane to inspire discovery, adventure and passion for the city we live in. She grew her blog, The LA Girl, into a six-figure business within two years of launch and was able to leave her job as Marketing Director in the entertainment industry. Six-figure business, people! She knows what she's talking about. Gwen’s also passionate about teaching bloggers and influencers how to monetize their channels and grow their platform into a full-time business.

I actually met Gwen when we both were sitting next to each other at The Collective Conference and we bonded over the fact that we’re both Filipina. LOL. When I learned she was having her Instagram Workshop, I had to support her! Here are the most important takeaways I learned in stepping up your game in Instagram:

  • Master your brand message by doing a competitive analysis

Who is your target demographic? Who are your competitors? What type of content do they do? What is their sell/give ratio? What value are they giving their followers? Before posting, think of these answers and see how you can create your brand message on a daily basis. 

  • Create a visual identity by using mood boards

Did you know that the color blue generates 25% more likes? 93% of consumers consider visual appeal before purchasing. Not gonna lie, I've actually bought glasses from Gloss The Label based on the fact that their visuals are always on point. Also, if you're looking to plan and arrange the look and feel of your feed use Planoly. It's a game-changer. 

  • Hashtags are SEO. 

Hashtags are to social media what SEO is to online content. Use it wisely to target your audience. Who are the most influential people in your industry? What hashtags are they using? These people are already well-established with your target audience, so why not learn from the best? 

  • Join a comment pod.

What's the point of having followers if there's no engagement? Join a comment pod and boost your engagement. Comment pods are a community of your friends who help one another on Instagram through likes and meaningful comments.  

For more tips follow The LA Girl to learn when the Instagram Marketing Workshop go live! Thanks Gwen for the invite! Comment below with your Instagram hacks and Instagram handle and I'll follow you back.

See you on Instagram! 

 

Planting Seeds: The Importance Of Giving Back and Being #RidiculousGood by Lainney Dizon

Guess what? Life is not about you. Life is about impact and legacy. Life is about how you can use your talents to be a blessing to others around you and how deeply of an impact you can make in your community. Dizon Dreams recently attended Ridiculous Good, a new wave of social-good movements that scale good through action, and we were inspired by how simple it is to do good, give back, and build a community through love. 

You can be a blessing to someone today. Right now. You don't need to wait. There's people around you who are waiting for someone like you to be the light in their day.

Last weekend we headed to DTLA to give food to the homeless. Did you know: Los Angeles has the highest rate of homelessness in the nation? From the tall skyscraper million-dollar businesses and buildings in DTLA to the individual just across the street with no roof over their head, it's shocking how accustomed we've become to poverty next to us with our Starbucks cup in our hand. The good news is you can make a difference. Thanks to all who participated in Ridiculous Good, and the founder, Nick Suell for creating a movement centered in love. 

Put your "Do Good" cape on and help out in your community. Here are our favorite local charities in Los Angeles you should definitely be supporting: 

  • Ridiculous Good - We do good together. The next event will be a toy drive this December. Follow Ridiculous Good on Facebook here for the latest events and see how you can help. 
  • #HashtagLunchbag - Living through giving. #HashtagLunchbag is a humanity service movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring humanity to reap the benefits of giving. #HashtagLunchbag create and use bagged lunches, complete with love messages, as a vessel to spread this love and share our experiences to inspire others.that presents the opportunity to feed local communities. RSVP for the next event December 15 here
  • LA Food Bank - Fighting hunger. Giving hope. The LA Food Bank fill 320,000 plates of food for hungry children, families and seniors in Los Angeles. Volunteer, start your own virtual food drink or donate. Every $1 donated provides enough food for 4 meals. 

If you have any other organizations you'd like to recommend, please comment below!

With love, 

Dizon Dreams 

Dizon Dreams HQ at Hollywood Blvd! by Lainney Dizon

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it."

The closest thing to magic: turning a dream into reality. Happy to announce Dizon Dreams had our first day WeWork on Hollywood Blvd. Getting situated in our new office and looking forward to to this new chapter ahead. Lesson: Excuses are meaningless, execution is everything. 

This is only the beginning. Stay tuned!

Black Mamba Takes His Final Shot by Lainney Dizon

If you've ever lived in Los Angeles, you know the legacy runs deep. Tonight, 20 years came to a close with Kobe Bryant's final game with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Known as the Black Mamba, Kobe says that he gave himself the nickname after he watched "Kill Bill" movies and saw an assassin given the same nickname. Bryant liked the name because the black mamba snake is aggressive and agile, and this is how Bryant sees himself on the court.

Watch the video below to see Kendrick Lamar highlight the legacy of one of the greatest legends in NBA.