After the success of the first “Rel/event” that took place here in LA this past Oct. writer/producer Erman Baradi is gearing up for part II of The Rel/event series which is happening at the Globe Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 8.
Erman, who’s been dubbed a “Social Media success” by Crowdfire for his savvy networking skill, has created a platform with his Rel/event series that’s given those in the entertainment industry a place where they can gather and connect creatively.
Erman told byteclay.com, “We’ve been very blessed to get the lineups we’ve been getting, for execs to give up their Friday nights to our audience. It shows it means something to them.”
Next month’s lineup has a panel on-board that would be any filmmaker’s dream come true. Special guests include “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” executive producer Tommy Harper, “Straight Outta Compton” co-EP and writer Alan Wenkus, Patrice Avery who’s the Head of Studio at Halon Entertainment known for “Jurassic World”, “Avatar” and “Ghostbusters”(2016), “Daredevil” season 2 regular, Stephen Rider, producer James Skotchdopole of “The Revenant’ and “Birdman”, casting director Gohar Gazazyan of “The Walking Dead” and “Gotham”, casting director Kerry Barden of the Academy Award winning film “Spotlight”, United Talent Agency agent Darren Boghosian, and just added is veteran casting director Marci Liroff whose long list of movies include “E.T.”, “Poltergeist”, “Blade Runner”, “Pretty in Pink” and “Mean Girls”.
All in all there will be over 20 guest speakers at the event. There’s a great appreciation for the talent who have signed on and the trends they in particular, set in Hollywood. Popular Viner, Jerry Purpdrank who will also be in attendance, is a great representation of how digital influencers started a real movement and have now become the new celebrity. And, with the female executives who are coming out to support this community of filmmakers, it’s looking like it will be a sign of things to come as we see a lot more women who are playing bigger roles in the entertainment industry.
When asked about trends, Erman told byteclay.com that “trends are trends for a reason, right? I love when people can be themselves but evolve with the times. This doesn’t just mean clothing. I’m talking mentality and thought processes. We are so influenced by having to say this word or know this trending dance but all that fades. Then, there are those who forego all of that and keep on being themselves.”
And Erman is one person who is good at doing just that. From his ever-changing hairstyles to his ultra-dynamic character, his style is one that is unique and charismatic. He explained, “I love how style is an extension of who you are. People are afraid about political correctness. ‘You shouldn’t judge someone by their clothes.’ Well, isn’t wardrobe an expression of self? We tell each other a lot with what we’re wearing.”
As far as future trends in LA go, Erman is hoping the Rel/event series will stick around for a while. To expand internationally and touch on the type of role that Comic-Con or TED talks play is his ultimate goal. Although he lives in Virginia, Erman says that there’s something magical about the positivity and excitement that comes from being out west. That’s the beauty of it. Entertainment is a connection. It doesn’t matter where you are.
For more information on the Rel/event series you can check out Erman’s website for all the latest information.