Takehollywood Hosts Latinos in Hollywood

Edoardo Ponti, Karla Souza, Patricia Riggen, Karyme Lozano and Vince Lazzo discuss current trends and Hollywood's changes

By LatinoLA
Published on LatinoLA: May 2, 2015

Takehollywood Hosts Latinos in Hollywood

Takehollywood, a unique online community for aspiring Hollywood professionals and entertainment enthusiasts, hosted today an exclusive "Latinos in Hollywood" panel at The Actor's Company Los Angeles.

Takehollywood's co-founder and chief creative officer, Edoardo Ponti, led a lively discussion among an accomplished set of Latino industry insiders that included Karla Souza, known for her work on the series "How to Get Away with Murder" (ABC) and the crossover blockbuster hit Instructions Not Included; Director Patricia Riggen (Girl In Progress, La Misma Luna); Karyme Lozano (For Greater Glory, "Quiero Amarte"); and Talent Manager Vince Lazzo, who specializes in discovering new talent such as William Levy and has worked with Ricky Martin and Selena, among others. The conversation examined how Latinos can land complex roles onscreen, the need to increase diversity in the entertainment industry in front of and behind the camera and the ongoing struggle to break through stereotypes.

Creating a panel dedicated to Latino talent is part of Takehollywood's extended commitment to expand the testimonials on the website and highlight industry pros with diverse skill sets, backgrounds and areas of expertise. The online hub now hosts over 3,750 inspiring videos from Vannessa Vasquez ("East Los High" Hulu), Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite, Casa de mi Padre) and Luis Guzm?n (Traffic, He's Just Not That Into You), among others, that provide advice on achieving success in Hollywood, with talent sharing their journey so others can learn from their experience.

"With Takehollywood, we have the opportunity to give people from all cultural backgrounds a unique platform to share their experiences and influence creativity. As a service profoundly dedicated to bridging connections between successful professionals and aspiring stars in the entertainment industry, Takehollywood has stepped up to the plate to discuss important topics like diversity and most importantly, share talents' stories. We want to ensure that up and coming talent of all backgrounds has access to those who truly understand the nuanced struggles and unique cultural value that they bring to the craft," said Edoardo Ponti.

With over 600 free videos, and 3,750 videos total, anyone interested in the entertainment industry can see one video free from their favorite actor from each of six categories Breaking In, Talent Representation, Casting & Auditioning, Building Character, On the Set, and Words of Wisdom. Users have the option to either purchase a subscription to view all videos on the site or to purchase credits to view select videos of their liking.

Takehollywood members have access to an exclusive source of inspiration and insight in the form of over 3,750 candid and in-depth one-on-one conversations with directors, producers, talent agents, managers, actors, casting directors, and acting coaches with more than 120 awards and nominations between them combined. With new talent added to the site every Tuesday, some of the renowned names who lend their frank and often funny, blunt and even surprising insights include Dianna Agron, Tony Goldwyn, April Webster, Katharine McPhee, Rob Marshall, Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Dylan McDermott and Liev Schreiber, to name a few.

Interested entertainment enthusiasts and those aspiring to enter into the industry can become members at www.takehollywood.com.

About Takehollywood
Takehollywood is a unique social media and online learning platform that brings those interested in the entertainment industry together to share experiences and receive guidance from industry professionals who have built successful careers. Co-founded by Edoardo Ponti, Sylvain Perret and Sasha Alexander, Takehollywood was created as an inspirational online community for the entertainment industry. More information on Takehollywood can be found at www.takehollywood.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Mobli.

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