Last week in Hollywood, I went to an entertainment industry speed networking event organized by the Filipino American Network of Los Angeles (FAN LA). Having known about this get-together for well over a month, I was super excited to attend and connect with more Fil-Am filmmakers. A day or two ahead of time, Walter from FAN contacted me, asking for a short blurb to explain what I do. I wrote him back, and he posted this:
Meet filmmaker Stephen Dypiangco this Wed.! Currently in post-production on his personal documentary Home Unknown (http://homeunknown.com), filmmaker Stephen Dypiangco writes, directs and produces films, docs and music videos (www.vimeo.com/dypiangco)
This was great! FAN was giving me an opportunity to promote Home Unknown and my own filmmaking skills before even meeting anyone in person! So this is how social networking works, huh? I’m starting to get it now. We use tools like facebook and twitter to get the word out to our respective networks. By telling our friends about all of the cool projects/events/ideas others are working on, we are helping to create awareness and build community. That’s brilliant. I like it.
When I got to the event, I was pleasantly surprised by the strong turnout. There were easily between 30 to 50 Filipinos from all sectors of the entertainment industry: music, film, commercials, internet, law and more. I don’t think I’ve ever been in the company of so many positive, passionate and like-minded Fil-Ams at one time. And as I met more cool people, I got the sense that we were all looking for the same thing – other Fil-Ams from similar backgrounds and with similar interests with whom to share our stories and experiences.
While it seemed like most of us had never participated in a speed DATING event, this speed NETWORKING event ran pretty smoothly. As the night progressed, I grew comfortable being able to explain who I am and my movie’s storyline as quickly as possible. Even though I didn’t talk to everyone in the room, I felt like I really connected with way more people than I thought I would.
So congratulations to FAN on hosting such a successful event! I look forward to taking part in future events, lending my talents to help unite Fil-Ams in the entertainment industry and strengthening our community together.