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What is Strong Asian Lead?

We teach Asian American artists and storytellers how to break into Hollywood without going broke.

We provide workshops to Asian Americans that lean into their identity and give them the tools to become industry professionals.

Through one-on-one and group coaching, we help new and experienced Asian Americans how to lean into their identity to write better stories, how to break into directing, or how to land a role as an actor.

Understanding how the industry works as a business is just as important as the learning art of storytelling.

Here’s the Issue:

Few Asian American screenwriters are signed with literary managers who can submit their scripts to studios. Fewer scripts; equals fewer stories; equals fewer directors and actors. Young Asian American students are also discouraged from writing about their culture at film institutions in order to “appeal to the American market.”

We need more Asian American educators to empower Asian American artists to pursue a career in Hollywood and give them the resources to cultivate long-lasting careers.

We teach eachother

Our membership has so much to offer, we can’t fit it into this space. 

WHEN IS OUR NEXT EVENT?

August 20, 2022

TBD, Los Angeles, CA

Creating
An Inclusive Hollywood

Studios rely on big names on screen or behind the camera, but fail to see the value of new writers and allocating the proper budget to uplift these stories, regardless of the cast’s popularity.

 

The importance of authentic Asian Pacific representation in Hollywood is one that cannot be overlooked. 

 

The problem: Writers aren’t given the proper attention or encouragement to write at a professional level, thus have a significantly harder time finding a manager and getting studios to greenlight new stories. 

 

Fewer stories means fewer opportunities to cast actors and fewer productions overall, leading to continued stereotyped content.

 

Our solution: Free and low cost education and networking events for artists breaking into the industry and corporate conversations to dismantle stereotypes and misconceptions in order to build a more inclusive industry. 

82%

of Asian Americans subscribe to at least one streaming service as compared to 72% of the total population. (Nielson, 2020)

46Mil+

Asian population in U.S. Nearly doubled between 2000 and 2019; projected to surpass 46 million by 2060. 

This Asian American audience will exponentially increase. Thus the market audience and quality of Asian American stories will need to be more relevant and relatable. (Pew Research Center, 2021)

OUR SERVICES

Screenwriting without the struggle
SCRIPT AUDIT
Stop staring at a blank page
FIRST DRAFT DEVELOPMENT
Discover Asian American Entertainment
STUDIO CONSULTATION
Education, Support, and Accountability
CAREER GUIDANCE

SCRIPT AUDIT

SCRIPT AUDIT

Screenwriting without the struggle
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STUDIO CONSULTING

STUDIO CONSULTATION

Discover Asian American Entertainment
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CAREER GUIDANCE

CARER GUIDANCE

Education, Support, and Accountability
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FIRST DRAFT COACHING

FIRST DRAFT DEVELOPMENT

Stop staring at a blank page
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What people say

Masami’s notes were very professional... My biggest takeaway from your notes was how polished you they were about the structure of the script and not just the structure of story, or of the creative elements, but the literal structure of how you write a script. Your notes gave me a new level of confidence to share the script with other industry professionals.
KEITH WATABAYASHI
This is helpful. I've shown the script to a few different people … but I think this is the first time that anyone's really taken a critical look at it and was like, ‘OK, if I'm going to actually make this into a thing’, these are the things that I would be looking for’. And all the critiques that you've given make sense and knowing at least that I have good set up and and semi-solid characters, that makes my short story writing even better.
KATIE QUAN

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