Big Dreams.

Movies:

La La Land (2016)

An actress and a jazz pianist fall in love while chasing their dreams in Los Angeles.”

Director: Damien Chazelle.

Writer: Damien Chazelle.

Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling.

Rock of Ages (2012).

A small-town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.”

Director: Adam Shankman.

Writers: Justin Theroux (screenplay by), Chris D’Arienzo (screenplay by), Allan Loeb (screenplay by).

Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin.

Whiplash (2014).

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.”

Director: Damien Chazelle.

Writer: Damien Chazelle.

Cast: Miles Teller, J. K. Simmons.

Country: United States.

Killing Bono (2011).

Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.”

Director: Nick Hamm.

Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Simon Maxwell.

Cast: Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan.

Countries: United Kingdom and Ireland.

Tick, tick… BOOM! (2021).

On the cusp of his 30th birthday, a promising young theater composer navigates love, friendship and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.”

Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Writers: Steven Levenson, Jonathan Larson (based on the musical by).

Cast: Andrew Garfield.

Country: United States.

Begin Again (2013)

A chance encounter between a down-and-out music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.”

Director: John Carney.

Writer: John Carney.

Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo.

TV Mini Series:

The Offer (2022)

Al Ruddy’s experience of making the 1972 film “The Godfather” with Francis Ford Coppola.”

Cast: Miles TellerMatthew GoodeJuno TempleGiovanni RibisiJake CannavaleAnthony Ippolito.

Reality Shows:

I-Land (2020)

23 young male K-pop trainees attempt to become the hottest new thing in global pop music.”

Young Adult Books:

Stephan Lee, K-Pop Confidential (2000)

K-Pop Confidential #1.

Pitch:

A Korean-American gir navigates the complex world of K-pop stardom.”

Book Blurb:

Candace Park knows a lot about playing a role. For most of her life, she’s been playing the role of the quiet Korean girl who takes all AP classes and plays a classical instrument, keeping her dreams of stardom-and her obsession with SLK, K-pop’s top boyband-to herself. She doesn’t see how a regular girl like her could possibly become one of those K-pop goddesses she sees on YouTube. Even though she can sing. Like, really sing.

So when Candace secretly enters a global audition held by SLK’s music label, the last thing she expects is to actually get a coveted spot in their trainee program. And convincing her strict parents to let her to go is all but impossible … although it’s nothing compared to what comes next.

Under the strict supervision of her instructors at the label’s headquarters in Seoul, Candace must perfect her performance skills to within an inch of her life, learn to speak Korean fluently, and navigate the complex hierarchies of her fellow trainees, all while following the strict rules of the industry. Rule number one? NO DATING, which becomes impossible to follow when she meets a dreamy boy trainee. And in the all-out battle to debut, Candace is in danger of planting herself in the middle of a scandal lighting up the K-pop fandom around the world.

If she doesn’t have what it takes to become a perfect, hair-flipping K-pop idol, what will that mean for her family, who have sacrificed everything to give her the chance? And is a spot in the most hyped K-pop girl group of all time really worth risking her friendships, her future, and everything she believes in?”

Lyla Lee, I’ll Be the One (2020)

Pitch:

Korean American Skye Shin competes on a reality television show, hoping to become the first plus-sized K-pop star, while falling for her competitor, who happens to be a world-famous celebrity.” 

Book Blurb:

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.”

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