Hollywood event producer, host, and writer Erman Baradi – often called “top networker in Hollywood” for his entertainment platform, Ermantourage – has kept busy in 2020 despite the pandemic. And he looks to keep the momentum going for big plans in 2021.
Transitioning his live events to Zoom earlier this year, Erman’s hosted special virtual events with guest speakers from The CW, Paramount, NBCUniversal, Marvel, “The Walking Dead,” “This Is Us,” and “Game of Thrones,” just to name a few. “I know it’s been a tough time for our audience, especially since we’re such social people. Lockdowns can really take a toll on people’s mental health. So, my goal is to continue offering a space for creative individuals, and anyone looking for good company for that matter, to stay connected and to make new friends and collaborators even if we’re still many miles apart physically.” Additionally, his Zoom events have raised money for Operation Underground Railroad, The Innocence Project, Equal Justice Initiative, and Beyond Freedom. “It’s always been vital for my platform to raise awareness and funds if and where possible for organizations. It’s one thing to entertain, but it’s more purposeful to entertain and give back. That’s what I hope to do with my eventual film and television career.”
Nowadays, Erman is volunteering for Prison Fellowship as a new Justice Ambassador. According to the official site, “Prison Fellowship believes that a restorative approach to prisoners, former prisoners, and all those affected by crime and incarceration can make communities safer and healthier. Our ministry is founded on the conviction that all people are created in God’s image and that no life is beyond God’s reach.” Back in 2018, I remember seeing the news story of Kim Kardashian working with President Trump on the clemency of Alice Marie Johnson after she spent two decades in prison for a non-violent crime. That piqued my interest in prison and criminal justice reform,” Erman explains. Then in 2020, as we’re all sitting at home, I watched the Netflix series ‘The Innocence Files’ based on the exonerations of individuals wrongfully convicted, who were represented in court by lawyers of The Innocence Project. This really got my wheels spinning and I looked up prison reform organizations and came across Prison Fellowship. This past summer, Alice Marie Johnson spoke at the RNC and that really got me going. Should my Hollywood career truly take off, prison and criminal justice reform would be high on my list of things to tackle with my platform.”
What about Erman’s creative side? Erman is represented as a screenwriter by Emagine Content and hopes to get projects going over the next few years. “It’s sort of funny. My buddies and I had plans to create original content in 2020. Then the pandemic happened. We reconvened recently and decided that no matter where the world is in 2021, we’ll roll out content anyways, even if they’re short form and super contained. We just want to create and have fun and entertain,” expresses Erman on his desire to write and produce. “The last five or so years I’ve made many connections in the game, so I’m ready to pull the trigger and use these relationships.”
These connections also include music! “I spent 2020 getting voice lessons from my friend J Quelz over Zoom just to add another skill and kill time. One of my interests is to eventually write songs and to utilize my screenwriting skills to tell stories through music,” Erman adds in regards to having friends in the music world.
As for events, Erman is producing his next all day virtual entertainment summit. On Saturday, January 30th, he’s gathering special guests in film, television, and music to benefit Inner-City Arts LA. The organization offers a safe, creative space in Los Angeles where more than 200,000 children have been invited to create and explore. Inner-City Arts provides quality arts instruction for students from underserved communities, integrated arts workshops for educators, and programming designed for the community.
“I’m turning 31 at the end of November. I still feel young and vibrant, and there’s plenty more road ahead of me,” Erman graciously states. For this infectious public figure, there’s no stopping his drive, undeterred by the circumstances that is 2020.