Beauty and the Host...
"Life is not a Dress Rehearsal..."
Thank you for being part of our zine. Tell us more about yourself and your background!
Thank you so much for including me in your community! I tell stories for a living and it is so exciting to share mine with you. I'm currently an LA based lifestyle + entertainment journalist, media personality, and model. From the studio, to the red carpet, on and off the runway, I live by the saying that life is not a dress rehearsal. So I wake up, show up, shine ... Literally... as the co-producer and host of Good Morning LaLa Land - America's first live streaming daily talk show, available on AppleTV + ROKU and all social platforms.
When did you decide to step into broadcast media work?
I was manifesting this destiny since I was playing dress up and hosting my at-home talk show at 7 years old. It has always been my dream to give a voice to the voiceless, to inspire, empower and, of course, to entertain.
Where are you located and where are you originally from?
I live my life in LaLa Land, but I still maintain those midwest values and charm. I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI and made the move across the country in pursuit of sunshine and the dream.
Your style is GORGEOUS! Please tell us your top fashion influences...
Thank you! I always remind myself that "life is not a dress rehearsal," so I have made it part of my essence to live ready. It is important to me to embrace and celebrate my femininity, maintain elegance, and flirt with edgy. Currently obsessed with Rochelle Goodrick designs and I love to rock The Royals Paris on the red carpet.
Goals for 2019 and beyond?
My goal is to continue a conversation that will ignite and positive change in the world. I aim to produce scripted and non scripted content that will empower, enlighten, and entertain.
What have been your specific challenges in broadcast media? What have been the greatest achievements so far?
Life on the runway and red carpet can be glamorous but it takes a serious amount of grit and grind. There are outlets to compete with, celebrities who love to share and those who would rather not look at you. There are viewers that thrive on critique and negativity. But all of that said, I know without a doubt, I am doing exactly what my life uniquely prepared me for. I'm proud to be a Co-Creator, Producer, and Host of Good Morning LaLa Land - America's first live streaming daily talk show. And I was beyond honored to be chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to host the official red carpet and winner's circle for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
Where can our readers catch up with you out there soon?
I'm constantly running between the studio and the red carpet... and supporting my guests at various events, premieres, etc. I'd love for you and your readers to meet me at my next event, just visit my website www.jezlan.com to find out when and where.
Please answer the following... "If my fans really knew me, they would know that... "
They would know that my glass is always half full... with french roast or rosé. I'm endlessly optimistic, rarely practical, and genuine through and through.
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Photo Credit: Bernadette Marciniak
Jewerly: Desert Daisy
Dress: Radmilla Lolly