Lyon grew up in New York, navigating her childhood in a household with roots in Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago and South Asia. Her love for TV and movie grew through the years to the purpose that she discovered a strategy to get jobs as an intern and assistant even with out connections.
Whereas her future within the trade was nonetheless unclear, Lyon took a leap of religion and traveled to Los Angeles to take a short lived job as a casting assistant on a film.
“I do not suppose any of us thought I used to be going to remain right here,” Lyon mentioned about she and her household.
However quitting was by no means an choice for her, Lyon mentioned.
“Being first technology, I believe a variety of occasions you are feeling a way of duty to do what you are doing, not just for your self however for many who will come after you,” she mentioned. “I at all times felt like I needed to take advantage of each alternative and persist.”
Over the previous 20 years, Lyon has turn out to be a revered voice within the trade and overseen casting and expertise departments on the WB Community, ABC Leisure and now CBS Leisure.
As a community government, Lyon works intently with casting administrators to verify producers, studios and networks share a robust imaginative and prescient for every mission.
Whereas there’s nonetheless rather more to do to enhance Latinx illustration within the trade, Lyon mentioned she’s seen some current progress. From an elevated consciousness that Latinos are extra nuanced and never a monolith to extra alternatives for Latinos to be solid in roles that are not particularly written with a Latinx particular person in thoughts.
Lyon is aware of she is able to deliver the voice of a Latina alongside her various cultural background to the choice room. It is a duty that she does not take evenly.
“We come from completely different cultures and completely different elements of the world. A few of us are first technology, a few of us are second technology,” Lyon mentioned. “I really feel like I can converse to these issues by way of my work in casting.”
Title: Claudia Lyon
Job: Govt Vice President for Expertise and Casting at CBS Leisure
Initiatives you have labored on: The upcoming CBS unique film “A Christmas Proposal,” collection “Clarice,” “The Equalizer,” in addition to ABC’s “Gray’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “black-ish.”
Years in leisure: Greater than 20.
Mentor: “I’ve had a variety of mentors alongside the way in which. One person who involves thoughts is a casting director named Phyllis Huffman. I used to be an intern and an assistant for her. She actually was the one who helped information and help me as I transitioned from working in New York to popping out to LA and discovering my profession path. She was the casting director for many of Clint Eastwood’s motion pictures throughout her profession.”
Latino…de dónde?: “My mom is from Guatemala, my father is from Trinidad and Tobago. I am multicultural and multi-ethnic. I am Latina and in addition of South Asian descent. I am additionally from Brooklyn, New York.”
Trope I would banish from TV without end: “I would love Latinos to be seen as a couple of factor on tv, a couple of story to be instructed. There’s so many cultures inside our group that I wish to see represented, and completely different wanting Latinos and Latinas. I do not wish to see only one illustration of Latinos in a single story, I would like to see a fuller, extra huge ranging illustration of us.”
Latinx actor/actress I believe might be an enormous star at some point: “It is exhausting to select one particular person. There’s so many. But when we’re speaking about somebody particular, we simply solid Jessica Camacho within the first Christmas film that we’re doing for CBS. She was on our present “All Rise.” She’s actually particular and a rising star for TV and movie. She’s actually incredible.”
Latinx present I want everybody was watching/had watched: “I want extra folks had watched ‘One Day at a Time.’ I felt like that present had all the things. It had wonderful writing, wonderful solid. I am actually an admirer of Gloria Calderon Kellet’s work and what she doesn’t solely by bringing these tales to the display screen however behind the scenes. I simply thought the present was incredible and hilarious.”
Overused line that execs say when passing on a Latino for a mission: “I prefer to problem after I hear ‘we could not discover anybody’ or ‘there was nobody on the market.’ I hear it much less and fewer as of late as a result of I believe when somebody expresses that, they know the response goes to be ‘How far did you look? The place did you look? We’ll introduce you to some extra expertise.'”
What I believe all trade professionals might do to assist improve Latinx illustration on tv:
“I believe there are some things. Initially, whose story is just not being instructed and inform these tales. Mentor, spend money on expertise and amplify voices. I believe if you happen to take a number of of these and do these each day that might result in a variety of alternatives and initiatives that we’ve not seen earlier than.”