We had the good fortune of connecting with Lillani “Dizam” Moran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lillani “Dizam”, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Standing still is boring! And that ain’t me! Listen, I’m your typical L.A. chick – DJ, a TV producer and writer. Seemingly I did all the things you’re supposed to do when living in LA. I was in these streets!
But there were some things missing.
Meaning. Purpose. Clarity.
If I kept on keeping on I would have been striving for clout, recognition, and dollar signs. Ego based desires.
In 2015, I said, “fuck it”.
I quit my job at NBC, sold my things, dwindled my belongings down to a backpacker’s backpack, grabbed my DJ mixer and moved to Guatemala. My thought process was I would Dj and yoga my way through Central America while I figured out a long term plan. If I crashed and burned at least I’ll come out speaking Spanish. Right?
Best. Decision. Ever.
My life took a 360, 4 times over.
Not only did I DJ for some fascinating people and venues, my partner and I started the English Center for Children in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala – and English language camp for underprivileged children.
We were, also, able to do a lot of soul healing and shadow work through different Mayan rituals and healing ceremonies. During the process I learned how to heal and heal others.
Some of my most rewarding experiences came as a result of willing to lose it all. For me, my intuition is stronger than logic. When I get a strong feeling to do something I’ll use logic to figure it out.
Getting away from all that Hollywood noise gave me clarity and time to really think about how I wanted to live my life and how I was going to make it come to fruition.
Through the silence I gained a deeper knowledge of self. I discovered my life’s purpose – -to educate and heal through entertainment.
A lot of us have a skewed relationship with fear — we think fear is bad, it’s not logical, we should stay away from it.
But, actually, fear isn’t something we should… fear.
Risk is the very thing that makes us feel alive, and the fear we get with taking risks is just a feeling. Feelings aren’t made to last.
By taking risks you get better at knowing what you want. In order to grow you have to be uncomfortable. If you think about it, our intuition cradles our risks with caution.
So jump! What’s the worst that could happen?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m Diz – an astrology nerd for over 20 years. I am, also, a Dj, intuitive reader, podcast host, and content creator. I KNOW Astrology can be used as a powerful tool for understanding ourselves, others, and this crazy world around us. I’m passionate about using Astrology as a way of self-discovery and self-healing. That’s why I started “Astrocast” – astrology content that is broken down in simple, digestible pieces. I create and produce content for IGTV, Youtube, Feird.tv on Twitch and my website AstrocastOfficial.com
My long term goal is to use Astrology as therapy.
I’m, also, the Executive Producer for Feird.Tv on Twitch – a space for Black and Brown femmes to talk sh!t, share sh!t, and be the sh!t. I onboard new shows, manage and create marketing materials and content, and create video content on our network.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my bestie is coming to town for a L.A. style weekend, we have an unspoken “must do” list. We’re pretty outdoorsy so you won’t catch us indoors for long:
Breakfast at Simple Wholesome in Inglewood (to go). It’s a soul-food inspired, mostly vegetarian restaurant. There’s a park within distance that is clean and fairly empty where we enjoy our delectables.
We’ll set our intentions and get our minds together at Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens in South LA where we walk a real labyrinth puzzle ,meditate, and be amongst nature in the middle of the city. It’s free but requires a reservation.
We’ll keep with the soul food theme and head to My 2 Cents for lunch – a southern style, lowkey, quaint joint on Pico Blvd. in Mid Wilshire.
Late night at Carbon Bar in Culver City. It’s the first place I ever DJ’d so we’re going down memory lane. The divey vibe,cheap drinks, and eclectic clientele is one of LA’s secret gems.
Head out to Venice Beach for breakfast at The Cow’s End Cafe that looks right over the ocean. Protip: order their Alaskan Toast and thank me later!
We cruise along the Venice boardwalk before it gets crowded. You can make deals with the street vendors when no one is around (shhhhh). It’s, also, nice to rent electric scooters and ride to Santa Monica and back.
Around lunch time there is this little hole in the wall that sells El Salvadorian style pupusas. They’re hella cheap so go ahead and order at least 4. We’ll take our order to the sand and watch the waves crash. But don’t you dare dip your toe in that water. It’s gross.
In the evening, we’ll stay for the Venice Beach infamous bonfire where you can let loose and dance like no one’s watching (except everyone is watching but who cares?).
Next, we’re headed to the R Bar in Koreatown for the best vodka gimlets. The best-est!
Early morning hike in Malibu Canyon Creek. It’s more like 50% rock hopping. The views of the Pacific Ocean up top are incredible.
Bunch : Merkato – an Ethiopian restaurant on Fairfax Ave in Little Ethiopia where you eat with your hands. The honey wine is a MUST.
The Melrose Trading Post is within walking distance from Little Ethiopia. It’s an open-air market featuring a range of vendors selling antiques, vintage goods & collectibles. I once bought a leather jacket for $15 so this place stays on my MUST DO list!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?