I followed the lead of the awesomely talented and funny Issa Rae. She is the creator, actress and producer of the hit web series "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" I started watching her series and it snowballed into so many others, inspiring me to create my own.
Check out season 1 here - "Coming Home"
We as viewers or consumers only see the finished product, polished, edited and score add. The back end is often messy and chaotic. Completely different from how I thought it was going to go down.
You see, here's the thing, I don't want to scare you all out of creating your own work. But I have to share with you about how the month of August went down.
My business partner Duane and I wrote season 2 in early July.
We had a table read in late July with the cast.
We told the cast we wanted to film the entire season in one - two weeks tops.
We took into account everyone going on summer vacation, work etc. With all that in place we still was able to schedule the shoots to be completed in 2 weeks.
We had a release date in mind for August 28. Premiere party and all.
Nope, we had actors call out at the last minute. Locations falling through after confirmation, smaller scenes took later than expected, nearly 2 weeks of no filming, arguments with Duane and I about how scenes should go and the list goes on.
Again, I don't want to scare you I want to enlighten you on the roller-coaster ride creating your own work brings you on. Lots of ups and down.
Roll with the punches, see where you can get the most out of your time and fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride.
I was recently interviewed by SaluteTv and I talk a bit about the struggles of creating your own work. Check it out below.