Last Friday I finished a new project!
I have been working with a friend… I don’t know if you remember my nickname system from my last post, COOKIE MONSTER, but this film was with The Kid, A.K.A. Marissa McCoy. Do not worry, I asked if I could use her name. Anyway, I have worked off and on with Marissa for the last three years. I met her during my very first speaking-role in Los Angeles. On that production, we were both actors; however, since then she has transitioned into writing and shooting her own projects.
I believe, it was two years ago that Marissa asked me to work on her first production, Aftermath. Side note: It is great, watch it when you get the chance. My part in her film was minuscule. I was a supporting-actor, I had three lines and because Marissa is amazing, I said, “Sure.” I showed up to set bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, nailed my lines, took some photos, said thank you and that was that.
Less than a year later, Marissa hit me up again. Randomly, she sent me a text:
“Hey Nayo! I hope everything’s is going well! I wanted to reach out and see if you may be interested in a project I’ve written. Let me know…”
Once again, Marissa is amazing, so I said, “Sure” (I’m paraphrasing here).
Marissa wrote a mini-web-series titled SESSIONS. There were five different episodes, each about five to ten minutes long. Meet detective Taylor:
- Questionable Self-esteem
- Great detective
We shot this over the course of six months. There were three other people attached to the project; another actor and the crew. The time frame ended up being longer than expected due to conflicting schedules, but we eventually finished.
Unfortunately, I did not get to spend as much time as I wanted with the script. Since acting is not my only job I have to balance it between work and classes. Side note: For those of you not in the entertainment industry, most actors have a flexible part-time job(s) to pay our bills. We often work nights and weekends while leaving our week-days free for auditions… especially if you have an agent. Furthermore, I am also a perfectionist; meaning I will always feel there is not enough time to prepare for a role.
To date, this is the longest project I worked on. If I am being honest, I am a little somber about it being over. It is always fun becoming intertwined with a new life and story. Although it is over, I am antsy about seeing the final product because I spent a solid amount of hours in preparation. The anticipation is overwhelming.
Follow my blog to keep track of the release dates for SESSIONS.