Monday, June 29, 2015

Full-Time Focus

Friday was my last day at my full-time job, as I decided to pursue Unbreakable Missy & Lori full-time. It was a bold move, but I wanted to seize this opportunity to focus on our LA-based parody of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt while the show is relevant. I also knew that I needed to see how much I could truly achieve with this project, and in order to do so, it would require my time and attention. 

Today was my first day as full-time Producer, Writer, and Lead Actress (Kelly Smith) for Unbreakable Missy & Lori. It was a busy day of organizing, meeting with someone to discuss a potential celebrity collaboration, working on our social media, responding to emails, and editing the script for Episode 2. Missy also uploaded our bloopers video which I'm eager to share below:

I recently felt that I needed some literary inspiration and guidance for this project. I happened to come across Amy Poehler's Yes Please and it has provided exactly the type of insight I was seeking. Here are some interesting thoughts I've had while reading the book:

  1. Seth Meyers says in the book, "Doing comedy for a living is, in a lot of ways, like a pony and a camel trying to escape from the zoo. It's a ridiculous endeavor and has a low probability of success, but most importantly, it is way easier if you're with a friend." I can honestly say that working on this web series with my best friend Missy has made the entire process so much fun and way easier than any other collaborative effort I've had in the past.
  2. The book has actually had me crying, more than laughing. I didn't think this would be the case, given Poehler's comedic background but I appreciated her heartfelt story about an SNL skit she regretted and later apologized for. I then laughed out loud when I read the perfectly-timed "Don't cry, sexy" in the book, advice given to Maya Rudolph during a distressing time at SNL.
  3. I think Amy Poehler may have helped inspire Tina Fey to write the plot for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I realize this may be a stretch, but in the book, Poehler admits to obsessing over true-life crime and at one point was particularly fascinated with the Josef Fritzl story. Also, Poehler had an Upright Citizens Brigade show that centered around them working out of an underground bunker.

I am aware that everything makes me think of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, since so much of my energy is focused on the show and my LA version. Even a brief note about Roseanne Barr in the book had me thinking, pinot noir? (For clarification regarding this reference, click here.)

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