Julie Reif, Founder of The Blog Bar & Cardrella and Daville

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***The Thursday Interview is a showcase for creators, innovators, troublemakers,  business owners to share news and insight about the creative impetus and inspirations behind their latest project, launch or business.

 

Name: Julie Reif

Companies: The Blog Bar, Cardrella and Daville

Launch Date: August 19, 2015

Website:  The Blog Bar

Blog: 8Balloons.com

Motto: Hustle Beats Talent, Hustle Isn’t Defined By My Environment

I love all things digital but still take the time to send letters and cards just because so I can appreciate your love of all things paper.  Can you share the eureka moment (or moments) that inspired Cardrella and Daville and 8Balloons.com?
I was preparing to write a book at the time and I had writer’s block and needed to exercise my writing skills with something I loved. During 2009, blogs were becoming large and I had such an appreciation for them and wanted to have my own. So I started exercising my writing skills by writing about paper daily on my blog, 8Balloons.com. I then realized quickly this was very niche and I may be onto something. My blog continued to become larger and only a year ago did I decide to share my own designs. It was a small but yet successful project and fun!

What are three life lessons you’ve learned (so far) as a creative entrepreneur?
This is difficult to put into three lessons as I feel this a 24/7 way of life.

1)    There is no such thing as failure. I know this is cliche but really there is not. You should feel gratitude for the fact you are following your passions and having the opportunity to see the ups and downs of your passion projects. Most people don’t get to that level.

2) Gratitude. Always have gratitude. It changes the energy around you always.

3) My hustle isn’t defined by my environment. No matter if I am in New York City or the smallest suburb, I don’t let it hinder me or make or break me. There’s something called the internet and I work with as much as I have at my fingertips. Always have. Everyone can. So no matter if you’re waiting to make your dream come true by “getting out of wherever you are” There is always something you can be doing from where you are.

4) Hustle Universe Enterprise. These are the three words I live by. I find every avenue at my fingertips I can use to make what I am working on get one step farther. I always put it in the universe because positive vibes attract positive reactions and I always think enterprise (business) with everything I do. If anything that day does not fall into those three aspects, I don’t  do it.

Your motto is Hustle Beats Talent.  There’s gotta be a story behind that. Spill.
I don’t know if there is a story behind it, it’s just how I have always felt. In actuality, my motto is H.U.E. Hustle Universe Enterprise. I keep the hustle mentality for everything I do, I place it in the universe, and I always think enterprise. How can I make something bigger than myself, How can I make a product helpful to others. Talent is great, but you can’t rely on just that.

Share why you had to launch The Blog Bar.
I realized bloggers were missing so many online resources. We didn’t have a digital planner at our own fingertips and ironically most bloggers were still using pen and paper. As much as I am a fan of pen and paper, I wanted to give all bloggers access to the opportunity to have a planner that was dedicated to their needs. From there, I quickly learned we needed an online community to connect with other bloggers to not just collaborate with but to have a bigger network of like-minded individuals, and to share our content for others to discover and grow our influence.

What are your go-to resources for managing your businesses?
My needs right now are very technical and all about project management, so I have been using Asana, Google Documents, and Basecamp.

What’s on your weekly must read blog list?
I am a huge fan of Product Hunt and always find new products that not only help me but inspire me. I read the NY Times, Huffington Post, CNN. And throughout the day check out my TED app to learn as much as I can.

What’s next for The Blog Bar, Cardrella and Daville and 8Balloons.com?
The Blog Bar’s new launch is around the corner and I am as excited as Jessie Spano from Saved By The Bell for it! It will seriously change how we blog! Cardrella and Daville is finding its way into a few shops in NYC and Florida and can be found online. No new designs until the fall. As for 8Balloons.com, it is in full force with many amazing interviews with designers throughout the next few months with my fellow blog partner Andrea.

Shout-out time! This is your chance to spotlight your collaborators and community. Don’t be shy.
My network I collaborate with is extremely tight and also have become my best friends and family. They don’t all know each other as some work within greeting cards and others within the tech aspect, but they are familiar with each other and connected.

Diamond Donatello is one of the best greeting card designers there is and more importantly all around amazing artist. Her cards are pop culture and hip hop inspired and you may have seen them in stores like Urban Outfitters.

Andrea is my co-blogger on 8Balloons.com and she is well known for her 365 Days project, where she writes a beautiful card a day and shares her curation on Instagram, @dreyray. She has also created a stationery subscription company called qandaletterbox.com. Everyone I work with has created their own passion projects.

Andrea Grbavac is a close friend, great copy writer and my co-author on our book Blog Boss.

Britney of seamsandsprinkles.com She is a contributor to The Blog Bar and her blog is one of my favorite reads because of her positivity and did I mention all her baking recipes!

Ray of afewhungrygirls.com This girl has been a contributor to The Blog Bar since day 1 and I have loved seeing how far she has grown with her food and fitness blog and her business.

Stay connected with Julie on Instagram and The Blog Bar on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Angelique Ellyn Anderson, LIQUE Story Studio Inc.

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Screenshot of Lique Story Studio’s “Humpty and Other Goosey Tales”

***The Thursday Interview is a showcase for creators, innovators, troublemakers,  business owners to share news and insight about the creative impetus and inspirations behind their latest project, launch or business.

Angelique and I met at media mixer hosted by Emerging Market Views, a digital news platform focusing on emerging and frontier markets.  We were there to support a mutual friend Dawn Kissi,  the platform’s founder.  We started chatting about entrepreneurship, co-working spaces  and creativity.  Once I heard about her work, I wanted to include her on the Thursday Interview.  Enjoy…

Name: Angelique Ellyn Anderson, Artist, Founder / Creative Director of  LIQUE Story Studio Inc.

Launch Date: 2016

My current project(s) are…
…developing children’s book apps utilizing Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. I have 2 other picture-book app projects which include journey, seek and discovery experiences for VR headsets.

I love getting up in the morning to…
…work on my projects. Now that I work independently for myself I can focus on developing my own successful dreams instead of someone else’s.

The main challenge(s) to being a creative entrepreneur…
…is being able to maintain that independence financially so that you can focus on development of your own products; and to obtain those necessary funds and resources to help you grow until your business can stand on its own. Having to stop and start by working for someone else so that you can raise money to continue your own growth is frustrating and can kill a very viable product.

My go-to networking groups are….
…the New Media Center by IFP in Dumbo, the VR Lab at ITP-NYU sponsored by Hearst Corporation, UnityVR user MeetUp group and the Children’s Book Illustrators Group (CBIG) for Julie Gribble’s Kidlit.TV,  and Viridian Artists Gallery in Chelsea, NY.

Here’s why you and everybody you know needs to see Hadestown…
…I became a passionate supporter of the folk opera, Hadestown, 6 yrs ago, when I first experienced Anais Mitchell and Michael Chorney with their band performing it  in the park. I approached them afterwards about developing it for stage on Broadway. Their CD was just being released. So here they are, years later, performing Hadestown, Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop, NYC. My passion for the musical, Hadestown expands by working with the producer to procure investors for the Broadway production.

Shout out time.  This is an opportunity to salute your collaborators and supporters.
I thank my mom and Pat Cummings, who got me started with Children’s Illustration, storytelling and book making; all my CBIG members for being such a dynamic support and resource in the industry; grateful for Roxy Munroe for being an inspiration and a dynamic force in the industry of book, storytelling and app-making;  Julie Gribble of KidlitTV for being a steadfast supporter and gracious friend;  Steve Sandberg, genius musician and best friend; choreographer and colleague Annetta Sawyer for ultimate support and of course the New Media Center by IFP in Dumbo, Brooklyn for being a resource of knowledge and support.


Launching a new biz or project?  Let’s talk!  
Happy Creating, Cultivating and Growing!

Melissa Archer, Actress

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***The Thursday Interview is a showcase for creators, innovators, troublemakers,  business owners to share news and insight about the creative impetus and inspirations behind their latest project, launch or business.

Melissa came on my radar, thanks to director/technologist/entrepreneur John Threat. I’m featuring her because I admire how she pursues her passions with gusto.  Enjoy her story.

Name: Melissa Archer, Actress

Motto: Say what you mean and mean what you say

Being featured in two films (Coach of the Year  and South 32) in the Soho International Film Festival is….
…This is truly exciting! I am so blessed to have both films in the festival, but to also have one on opening night, and the other the following night which is a Friday…that’s amazing! I’m really proud of both films.

I started a production company because…
…The reality is, I can’t sit for too long. Ha! I started the company because I woke up one morning with a feeling of, “this is what I have to do.” I want to make stuff happen. I love acting, but why not combine acting into being the boss? I wanted it to be a collaborative effort for the company. I feel creative minds together can create bigger. It just so happened that my now producing partner, Sonia Blangiardo, had a similar thought around the same time. We got together for lunch and said “let’s do this.” I was already working with Jessica Morris on a writing project, so it was a no-brainer, she was my first call. Sonia, went to Brandon Goins and then later Theresa Cicala. Sonia, Brandon, Jess, and I all got together shortly thereafter, and “Viral” was conceived.

Filming the ‘I am woman, hear me pee’ scene in “Viral”  was…
…Too much fun! It was like midnight or something, and all I could do was be silly. In between takes, I’d do funny dances with the panties still sitting around my knees. Such a blast!

My definition of a kick ass day must include…
…Getting at least one priority done, spending time writing, and if I get to work on something tech related, it’s icing on the cake for me. I haven’t worked on one in awhile, but I do get into kind of a meditative state when I fix an iPad or iPhone. So if I can include all the above, and maybe a trip to the beach…that’s a kick ass day haha.

I need you to know the following about superfood Hacker’s Brew…
Hacker’s Brew is my other baby. I’m so fortunate that I get to be a part of this company and product from the ground and watch her grow. I work with the best team, here in LA and all the way to NY and Russia! Hacker’s Brew works…you have energy all day, without feeling jittery, and man, can I focus. I’m also proud to say that the ingredients are all there for effect. Meaning, if it’s in there, it will do something. It’s also not just the focus and energy, but I actually feel good after I drink it. It lifts my mood. I first learned about Nootropics last year, and starting them, turned my life around. I could literally feel the fogginess that I always felt, lift, and my energy levels increasing. My productivity started to increase. Then I was a believer. It’s been so fun and rewarding working with everyone to bring a delicious brew to life, and be a part of helping others get shit done!

These are my collaborators and conspirators…
…I have so many hahaha! Of course my Steel Penny team, my Hacker’s Brew Team, my writing team, my friends, my BFF, my family, and if she were alive, my inspiration Lucille Ball.

Check out Soho International Film Festival and  Hacker’s Brew.
Also connect with Melissa via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Launching a new biz or project?  Let’s talk!  
Happy Creating, Cultivating and Growing!

Alissa Nichole, GloriJoy

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***The Thursday Interview is a showcase for creators, innovators, troublemakers,  business owners to share news and insight about the creative impetus and inspirations behind their latest project, launch or business.

This week, I invite you to spend a few moments getting to know Alissa Nichole. She’s an artist, personal stylist, digital designer and the founder of the newly launched site, GloriJoy.

Name: Alissa Nichole

Company: GloriJoy

Launch Date: April 22, 2016

Motto: I don’t get ready… I stay ready.

How did you make the shift from web designer to personal stylist to launching GloriJoy?
Ultimately, the shift was because I needed a change AND more creativity in my life. I taught myself Photoshop and HTML back when I was middle school and, fortunately, was able to make a career out of it after graduating from college. Fast forward to now; that basically means that I’ve been doing the same thing for about 20 years. In a nutshell, I’m grateful but bored.

I was often teased when I was younger for not having the latest, expensive fashions. During my early 20s, my fashion sense changed drastically.  After my first real job out of college, I was able to update my look in a way that fit me. Actually, I still didn’t have the most expensive fashions… but I found my sartorial niche through a lot of trial and error. While all of this was happening, someone noticed my “great sense of style” and asked me to dress him for a special event. That led to my first personal styling job. The odd thing is, that I didn’t think too much of it when the job was complete… I went back to the grind as a web designer. I guess it just wasn’t my time yet.

A few years later, I realized that I was really itching for a change. I thought back to my experience of acting as a personal shopper & stylist. I decided to start taking Image Consulting classes at FIT and Personal Styling and Styling classes at School of Style while still working my day job. In fact, I’m still working on building my personal styling business so that it’s something I’ll be able to do full time.

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GloriJoy ties into this in a bittersweet way. My grandmother passed away in October of 2015 and I needed an outlet to deal with the grief. In my styling courses and through my fashion experimentation, I realized that accessories are great to really make an outfit POP. I ended up merging the two ideas together. I wanted to keep my grandmother’s memory alive but I also wanted to create something stylish and useful.

So here we are. I love the creative high… and I love challenging myself. Each of these things (design/styling/jewelry) are most definitely connected creatively… but the challenge had been how been figuring out how I can pave my own way with them.

What are your go-to resources for building and managing GloriJoy?
I’m the type of person that wants to do EVERYTHING myself but I’ve been learning that for my sanity and to save time, I need to outsource. Since I have a background in web and graphic design (specifically in e-commerce), I’m able to build my own web pages and design advertisements for GloriJoy fairly quickly… but my secret to saving time is this: I use Fiverr to get a lot of things done. Something broken on my page that I don’t want to spend hours digging through code to fix? Fiverr! Need to vectorize some images? Fiverr!

I also ask my mom for help, being that she’s also a creative and she understands the direction I’m moving in.

I’m also a big fan of Google and YouTube. Many times I have an idea for a new technique or project and I want to see if it’s already been done, so I can either learn the proper way or pioneer it. I also make sure to keep active in certain Facebook groups, mostly geared towards blogging, style, e-commerce and travel. It helps me keep up with the latest news, trends and also gives me the opportunity to connect with fantastic people.

Lastly, the kindness of strangers has been a HUGE resource for helping me to build and manage GloriJoy. Being that I’m do-it-all-yourself type of person, this is all very new for me. Earlier this year, I set out to find my tribe and ended up connecting with a lot of like-minded women. They’ve been super nurturing and just generally super awesome and just started promoting, supporting and helping with GloriJoy straight away. I’m very grateful for that.

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How does your Brooklyn love inspire your creative life?
Brooklyn is such a huge melting pot of cultures… there’s so much to see, do and experience. I refer to Brooklyn as gritty but pretty… you have concrete, sharp lines and tall buildings but then you have colorful graffiti, green spaces, warm and welcoming nooks. I absolutely love that special contrasting nature that Brooklyn has. Here’s where the “but” comes in: While living in and loving Brooklyn has inspired my creative life, I would also say that it’s more me wanting to explore life beyond Brooklyn. I’ve been a lifelong Brooklyn resident and sometimes a change of scenery is necessary for me.

I grew up in Farragut Houses, where my grandparents lived… definitely gritty. The pretty part of all of this was that I spent a lot of time in my maternal grandparents’ care while my mom worked and went to school; they were a big influence on my life. My grandfather was very handy and sometimes a little creative with his fixes; my mom and I still joke about him saying “put a piece on it” when it came to fixing things. I’d like to say that’s where I get my ability to find creative solutions for my work. My grandmother, is the reason for GloriJoy (Gloria Joyce). She was a seamstress… and more than that, she encouraged my creativity and was very instrumental in me reaching higher heights. Both of my grandparents were.

Being an only child, I happily used my imagination, and that imagination often led me to wanting to explore. I’ve wanted to travel since I was a little girl. I’m not quite sure where I got the travel bug from, but it bit me BIG TIME. I haven’t been EVERYWHERE (yet), but every new place I visit gets me even more curious about the different cultures, food, flavor and music that’s out there. There’s so much more out there to learn about and explore.

What are you learning about the GloriJoy community?
The GloriJoy community is the world… it’s global. Like the world, it’s full of people that are unique and different… and their style reflects that. But this particular community really appreciates things that are a bit off the beaten path. It’s like when you’re having one of those moments where you’re feeling weird and you say to yourself, “Am I the only one that likes XYZ?!” and the response is, “No! You’re not! We’re right there with you!”

I feel like some of my pieces have an extremely personal aspect to it, and I like to think that when someone admires or purchases a piece, they just “get it”… in the sense that they understand the memory, feeling or emotion the piece captures and they’re able to connect it to something in their life.

What do you like, hate and love about launching a new business?
What I really love about launching a new business is the feeling of accomplishment that comes on after the launch. You’ve spent months getting everything together, learning, researching and now the big day finally comes… how exciting! And I’m not even talking about people coming up to you, patting you on the back and telling you congratulations… I’m really talking about that inner satisfaction where you’re just blown away that you just pulled off something so huge.

The thing I hate about launching a new business is that sometimes your expectations don’t match up with reality. You expect to make certain numbers, you expect for certain people to purchase from you, you expect for everything to run smoothly and sometimes none of those things happen. But that’s something I have to work on for myself… letting go of my expectations.

When I mix the love/hate aspects of launching a new business, I realize that I really like learning, even though it can be stressful. I feel like after the launch is when the real work begins; you may see that eventually you want to (or need to) implement new ideas or go in a different direction and it’s your job to figure out how to get there. Then the question becomes, “What do I do next?” Basically, you’re launching your business several times over, if you really think about it.

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This is your chance to shout out to the GloriJoy collaborators and supporters – don’t be shy! 
My mom. She’s the OG of jewelry making in my life and introduced me to wire wrapping. She also helps me out a lot with some of the production aspects of GloriJoy.

My cousin Dawn, who is beyond supportive and is always there when I need her… she keeps me crazy and sane at the same time.

Amber (of the Fab Life Project), Danielle (of She Dares), Veronica (of Black Adventuristas) for showing up as their authentic selves for the first ever GloriJoy photoshoot… and also being an inspiration to never stop being a boss. They are my crew of lady bosses!

Kim McCarter, my business coach. She’s been working with me on developing my personal styling business but she drops some gems that can be applied all across the board.

Ayanna Dutton, who has been helping me with my marketing strategy. She gave me food for thought, which has been a life saver!

Megan Elle Mason, a fabulous event planner. Big thanks to her for providing encouragement, allowing me to bounce ideas off of her and giving me some great ideas as well.

Patrice of Looking Fly On a Dime, for being a huge GloriJoy supporter and inspiring me to level up.

Zaida Grunes (of Taproot Organics) and Sabrina Espinal (of Sabrina&Company)… I’ve watched these two ladies from a distance… and have asked questions on occasion and they’ve come through with answers! They are totally badass and inspirational.

Beyond the GloriJoy website, you can also connect with Alissa and GloriJoy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Joshua Teicher, Giant Films Editorial

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WTC Film Project

***The Thursday Interview is a showcase for creators, innovators, business owners and troublemakerses to share news and insight about the creative impetus and inspirations behind their latest project, launch or business.

This is a reminder to review and reconnect with your LinkedIn contacts.  Joshua reached out  via LinkedIn and we started chatting. Before long,  I invited him to share his story on the blog.

Name: Joshua Teicher, Independent Creative Promo Editor/Producer

Company: Giant Films Editorial

Launch Date: Giant Films Editorial – 2006; Project Launch Date – 2021

Motto: 1. I have a quote I came across a while back….The internet says it was made by a novelist named Anna Quindlen…..”Fear is what stunts our growth, narrows our ambitions, KILLs our dreams.”

Describe a day in the life of Giant Films Editorial.
Always different! As a independent or freelance creative artist … I do everything related to my career. I have a couple of main clients that are television network and / or traditional ad agency jobs. But I spend a lot of time working out of the IFP MADE IN NEW YORK MEDIA CENTER, focusing on passion projects and marketing and growing my production and post production business.

What are the challenges to being an creative entrepreneur?
Multi-tasking and learning the business side of things. Prioritizing and delegating ideas. As a video editor, I always have to keep up with the latest technology and at the same time learn new skills. Marketing and fundraising should be separate jobs but I have to learn and execute everything!

Can you share more info about the short documentary projects you want to do focusing on your hometown Detroit?
Detroit is my home town but I have not lived there for 20 years. It is my dream to start up a production company in Detroit. My sister is a radio news reporter in Detroit.. We are currently in pre-production on some short projects about the Detroit School System. I want to be bi-coastal…East river and the Detroit river :

Are you currently fundraising for the projects? If no, will you be?
YES! I started working on a film project about the re-building of Lower Manhattan in 2008. Our vision for a honest retrospective look at a post 9/11 world. How has New York evolved? Learn how individuals, Specials Forces units, artists, politicians, politics, media, government, the Port Authority have evolved. We live in an ever changing world. How do we injest our ever speeding up lives and make honest decisions for our future? How do families absorb the past? How do we absorbed our past?

Three of us have been editing, directing and producing together on this project from the beginning.  We are working professionals and are creating this film on our own time. MANY great people have donated their time, resources and energy.  Approximately, twenty New Yorkers have signed on and agreed to be filmed.

We have a 501(c)(3) is the tax determination. given to non-profit charitable organization at the federal level. It allows donors to receive a tax deduction for supporting a public charity.

New York Foundation of the Arts‘ fiscal sponsorship enables individual artists and artist-run organizations to use NYFA’s charitable 501(c)(3) status to raise tax-deductible money through grants and individual contributions.  Currently we are focusing on our FIRST SHORT TERM GOAL OF $2000 to hire a Academy award nominated documentary script writer. So far we have raised $900.00. If you would like to donate to the film, click here.

Fast forward to April 2017, what news would you love to be sharing about Giant Films Editorial?
I am planning on restarting production for the WTC documentary working on multiple projects. I just love to make stories….shooting, writing, editing…..getting people motivated to work and moving toward more and more goals!

This is your chance to shout out to your collaborators and supporters….don’t be shy.
To anyone out there working alone in a room… getting through the day to day….staying focused and positive when you are walking through the VALLEY!

Thanks for reading!
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LISA’S ADVICE, THE LOUISE LOG, FEATHERS AND TOAST and more: Web Series Created By Women

 

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This is a roundup list of web series created and/or produced by women.  It is not exhaustive (hint: if you have any to add, please share in the comments). I was inspired to create the list because I’m tired of people saying that there needs to be more content produced  by and for women. There is more –  it’s up to the eager and interested to seek it out instead of bemoaning the lack. Watch, comment, support.

**Special thanks to Anne Flournoy  for introducing me to several shows featured on the list.

ANYONE BUT ME
Executive Producers/Writers Susan Miller & Tina Cesa
Description “An award winning teen drama about a new generation: gay, straight, and ethnically diverse struggling with modern relationships”

The series launched December 2008 and just wrapped its third and final season.  Translation: Automatic add to the Hulu playlist.
Additional Links Facebook, Twitter

CHILLTOWNTV
Creator/Writer/Animator Leesa Dean
Description “Based on the hit underground comic book and created, written and animated by Leesa Dean, CHILLTOWNTV revolves around the lives and misadventures of three underground hip-hop heads (G, Marv and Plad) straight outta Chlltown, NJ. Added in the mix: G’s wannabe mogul cousin K Deuce and Lele, K Deuce’s girl. Designed, at times, to skewer pop & rap culture, many of the episodes center around the music biz.”  

Profane and hilarious. Start with Worst Internship Ever?!
Additional links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

CRYING IN PUBLIC
Executive Producer/Writer Denayja Reese
Creator/Writer/Producer/Actor  Courtney Case
Description “CRYING IN PUBLIC is a new web series about coming into your own.”

A new to New York story line is  the creative engine behind the series. Yes, there are oblivious roommates, Craigslist scams and new job weirdness issues but what makes the episodes charming is the relationship between Tobi (the new New Yorker) and Kai (her best friend from home). Their chemistry and connection is believable as they discuss their latest ups and downs.Season Two is expected to launch next month so now is a good time to catch up on season 1. Start with Panty Guy.
Additional links Twitter, Instagram

FEATHERS AND TOAST
Creator/Producer/Actor Mhairi Morrison
Producer/Director/Editor Holly Payberg
Description FEATHERS AND TOAST is a show within a show featuring desperate 30something Tallulah Grace who presents herself as an inspirational chef but struggles to pull off anything more ambitious than scrambled eggs.”   

Tallulah Grace is out of her mind and we need to be here for every minute of lunacy.  Start with How to Make a Salad (poor Marge) and How to Make a Banana Sandwich.
Additional links Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

GROWING DOWN
Creators/Producers Arielle Yoder and Jessica Henderson
Description “GROWING DOWN is a web series that delves into the lives of three young women living in New York City and exploring their feminism.”
A Twitter like introduced the series to me so I had no choice but to watch the series. The friendship chemistry of  Emma (Arielle Yoder), Jackson (Jessica Henderson) and Bridgette (Lauryn Hamel) drew me in. I’m looking forward to more episodes.  Start with Party Talk.
Additional links Facebook, Twitter

LISA’S ADVICE
Creators/Writers/Directors/Producers Regina Taufen and Anna Christopher
DescriptionLISA’s ADVICE takes us inside the private conversations between two close friends who tell each other everything. It is at first a satire about advice-giving, but underneath is really about how women talk to each other and navigate the hilarious yet very real codes of female friendship.”

There are 14 episodes featuring Lisa’s questionable advice and two new episodes LISA’S BABY’S ADVICE which just won Best Scripted Film at the 100 Words Film Festival. Start with Broke for the Holidays, Seeing in Color and God.

RARE BIRDS OF FASHION
Writer/Director Lily Hayes Kaufman
Description “RARE BIRDS of FASHION is a new comedy about BRENDA (Jackie Zebrowski) an ambitious, stylish, confident and plus sized woman who defies the status quo to launch a plus size fashion line with her best friend ALIX (Haley Rawson).”
The eight episodes of RARE BIRDS juggle friendship loyalty, office politics, parental expectations and more with a light touch. It’s like real life but funnier. Start with Don’t Sell Plus Size and The Average American Woman.

REASONS Y I’M SINGLE
Creator/Writer/Producer Elaine Del Valle
Writer Holie Barker
DescriptionREASONS Y I’M SINGLE is about being SINGLE, OVER 35 and UNDER Fabulous. Joan, Doris and Gina are unlikely friends that met decades ago at BANANA SPLITS summer camp. Banana Splits is a therapy group for kids of divorce.  Now in their 30s and living in NYC the women share experiences and wonder Y they are single.”

The episodes mine every possible dating scenario to full comedic effect. Start with An Open Book and I Tweet Jay Z.
Additional links Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

THE LOUISE LOG
Executive Producer  Marion O’Grady
Creator/Writer/Director/Producer Anne Flournoy
Description  “The Louise Log is a comedy web series about the inner life of a NYC woman who happens to be a blocked artist and a raging codependent. She looks okay but listen to her over-active inner voice. Louise is anxious, she’s got resentments. Her crazy expectations alternate with doomsday scenarios. This internet TV show’ll make you feel good … by comparison.”

There are three seasons of Louise to cringe with and enjoy.  Start with episode 30 How to Be a Woman and episode 40 How to Ruin A Hot Date.
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Thursday Interview Alum News: LISA’S ADVICE returns with LISA’S BABY ADVICE

 

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Lisa’s Baby Advice: Seeing in Color

Regina Taufen and Anna Christopher have updated their twisted and award-winning web series Lisa’s Advice  with Lisa’s Baby Advice.  The newest webisode is ‘Seeing in Color’and it is BEYOND cute.   That’s all I can say because you need to check it yourself.

Lisa’s Advice

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