More recently, she has conceived of a scripted comedy webseries, Danger Pay, for which she is the writer, producer and lead actor playing “Michelle Scott”. She has also collaborated as a co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of a sketch comedy webseries, WBFTV Comedy (Women Being Funny TV), and portrays various characters in the skits. Apart from her own creations, in 2015 Carolyn landed the role of the Chief Medical Officer “Dr. Victoria Hunter” in Vulcan: To Boldly Go, a Star Trek inspired television series.
We had an opportunity to chat with Carolyn about her career and various projects.
What inspired the concept for your first project, The Bridget Linden Show?
Up until late 2011, I worked as a personal injury paralegal before I began my transition into entertainment. A friend encouraged me to look into acting because of my personality, sense of humor, and comedic timing. Through his contacts, I attended an acting workshop in Calgary in late 2011. I was told that if you were serious about acting and wanted to make a go of things you had to be realistic, and not expect to be “discovered” while you are sitting on your couch at home. To promote yourself as an actor, you could consider creating your own character and web series.
I took this to heart and thought about a character I could create. In early 2012, I created a bunch of skits about a 30 something single woman exploring new life experiences on her own and giving advice and encouragement to others. For each video I wrote, I tried to include a life message inside an entertaining story. The videos were meant to motivate people to improve their own lives in one aspect or another, all while keeping it light and fun. Bridget Linden was born – a one woman show that I wrote, produced, directed and acted in on my own. To date, I have created 125 episodes of “The Bridget Linden Show”, which have collectively had over 700,000 views.
What resources did you find helpful in cultivating your creative skills (writing, directing, and producing) when you first started working on The Bridget Linden Show?
Ideas just come to me. I think about how I can put a twist on the video to convey a message that is helpful or inspiration, while at the same time keeping it interesting and fun. The message is what is important to me. While I wanted the videos to be fun, entertaining and visually interesting to retain viewer’s interest, at the same time I wanted to ensure the videos had an ending or a twist that was uplifting or insightful.
I also did research and reached out to people with various areas of expertise. Over time, I researched everything from website creation to YouTube channels and videos, and from camera equipment to lighting and audio equipment. I am an active member of my local filmmaking community. In addition to continuing with my training as an actor, I am also taking an intensive course in directing and producing to enhance my skills.
The Bridget Linden Show has had over 700,000 views. What do you attribute to the show being the success that it is?
I have received a lot of fan mail over the years. Some of them have said that they admire the guts it takes to put yourself out there on the Internet for the world to judge you. Others have told me that they admire my creativity and playfulness on screen and are inspired by the messages I convey about the small things you can do to improve your life.
Some viewers have thanked me saying that an episode was the “shot in the arm they needed at the right time”. And, even more exciting, people have told me that they are inspired to write their book or create their own web series after watching one of my episodes. It is amazing to realize the impact you can have on people.
You can never really predict what will appeal to people. But, for some intangible reason the show resonates with some. I like to think that it is this connection that is at the root of its success.
You recently wrote, directed and produced a scripted comedy web series entitled, Danger Pay What can you tell our readers about the series?
Danger Pay is a comedy about a woman, Michelle Scott, who accepts a job working for a bizarre lawyer whom no one else can bear. She takes the job because of the extra money he has to pay to get anyone to work for him. She hopes the extra money will help her pursue her dreams, but the show is about seeing whether she will be able to survive the lawyers’ weird antics and behavior.
Episode 1, “The Early Bird Gets The Worm”, was released on December 31, 2015 and introduces Michelle Scott and her bizarre boss, Woodrow. I am currently editing the next episode and will be filming further episodes in the very near future. There will be a variety of unusual situations that Michelle encounters and will include other interesting characters that will come and go on various episodes. To date, I have written a story arc for 26 episodes over 2 seasons. The series is available for viewing on YouTube: www.youtube.com/dangerpayseries
How different has the experience been working on Danger Pay versus The Bridget Linden Show?
Danger Pay is completely different from my experience with The Bridget Linden Show. The Bridget Linden Show was a one woman production that was loosely scripted and generally shot with a single static camera. Editing that was necessary was minimal.
In contrast, for Danger Pay, I wrote my first actual scripts that tell a narrative story and involve multiple characters interacting with each other. It was also my first experience producing a project involving others, which included hiring a full crew. It was amazing how it all came together with people wanting to help participate in filming to make it happen.
Scenes were shot with multiple takes and camera angles, which allowed me greater freedom to edit between scenes to create a more interesting visual product, while at the same time necessitating a steep learning curve for me in the editing realm.
Comedy seems to be a genre you are quite comfortable with. How did your collaboration with WBFTV Comedy (Women Being Funny TV) come about?
I really enjoy comedy. I suppose that is applicable to most people, but creatively it resonates with me.
I first met Saleste Mele in the spring of 2014 at the filming of another comedy pilot that Saleste was acting in and had co-written. We got to know each other over that summer while taking a producing course. In late 2014 we got together to write a treatment for a writing competition. Although the treatment was for a horror film, we found that we worked very well together and wanted to continue our writing collaboration.
In the summer of 2015, we conceived of a sketch comedy web series called “WBFTV Comedy” (Women Being Funny TV). We co-wrote and co-produced the first episode of “WBFTV Comedy” called “Elaine’s World” that was released on December 22, 2015. It is a parody of the popular Saturday Night Live skit "Wayne's World". Elaine’s World takes a look at what it might have been like if "Wayne & Garth" had been girls. You can check out this hilarious video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lKx-RI1Si64
As with “Danger Pay”, more episodes of WBFTV Comedy are in development and filming continues. Future skits will feature different characters and situations – some original and some parodies.
What is the creative (writing, etc.) and filming schedule like for WBFTV Comedy? How long does it take to create one episode concept to final shot?
Saleste and I continue to meet regularly to work on developing WBFTV Comedy together, in between working on our other projects. Currently, we are working on editing Episode 2 and working on writing additional episodes that we have planned out. Once we have another couple of episodes written, we will look at scheduling another film date. It took us one day to film the first two episodes. Depending on the nature of the future episodes and the number of scenes and shots we need, we may be able to film more or less at the same pace.
You recently landed the role of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Victoria Hunter in Galaxy Trek, a Star Trek inspired television series. That sounds like fun. What can you tell us about your character in the series and where can fans watch it?
The pilot episode of “Galaxy Trek” is called “Vulcan: To Boldly Go”. I play one of the crew members of the Starship Discover, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Victoria Hunter. The adventure follows two lost crew members who have been stranded on earth after being sent to observe life in the 21st century. There are currently plans for 5 seasons and 4 feature films.
It has been very exciting to be a part of this, including autograph signing sessions and having my own collector trading card created by the producers. Episode 1 of Galaxy Trek is scheduled to be released online on VulcanTV in the spring of 2016.
Are there any other upcoming projects you have that you can tell our readers about?
Even while continuing to create more episodes of Danger Pay and WBFTV Comedy, I am also writing a new feature film and a short, which I will also produce through my production company, Demure Duchess Pictures.
The logo for Demure Duchess Pictures – two D’s intertwined – has been trademarked and is incorporated into a clothing line I am developing for the strong elegant independent woman. The initial offering will be a shapely fitted ladies T-shirt in black with the logo printed in metallic silver available for purchase on the Demure Duchess website in early 2016.
I am very active on social media and will constantly keep the public informed about new projects I am involved in or will be developing. It has definitely been an exciting journey thus far, and I intend to continue to share my journey with the world. Please connect with me on social media and stay tuned for whatever the future may hold.
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