It feels like a time when females are once again standing up and demanding equality in America. I’m not sure if men are paying attention, but the Ladies in Hollywood certainly are looking to create a change.
Actress and Producer TAYLOR BROCK is doing her part to challenge traditions with the new original scripted dramedy, NEXT, The Web Series, premiering online March 10th.
I recently had a chance to ask Taylor a few questions about her upcoming new series.
Give us an overview of your new web series “Next.”
TAYLOR: NEXT chronicles what happens as the male-dominated tech world gets an injection of female leadership. It’s a scripted 5 episode dramedy created, written, directed, and produced by women about a female-led Silicon Valley Tech Start-up. The season begins when the company CONNEXT, which has created a personal assistant device, the YES DEAR (voiced in a loving man’s voice after each request), goes on a retreat at a pivotal time to regroup…ironically, without any mobile device.
What inspired you to create the project?
TAYLOR: My co-producers, Anne Hallinan, Lisa-Marie Newton and I all participate in an acting class together at Seydways Acting Studios. We, therefore have learned to work in a similar fashion, so one day after class, while out socially, we decided it would be a lot of fun to create a project together. It all morphed in to a project by women and about women because we, the producers, are women.
Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk, where she asserts that, “Women systematically underestimate their own abilities,” struck a chord with us. She said the talent pool of women enrolled in undergraduate computer science programs is shrinking; 35 percent in 1985 and only 17 percent currently. This obviously effects which gender pursues a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has found that in prime time drama series, only 40.3 percent of the characters represented are female with fewer behind the camera. NEXT, the Web Series addresses both issues.
What do you hope audiences take away from the series?
TAYLOR: Enjoyment and awareness of the capabilities of women in tech and entertainment.
If you could wave a magic wand and go back — is there anything you would do differently as the co-creator and star of the film? Would you do it again?
TAYLOR: I would absolutely do it again. In fact, we are thinking about Season 2. This has been a tremendous learning experience, so I’m sure there would be many things streamlined.
Do you prefer comedy over drama?
TAYLOR: I love comedy and drama. They both are so fun to play.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
TAYLOR: We are very proud of our Writer/Director, Serena Shulman, who has just won Best Short Film for “The Ten Plagues” at the DC Jewish Film Festival and we are very excited for our online YouTube Premiere of NEXT, the Web Series on March 10th.
Thanks, Taylor – we certainly won’t underestimate you!
Learn more about ‘NEXT, The Web Series’ at: www.NextWebSeries.com
Follow on Twitter: @NEXTwebseries