Leesa Dean: Adventures of a Web Series Newbie

Chapter 37 – Waiting…
by Leesa Dean

keep-calm-and-still-waiting-18Before I bring you guys up-to-date, a little cool news: I was listed by ComedyTV is Dead,a really cool blog from the UK that reviews web series. They reviewed Chilltownglowingly a number of months back, so I knew they liked it, but was thrilled and surprised when they assembled a list of Women to Watch in Web Series…and I was on it!!I’m in heady company, including Issa Rae of Awkward Black Girl fame and Kylie Sparks from hit show Squaresville and L.A. Girls. Since I’m on hiatus and working like crazy putting together new material it was SUCH a shot in the arm to be included. And I’ve already heard form a producer who saw it and told me, “You are now on my radar.” Which is pretty cool.

Meanwhile, we’re waiting. Have a ton of feelers out to snag a celeb for the TOP SECRET PROJECT and, hopefully, within the next couple of weeks, we’ll line someone up. The holidays kind of slow things down a bit; people are out of town, have a lot of commitments, but things look promising.

So, what am I doing while I’m waiting? Tweaking things on the project. Working like crazy putting ideas together for Season Two of the Lele Show. And actually brainstorming a few new projects. I think it’s really important to always juggle a lot of balls in the air.

Normally, waiting around for things drives me insane. I’m pretty impatient. I read somewhere once that impatience is just a manifestation of fear. I don’t know if I buy that but, I do know that I’ve spent a ton of time waiting in this business. Waiting for calls to be returned. Waiting for people to make decisions about projects. Waiting for meetings to get set up. And it all boils down to the same thing: you’re essentially waiting for someone else to, in essence, make things happen for you. It’s one of the reasons I decided to teach myself how to animate and wing it. At least during the production process, I didn’t have to wait for anybody for anything.

That said, it does still happen. So I’ve learned that versus sitting around stewing or worrying while I wait (not too productive), I just throw myself into work.

And juggle those balls in the air. If you work on a number of different projects, then it means less when something falls through. Plus, it takes up more of your time so you spend less energy worrying about when someone will get back to you.

Author: ChilltownTV

I'm primarily a writer. Sold a few series to tv networks and production companies but never had anything get on the air. So I taught myself how to animate and completed 3 digital series, launching two. The first, Chilltown has been named one of "Five Web Series That Should Be on Your Radar" by ABCNews/Univision and a "Show to Watch" by Tubefilter. The second, Lele's Ratchet Advice Show, garnered a fanatic cult following. As a result, I now do Lele's 60 Second Wrap Up, a weekly comedic entertainment report (which I write & perform) that airs on urban radio stations Rhythm 105.9fm and the Just Wake Up Morning Show on WWRNfm.

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