What inspired you to create this project?
This short was inspired about the “the struggle” – the struggle of finding a job. Now, more than ever, this feels very on the nose. Who knows how the world is going to be after we enter back into the workplace, but I always like to look at things with humor. Of course humor is key to keep going and keep the spirits high – and I’m not talking about the spirit in “Linda’s” coffee mug… Fun fact: that was unfortunately inspired by a couple of real life bosses. And thanks to Kira, I was able to continue to bring the “Crystal the Webseries” alive and share more of my “dysfunctional function” comedy style.
The whole project is simply based on my real life experiences and how I process things. That said, I’m not saying I know what I’m doing. If anything, it’s quite the opposite. I can recover from things with the help of comedy, keep growing, and make new mistakes.
In the “The Interview,” we see Crystal, a graphic designer and struggling artist, once again making new mistakes, but for her gain. It’s a dog-eat-dog world. I did take a risk showcasing a less appealing side of her. But I felt it was so important to find that balance, because during the webseries era, the audience felt that they needed to protect her. I wanted to show that she can hold her own.
We also get to meet Stan and see what he is all about. This is equally just messy, as he “was or was not a sex slave for women.” I left that up in the air, because both ways are funny and also no judgement – times are tough.
We see Crystal is willing to do whatever it takes to land this dream job.
What challenges, if any, have you encountered so far?
I mean, I don’t think I have enough room to share but I will say, “I know that I know nothing” – good old Socrates knew what’s up. But with every challenge, I have learned either a new skill or got to connect with some amazing people. The biggest challenge is really that there’s never enough funding when it comes to film. You can either complain about this or do something about it. I was self-funded for “Crystal the Web-series,” and I am so happy I took the time to save, because you change a lot during the developmental process. That time gives you a chance to really understand what kind of artist you want to be. And there’s so much information out there, which can be a challenge sometimes – too many options. I really took the time to filter through what I wanted to focus on, and keeping up to date with things can be tricky, but it’s part of the job.
How do you think your experiences as a woman in entertainment have influenced this project?
It has and hasn’t. When I first moved out to LA, it was difficult to find people to work with. And to make it very clear, I was paying people and still received nothing. That was kind of a shock to see that it didn’t seem to matter to them, because I was still a “woman in film.” So, I went full guerrilla and taught myself a lot. I am a bit of a researcher and nerd, so for me it was kind of second nature to take this challenge and go.
I went non-stop until I found people who were willing to take a look at my script and join the madness. I just tell people to keep going, because time will make people see this isn’t just a “pipe dream” and you will find your people along the way. The hard moments are always leading up to some amazing powerful breakthroughs. And always take your project seriously, because art really does influence and shape the world. Right now, it is keeping people sane. It’s funny to think that our insanity keeps people sane.
What advice do you have for women seeking to create their own content?
Start. Start today, don’t talk about it. And it can be as simple as writing random ideas on a napkin. Find a format or creative process that works for you can just go, go hard. Allow yourself to go so far that you end up discovering other sides of yourself that will help you along the way. You will be surprised how badass you can be when you have that mind set. I am not saying to be mean or rude, because I’m never down with that bully mentally or having a big ego. Remember that staying humble will always be trending. And now there’s a lot more information on budgeting and resources – this is the time to start.
Check out Crystal Correa’s work now!
Crystal the Webseries: https://twistedmirror.tv/en/crystal
Image: C+ Media Productions