One cold, unforgiving day on the internet…Viking Lord and I trudged all the way to our respective keyboards to interview some plucky young web-content-superheroes. This…is their story.
TroubledYoungMan: VV would like to extend a very special welcome to the cast of Leaving Bliss (our new favorite web series, starring Shanna Micko, Brent Bailey, and Jordan St. Jean). Thank you guys for coming.
VikingLord: (to TYM)…They’re meeting us on the internet. I don’t know that that counts as them “coming” anywhere. They’re there, and we are here.
TroubledYoungMan: Shut up.
VikingLord: It has been decided by God that I ask the first question, along with all of the important ones. Shanna…will you go out with me?
Shanna: I assume by your moniker that you are the very large and powerful Nordic warrior type, which is typically what I look for in a man, but at this time I am spoken for. So, no.
TroubledYoungMan: (to VL) …Questions like that are the reason no one COMES to do interviews. ::Sigh:: (to Brent) Brent, you have to do a lot of topless scenes in the show. Has Shanna, or co-producer Steve Yager informed you of their intent to have Madison appear fully nude in future episodes? Because they told us in confidence that you will be appearing fully nude…
Brent: I knew I should have read the fine print! I think to keep our younger viewers onboard I probably should keep the pants on, but I have been notified that Madison might lose his shirt from time to time. Not to mention, if Patience walked in on Madison naked, I think she might have a nervous breakdown, and we can’t have that!
VikingLord: Jordan…will you go out with me?
Jordan: Hmm..well I just had my Wednesday 5pm-9pm canceled for this month so….sure!
TroubledYoungMan: Ignore him, I beseech you. Jordan, your character on the show is frankly, a terrible human being and a bitch. Give your fans some insight as to where you get the inspiration for Roxanne’s character? Is she like you, or the polar opposite?
Jordan: I’m sad to say that it didn’t take much digging on my part to get into Roxanne’s skin. I went to high school with her—like 30 of her. I never thought I’d be thanking the skanky trash girls of my school for anything…but I owe it all to them! I like to think that Roxanne is the complete opposite from me…but I can’t lie…I totally could go for a sno ball right now…
VikingLord: Shanna, can you give us a bit of history about the show’s conception? Perhaps over a candlelit dinner?
TroubledYoungMan: (to VL) I said SHUT UP—(to guests) excuse us for a moment…
[hardly audible murmuring and bickering]
TroubledYoungMan: Okay…yes, tell us about the history of the show.
Shanna: The history, yes. The history goes back about one year. I do like candlelit dinners, by the way. Not to cause anymore trouble or anything, but I just thought I should put that out there. Mostly as a hint to my boyfriend (sorry, VikingLord) to take me out to one real soon. So about a year ago I wanted to write something I could act in. My boyfriend (VikingLord, please stop giving me that sad look) is a director, and he owns a camera and lights and all that jazz, so I was hoping he could film something if I wrote it. My idea started off as a short sketch about an awkward girl who is in love with her roommate, but then all these funny details about her kept coming to me. I kept writing, and soon the sketch turned into a series.
TroubledYoungMan: Brent, tell us about your hopes, dreams, and aspirations as an actor.
VikingLord: (to TYM) Did you notice how you keep asking questions to the dude?
TroubledYoungMan: (to VL) Did you notice how you’re an asshole?
Brent: I think that most people in this business just want to do enough to be able to survive. I am not looking to be an A-list movie star with millions of dollars (I also wouldn’t say no to the offer), but I just want to be steadily working preferably in movies. I kind of fell into acting because of a friend of mine, and didn’t realize how much I enjoyed it until the first day I got to be on a set. After that I was hooked and wanted more, so if I can just keep getting myself back onto more sets I’ll be happy.
VikingLord: Jordan, do you realize that if you smoke enough while you’re pregnant, you may be able to avoid giving birth entirely? No, but seriously…Let’s talk about the baby-bump. What did you use, a pillow?
Jordan: I’m a method actor. That isn’t a problem is it VL? I usually play pregos and psycho killers…so I hope that doesn’t cut into our budding relationship. Okay but honestly, I can’t remember what it was. It must have been pillows or just a cotton mold? I was more concerned with whether or not the denim onesies was making my hips look luscious.
TroubledYoungMan: Shanna, how hard was it for you to kiss the oldest man alive, ever in Episode 4?
Shanna: To be honest, I was not interested in doing a kissing scene with anyone 10+ years older than me, so that’s why I actually cast a young handsome actor named Dave to play that role. The “oldness” is all CG. (Unfortunately, though, that’s where our entire budget went, so we had to eat Subway for lunch during most of our shoots.)
[interviewer’s note: No. He’s at least 200 years old. He’s definitely Cretaceous.]
VikingLord: Brent…give us the scoop about on-set romances. Who’s the boss of who?
Brent: To be honest, the only people I really have gotten to meet from the show are Shanna (Patience) and Steve (Director). Typically my scenes are just the ones in our apartment at this point, and Shanna isn’t inviting anyone over right now! I think in real life Shanna definitely would be the boss of me though, she knows exactly what she wants out of the show, and she does a great job getting it! I haven’t met Jordan yet though, her character would definitely beat Madison up!
TroubledYoungMan: Jordan…You know, maybe you should just go on a date with VikingLord. It might do him some good, and get him to shut up for bit. I’m sure he’d spring for all the Andre Champagne and Corn Nuts you can stomach.
VikingLord: That is a promise.
Jordan: FINALLY! Someone who knows how to treat a lady. My policy is, if you can buy it at a gas station, it’s basically perfect.
TroubledYoungMan: We’d like to thank you all for coming……out here……to the internet. Do you have any advice for aspiring web content creators/tv show creators?
Shanna: Well, I don’t know anything about creating a tv show (YET!), but my advice to web content creators is this: workshop your scripts so that they are great, cast talented actors, and make sure your sound and video quality is good. And get involved in the web content community. Tubefilter.tv hosts awesome monthly meetups in Los Angeles, and I’ve learned a lot and met a lot of great people at them.
VikingLord: Catch all the latest Leaving Bliss at http://www.leavingbliss.com
Befriend the cast on Facebook, read their Twitters……..oh except Jordan…we’re dating now.
TroubledYoungMan: Yeah…uh….yeah. Thanks again, and goodnight Earth!