Women really can lead a tech company…seriously! And, the new original YouTube web series “NEXT” is out to show you.
The series comes from a female team, including actors Taylor Brock, Anne Hallinan and Lisa-Marie Newton, who co-created and star in the project. Writer/Director Serena Shulman first developed the concept, which she based on her own experiences in the tech industry.
I recently caught up with Taylor Brock to find out more about “Next.”
Give us an overview of your new project “NEXT, the web series.”
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 Silicon Valley Tech start-up led by women. 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 can you tell about your character in the series?
TAYLOR: My character, Ilona, is the founder and CEO of the company who desperately wants her company to succeed. This leads to her trying so hard to be cool and be just like the other startups which are founded by 20-somethings.
What would you consider your characters ‘best’ quality? And their ‘worst’?
TAYLOR: My character’s best quality is her determination. Worst: Inflexibility.
How was it creating your own project – would you do it again?
TAYLOR: It’s a lot of work and a lot of fun creating my own project. I absolutely would do it again; I’m thinking about Season 2. I’ve also produced a play that I acted in; Edward Albee’s The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?
Any interesting stories from the set you can share with us?
TAYLOR: While filming in Berkeley, CA a clock tower bell would ring every 30’ for a couple of minutes, so we had to stop filming frequently because of sound issues. We also filmed in a building while a wedding was taking place …we had a couple of intoxicated guests visit the set who would not leave.
What do you hope audiences gain from watching your new series?
TAYLOR: Enjoyment and awareness of the capabilities of women in tech and entertainment.
And, now just for fun:
What’s your favorite food?
TAYLOR: peanut butter
Cats or dogs?
Favorite movie from your childhood.
TAYLOR: Romeo and Juliet
Tell us one thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you.
TAYLOR: I was an Intensive Care Nursery Nurse
How can fans keep up with you and the show?
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NEXT, the web series