In this exclusive interview with Terri Black, one of the creators of “Quarter Life Crisis”, we learn more about the inspiration behind the coming of age web series.
1) What inspired you to create the series?
The idea to do a web series came to, co-creator (who also stars in the show), Alphonso Walker Jr. and myself after we’d worked on a play together. We needed an outlet where we could continue being creative, utilizing our talents, he as an actor and myself a writer. With The Quarter Life Crisis it was just where we were in our lives. We had both recently graduated college and were in that “what now” phase. We wanted to be relate-able. Highlight our own struggles and those of other 20-something year olds in a fun and lighthearted way.
2)What made you decide to center the series on two men and a one woman?
Well, originally with Mo and Walker we wanted to show a solid and platonic relationship between a man and woman, which is similar to our relationship. Because no matter what the movies tell you men and woman can be just friends!! 😉 Drew’s character came in towards the end to round things out.
3.What was the largest obstacle creating the web series?
Our largest obstacle was probably getting people to stay committed in the early stages of production. When no one is getting paid and no product is being released it’s understandable for people to get restless. Luckily, we ended up with an amazing cast and dedicated team who all shared our vision.
4.What is the biggest message you want people to take from the series?
We want people to know it’s ok to not have everything together. Our society puts us all on these unrealistic schedules of where we should be in life at a certain age but everyone’s journey is different. It’s ok to take your time. Enjoy being young while you can.
5.What advice would you provide to others who would like to create a web series?
First and most important, if you don’t have the passion for it do not do it! It won’t be worth it. A lot of people don’t know how much work goes into creating just a ten-minute video and the monetary rewards aren’t there, especially not in the beginning. You have to do it because you love doing it; otherwise you’re wasting your time.
Secondly, don’t get discouraged if things don’t take off at first. Stay committed. Stay focused. If you keep putting out your best work someone will take notice of your efforts. And consistency will keep them coming back.
Lastly, build a team of people you believe in and vice versa, who will keep you motivated, and who you can have a good time with. When you’re on set for hours at a time you’re definitely going to want to be around someone who can make you laugh. And those happy memories will come in handy when you’re ready to kill them. Trust me those days will come too.
6.Do you think the current climate of race relations in this country will increase the consumption of Black media by Black people? If so, why?
If there was ever a time to tell our stories it has to be today. There is so much black pride in the black community right now, from the natural hair movement to the anniversary of the Million Man March. Our people want to hear our stories. They’re seeking them. We’re tired of non-POC telling POC stories and getting them wrong or simply not telling them at all. Now that we have found outlets to present works with little to no restrictions it makes content so much easier to obtain. The consumption of black media by black people is already increasing. Hopefully it will continue to rise.
7.The series ends with a cliffhanger. What can we expect next from “The Quarter Life Crisis” team?
We’re always working on “The Quarter Life Crisis” even when we’re working on other projects. So stay tuned for more from us in the future. We could never leave you all hanging like that.