In search of a fresh start and tired of the usual storylines revolving around women figuring their lives out, Mckenzie Trent decided to take matters into her own hands and create her own work. As a result, Delores Briggam was born and we are so grateful that she was. A comedic series showcasing events that Trent herself went through after moving to LA, the 8-episode series took us by surprise and we know you guys will love it too. Learn more about the series below and watch the series today!
netTVnow: Where did the idea for The Adventures of Delores Briggam come from?
Mckenzie Trent: It’s largely based on my experience moving to LA. I was hoping for a fresh start and to do things differently, and it was harder than I thought it would be. Plus, LA provides a lot of interesting experiences that you won’t find anywhere else and I wanted to explore that and make fun of it. There’s a lot of “young woman figuring it out” kind of shows, so I wanted to put a twist on it that would allow my show to exist without feeling like a copy of many others before it. I wanted to blow my experiences out and putting them in a slightly weirder world gave me room for that. I’m a huge fan of mockumentaries, and they tend to exist with more extreme characters so it felt like a perfect fit. Plus I love a good wig.
netTVnow: Can you tell us more about your background?
MT: I started acting after college. I moved to New York from the south and followed the grind for a while. In my frustration of not getting the jobs I wanted, I started creating my own work. I had a little production company and we put out a few shorts and a feature, most of which I wrote and starred in. When I moved to LA, I knew producing my own work was something I wanted to focus on. I kept hearing these excuses and compliments that “my voice was unique” and “my type was hard to define," so creating my own roles felt like the best option. I’ve fallen into writing and stand up more and more as I pursue this business which has been exciting to explore.
netTVnow: Was this your first web series? If so, what made you want to do it?
MT: I’ve worked on web series before, but this is the first project I did myself and the first one I’ve actually released. Everyone’s got a web series on their hard drive that no one will ever see! Most of my motivation was the challenge of it. For the longest time I felt like I couldn’t do anything without someone else involved. Like I wasn’t good enough or my work wouldn’t be enough if I did it alone. I started to feel like I was always waiting for other people’s permission to do things. Whether it was a writing partner or producing partner, it felt like I was becoming my own obstacle. Why do I need someone else to validate my work? So I started with a web series as a challenge to myself and to get these ideas out of my head and into something I’m proud of.
netTVnow: How long did it take to film the series?
MT: We filmed the whole series in 4 days.
netTVnow: Follow up, if you’re willing to discuss budget, what kind of budget, if any, were you working with? What were some of the obstacles you stumbled upon because of it?
MT: I wasn’t really familiar with costs for an experienced crew. I’d mostly worked with the friends and just the bare essentials in the past, so budgeting this was a new experience for me. When you have a limited budget, you have to find creative ways to get free locations and discounts on crafty, stuff like that. But for me, the biggest concern was making my acting a priority. Usually when you are wearing so many hats - writer, producer, director, actor - your performance can be at risk because you’re juggling so many other responsibilities that take precedence. Limited budgets make it harder to delegate, so finding that balance was a chore at times.
netTVnow: As someone who is involved in stand up, acting, etc., what did you like most about the web series format?
MT: I knew I wanted to make something funny, but what I love about the great mockumentary shows like Parks and Rec and The Office, was their ability to have so much heart and warmth while being so ridiculous. Giving my character not only depth, but a really nice and clear arc was important to me. So a series felt like the best way to do that as opposed to a short or a sketch, and a feature was out of my price range. While the web series market is heavily saturated, it was something I could complete that felt like a real show with a beginning middle and end.
netTVnow: Knowing what you know now about web series, are there things you would have done differently?
MT: It’s much harder to get people to watch all the episodes than I thought. Even if I get an amazing response and view count on Facebook, the audience doesn’t track in near the numbers to YouTube. So I’d say I’d prepare more for how I’d reach the audience I’m interested in. Also, I’d say it’s doable. Ideas can feel out of reach or not worth the trouble, so just the accomplishment of a full 8 episode season gives me new confidence I can bring to my next project.
netTVnow: What are some of your favorite web series (optional question)?
MT: I haven’t watched a lot of web series, but I loved the Broad City series and Awkward Black Girl when they were just web series. I also recently watched The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo and I was so inspired and entertained by it.
netTVnow: Can we expect to see Delores in action again?
MT: I love Delores and I have a lot of ideas for a second season. So she will definitely be back!
netTVnow: Do you have any upcoming projects we can share or anything else to add?
MT: I don’t have anything to share immediately, but I’m in pre-production with a comedy short film I wrote that I’m really pumped about. I also have another series called Power Ladies that I should be filming in the next few weeks so be on the lookout for that!