I’m a gung-ho kind of gal, so I tend to answer calls to arms, and this time around, priority is given to people wearing elf ears. In the glossy coffee table book The Guild, The Official Companion Guide, Felicia Day tells the story of how her genre-creating web series came into being, and she does so by merging the fantasy world of online gaming and creative ideas into the concrete world of web series content creation. She also shares how six seasons of the show and its huge following propelled the once infant genre of web series into a revolutionary entertainment platform.
Hard core fans will eat up the play-by- play of character break-downs, costuming, and actor interviews, but Day reiterates again and again that the 150 million viewers, Microsoft endorsement, companion comic books, name guest stars, music videos, and convention circuits came about through the passion of telling a story that hadn’t yet been told. In 2005, Day was an actress who didn’t feel women like her were accurately represented in the entertainment industry. Day took an addiction to the online role-playing game, World of Warcraft and the virtual community she found there and funneled it into the real world with grit and love. Note to all web series creators: read this book.
The thing is the world has changed since The Guild season one first graced computer screens. Since 2005, web series are now represented by SAG-AFTRA and their creation is common enough that the majority seem uninspired. For these, their goal is not to tell a novel story, but vanity projects only looking to nab corporate backing. The online world is a slicker place than it once was, but there has to be more to it than business machinations.
Now running the online web channel “Geek and Sundry”, Day has a multimedia empire and has arrived there on her own terms. She reminds us, “We all have to tell our stories…because that’s your legacy, to show the world your uniqueness…and unless you’re expressing that, you’re doing the world a disservice, because no one else can do what you do. If you have the determination and the bravery to create something…it’s worth doing.” Thank you Felicia and the world of The Guild, challenge accepted. – Jacqui Rêgo
Jacqui Rêgo is an actor/writer in NYC by way of Miami, L.A., Toronto, Montreal, and Rio de Janeiro. Que beleza! Jacqui is Brazilian in a way that leaves her paler then Giselle Bündchen but with genetics only half as German. Clearly a lover of duality, she has two passports and has studied at NYU Tisch School of the Art’s BFA program, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Augosto Boal’s Pablo Picasso UNESCO Award winning vector of social change, also known as the Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro! You may have seen Jacqui preforming in the documentary based on Melvin Van Peeble’s theatrical production of Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song in Paris’s Sons d’hiver festival and she continues her effervescent rabble-rousing writing personal essays and plays like, “Baby Hubris”. Jacqui has a passion for juicing green things and lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and their 22-year old Persian cat. Her life thesis is: we are all Lena Dunham on the inside. Follow her on twitter @JacquiRego. Check out more web series reviews by Jacqui HERE.