The Adventures of Issa Rae | 30 Days Unchained : Day 1 Thursday 10 January, 2013

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day: 1 – 1/10/13 | Inspiration:  Issa Rae Did you know that if Issa Rae had her way, the hit webseries The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl would have been an animated cartoon? Since she couldn’t afford to pay an animator, she improvised, creating the show with live actors (and mainly […]

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day: 1 – 1/10/13 | Inspiration:  Issa Rae

Did you know that if Issa Rae had her way, the hit webseries The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl would have been an animated cartoon? Since she couldn’t afford to pay an animator, she improvised, creating the show with live actors (and mainly her friends). Issa tells Live Unchained: “[My] process is essentially, ‘If I have the resources to do it myself, I will do it myself … RIGHT NOW’.” For today’s #30unchained challenge we’d like you to think about a creative dream you put on hold because you didn’t have everything you needed to create it exactly the way you wanted right away.

Issa Rae, Photo Credit: Elton Anderson

Challenge (Find, Create or Remix an image that answers the question): Like Issa, What step towards your creative dream can you take now, given the resources you have RIGHT NOW?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout out your creative dreams! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news.

Live Unchained: Can you tell us about your creative process?

Issa Rae: I’m very impulsive. So, if I have an idea that I’m passionate about, I won’t stop thinking about it until I do it. With Fly Guys, I was in class, thought of the concept, text messaged them and they were down. Then it was just a matter of writing the story outline and shooting it.

With ABG, it was a little different because I thought of the concept two years ago, but I wanted it to be animated. I’m not an animator, so it wasn’t easy for me to just do it. After coming to the realization that animation was out of my budget, I just decided to be in it myself. If I didn’t put myself in it, I knew I wouldn’t get it done. All this to say that my process is essentially, “If I have the resources to do it myself, I will do it myself … RIGHT NOW.” That’s not always the best thing to do, but I’m very adamant about timing.

LU: Is there anything that you wouldn’t joke about? Is there such thing as going too far in comedy?

IR: There are a lot of things I won’t joke about. There are some things I feel are in poor taste – like disabled or handicap jokes. Anything where people can’t help or properly defend themselves. I will push the bar, but I feel like I know where to stop.

LU: What does living unchained mean to you?

IR: To me, living unchained means refusing to accept barriers. It means not making excuses, not holding back, and living life to the fullest extent. Living unchained means being alive.

Issa Rae, Photo Credit: Elton Anderson

Since our original interview with Issa Rae in June 2011, Pharrell Williams began distributing Awkward Black Girl (ABG), through his YouTube network, i am Other. Also, she is now developing her first also recently signed a deal with the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal  Shonda Rhimes to write and produce the television sitcom, I Hate L.A. Dudes. What can we say, we’ve got an eye for talent…

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration. Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes here. Get your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.

Written by Kathryn Buford

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