From the Episode: Aspirations

Léa

| August 23, 2016

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Columbia University / 2015 / 11 minutes / English / Color

“Sit down, George. There’s something I need to tell you.”

Aspiring actress Léa struggles to make a name for herself in New York City while working a dead-end day job at a Queens bowling alley. Despite the death of her fish, the cold shoulder from her boyfriend, an embarrassing encounter with an old acquaintance, and a boss who thinks her performances are less than convincing, she’s convinced that today’s audition will make or break her career. When she finally gets in front of the director, will Léa choke? Or will she land the part of a lifetime?

Directed by Connor Simpson. Principal Cast: Dominique Johnson, Eric Reis, Lawrence Frank, David Gibson, and Joseph Midyett.

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Credits

Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Editor
Peter Borg

Design
Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by
Trifonic

Audio
John Andrieni

Interactive
Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Publicity
Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

Legal
William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer