What would your love life look like on paper?
What if you created a poster board depicting all of your dating experiences (good and bad), dramatic events, face palm moments, crying sessions and times when you felt played to the point where seeking revenge was the only logical option? Would you use any glitter glue to jazz things up? LOL all jokes aside, what would that look like for you? Sierra decided to ditch the construction paper and take the digital route. She documents her love life (or lack thereof as she would say) in a web series on YouTube called “My Crynicles”. I stumbled upon her channel after seeing the first episode links retweeted on my Twitter timeline some time ago. It looked pretty cool and I was in need of some new entertainment—I found myself binging on all the available episodes. When I tell y’all I was weak as hell minutes into the first episode…WEAK.
Sierra is a 24-year old Marietta, Georgia native who currently resides in Los Angeles. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri- Colombia where she studied Communications Mass Media. Determined to make her dreams of working in TV a reality, she’s giving herself more leverage in the game by creating her own series and honing in on her talents. We talked a bit about her interests, what inspired The Crynicles and how she goes about making each episode. If you know me, you know I STAN women who are out here doing dope shit and being creative…Sierra most definitely falls in that category.
Lyndsey A: When did you get into digital design/graphic design? Has it always been a passion and skill you possessed?
Sierra M: Only recently, maybe a year. And I originally wanted to be an actor but I needed something more secure so taught myself different trades in the industry.
LA: What is your absolute favorite part about running a web series?
SJ: I can tell my truth, the way I want.
LA: A lot of the issues you faced in your Crynicles are relatable to a lot of young women. Was being able to resonate with women a main focus of yours in releasing this web series? Or were you mainly focused on just speaking your truth?
SJ: I was mainly just focused on speaking my truth. It was actually surprising to me that so many people could relate so heavily.
LA: What inspired you to bare your romantic soul and release this series? Were you at all afraid about how it would be received by the public?
SJ: I’ve always wanted my own show and i just got sick of waiting lol. And yeah, I was a little afraid, just little bit, but i needed it on my portfolio more than I needed anything else.
LA: Who are three people who inspire you the most and why?
SJ: Issa Rae, because she started on YouTube and has become a super star. Donald Glover because he never limited himself on what he could do to make an impact. And Mara Brock Akil because she created a show (Love Is_) from her own love life.
LA: It looks like a lot of time and effort go into each episode of the Crynicles. Can you give me a run through of how you organize and structure everything to make it possible?
SJ: First I write the episode, then i send out the lines, then I create each set I need and design the characters. I record my lines in response to everyone else's lines and then I just throw everything together. Writing is honestly the hardest part; trying to figure out which things are important to the story and which are just fluff honestly.
LA: How would you describe your creative process?
SJ: It's a lot of figuring out how to get what I see in my head on the screen lol. It’s a lot of googling and looking up tutorials on YouTube because this is all new to me so I'm pretty much learning as I go.
LA: What do you think makes for a great web series?
SJ: Something people can relate to so they keep coming back.
LA: What advice would you give to any creatives who are afraid to take a leap of faith and bring a certain project to life?
SJ: You really just have to decide how important it is to you. That's really what it comes down to.
The Crynicles cover Sierra’s love life dating back to her high school years. There are currently five chapters up, and it’s definitely binge-worthy material. You might as well kick back, grab some snacks and check it out to see if you can relate to any of her unfortunate events! Make sure you leave love and check her out on Instagram!
peace and blessings,