Thursday, February 11, 2016

Magan Carrigan and Taylor Williams Comedy Series ‘Solid 8' Set to Premiere February 14

Solid 8 premieres February 14.
A new web series chronicling the trials and tribulations of the New York film and television scene is set to release its first three episodes. Solid 8 is a comedic look at one actress’ struggle to be a perfect ten, and what happens when she falls just short of the mark. After raising $15,000 on Indiegogo through word-of-mouth and grassroots campaigning, “Solid 8” premieres February 14th at solid8series.com.

The series is created by Actors Studio Drama School MFA graduates Magan Carrigan and Taylor Williams, and stars Carrigan as Nicki Shannon, a likeable-but-doomed actress trying to start a career in New York. Williams plays Dylan, Nicki’s eccentric playwright boyfriend. Joining them is series director and fellow ASDS alumni Danny Gorman, as the put-upon roommate Justin.

Solid 8 is the story of Nicki, a young actress trying to break into the New York theatre and film scene, constantly running into personal and professional obstacles that are often of her own making. Dealing with career fumbles, familial tensions, and a near-constant fear of failure leads her to the most important question every early career artist must ask: is it worth it to even keep Magan Carrigan (Co-Creator, Nicki) is a New York based actress and New Orleans native.

Favorite roles include Marsha in "Wanda's Visit" (Gibney Dance Studio) and Sister Felicity in "Suddenly Last Summer" (Actors Studio Drama School). She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting at the Actors Studio Drama School and has completed the Summer Intensive Acting Workshop at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City.

Taylor Williams (Co-Creator, Dylan) is a Brooklyn based playwright. Past credits include "Ships in the Night" (Manhattan Rep), "Paint the Line" (Gibney Dance Studio), "Rhapsody" (Studio 115), and "The World at Large" (New Voices for the Theatre). Taylor is an Associate Member of “I was looking on Actors Access a year and a half ago, and I remember getting really down on myself and overwhelmed by not feeling thin enough or ‘right’ enough to submit for a number of roles. I wasn’t sure if that was actual demand or something in my head, but either way I realized that kind of thinking is toxic. I wanted to make something to take charge of my career, and to show that you don’t have to wait for someone else to tell you that you deserve to be in the room.

"Solid 8 is about finding personal validation in a difficult world, says Williams. "We're trying to make a show that speaks to that certain malaise every early career artists struggles with. It's a show about success, and whether success is defined by yourself or the world around you."

Watch the trailer below.



Solid 8 launches Episodes 1-3 on February 14th at www.solid8series.com, where you can find sneak peeks at upcoming episodes and behind-the-scenes looks from members of the creative team. Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram at @solid8series and “Like” the series on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/solid8series.

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