Note: Check the extended interview after the jump!
I remember the first time I watched The Guild. I was surfing around on YouTube, looking at various web shows and funny one-off videos. Thinking back, I'm not quite sure which breadcrumb lead me to The Guild, but as soon as I finished watching the first episode I clicked "subscribe." With its clever writing, nuanced acting, and that web aesthetic that is so hard to pin down by many "experienced" Hollywood producers, it stood head and shoulders above most web shows. When I took a look under the hood, I became especially thrilled to know it was written and produced by the lead actress of the series, Felicia Day.
Actor by day and geek by night, Felicia took her experience in Hollywood and decided to make her own unique career path. With her love of gaming (she confesses to a past WOW addiction) and her producing and writing talent, she formed her own acting vehicle and created the show she wanted to see. It paid off, The Guild grew a very large fan base in a very short amount of time.
Felicia has been going around the Hollywood acting circuit for about eight years with some pretty cool roles under her belt, among them an eight-episode arc in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Most recently she's co-starring in Joss Whedon's new online mini-series, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog.
What makes her a poster child for FU of the Week is that while she has a promising acting career, Felicia has decided to take matters into her own hands. She isn't waiting around for casting directors and agents -- she's carving out her own plot of land in this new media landscape. She's also not throwing caution to the wind -- she's taking the time to create something of quality and finding the right people to work and align herself with. That's smart.