Vanessa Baden, who graduated from FSU in 2007 with a degree in sociology, took what she learned in media production classes and moved to Los Angeles.
"It's hard but it's good," said Baden
plays Hope, the group's leading social force, who uses her
good looks to get what she
is quick to say it's not typecasting, but she
did know plenty of Hopes on campus.
"We based every character off somebody or a few people we knew in school-so we hope people will recognize them," said Baden
"One of the things we really wanted to do was to imbue music into the show," said Baden
"Music really dictates what's going on-we wanted to highlight some underground artists who are on the cusp of being signed and give them their shot as well.
It makes the show more viral because music's so viral.
Music is the driving force of our generation."
Bland is a BET Lens On Talent finalist and Baden
is a former Nickelodeon star.
"We do eventually want to move it back to Tallahassee, just to give everyone the same opportunities like what Will Packer did," said Baden
"It doesn't matter if you know how," said Baden
Executive Producers, James Bland, Vanessa Baden
and Christopher "Play Martin sat down with Allhiphop.com
and shared the story behind the original web series "Fail
Produced by actors and filmmakers, Vanessa Baden
and James Bland, the show has comedy, drama, hi-jinks, and lessons all wrapped up in one.
James Bland: It was October 2010, I had just left an assistant position at Sony Pictures
, and Vanessa
had recently quit a teaching job in Florida and relocated to L.A. to pick up her acting career.
Fast forward nine month later, Vanessa
and myself are on a summer college tour promoting "FAIL" across the state of Florida, and we run into Play at a Best Buy
remembered me from the screening and asked what I was doing in town.
: Yeah, Play coming on was the craziest story.
(AllHipHop News) "Fail," an online urban comedy show for youth, will premiere its second season exclusively on AllHipHop.com
in a partnership with Hip-Hop legend Christopher "Play" Martin of Kid-N-Play, and acclaimed producers, Vanessa Baden
and James Bland.