Director and producer Missy Talbot has earned stripes on both the stage and small screen. With the production hit televisions shows, such as Cheaters and Switchplay Live under her belt combined with theatrical productions, like Eyes of Deception and Karl King's When a Woman Loves and There Goes the Neighborhood Talbot has carved a lane for herself in both worlds and made a name for herself in the entertainment industry. Check out the exclusive Q&A below.
Tell me a little about how you got your start in television and theatre.
My start was with Okane Media Group in 2000 with Miles Dixon and Nate Talbot.
What advice can you offer to someone looking to pursue a similar path?
Research Everything. Keep up to date with what's hot and trending and study. But most importantly it's nothing like experience. Intern, understudy, and never stop learning. Watch who you associate yourself with, be protective of your name.
What's the most challenging aspect of your job?
Getting everyone to stick to their word and contracts that they sign. It's always one or two out of the bunch that causes problems. Not sticking to schedule etc., but usually God works it all out. "Get It Done" is our motto.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Turning dreams into reality. I love watching a product go from off the page into full production. It brings everything to life.
Which do you like best, theatre or television?
I've had many great moments. I can't really pinpoint one specific thing. This now gives me something to think about.
What are some of the similarities and differences between theatre and television?
Similarities: Casting, bringing characters to life, script editing, character development and marketing.
Differences: Rehearsal time, production schedules, talent level, the size of the team that's needed and financial obligation.
Which do you enjoy most, theatre or television?
I truly love them equally BUT there's nothing like that live, instant reaction from an audience in theater. With film and television, you have to wait for ratings, feedback, comments, etc. versus when you do theater you are watching the tears, the laughs, and people leave telling you how they felt. But I just love "quality" entertainment.