Longtime fans remember Reagan Gomez from The WB’s 1995-’99 show “The Parent ‘Hood,” but since the days of playing “Zaria Peterson,” the actress and mother of two has added producer and writer to her growing resume. In between juggling voice over work on Fox’s “The Cleveland Show,” a new role on TV One’s “Love That Girl” and a 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son at home, Gomez created and stared in the first season of her first web series, “Almost Home.” And now she’s ready for round two.
The actress-turned-producer is currently crownfunding for a second season of her web show, with hopes of releasing new episodes early next year. “Almost Home” stars Gomez and her real life brother-in-law DeJuan Turrentine, as a brother and sister duo on the move to Southern California in search of a fresh start after the death of their mother. As the characters navigate a new life, they find themselves following singing and styling opportunities and discovering their dreams, but the Hollywood shuffle’s not without it’s share of drama.
“The triumph of season one was launching a successful IndieGoGo campaign and being able to complete the season,” Gomez told HelloBeautiful.com. “I funded the first few episodes myself — including the trailer — and we didn’t know where we were going to get the money for the rest of the season, then we heard about IndieGoGo.” In just under three months, the actress raised $13, 841 for production costs for her show via the crowd funding website. “We didn’t reach our goal, but I’m a mama, I’m a Black mama so I know how to stretch a dollar!” Gomez said. In addition to wearing multiple hats for the production, which she calls a family-affair, she tapped her husband, DeWayne Turrentine, to act in the series and handle all the music. “We were able to complete the season and this became the first project that I wrote, produced and was really involved in every stage–from pre-production, to post-producting and editing. It was a turning point you can say.”
COMING UP, ON SEASON 2…
Gomez has already written season 2 of her web series and she promises lots of drama and thought provoking scenes to come. She tells us the main character, Lisa, and her industry beau Scott will have their budding relationship tested after “Lisa finally gets to see what it’s like to be dating one of the most popular producers in the world”…as other chicks look on. There’s a possible love interest for DaJuan (although it’s “not all that it seems”) and there will be a few other new characters in the mix. Through the character Queen, a hip hop artist played by Gomez’s real-life sister-in-law, Gomez will also use the second season to “talk about things that female emcees have to deal with in the male dominated, mysogynist, sexist-hip hop business that we all love anyway” (if you follow her well-informed conversations on Twitter, @ReaganGomez, are you surprised?).
And the multitasking actress has her eyes set on even more projects in the future. “The web series was one step, the next step will be season two, and then the next step will be a feature-length project,” she says, adding that she plans to turn “This Time,” a short she shot with “Almost Home” director Matthew A. Cherry, into a full length feature film. “I’ve been bit by the bug and now I can’t stop!”
CLICK HERE to help create “Almost Home Season 2″ by donating to the IndieGogo campaign that’ll run through December 8, 2013. Surf more of Reagan Gomez’s favorite web series in the gallery below.
Reagan Gomez's Picks: 5 Must-Watch Web Series
1. "Almost Home"
Reagan Gomez ("Parenthood," "Cleveland Show") is the executive producer and star of "Almost Home," a web series about a brother-sister duo who moves to LA following their mother's death to start over and pursue their dreams. Gomez is currently self-funding and crowdfunding to shoot season 2. Click here to donate: http://bit.ly/1basOI2 and keep clicking to see more of the actress' favorite web shows!
2. BLACK & SEXY TV
"I love everything Black & Sexy does," Gomez told us, and we have to agree the web channel is full of gems. Started by the filmmakers of "It's A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy," the YouTube hub holds comedies like the the award-winning "RoomieLoverFriends," "That Guy," "The Couple," and "Hello Cupid." SURF HERE: https://www.youtube.com/user/blackandsexytv
3. "Let Leslie Tell It"
"Leslie is hilarious!" said Gomez of the comedic weekly pop culture vlog. "The show's on Issa Rae's channel and I love everything she does too; who doesn't love 'Awkward Black Girl?'" Since Rae's ABG took audiences by storm in 2011, the multi-talented content creator has gone on to offer other shows, including this year's "The Choir" and "How Men Become Dogs." SURF HERE: https://www.youtube.com/user/actingrl112
4. "BLACK Actress"
"BLACK Actress," a mocumentary style series created by and starring Andrea Lewis ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), is also backed by Issa Rae. The show features commentary from stars like Tatyana Ali, Naturi Naughton, Essence Atkins, and Jenifer Lewis as it follows the adventures of the main character "Kori," who is trying to catch her big break in acting. SURF HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TedSIDr_n-0
5. "Lenox Avenue - The Series"
From creators Al Thompson and Brian Rolling, this dramatic series starring Thompson, Dorian Missick, Ryan Vigilant, Michael K. Williams, Jamie Hector, and Vanessa Bell Calloway, revolves around three friends as they navigate the rough terrain of love and relationships while living in Harlem, New York. SURF HERE: http://bit.ly/185OKam
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