Written by: Richard J. McRae Photographs by: Edward Ross
It was back in the summer of 2015 when we met with YouTube sensation Carolyn Bridget Kennedy. We talked with her about her beginnings in the entertainment industry and how she came to create her first YouTube webseries “The Bridget Linden Show”.
Up until late 2011, Carolyn worked as a personal injury paralegal before she began her transition into entertainment. A friend encouraged her to look into acting because of her personality, sense of humor, and comedic timing. He put her in contact with another actress in Calgary, who kindly provided her with a few contacts in the local film and television industry. With these new insights and her sheer determination, Carolyn now had the right footing to start her new path and begin pursuing her dream.
In early 2012, with little training or experience, Carolyn decided to get her comedic talent onto film by creating a bunch of skits about a 30 something single woman exploring new life experiences on her own and giving advice and encouragement to others. Bridget Linden was born – a one woman show that Carolyn wrote, produced, directed and acted in on her own. Carolyn has created 125 episodes of “The Bridget Linden Show” to date, which have collectively had about 700,000 views and 1,200 subscribers to her channel.
Although she began filming “Bridget Linden” with little experience or training, Carolyn has since invested greatly in her training as an actor and filmmaker by taking classes in all aspects of filmmaking, studying with her regular acting coach, practicing in her home studio, and taking an intensive director/producer apprenticeship.
When we last met with Carolyn she was in the process of writing and producing a brand new webseries “Danger Pay”, which is a complete departure from “The Bridget Linden Show”. It’s a comedy webseries about a woman, Michelle Scott, who accepts a job that pays more than usual to work for a bizarre lawyer and endures the lawyer’s antics so she can afford to pursue her dreams. Since our first meeting she has filmed the first 2 episodes of “Danger Pay” and the first episode has already been released.
We can’t wait to see more of this series and how Michelle navigates everything that her eccentric boss throws at her. Carolyn has written a story arc for 26 episodes over 2 seasons, so there is already plenty to look forward to.
Never idle, Carolyn has also co-written and co-produced, together with actress Saleste Mele, another new webseries, a sketch comedy series called “WBFTV Comedy” (Women Being Funny TV). The first episode of “WBFTV Comedy” is called “Elaine’s World” and was released on December 22, 2015. It is a parody of the popular Saturday Night Live skit “Wayne’s World”. Carolyn is a huge fan of comedy and SNL in particular. Elaine’s World takes a look at what it might have been like if “Wayne & Garth” had been girls, and includes an interview with a special guest and a Top 10 List. You can check out this hilarious video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/lKx-RI1Si64. As with “Danger Pay”, more episodes of WBFTV Comedy are in development and filming continues. Future skits will feature different characters and situations – some original and some parodies.
Carolyn formed her production company, Demure Duchess Pictures, in the summer of 2014 to create all of her own projects, including Danger Pay, WBFTV Comedy, and new Bridget Linden episodes. The logo for Demure Duchess Pictures – two D’s intertwined – has been trademarked and is incorporated into a clothing line Carolyn is developing for the strong elegant independent woman. The initial offering will be a shapely fitted ladies T- shirt in black with the logo printed in metallic silver available for purchase on the Demure Duchess website in early 2016.
Even while Carolyn continues to create more episodes of Danger Pay and WBFTV Comedy, she is also writing a new feature film, which she will also produce through Demure Duchess Pictures.
When Carolyn is not busy creating her own projects, she is also in demand as an actress in many other projects. Most recently, she landed the role of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Victoria Hunter in the new television series Galaxy Trek, a Star Trek inspired series. There are currently plans for 5 seasons and 4 feature films. Carolyn is thrilled that the show’s producers have created collector trading cards for all of the main characters, including hers. Episode 1 of Galaxy Trek is scheduled to be released online on VulcanTV in the spring of 2016.
Carolyn also plays “Lindsay” in the first two episodes of “Off Screen” (TV Series) and also was the First Assistant Director of the pilot episode. She also plays “Nurse Champagne” in the upcoming Herschell Gordon-Lewis horror film “BloodMania”.
As a dramatic actor, Carolyn has branded herself as the character of the “alluring trailblazer”. She has been sought out to audition for roles of characters that are similar to Lena Headey’s character of Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones; Sigourney Weaver in Alien; Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct; Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich; and Jennifer Aniston in Horrible Bosses. She has auditioned for roles in the U.S. and Canada and as far away as Bollywood.
As a person, Carolyn is a very approachable and kindhearted woman. She has accumulated a loyal following of fans who shower her with encouragement and enjoy sharing their own stories with her. People admire her strength of character and her message about being able to change one’s life by sharing her own personal story about her own 110 pound weight loss nearly 2 decades ago.
Carolyn discusses her projects and life challenges when she can in television interviews, podcasts and magazine articles both in Canada and in the US. Carolyn is living proof that it is never too late to pursue your dreams, and that you just never know what may happen when you put yourself out there and go for it. The future is looking very bright for this rising star.
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