With the website finally done and the new business cards on the way, it’s finally time to tackle something I’ve been dreading – location scouting.

Don’t get me wrong. Location scouting is inherently fun. I’m just terrified of it because I’m always afraid I won’t find what I want – or worse – find something that I love but costs too much or have too prohibitive a time of availability. Add to that the fact that I’m not familiar with a lot of places due to me being a homebody and the task becomes downright daunting. But I really want to do this show and scouting is a necessary evil, so…

I sat down a few days ago and made a list of every location I’ll need for Season One. It’s not a huge list (it’s less ambitious than some other web series), but it does present a few challenges. To make things easier I resigned to focus only on what I need for Episode One, because, quite frankly, if that episode never gets made, none others can follow (so why worry about them?). Fortunately, I just need one location – a coffee shop. I’d made a list of a few to check out around town, so after taking care of some personal business, I hit the road.

After all was said and done, I’d visited five coffee shops, two of which remain possibilities. Ironically my top choice wasn’t even on the list; I thought the place had closed and was now a straight eatery. But since I was in the area checking out another place, I stopped by and was not only pleased to find out that the place still served coffee, but was being remodeled to make the originally too-small place roomier. On top of that, the assistant manager was extremely gracious and when told I was putting together a web series, was very interested in the possibility of us shooting there. I’m hoping it works out (I need to go back with a camera and take some snapshots and work out the blocking), because this place is Black-run, and it’s a goal of mine to do as much business with Black vendors as I can.

We’ll see. Once a location is locked, the next step will be CASTING (finally!)…