A couple of years ago I read a stat that nearly half of the American work force would be freelance by 2020. This got me thinking. There have been lots of TV series set within the fixed groupings of home and office environments, but I don’t recall seeing anything about the nomadic lifestyle of the freelancer. And that’s when I, along with the exceedingly talented and inexhaustible Jess Golding, came up with Headspace.
Headspace is a 6 x 10’ web-series about frustrated creative Colin who gets fired from his job designing annual reports for a re-insurance company and decides to go freelance. At last, he believes, he’s free to work on the kind of creative and meaningful briefs he dreamed about at art school. However, once banished to his kitchen to work on his portfolio he realises the life of a freelancer can be a lonely one so he decamps to a co-working space.
Co-working is a worldwide trend with new spaces opening up everywhere from California to Kuala Lumpur, largely inhabited by millennials who are, by design or default, members of the gig economy. The gig economy is a recent phenomenon instigated by dotcoms such as Uber and Deliveroo who employ drivers and couriers on a per job basis. The people who take these jobs generally do so to help fund their other pursuits such as writing, filmmaking or starting up their own dotcom.
Having invaded co-working spaces around the world I have come to realise that these Google-esque utopias aren’t always as appealing as they first appear, often attracting a transient population of dreamers, posers and wannabes. All of which makes a co-working space the perfect setting for a comic drama about a man trying to find himself amongst a shifting landscape of fakers.
Each episode introduces Colin to a potential new mentor or ally; an entrepreneur, an artist, a consultant, a could-have-been and, eventually, a barista – the one who has been serving his coffee and stealing his heart every time he had to escape from Headspace.
The series is written partly from experience as an often frustrated creative myself and definitely to appeal to those millennial members of the gig economy, inhabiting co-working spaces and chasing their dreams. The requirement to be relentlessly optimistic can be draining, hopefully this can be their guilty pleasure! Therefore, allow me to formally introduce you to Headspace…
These few scenes are meant merely as an appetiser to introduce two of the three main characters played by Malaysian actor Gavin Yap and Singaporean national treasure Pam Oei. I first encountered Gavin performing with the Pangdemonium theatre company and Pam as a founding member of the Dim Sum Dollies and wrote each part specifically for them so was overwhelmed when they agreed to take part.
I must also thank the rest of the crew for their time and commitment, especially co-creator Jessica Golding, producer Clarisse Poh and D.O.P Jeremy Mackie not to mention Click2View, Landor Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic and Homestudio for donating kit, crew and locations.
Now I need a sponsor. The scripts are complete, the cast and crew ready and the budget finalised and so begins the REALLY hard work of finding a brand that wants to reach out to a creative, tech-savvy audience of English-speaking millennials. If that’s you, get in touch on +65 8428 1560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk turkey. For now though watch, like and share with the hashtag #headspace so I can see what you think.