Our team fell in love with The New Adult, a black web series created by Los Angeles based Writer / Director Katherine Murray Satchell. The series follows Amber, a millennial, who is struggling with becoming an adult, hence the title, “The New Adult.” The first season was shot in 16 days and Katherine’s take on story is refreshing. We interviewed her to learn about the inspiration behind The New Adult and introduce this talented writer / director to our readers.
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Katherine was motivated to write The New Adult in what she calls, “the second wave of my quarter life crisis.” She explains, “I was having trouble adjusting to adulthood. I started to think about my peers in their late 20s who were going through the same thing. We didn’t know what we were doing, where we were going in our lives. Then, I started thinking about how my generation was raised, and how some of us were coddled so much, that we weren’t properly trained to survive in the real world. I thought to myself, how funny would it be if someone in their 30s was put into that situation? Someone who was coddled, spoiled, and just didn’t have their shit together?”
To say Amber doesn’t have it together is the understatement of the decade. She is hilariously clueless and unbelievable inept. And yet you believe in her, you route for her, and sometimes you scratch your head wondering, “Who did this to their child?”
All the way from Philadelphia
Katherine admits Amber’s character is influenced by a combination of people that she grew up around. A Philadelphia native, Katherine attended a diverse high school and in the city that spawned Will Smith, Eve, Boyz II Men, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Roots, she fell in love with alt-rock. How’s that for a mind bender? But it’s not simply the alt-rock influence which shaped Katherine and thereby Amber, it’s the 6 foot black girl from high school who’s still fresh in her mind today.
“I met this girl and she blew my mind. She was black, six feet tall, with red streaks in her hair, and a punk rock/anime look going on…”
Katherine continues, “I thought she was amazing! I didn’t know there were black girls like that in the world. Her outward appearance and her outspoken, fun personality was a huge influence on Amber’s character.”
Amber’s character makes the “New Adult” one of the best web series ever. Like many directors who praise their lead actors, Katherine is no different. She beams talking about Amber Morse who plays the titular character, “She is an immensely talented actress and musician, and has the patience of a flood. I’m very fortunate to have her be a part of the series. She just got the show right away, and trusted me enough to be down for whatever. She’s great!”
A versatile writer, Katherine is interested in “projects that question generational standards, stories about small pockets of the Black community (goths, witches, nerds), and the occasional love story. All of this with at least a shred of humor.”
Katherine learned many things when shooting the first season of The New Adult but this nugget we had to share,
“Making a web series is hard, you guys. Like, seriously. Anyone who tells you it’s a piece of cake is full of shit…”
She continues, “It’s a commitment, it’s the monkey on your back, it’s a nightmare, and it’ll push you to the edge of your sanity. But it’s so rewarding and satisfying to say “That’s a wrap on season 1”. That monkey jumps off your back for like five minutes before it starts clawing at your toes again.”
A committed writer who knows how to manage her schedule, believes in writer’s groups and is thankful for having a strong production background, Katherine’s work is unique, insightful and funny as hell. Please watch the entire first season of The New Adult when you get a chance. The pilot is below.