People love “overnight success stories.” What does the view look like now after first making strides in 2014?
Eric Eddings: I’m honestly happy we had those years to work through different versions of what “The Nod” could be. We had to produce a show every week. Now it’s been every day for the past five years consistently. Having something in your life that requires that much commitment shows you where your passion truly is. It also forces you to invest in skills and constantly get better.
The pandemic shifted everyone’s production plans. How has it impacted your show?
BL: If I had imagined the situation back in November or October, I think I would have been heartbroken. Our production team and our crew had put so much into this visual show in such a specific way and then for us to not be able to use that, it’s disappointing. But I’m just grateful that I have a job, number one. Although things aren’t quite what we had hoped, I feel thankful that we have this opportunity to be able to tell Black stories.
Who is on the wish list of future talent?
BL: I think that it’s tough because there are so many people that we want to talk to. There are a million filmmakers, dancers, activists, writers, teachers and doctors who we want to talk to. But also, there are so many people whose names we may not know right now, who are just Black folks every day doing extraordinary things.
“The Nod” airs on Quibi, where new episodes are updated daily.