Lauren Francesca: From Gaga to 200+ Million Views (Tubefilter Interview)
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Uploaded on Aug 24, 2011
Tubefilter interviews YouTube's queen of parody music videos, Lauren Francesca of Key of Awesome and Barely Political.
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Lauren Francesca is a native New Yorker. She was bred to be an entertainer at a young age amongst a family of performers. Growing up backstage, in the audience of Broadway Shows, on the set of many commercials and at her parents dance studio and rehearsal space she realized there was no business like show business. As a toddler Lauren ran around the house with Madonna necklaces and a microphone performing at family functions for all her relatives.
Within a month back in the game Lauren was picked to host, "America's Hottest Mom". A show that was picked up by CBS but sat on the shelves due to the writers strike. Studying Miesner at William Espers, Lauren made acting her life.
She started booking numerous roles on many different commercial and music videos. In 2008 and 2009 she appeared numerous commercials. She did an international AT&T campaign, was in commercials for MTV, Comedy Central, Spike TV etc. She appeared as a lead in videos for Los Campesinos, Winsin y Yandel, Methodman and Redman, Don Omar, etc. She also began studying at T. Schreiber for scene study with Susan Pilar and UCB, Upright Citizens Brigade for improv. She was fortunate enough to start working for Barely Political, a Next New Networks Partner in September 2008. She appeared in many of their comedy sketches including the Bear Vs. Bull sketch that was covered in the Daily News, Metro News and AM News.
2009 was a very busy year for Lauren she was NYCastings top booker. Her first feature film was a supporting role in the movie "The Gate of Falling Angels" , she played a supporting role and had an on screen kiss with Vinny Guadagnino from the Jersey Shore. Before he became a reality star. About a month later she booked another supporting role in the movie, 24 to Score, Directed and produced by the producer of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Lauren started working on a lot of different independent projects. But in May of 09' she started collaborating with her good friend and mentor Al Thompson. Al is an actor producer that taught Lauren what goes on behind the scenes. Lauren worked as a production coordinator, for Lenox Ave, starring Dorian Missick, Al Thompson, Jamie Hector, Michael K. Williams, Ryan Vigilant, Victor Williams, and Chenoa Maxwell. Lauren was a reoccurring character on this. It has gone to many comedy festivals, including San Diego Black Film Festival, NYTVF, etc. She then helped with the production coordinating for Johnny B homeless- Starring Al Thompson and Keenan Thompson (SNL). This project won a people's choice award at the NYTVF and has also gone to San Diego Black Film Festival, and NYTVF. She appeared on the Daily Show and was recognized in the Magazine back stage for her role in the "Still a Boss Music Parody" Starring Slim Thug.
In September 2009 Lauren did a video parody with Barely Political, newly created channel, "The Key of Awesome". It was their first parody of a celebrity. Lauren engrossed her self and became Lady Gaga, the video was huge success and received over 25 million views on youtube. The Key of Awesome than started parodying other celebrities in more videos. The next big hit was the "Jersey Shore" parody which aired on MTV. She then went on to parody Heidi Montag, and create the character of Tron girl. In 2010 Lauren's Lady Gaga Telephone parody was a huge success on Youtube and jump started her career. The Lady Gaga Parody was deemed by entertainment weekly to be 2010's best web parody. The video was featured on Perez and was also Gawkers best Lady Gaga Parody. Lauren has over 200 million views online and has appeared in over 100 videos for Barely Political. In the summer of 2010 Jace Alexander who directed Law and Order and Rescue Me, saw Lauren's parody and offered her a role in his pilot for the FX Network. Lauren had no official representation until after the pilot finished, so Jace had to send her the offer letter through Facebook. She was later offered the role of Jessica in the movie, "The One" dir. Caytha Jentis, as well as a role in "Uncle Melvins Apartment" dir Criag Weintraub. In Dec 2010, Lauren was the first to get killed in an upcoming horror movie "Cut" Starring Tony Todd, Michael Berryman, Kane Hodder.
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