We had the good fortune of connecting with Sherra Lasley and DeDe Drake and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sherra & DeDe, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Neither of us are what you would consider an adrenaline junkie, but I think we are both inherently risk takers. Working in our industry in itself is a risk. Risking your livelihood, stability, sanity. We started out performing live comedy together which is considered a risk by some. Dying on stage might be more painful than actual death. You know what, let’s just say that it is. Who can prove otherwise?
Fix Your Life is an improvised series. THAT was a risk; to plan the shoot days and then just hope for some comedy gold. We kind of knew it would be there, but certainly a risk anyways, as improv always is. This risk made it an absolute thrill. Our friends are hysterical and we knew that so it ended up being more comedy than we had room for.
The best things in both of our lives have come from taking risks. We didn’t seek them out, but when presented, despite the huge amount of risk involved, we jumped which eventually led us both to Los Angeles and a world we never would have known had we succumb to the fear that the risk brought along with it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Both of us have had similar experiences in this industry, lots of up and downs. It’s difficult to keep your head held high as an actor when you realize how little power you have over your success. Having projects that are our own, created from our hearts, has been our saving grace. Working together and creating from a place of pure joy keeps us laughing and motivated. Everything we’ve done together, from our live shows to Fix Your Life, has been a delight and given us a lot to be proud of.
It’s easy to get sidetracked and loose sight of what you want in this industry. We’ve learned that working with people you care about and allowing the natural talents of the people you collaborate with shine through not only creates the most quality projects but also gives the most gratification.
We want people to enjoy our projects as much as we enjoyed creating them. Our brand is goofy but grounded in genuine love and friendship.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Are we talking past tense, pre-covid? Then we would tell them to grab lunch at Montys, take a walk around Echo Park Lake, hit Modern Times Brewery and the rooftop at the Ace Hotel. There’s a great second hand store in Studio City called Wasteland. Catch a movie at Laemmle in North Hollywood, or the Vista in Los Feliz, and go to Venice for the people watching!
We’d get in some hikes, probably Griffith park to see the Hollywood sign; hit up LACMA, and hopefully find some unique pop up art installation. Drive up Mullholand Drive, go to the beach, and check out the colorful Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Street tacos are a must, Gus’s tacos in Silverlake is a favorite. Take in a comedy show, of course, likely at The Comedy Store one night followed by some smaller shows, maybe at Geeky Teas or Acme Theater in NoHo. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our shoutout is dedicated to Dunbar Dicks. He is our director, editor, collaborator, and friend. Sherra and Dunbar met in the Chicago improv scene around 2006 and were thrilled to be able to collaborate on Fix Your Life. He’s a talented and hilarious improvisor and writer with a lot of experience behind the camera, specifically in reality television, as well. He was as much a part of this project as the two of us and we couldn’t have created it without him. We love you, Dunby!!