Today we’d like to introduce you to Cinnamon and Allison Sparks.
Cinnamon and Allison, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We are twins and co-writers. We began writing sketch comedy shows and screenplays together two and a half years ago, and from there, our co-writing took off. Before the pandemic, we had this idea of trying an “off grid” adventure together — and writing about it or filming it (for the natural comedy of what might happen). Cinnamon had organized 40 acres of land “on loan” in Wyoming and she’d contacted DIY cabin-kit sponsors. But then, COVID19 hit our world. And, in a way, we were all “off grid” — the human-interactions grid. And so, we joined forces with L.A. producer, Alan Blassberg, and created a little IGTV show to encourage resilience and positivity for those who may be feeling overwhelmed out there. We started interviewing and chatting daily with well-known TV survivalists and adventurers about persevering through challenging circumstances, and about finding strength in a “back to basics” scenario. We found so much personal inspiration from these upbeat, optimistic, and hopeful conversations — and they brought together a sweet online community. The number one comment we get is how addicting the show’s joy is…it’s definitely in that vein of the world wanting more good news right now!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
We didn’t realize how much work goes into producing a daily live IGTV show! As improvisers, our instinct would be to just turn on the cameras and have fun…because that’s what we do on stage! But working with Alan, his experience and approach is more in line with reality-TV production…so we wake up early in the morning, run a rehearsal with him (go through questions we’d written with him the night before); then, he calls our guest and does the same with them. After our live conversations (the fun part!), it takes 4-5 hours of post-production and editing (synchronizing the voices with lips, an Instagram glitch) to get our 45-minute segment ready for IGTV. And then, we start researching our next guest and writing new questions. Alan calls the guests, chats with them, and adds his own questions to the doc, and we begin the whole process all over again! Each little 45 min daily show is a 7AM-4PM commitment. A lot of work behind the curtain that we never realized!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Sparks Twins – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
In the end, we are most proud that our little IGTV show inspires joy and light during some potentially dark times. We love that our guests continue to stay in touch and become a part of the larger community and that our audience of “regulars” show up daily and have become friends with one another! It’s become a beautiful remote “village,” and it’s brought a sense of peace during some trying times. And we are so used to working together, but opening up collaboration to our honorary “triplet,” Alan, on this project was also a great lesson in cooperation and teamwork!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
In the last month, we have both moved together (as shelter-in-place housemates) — to a forest cabin in the mountains just outside of L.A. and are trying a “mini” off-grid life. We’ve been chatting with guests about the value of resilience and nature and “back to basics” and the strength of the human spirit for two months now! It was time to stop talking about it and to just do it! We are still dreaming of Wyoming — but we’re watching the pandemic situation, like the rest of the world, before we take that leap. This mountain move is the next best thing, and has brought its own kind of adventures! Instead of L.A. traffic, now we hear coyotes at night! And being sisters and housemates…that’s a whole adventure (in sibling communication) too!
- Website: www.sparksflywriting.com
- Instagram: sparksofcomedy
- Facebook: sparksofcomedy
Image Credits: Daniel Robbins Photography