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Meet David Rasmussen, Hayden Pierson and Jacob Summers of Susan and Denise (S.A.D.)

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Rasmussen, Hayden Pierson and Jacob Summers.

David, Hayden and Jacob, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Susan and Denise began as a one-time irreverent Instagram post originally inspired by the replacement music found within Melrose Place episodes on various streaming platforms. The first post came out looking much better than any of us were expecting, and it sort of ignited a flame within, inspiring us to film more episodes. We continued experimenting with ideas and S.A.D. grew into a more realized tribute to various musical artists that we love, as well as tongue-in-cheek social commentary. Susan and Denise also have some original songs and music videos. S.A.D. is essentially an ever-evolving, irregularly occurring, anything goes, web-based comedy series.

It’s something the three of us love doing together and we want to keep it going for as long as we can.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We can’t think of anything that would qualify as a bump in the road, but we all have regular jobs and film this series within the free hours that we have, so it can sometimes spread us a little thin. Filming can go into the early hours of the morning or until the sun comes up. In the beginning, we were filming every weekend with the goal to put out a new video every Tuesday. We called it S.A.D. Tuesday and kept up with it for a few months, but it eventually became too difficult to keep up and put out content that we were 100% happy with. Now we focus more on quality than quantity. Although we’ve put out less content this year, we think it’s some of our best work.

Please tell us more about your work. What do you guys do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
The three of us do everything in terms of production for this project. We all work really well together considering our living space is also our workspace. We do everything from building sets and props, to filming, dubbing and scoring all from within our home.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Every episode is a learning experience for sure. We could watch any episode we’ve put out and tell you 10 things we would have done differently, but it just motivates us to work harder and always try to do better.

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