My Gimpy Life. Did you watch?Sep 09 09:41
The first season of Teal Sherer's web-series, My Gimpy Life, has come to a close, and it was hysterically funny. It featured the lovely Miss Teal, who played a paraplegic actress trying to get work in Hollywood
What did you think of this series (if you haven't watched all 5 episodes yet, you definitely should because they're free and you can watch them here). Make no mistake, this series was supposed to make you laugh, but it had a dark overtone to it, and I really liked this part of the show. In fact, I think it was my favorite part.
From the first episode when you meet her character for the first time, you knew the series was going to be something that nobody has ever seen before. When you use a wheelchair and you're pretty sharp, and aware, like Teal, there's a lot of crazy stuff you experience, and see. When I love about this series is that Teal is making fun of all the crap we have to deal with, only she's showing how it is from her LA perspective.
One of my favorite scenes in the series is when she's at an ATM trying to get money, and a man approaches her out of the blue asking if she can have sex, and when she replies yes, he asks her out. Situations like this are ones only people in chairs can understand, and that is why I am such a huge fan of this show. I can't think of one other show, whether it's on TV or online, that's revealing all of the craziness that happens when you have a disability.
I also really liked how Teal made fun of the competition that can happen between actors with disabilities in Hollywood in the episode, "Two Shades of Teal," where they show her having a tiff with a little person actress at a club. She also did a really good job on the whole "inspirational" bs we have to deal with an episode three "Inspirational" (this episode also features the adorable Felicia Day).
I really hope this series comes back for a second season. Productions like this don't come around every day, go-getters like to Teal especially. It took a lot of networking and hard work for the show to get off the ground. What Teal has been able to do since making her big move out to Hollywood is awesome.
Its time to support your fellow disabled peers. Get your butt in gear and start watching these episodes.
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Tiffiny Carlson is freelance writer and writes the “SCI Life” column for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.