The advent of YouTube in our society allows stories from all walks of life to be told via the internet. The people that used to have no voice can find a channel to express themselves through various platforms. A particular group of people we do not hear much about are the wives of pastors and other church leaders. Gospel Artist and Broadway Actress Terri Cann delves into the private and sensitive issues pastors wives face in “The First Lady” web series, the first of its kind. With provoking scenes, sensitive subject matter and real life drama, “The First Lady” Web series will leave you with a broader, more compassionate view of what it’s really like to be the First Lady. This series shares one woman’s personal trials as she serves in ministry alongside her husband. The web series debuted October 16, 2015, and is available for viewing on YouTube and http://www.TheFirstLadyWebSeries.com.
“A story of deceit, mystery, love and ministry,” reads the YouTube description written by series Writer and Director Terri Cann. She further explains that “unless you’ve been closely involved with pastors wives, you cannot possibly know the personal issues they face on a daily basis, not to mention having to balance personal, private and ministerial duties.” “The First Lady” Web Series is more than great entertainment and drama. It shows the often ignored and untold side of the story. “Media outlets are often eager to report the negative stories when it comes to ministry, but hardly ever take into account the women who selflessly give their all to help their husbands serve.” shares Terri. This series will give a totally new perspective to the “lavish lives” many people think pastor’s wives have.
The web makes it possible for everyone to enjoy this first-of-its-kind peek into the lives of the silent yet strong and courageous lives of First Ladies. The first episode has had over 2000 views and subsequent episodes will be available via YouTube, as well as the series’ website: http://www.TheFirstLadyWebSeries.com. Terri shared some more insight to her first web series project.
Andre Barracks: What led you to create this web series?
Terri Cann: You know this literally just came to me one night while laying in bed. It initially was supposed to be a feature film, which I started writing last year. With the birth of my son and other things going on, I had stopped writing the story. My husband earlier this year asked me when I was going to re-visit the First Lady story idea, so he aided in sparking the vision of a web series. I also was hearing a lot of negativity towards shows like Scandal and thought “The First Lady” web series could provide an alternative.
AB: What do you hope people get from the series?
TC: Reality! I am talking a lot about issues that are not talked about or dealt with. I feel as women in ministry we are required to keep up a certain front as if nothing is ever wrong, for the sake of the ministry. Thus, this series shows how the main character has to balance between her personal life and ministry.
AB: What is your next move for The First Lady web series?
TC: Firstly, I would love for the series to get picked up by TBN or The Word Network. There will definitely be a season two, just not sure the direction I want to take the series yet. The series has such a good mix of characters and story lines that can develop more, so I will deliberate and see.
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