Before I became a writer, I was an associate at a large New York law firm. I hated it. Drove me insane. But like a good New England soldier, I practiced for seven years. I’ve tried to write about life in the big-firm-law biz several times, but I could never fully capture the horror of the experience. The culture, the rules, the snobbery, the sacrifices.
To this day, whenever I hang out with ex-lawyer friends, we can’t help but talk for hours about our lives as big-firm tools. Though the stories are laced with bitterness and rage, they’re definitely more funny than sad. So during a long and unproductive writers’ strike this past year, I decided to shoot a comedy series about the experiences of a middle class, second-tier law school graduate who lands the job of his dreams at the world’s most prestigious law firm. (As they say, write what you know.)
Armed with anti-studio anger, I wrote nine scripts and quickly announced to the world (i.e., my wife and former assistant), that I was going into production. As for the webisodes themselves, the stories came from everywhere—my life as a lawyer, a student, and yes, every once in a while, my imagination.
For an inside-look at the “inspiration” for Living the Dream, read the Living the Dream Blog. Rick will have a new post specific to each episode throughout the season.
Season 1 is written and directed by Rick Eid, produced by Rick Eid and Mark Thudium, cinematography by Daniel Haas and edited by Joshua Ferrazzano.