She’s guest-starred on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and House, but most of her legions of fans still know her because of a show she wrote and produced herself that doesn’t air on any network.
Now in its third season, The Guild — Day’s microbudget comedic web series about a group of online gamers — enjoys financing from Microsoft as well as cushy placement on the Xbox 360 dashboard. But fans are still discovering Day and her nerdy ways online.
[Wired mag.: You seem to have intimate knowledge of videogames as a powerful form of escape. How is it that you’re so in touch with that impulse and can also be an ambitious and productive creator?
Felicia Day: I have a little obsessive-compulsive personality. You can tell because I played online games for eight hours a day. I have a very focused personality. I spent years not doing anything because I was inhibited.
I didn’t know if people would approve of what I was doing. So just the whole process of getting up the bravery to write something was a huge step for me. But once I got on board and I saw that this is my project — this is actually making a difference and people are enjoying it — I just get tunnel vision.
[Does that mean there’s less time for World of Warcraft?]
Day: There’s no resentment when I have to spend five hours online launching a new episode because that’s just what has to be done. I have a producer, Kim — she has as much passion for really taking the reins of our future and doing it ourselves.
In Hollywood you’re so disempowered. You’re always waiting for somebody to green-light what you do. What we found is a place that, maybe we’re not recognizable. Maybe the whole cast is not recognizable on the street.
But we have passionate people who care about what we’re making. And that’s enough. It makes it worth all the hard work that we’re not necessarily rolling around in money for.”