Former daytime soap opera actors are finding it more and more difficult to find roles in the shrinking world of network soap operas. Some have taken the plunge into web series. There are a handful of seasoned actors that have fully embraced the new genre and are involved in multiple shows giving more credence to this relatively new web series genre.
Crystal Chappell has made her rounds in daytime television soap operas appearing in “One Life to Live,” “Santa Barbara,” “Guiding Light,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” She created one of the first subscription-based web series, “Venice,” where she also stars in the show. Venice is about a gay interior decorator who lives in Venice Beach, Calif. Aside from her own creation, Crystal is already an old hand at the web series genre having appeared in three different web series, “Venice,” “The Inn,” and “Beacon Hill.”
Veteran daytime television actress Bobbie Eakes who has appeared in daytime television series “Days of Our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “One Life to Live,” and “All My Children,” is also fast becoming a veteran of web series. In addition to her singing career Bobbie has appeared in “Fumbling Thru the Pieces,” a web series based and filmed in the San Fernando Valley, Calif. She also appears in “Tainted Dreams,” a web series based in NYC.
Another star of daytime dramas who has transitioned her talents to web series is Hillary B. Smith. She has appeared in the soap operas “The Doctors,” “As the World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “One Life to Live.” Hillary stars in the web series “Fumbling Thru the Pieces,” appears in “Venice,” and works behind the cameras on “Beacon Hill.”
Veteran daytime television actor Walt Willey, formerly appeared in the daytime television series “The Edge of Night,” “Another World,” and “Ryan's Hope” but his most famous role has been as Jackson Montgomery in “All My Children.” In addition to his stand up comedy work, music, and writing, Walt is making the web series rounds with roles in three web soap series, “Thurston,” “Everyday Lies,” and “Tainted Dreams.”
Another veteran network television actress making her mark in the web series genre is Colleen Zenk who has appeared in daytime television shows “Ryan's Hope,” and “As the World Turns.” She is currently involved with the web series “Thurston,” and “Tainted Dreams.”
These actors/actresses have taken the downturn in network daytime television in stride. They are helping bridge the gap between the two genres by pioneering this new one. Fans of their soap opera work are still there for them with support as they follow them to the web series they appear in. The web series provides work and exposure for the actors and opportunities to do what the love to do, act. It makes for a very synergetic relationship that benefits all involved.