VH1's Love & Hip Hop, an American reality television series, is so influential in urban America that it inspired Denzel Mooney, an intern at Eagle Rock Entertainment/Universal Music Group, and Enomfon Akpanuko, to create a derivative called Love & Long Island—dedicated to Long Islanders. I got a chance to converse with these two YouTube Content Creators—commonly known in the YouTube world as MoAkTV, and this is what they had to say.
ZT: How did you come up with the name MoAkTV?
MoAkTV: We took the first two letters of our last names and joined them together with TV and that’s how the name came about. We did it that way to show that we are unified!
ZT: How did you two meet?
MoAkTV: We’ve been neighbors on the same suburban block for almost a decade. But it wasn’t until our last semester at Queens College that our creative minds began to click as a unit. We started hanging out more and realized how great our chemistry was and how hilarious we are together. So, one day we decided to record ourselves and we made some funny Instagram videos.
ZT: What inspired you to do Love & Long Island?
MoAkTV: When we saw Love & Brooklyn, which is a digital spin-off of Love & Hip Hop, and not too long afterwards on YouTube we noticed that there was a Love & Queens spin-off also. So, right there and then we got an epiphany to do one for Long Island. Why not? We figured, what do we have to lose?
ZT: While filming Love & Long Island, what’s the greatest obstacle you had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
MoAkTV: First of all, we didn’t have any prior knowledge in TV production and editing. On top of that we didn’t have any cameras, mics or lighting equipment. On top of that we didn’t have any money to buy those items. But thank God for credit cards! Because credit cards financially aided us in our time of need. And while filming, we encountered other problems like—which angle to shoot from or the camera isn’t picking up vocals during scene recordings. Eventually, we solved that problem by using the mics on our iPhones and later matching the audios with the video clips during editing. Another major problem was lighting. We couldn’t film in certain locations because they were dark. So, we just filmed in places with proper or natural lighting.
ZT: So far, what is your greatest accomplishment?
MoAkTV: Our greatest accomplishment is coming up with the concept, writing the initial script, casting and filming the first episode of Love & Long Island within a week, and with hard work and continuous dedication we are finished filming Love & Long Island, Season One.
ZT: What's the worst advice anyone has ever given you?
MoAkTV: Someone told us that we should change our whole concept of the show and that we shouldn’t take what we’re doing too seriously.
ZT: What sets you apart from other YouTube Content Creators?
MoAkTV: We take our craft serious, but we also have fun with it and don’t stress about views. We appreciate our viewers and allow them to voice their opinions and suggestions without any backlash.
ZT: What advice would you give to an aspiring reality show creator?
MoAkTV: Be creative and always have fun. Don’t allow others to steer you away from your visions.
ZT: How can people get in contact with MoAkTV and where can they watch Love & Long Island?
MoAkTV: They can email us at MoAkTV@gmail.com, follow us on Instagram @MoAkTV, and they can subscribe and watch Love & Long Island on our YouTube channel.
ZT: Thanks for a great interview, and as an honored guest, is there anything else you would like to say?
MoAkTV: Tell a friend to tell a friend to tell a friend to check us out! And if you want to collaborate on a project, we are open to anything interesting.
ZT: In conclusion, I want to end this Q&A session with Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks again for reading another Through The Wire article, and always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (PEACE).