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What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?

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Lea McLellan: writer & producer 

My Native AdVantage:


Lea McLellan is the writer and co-producer of the short-form comedic web series called Transplanting. She transplanted to Asheville, NC from Boston in 2013, where she completed an MFA in creative writing. She also teaches yoga and has two dogs.

What do you do best?

Writing is something I've been doing since I was very young. In college, I wrote and edited the campus satirical newspaper. I received my MFA in nonfiction writing at Emerson College, and I've just recently gotten into screenwriting. My latest project is Transplanting, a short form comedic web series about life in Asheville, NC.

What makes you the best?

There are many amazing writers out there who may be more qualified to answer that question. Talent is one thing; however, I think the key to being a good writer  has just as much to do with discipline and fearlessness. A writer needs discipline to make sure she actually writes (and doesn't just think about writing while watching Netflix). The fearlessness factor comes in (for me) when it's time to actually try to get my writing out there into the world.

What are your aspirations?

In the short term, we're gearing up to film the second semester of our web series in April, so I'm currently aspiring to finish those scripts! I'd also like to ensure that our series reaches the widest audience possible. The plan after that is to keep writing.

Biggest Success?

I do consider Transplanting season 1 to be one of my biggest successes. Not only because I was happy with the way it turned out, but mainly because we were able to bring in so many actors, artists, musicians, business owners, etc to make it a reality. We filmed the first season on a shoestring budget, with a tiny crew, and we've gained a respectable following, so that feels good.

Being involved with the filmmaking process is also so much different from trying to write an essay or an article or a short story because there are so many people involved. Writing can sometimes feel like a lonely pursuit, but with a script or screenplay, the process is very collaborative, which has been a welcome change for me.

Most Challenging Moment?

Surely, there are challenging moments every day, and there have certainly been challenges on and off set, but nothing catastrophic. Or perhaps I just blocked all those moments out.

Favorite Motto?

I'm a big fan of both Tim Gunn and his trademark motto, "Make it work."

Favorite People?

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Steve Martin, Buffy Summers

Favorite Places?

Asheville, NC; New York City; Burlington, VT

Favorite Products?

Final Draft, Buchi Kombucha, York Peppermint Patties

Current Passions?

Screenwriting, movie-making, yoga