Exclusive Interview – LEGO Masters Season 2 Winners – Mark and Steven
Tai Freligh interviews the winners of season 2 of LEGO Masters …
Hosted by actor and producer Will Arnett, the second season of LEGO Masters Airs every Tuesday (8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET / PT) on FOX, bringing imagination, design and creativity to life as teams of LEGO enthusiasts compete against each other, with endless possibilities and a Unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. Once again, teams of two will face off in even more ambitious brick building challenges – including a seismic tower challenge, demolition derby, LEGO fashion show and more – to be crowned LEGO builders. the most talented amateurs in the country. Each week, Tai Freligh of Flickering Myth chatted with the eliminated candidates. This past week, Tai chatted with Season 2 winners Mark and Steven about their time on the show, lessons learned and more about the build that put them on top.
How was your audition process?
Mark: Steven and I were both approached for LEGO Masters Season 1 but we both didn’t have enough time at that point to continue. Fortunately, when Season 2 unfolded, we were both free and excited to have the chance to be part of the series! The audition process itself is fairly straightforward. There have been a number of Zoom interviews and we have recorded a bunch of video content of us and our LEGO work for them to inspect and review.
Stéphane: It was exciting from the start and intensified as it went. Mark and I felt like we had a chance to be on the show. The auditions were a very long process with a lot of interviews and Zoom calls. Fortunately, it wasn’t too difficult to find us. Mark and I have always been prolific builders online.
Talk about your time on the show and how was it?
Mark: Imagine having a favorite TV show and suddenly you are on set as one of the actors! Steven and I were incredibly excited just being there! It was so cool to meet Will Arnett, Amy and Jamie. For LEGO fans and LEGO Masters it is a once in a lifetime experience.
Stéphane: Even though Covid regulations were ubiquitous, it was an incredible experience. It was fascinating to see all the cogs behind the scenes of a television. Everything seemed different. I won’t deny that it could be very stressful and unpredictable. We had very tight schedules and it was really weird putting on makeup for the first time.
Congratulations on winning! What does it do to you and how has your life changed in the future?
Mark: Thank you! It’s hugely rewarding to know that a decade of doing what you love can pay off so much under the right circumstances. The biggest change is happening at the LEGO events, before I was just one of the many builders there and people were mainly interested in what I had done, now people are much more interested in me personally. , which is a big change from what I’m used to.
Stéphane: Imagine an adrenaline rush for almost six months and you get a pretty good idea of what I went through. On paper, life was pretty much the same until I walked into a LEGO store or convention and started signing autographs and taking selfies.
What were you trying to achieve with the final version that won you the victory?
Mark: For our final version, we were trying to create a gigantic character that was recognizable, unique and mysteriously interesting! We wanted to show off our best LEGO building skills and techniques while also incorporating what we learned on the show.
Stéphane: So, I wanted to build a man-tree for some time. We wanted to make the build instantly recognizable, but something unique compared to everything that has been done so far. We wanted to “surpass” everything we had built so far in the show and we did that by creating the biggest creature I have ever made.
What have you learned from the judges during the season?
Mark: A lot! We have learned to use color as a more important feature in our versions. They also encouraged us to really push the boundaries of what was even possible with LEGO bricks! Some of the stuff we built on the show would have blown our heads a few years ago.
Stéphane: One of the biggest takeaways is that I’ve learned not to be too nervous with the new colors. The judges really insisted on it and I am grateful to them.
Have you learned from other competitors and do you plan to stay in touch with them?
Mark: For sure! We learned a lot of tips and tricks from other competitors. It was truly fascinating to see how different each builder approached a particular challenge. We always stay in touch with the whole group on a daily basis!
Stéphane: With other LEGO builders you talk a lot about ‘shop’ and a lot of little techniques have been learned along the way, but more importantly these LEGO builders have become like a second family. We talk all the time.
What’s the next step for you?
Mark: No more LEGO Building, buy my first house, enjoy my existence!
Stéphane: I have written LEGO themed books and hope to take this to new heights. Also look for other avenues for LEGO on social media like YouTube.
Tai Freligh is a Los Angeles-based writer and can be followed at Twitter, TikTok and Instagram and can also be found on its website.
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