Have you met Kit Williamson and John Halbach – Actors, Writers, Producers, and Travel Influencers?

Many of you may know Kit Williamson from Mad Men and his Emmy nominated and award winning show Eastsiders (Where you will also know his husband, John Halbach from). I am lucky to have become part of Eastsiders as an associate producer in season three and I am even luckier to be able to call them friends now as well. As a matter of fact, I just saw them in NYC when they were here to promote the third season of Eastsiders at New Fest last month.

If you follow Kit and John on social media you may have also noticed they have become quite the travel/luxury influencers these days and that is what I wanted to highlight them for here. Of course we must note that Kit is working on some amazing writing and directing projects like Girls Like Magic AND Eastsiders Season Three is available to pre-order at Amazon right now.

I have no idea how they find time to do all they do and take the fabulous trips they do BUT I do know that they make the trips look as fabulous as you’d imagine, plus are able to bring us all along via social media. Earlier this year, they took a trip across Europe that included time in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Prague. Then they returned to LA for the premiere of Eastsiders Season three at Outfest but soon after headed to Palm Springs for some more amazing views and Instagram photos!

Recently, they spent time in NYC, where I am from (after a brief stay in one of my favorite cities, Toronto), and introduced me to the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn. I actually lived right there in Williamsburg for a but but never visited this truly luxurious hotel right in my home town.

During their time in Europe, Kit and John experienced some of the local culture, explored the usual tourist sites, and definitely enjoyed the local cuisine. I spoke to John about it at the Eastsiders premiere party after Outfest in Los Angeles and he expressed interest in doing it again as well as traveling to other places. At the after party for Eastsiders at NewFest in NYC, Kit expressed the same feelings to me about traveling and I expressed my interest in joining them on a few adventures (can you blame me for trying?).

There experiences traveling and influencing have led them to start their very own magazine called Where Gentlemen Go to showcase all the latest and hottest trends in travel, health, home, fashion, and more. As they say, “Go Out, Go Home, Go for It – A gay men’s travel/ lifestyle blog for modern gents.” I suggest you check it out, you will see a familiar face there from time to time. I am truly proud to be a part of Where Gentlemen Go because it’s a place for guys to go to share experiences, thoughts, tips, and their favorite things and places.

Please make sure you follow both Kit Williamson and John Halback on Twitter and Instagram for to view pictures of their trips and upcoming adventures and projects. Also follow Eastsiders and Girls Like Magic, you won’t be sorry.

Fans Are Giving the Webseries EASTSIDERS the Green Light

There are so many exciting things going on today with Webseries, Indie projects, and WebTV.  Almost daily, I come across a new show emerging via my social networks.  I have recently found such a gem, EASTSIDERS,  which is written and directed by the amazing Kit Williamson and stars the talent of Van Hansis, Matthew McKelligon, Constance Wu, and John Halbach. Kit does triple duty by being a part of the talented cast as well.  It reminds me of shows I loved like Will and Grace and Queer as Folk. The scripts are full of witty dialogue but there are touching moments along the way, as well as some shocking ones.  I think most people will relate to the situations and find much to laugh about.

As with all Indie projects, there is a way for the audience to get involved and help the series to be even better by helping with production costs.  The great thing about all Webseries is that they are driven by the support of fans.  Once you check out the series, please head over to their Kickstarter page to see how you can help and the awesome rewards that are being offered.  Here is the official description of the series and our interview. I hope you head over to all their pages to find out more and consider jumping in on the Kickstarter campaign.

What happens after the world ends? Written and directed by award winning playwright Kit Williamson, ”EastSiders” explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake.  When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever?

Drunken outbursts and double standards abound in this dark comedy about the sad and funny messes we make out of our lives.   Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) is always there for him with a bottle of whiskey in her purse, but she has her own problems with her nice guy boyfriend Ian (John Halbach), even if they’re all in her head.  Stephen Guarino guest stars as a party promoter throwing one last bash before the apocalypse.

Q: Tell me a little about EASTSIDERS.

A: EastSiders is a dark comedy about a gay couple dealing with the aftermath of infidelity in Silver Lake, CA.

Q:  Is there more freedom in webseries when it comes to character development as far as exploring sexuality?

There is definitely more freedom in general on the web because it’s still driven by content creators.  When you’re truly independent you
have the ability to call the shots much more than when you’re forced to reconcile your vision with someone else’s ideas about the story.
Sometimes you can get caught in a kind of vacuum, though, so I think it’s important to pay attention to what viewers are responding to and
keep things as interactive as possible.

Q: This one is for Kit: Being a very successful playwright, do you find webseries to be more similar to theater than traditional television is?

A: I don’t know if all web shows are closer to theater than traditional television, but mine certainly is.  I tend to write dialogue driven scenes and I think that works well in a 10-15 minute format.

Q: The show is being called the next ‘Queer As Folk’, any plans to bring along some of the actors from that show?

A: Wow!  That’s such a huge compliment.  ’Queer As Folk’ was such an amazing, groundbreaking show.  I was a fan of both the British and the American version.  We’ve pretty much got our cast squared away but I’d jump at the chance to work with any of those actors.

Q: You had a very successful Kickstarter campaign and raised $15K. Do you think fans are becoming more involved in the shows/projects they enjoy or know they will enjoy?  How did the success of the campaign make you feel?

A: I think fans are definitely becoming more involved in green-lighting web content.  It’s really empowering to think that people have the ability to make the projects they want to see a reality.  I feel really honored that people care enough about what we’re doing to contribute financially– it really means the world to me.

Q: Speaking of Kickstarter, you have a new goal, where can people go to help?

A: We do!  If we can reach $20,000 we’ll be able to up the production value and fully pay our cast and crew, who have been volunteering their time and talents to make the show a reality.  You can go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1503081443/eastsiders-the-series to find out more.  Even if you can’t donate, it helps so much to share the campaign on your Facebook or Twitter– that’s where the majority of our backers come from, statistically!

Q: Do you think more people in the entertainment industry are being drawn to Webseries and Indie projects?

A: I think that people are coming to web content in droves because it’s one of the few places in the industry where people still have creative freedom from the outset.  If you want to write for TV you have to work for years before you even get to the point where you can pitch your own ideas.  I definitely aspire to do that someday, but in the meantime I think it’s amazing that I can write and direct a web show and work with such amazing people.  It’s incredibly fulfilling both creatively and personally.

Q: Any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?

A: Here are some fun facts:

Jeremy and Thom are actually smoking green tea blunts in episode 1. We only had 4 hours to shoot 8 pages in the Cha Cha Lounge. Constance Wu wore her hair in buns all day in order to make her hair like that to play Kathy. Calling cut as the director while you’re acting in a romantic kissing scene is the most awkward thing ever.