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.

Independent Producer Tim Bindel’s Comedy Horror Film Razor Seeks Funding Support via Indiegogo to Raise $65,000.

Independent Producer Tim Bindel's Comedy Horror Film Razor Seeks Funding Support via Indiegogo to Raise $65,000. (via SBWire)

This film is 90% complete! Razor is a live action/comic book comedy film that highlights the tremendous amount of hypocrisy in today’s world, great laughs! Los Angeles, CA — (SBWIRE) — 06/28/2013 — This is a super funny comedy horror film with some…


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What’s New and Hot from Artistic Analogies Film Co

I recently had a chance to speak to producer Kevin Slee about his upcoming projects in Television and Film.  He is working on a few new interesting projects that I thought we might all be interested in hearing about.  Kevin has produced films like: The King of the Jews, Election Day, Talon’s Rant, Franky, Frankly, Grey Matter (a short), Imprints (short), and The Sublime and the Beautiful

Kevin is also an experienced director and writer and is currently working on the following  from Artistic Analogies Film Co:

  • A television Pilot: “Options” – described as Entourage meets Wall Street
  • A feature Film: Running, from writer Gregory Goyins and produced by Kevin
  • And a feature Film: Fool For Love (Based on the play by Sam Shepard), where he directs
I was happy to be able to ask Kevin a few questions about the industry in general as well as get his opinion on a few of the things currently going on in the entertainment world.

Q: You have recently worked on a TV pilot (Options), feature films (Running and Fool for Love), and a short film (Franky, Frankly). From a producer/directors point of view what are the differences each platform?

A: The main difference is pace… Working on feature films is slow, meticulous and only a few pages are shot a day — this is because you’re spending months creating a singular creative output. With television you have a pilot and you need to continue with the same style and maintain the same structure which is expected by the fans so there isn’t much room for creative input… Each director is more of a “work for hire”. Thus, the process is quick because a lot of the decisions are made for you (you being the director). If you direct the pilot you get to establish that but if you come on later you have to follow the same track. Also, and to clarify, a lot of these projects sit in development for a while — this is the case for “Options” in terms of television and “Running and Fool For Love” in features. Of the features I have worked on, I have Dispatch and Sublime & Beautiful. In the studio realm there’s Saving Mr. Banks with Disney and Tom Hanks, etc.

Q: The television industry has changed so much in the past few years. With cable TV, Netflix, and Hulu we have seen some major competition for the traditional networks. Do you think this is a good thing or not so good?

A: I love it! “Options”, which is Entourage meets Wall Street, is being developed for Netflix or Redbox — the new platform. Seeing the success of House of Cards, etc. has really motivated me to enter that medium.

Q: What do you think of the growing popularity of Crowd Sourcing for Indie projects?

A: I think it has its place and it’s great. That being said, I do not agree with celebrities going to that course (i.e. Zach Braff). I think it is for the new filmmakers, the filmmakers without studio hook-up, private equity, etc. and it should stay that way.

Franky, Frankly | Trailer from Artistic Analogies Film Co. on Vimeo.

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Jason Dottley: Taking This by Storm

If you don’t know Jason Dottley, let me introduce you to him:  Jason is an actor (Sordid Lives: The Series),  producer (Yellow, Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies, Trailer Trash Housewife), and a recording artist (Party Round the World, Hit Play!, Pop It).  For as long as Jason has been turning out singles, people have been asking and waiting for a full length album.  If you do know Jason, then you know he is always full of surprises and I am sure the album will reflect all that plus more!

Here are some stats from his IMDb page: In March of 2010, Dottley’s first single spent three months on the Billboard charts and peaked at #19 earning Jason his first Billboard Top 20 Record. It was appropriately titled “Party Round the World” – a duet with Debby Holiday. His last single Hit Play! earned Jason another Top 30 Billboard hit and 9 weeks on the charts at the end of 2010 and through the beginning of 2011.

Dottley’s record company JD3 Records produced (and he starred in) the national tour of A Sordid Affair with Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea, Leslie Jordan and more of his Sordid Lives cast mates in 2009-2010/11. He also produced Del Shores’ one-man national tour Del Shores: My Sordid Life in over 30 cities and the DVD of the show which was filmed in January 2011.

I’ve have had the privilege of sitting to chat with Jason on many occasions about his music, career, and his plans for the future.  Sometimes we just discuss things we have learned from Oprah’s Life Class, of which we are both avid students.  With the new album, Take This,  and the Kickstarter project he is currently conducting to fund it, I thought it would be fun to ask him a few questions.  In typical Jason Dottley fashion, he agreed with no coaxing at all :) .

Q:   After being King of the Singles (Hit Play, Party Round the World, and most recently Pop It) What made you decide to take on a full album?

A: Ha! I did always think of it like it was back in Elvis’ day. Record after record. Now I’m doing a full album because I want to.  I need to.

Q: Speaking of the singles, Pop It has been HUGE in Europe and quite the hit in the US as well. How did that make you feel? 

A: Almost there.

Q: You have been through some BIG changes in your personal life.  There is a noticeable difference in the way you are approaching your career as well as handling your business.  How has your divorce changed the way you look at things and the way you handle it all?

A: Well, there’s now only one perspective.

Q: Jason Dottley has always been someone who stays true to himself.  Has it been difficult to do that through the storms?  Or are you truly “finding” yourself now?

A: I know who I am. The problem is that that changes every day so it’s a bitch keeping up, so I often fall a bit behind.

Q: President Obama recently took a stand for same sex marriage.  You have always been a very vocal supporter of the issue.  How did it feel to know our President is on your side as well?

A:   I love Obama. We needed a hero, and we got one.  I pretend to understand the game of politics so I believe he’s always felt this way.  Now he has said it. The President who can declare war, has declared that he personally believes in gay marriage. That message is historically massive. It thrills me to tears.

Q: Whether same sex marriage is legal or not, there will always be issues of bullying and prejudice.  What advice can you offer those individuals dealing with that? How about the parents and family members of victims of bullying?  Anything you’d like to say to the bullies themselves?

A:  I’d say it gets better, but it only gets different.  This entire issue boils down to self-esteem mostly, in my opinion.  Neither the bully nor the victim usually have developed a strong self-confidence because it would eliminate the need to bully and the fear that causes one to be bullied.    We have to build up our children.  Tell them they can do whatever their heart desires.  That they must work hard and love hard. “You is kind.  You is smart. You is important.” There was much truth to that mantra in The Help.

Q: You have been such a fan favorite over the years but with the changing economy has it become more difficult to do Kickstarter campaigns?  I see you have some pretty awesome rewards listed in your most recent one.  Was it difficult to come up with appropriate incentives?

A: OH. MY. GOD. yes, the economy has affected everyone it seems from the studios to performers like me.   I’ll start begging people 30 days out, trust me.

Q: You have been writing lots of songs these days.  Has that helped you get through all the “stuff” that comes along with major life changes?

A: Yes! I feel like Taylor Swift constantly but with a filthy mouth. It’s so liberating making music.

Q:  What’s the best advice you have ever gotten from anyone? Who gave it to you?

A: If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done before.” (Oprah’s Life Class, author unknown)

Q: What’s the best advice you have ever given to someone (in your opinion)?

A: F*ck ‘em!

Q:  I have known you for a while now, I think a little over 3 years, and you have always been a very positive, pleasant person.  What’s one thing that will absolutely turn your sweet charm into, well, let’s say a not so sweet charm?

A: Hunger, alcohol, and unwarranted or abused authority (occurring while under the influence of either of the first two).

Q: In your opinion, what is your best quality? Your worst?

A: What a crazy question!  Best? I don’t give a f*ck what people think of me (unless you’re close enough to get a birthday present). Worst? Only child-syndrome: me me me.

Q: Besides your music, you have always enjoyed acting. Any plans to return to that arena anytime soon?

A: You bet your ass.  I was just online planning my LA return when I got this – looking at rentals.   I’m going through a little full body re-boot, and then I’m heading back to LA to f*cking kill it.

Q: I know you recently performed at an event with Crystal Waters (I was lucky enough to be there) and will be opening for Deborah Cox in Denver on Friday, June 15th. What else is on the horizon for Jason Dottley?

A: Uh, duh.  Madonna’s MDNA tour.  I actually have rewards on my Kickstarter for amazing tickets and to see the show with me – in any city in the US.  Seeing Madonna close Confessions in Tokyo changed my life.  Well, not just seeing her tour, but being swallowed by Japanese urban culture.  Life changing.  I’ve changed my best advice I can give to, “Go to Tokyo!”.  :)

I would like to thank Jason Dottley for his time and for giving me a fun interview!  To learn more about him, please visit his Facebook Page and give it a like.  If you are on Twitter, I suggest giving him a follow there as well. You will want to keep up with all that is going on with him, plus he is just fun to follow! Don’t forget to look him up on Spotify and iTunes too.  Take a look at his Kickstarter page to see all of the amazing rewards he is offering for your help in getting the album completed . There really is something fun there for everyone at every level.  

Here is Jason, performing live at ProBar in Atlantic City, NJ for you to enjoy until he comes to a city near you.