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Why a third season, Sebastian?
We've built an incredible community around this series over the past two seasons. I'm still amazed at the viewer response and comments on Youtube. The subscribers and viewership continue to rise every day and the number one question asked in the comment section for the season two finale is, "Will there be a Season Three"? Sometimes it's a flat out statement like, "I WANT SEASON 3"! In all-caps. I didn't even add that for dramatic affect. When I set out to make this series in 2011, I had no idea the story and characters would resonate so strongly with people. All I knew is that I felt strongly about it and that I wanted to share it.
I want to do a third season of HUSTLING because I have to. I have to do it for my own creative sanity and for the viewers who are now invested in the lives of these characters and who feel a connection to them and care about what happens next. We all need resolution. It's for them as much as it is for me.
The show wouldn't be where it is today without the support from our viewers who successfully Kickstarted us into our second season. Now, with nearly 3,000 subscribers and over 300,000 views, I think the signs are clear.
I just found this page Sebastian! Fill me in...what's HUSTLING?
Well, HUSTLING is a dramatic comedy about discovering who you are and trying to be better at life. The story follows Ryan Crosby, a sex-worker who realizes he wants more from life when he turns forty and embarks on a journey of reinvention, uncovering a passion for the culinary arts along the way. His path to transformation is filled with peculiar situations, sex romps and reminders of the life he’s trying to leave behind. HUSTLING balances edgy subject matter with broad appeal. It was also acknowledged as a 2013 WEBBY AWARD HONOREE in the drama category and the winner of three Indie Soap Awards and five Groovy Awards over its previous two seasons.
I created HUSTLING in 2011. The first season was a fly by the seat of my pants experience with a canon 7D and a couple of clip lights and a crew of three, which included myself and two other actors in the series. The first season made some waves and won me a Best Actor Award (Drama) at the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards. It was the first time I had ever won anything in my life! By the time I was ready to try for a second go-round, we had developed some loyal followers who wanted to see more so I held my breath and did a Kickstarter. Once I had finally let out all my air, these incredible followers had successfully funded our campaign (it sure felt good to breathe again). For season two, because of Kickstarter, I was able to hire an amazing cinematographer, Nathaniel Kramer and a camera department! Nat helped us up our game and took us to another level of production. I was also able to hire a sound recordist, Elizabeth Agate and I got an A.D. - Frank Boccia sure made my life a bit easier on the set for season two, that's for sure.
The second season took off like gangbusters. We were nominated for seven Indie Soap Awards and won two - Best Ensemble (Drama) and Best Actor (Drama) for me. I was like, "No way'!...Amazing! By the end of season two our viewers were "#OBSESSED" and "#ADDICTED"! They were having HUSTLING marathons and commenting on storylines. I was just blown away by the response.
Who's Nathaniel Kramer, Sebastian?
So glad you asked that. Nat is this cool guy I met through Kickstarter last year. When he is not HUSTLING, Nat works as a commercial director & director of photography as well as a fashion photographer. He has photographed campaigns for companies like Gap, Rayban, and Reebok. He's shot features and short films as well as web series. This fall he will serve as the director of photography on the Stephen King film "The Ten O'Clock People" which will be directed by horror legend Tom Holland.
Check out his beautiful work...other than in Season Two of Hustling!
I love the music in Hustling. How do you find it?
The music in the show is incredibly important in helping me set the tone. I reach out to independent artists I know like That Rogue Romeo, DJ Alanna Bulletproof-Tiger Blair and of course SIRPAUL. I am extremely proud of these artists that I've been able to feature in the show and was thrilled when the soundtrack for season two received a Best Soundtrack nomination from the Indie Soap Awards. This SIRPAUL song, Body Connection was featured in episode 2.5, 'Hunger Pangs'. The video was shot by Andreas Anastasis who shot the HUSTLING teaser for season one!
Looks like a cool project. Why Kickstarter? Why not HBO or Showtime?
Well for one, they haven't called me yet so...fingers crossed! But until I get that call or take that meeting this is kind of the only way for me to fund an independent series like this. The support from the viewers is the only way to move forward. That's why it's for them as much as it is for me. We do it together or not at all. The fans get to continue watching these characters navigate their lives in this crazy world and I get complete artistic freedom to create and tell the story the way I want to tell it. No network to tell me somethings too edgy or that it's too ethnically diverse, or to hire another writer...hey, wait a minute.
Anyway, this is the future of entertainment. It's the web! So join me on this cool campaign and help us fund our third season. When we're done we'll have this really cool series that we all can look back on and say, "We made that".
Ok..so what do I do if I wanna 'Join this cool campaign'?
It's way easy. It's easier than getting my dog Harley out to pee when it's raining outside!
So check out the rewards on your right. There's gotta be something over there that appeals to you. There's some fun insider and sneak peak rewards. Plus really awesome access reward levels that get you closer to the creators, the actors and the inner workings of how we make Hustling happen! Still couldn't find a reward that interests you but you still want to support us? No problem. Just donate whatever amount you'd like. If it's at a certain reward level that you don't want just click the box that says "no reward". Easy peasy.
Okay...I'm almost there. Why do you need so much money?
Good question. The fact of the matter is, producing a show even on this scale takes money to make it happen. Cast and crew salaries, camera rigs, sound equipment, locations and travel. Food for the actors and crew plus the food in the show. You know HUSTLING is always down for some food porn.
I could also use more help coordinating things. Right now, I do it mostly on my own with the help of one of my producers Gary Cowling, who also plays Mitchell, and Frank, my A.D. - who worked for free last season. It would be great to be able to pay him. I'd also like a few more shoot days so we don't have to shoot 15 pages in one day. Agh! And the show has never had a publicist. It could benefit from someone other than myself trying to get media attention. The bottom line is this - the money helps us make the show better.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Because this is a web series and we don't have to worry about distribution or networks, the risk revolves around time management. But with two seasons under my belt I know I will be able to meet any challenges...and there will be challenges - weather issues, locations falling through, actors schedules changing - I will meet these challenges head on, and adapt and do whatever needs to be done to get season three completed and released to you - the viewers. In the end we will have a season to be proud of. I hope you can join me on this climb and thanks in advance for your support.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND.
• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in late July and into August. Our shoot days will most likely be Monday through Wednesday each week in or around New York City. This does have the potential to change however. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.
• If you are appearing in the series, you will have to sign a release.
• All shooting locations and schedules are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the rights to shoot.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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THE FAN -- My eternal gratitude! PLUS a brand new season of HUSTLING PLUS exclusive backer only updates! And knowing you helped make season three possible!Estimated delivery:
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THE FLUFFER -- Twitter and Facebook love! You'll receive a personalized tweet from @hustlingseries thanking you for backing the show PLUS we'll follow you on Twitter for one year PLUS love on the HUSTLING Facebook page. So make sure your following us and have liked us on Facebook!Estimated delivery:
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THE HAPPY ENDING -- Want to be in the know before everyone else? You'll receive a PDF file of the script from the first episode of the season!! PLUS the Twitter and Facebook love!Estimated delivery:
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THE MUSIC HUSTLER -- Love the music from Hustling? You'll receive an exclusive HUSTLING mix by DJ Alanna Bullet-Proof Tiger Blair, which will be featured in season three! DJ Alanna Bullet-Proof Tiger gave us the incredible mix for episode 2.4 'OPEN DOOR' that is also currently featured in the Kickstarter video. You'll also receive two downloadable files of my favorite SIRPAUL tunes from season two. Plus the PDF of the script from the first episode of season three and of course the Twitter and Facebook love!Estimated delivery:
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THE IN-CALL -- View the first episode of season three before anyone else! Receive a PRIVATE LINK to get an early viewing! PLUS a PDF file of that script! PLUS the Twitter and Facebook love!Estimated delivery:
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THE OUT-CALL -- Rod Driver will come to you...or at least to your computer screen! A PERSONALIZED VIDEO THANK YOU and I may or may not be SHIRTLESS (totally up to you) while showering you with gratitude for MAKING THE THIRD SEASON POSSIBLE! PLUS early access to the first episode and the PDF file of the script! And of course the Twitter and Facebook love!Estimated delivery:
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THE TRAVEL COMPANION -- DVDs of SEASON ONE and SEASON TWO shipped right to you! PLUS PDF files of the complete shooting scripts from Season One and Season Two! PLUS a super sexy HUSTLING baseball cap! PLUS early access to view the first THREE episodes of the season! PLUS the personalized video THANK YOU!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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THE WEBCAM -- A Skype chat with show creator Sebastian La Cause and any other cast member I can coerce into joining me! We can chat about all things HUSTLING...the series of course! Or anything else you'd care to discuss. But let's keep it clean folks. We want to keep our integrity intact. PLUS early access to the SEASON THREE TEASER and the first THREE episodes of the season! PLUS a super sexy HUSTLING baseball cap! PLUS a special 'Thank You' in the credits of the season finale!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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THE SUGAR DADDY -- Come hang with me on set for an hour or so! Want to witness one of our epic shoot days when we shoot 10 pages? Watch how it all goes down or up! We'll handle you like a star and feed you a meal too! PLUS the HUSTLING baseball cap! Also receive an invite plus one to the screening in NYC! Travel and accommodations not provided. You want the DVDs of Season One and Season Two? We'll throw that in too! PLUS a special 'Thank You' at the end of every episode of the season!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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THE SUGAR MAMA -- We're equal opportunity here at HUSTLING! This reward is the same as the SUGAR DADDY but for the Mama's! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Come hang with me on set for an hour or so? Want to witness one of our epic shoot days when we shoot 10 pages? Watch how it all goes down or up! We'll handle you like a star and feed you a meal too! PLUS the HUSTLING baseball cap! You'll also receive an invite plus one to the screening in NYC (travel and accommodations not provided). You want the DVDs of Season One and Season Two? We'll throw that in too! PLUS a special 'Thank You' at the end of every episode of the season!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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THE NEW HUSTLER -- Wanna be IN an episode?? Well here's your chance! Receive a non-speaking featured and credited role. You'll even get listed on IMDB for Season Three of this award winning series! Sign a contract like the star you are (members of SAG-AFTRA welcomed)! PLUS...remember that awesome poster of Season Two with Daphne, Jess, Andrew and me lounging on that lime green sofa? It hung outside Tribeca Cinemas at last season's screening. Snag this reward and you'll also get that poster signed by all four of us plus a video of us signing it for you! I mean, that's pretty cool!! Plus there are only two of those! Talk about exclusive! You'll ALSO receive two baseball caps and an invite plus one to the screening where you can grab a pic with us and leave WITH your poster! And a special 'Thank You' at the end of every episode! We plan on shooting at the end of July through mid August, so if you want to be in the show, you must be available during that time to shoot. Travel and accommodations not provided for either the shoot or the screening.Estimated delivery:
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THE PIMP DADDY/ THE PIMP MAMA -- Another exclusive reward for two of our biggest supporters. Receive signed show posters from all three seasons of HUSTLING! The Tribeca Screening posters from Seasons One and Three and we'll print a new Season Two poster just for you. PLUS DVDs of Seasons One, Two AND Three (once available). PLUS signed hard copies of the full shooting scripts from all three seasons or PDF files if you'd prefer. You'll also receive an invite plus one to the screening in NYC! You can leave with your scripts and posters in hands...or arms! Travel and accommodations not provided. Of course you'll get the HUSTLING baseball cap to sport around town plus an extra for a friend! And you'll receive a special 'Thank You' at the end of every episode. PLUS you get to say to me "Who's you're daddy?" or "Who's you're mama?"Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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THE MAYOR OF HUSTLER-VILLE -- The most exclusive reward for our biggest supporter. You'll receive the FILM SLATE we used while shooting Season Three, signed by me, the show creator and our incredible cinematographer Nathaniel Kramer. He gives our show it's beautiful look! PLUS you'll get a set visit during filming. PLUS a visit during post-production where you can screen a cut of whichever episode we are currently working on at that moment. I'll ask you what you liked and what you didn't like. You'll help shape an episode! Then we'll go to lunch or dinner and have a Q & A over a nice meal. You'll also receive signed hard copies of the full shooting scripts from all three seasons or PDF files if you'd prefer and two baseball caps (you can leave the dinner with your cap on your head and your scripts and slate in hand)! You'll also receive an invite plus one to the screening in NYC and be my special guest. Sit with me in my row and of course take some photos. And lastly, a special 'Thank You" on your own card at the end of every episode in the season. Plus the title "Mayor of Hustler-ville". I mean...Estimated delivery:
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