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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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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