To look at him, you’d think Sebastian La Cause was typecast as a sex worker and porn star in the web series “Hustling” because he is very easy on the eyes.
But it turns out he’s so convincing in the role because he’s a man of many talents and all of them are utilized in the internet series. Star, creator, director, writer, producer, production designer, casting director, costumer and caterer…he’s doing it all for the series as well as being his own gopher. And while he wears many hats do to economic reasons, La Cause has a passion for this production and he has learned and master every step along the way.
The idea of “Hustling” actually came to La Cause when he was doing some work in Los Angeles. “I had met some very interesting people at events who made their living working in the adult film industry as well as escorting to make ends meet,” he says. “I found it compelling how one person could be completely open about their line of work as a sex-worker, make absolutely no apologies for it” and then, he continues he also met “someone else who was the complete opposite, not open about their line of work and told elaborate tales to hide who they were.”
When he got back to New York, La Cause came across an internet series that he was very interested in. Then La Cause had read about Google purchasing YouTube and learned that they were spending a hundred million dollars to generate original content for the web and that they were aspiring to turn the internet into the next cable. So everything then clicked for La Cause.
So La Cause took the seed of information he got from meeting the sex workers in LA and before long, he had written eight episodes of the series, peppering some of the organic improvisational vibe that he got from training he got as Groundlings.
“Hustling” was never written with primetime in mind. La Cause wanted something immediate and edgy. “I wanted an adult show about something real,” he says.
“I thought about what kind of locations I had access to and I wrote episodes around them. I wasn’t sure how I was going to produce the series so I made sure the scenes were pretty self-contained in one location and only between a few people at a time. There would be no street scenes or restaurant scenes or car chases or explosions,” he points out.
A prolific student, La Cause also researched where he might distribute the series and was impressed by Blip.TV. His studies also continued in looking into other videos and shows on YouTube, which allowed him to find qualities and production values that seemed to work fir (or hinder) other productions.
He also had a grealy ally in Andreas Anastasis. Anastasis’ expertise and great eye helped mold “Hustling” and Anastasis was instrumental in helping La Cause in putting everything together.
Without a lot of expertise behind the camera, many of La Cause’s lessons were trail by fire, but fortunately with his great body of work in theatre, he was able to recruit and enlist some professional associates who would help train him, work with him and put together his show – in front of and behind the camera.
While Ryan, the lead character in “Hustling,” is a sex worker and porn star, he is certainly relatable to all of us. He may be a pretty boy that many of us have never felt someone’s adoring eyes upon us, he is starting to get past his prime and needs to make some changes to his career path. “I too think about growing older every day when I look in the mirror ,” admits La Cause “but I certainly don’t feel like I’m past my prime, quite the opposite. “
That isn’t more obvious when you view “Hustling” and see the vibrancy of the character Ryan and the high production values – all which can be attributed to La Cause.
La Cause has a lot of reason to celebrate. He’s not only nominated for an Indie Soap Award for Best Actor, but he’s also nominated for the Deep Dish’s first annual Groovy Awards for Best Actor and Hottest Hunk.
Perhaps a name you don’t know – yet – but there’s still time to make get familiar. Go to www.imdb.me/sebastianLa Cause and see some of the great Broadway and movie work he has done including some great dance numbers in “Chicago,” “The Producers” and “Showgirls,” a nice role in “A Bear City” and some upcoming large and small productions.
Bear fans, alas, La Cause says he’s really not a chaser…just played one in the movie.
To subscribe to the web series and catch up on previous episodes, go to http://blip.tv/HustlingTheWebSeries