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Welcome to New York is about unique first experiences in New York City. Starring Sherry Vine as Dr. Kitty Rosenblatt, the unorthodox yet wildly successful therapist the leads go to in order to get adjusted to life in the big apple. The film stars Sean Paul Lockhart, Megan Kane, Lauren Ordair, Matthew Watson, Ashleigh Murray and features Casper Andreas, Alex Ringler and Victor Cruz.

Welcome to New York was written and directed by Steven Tylor O’Connor. Sean David and Steven Tylor O’Connor co-produced the project with Michael Aronowitz as Executive Producer and Zachary Halley as Line Producer. Associate producers include Andy Hendricks, Stephen Scherock and Mark Raven. This movie was shot by The Gold Street Collective on a Sony F3 camera in the spring of 2012 on location in NYC.

 

 

Your Answers to the Q&A Chat!

 


Sean Paul Lockhart

 

From Terry (@Kings_Queens_) What did you like about this project and what made you believe in it?

I’m an avid cheerleader for the the up-and-comer and I wholeheartedly believe that Steven Tyler O’Connor and Sean David are the very epitome of that. Besides, the screenplay they sent me was adorable and well within my reach. I liked that they were offering me a romantic lead type role that was cute, sweet, frantic and not at all too serious. It’s a chance to playon screen and have fun while entertaining others and exercising my craft.

From Kathryn (@missbackstage) Sean, first of all I’d like to say I follow your work since 2005 and it’s great to see you acting on mainstream, you’re a really great actor, don’t EVER give up on this, it’s wonderful to see you on the screen! That said, I have two questions for you, first of all, do you consider this time of your life (acting outside porn) the best time of your life? Secondly, is there a way we can get an interview with you to Brazil? You have waaaay too many fans here! Who should we contact about an interview?

Thanks for being a friend and fan! It’s always great to know there are a few royal loyals out there. I don’t intend on giving up on anything anytime soon. No one’s given me a reason so far, so why even consider it? I’ve had some great experiences in my limited years on this earth. I would freely admit that this time in my life is the one that shows most promise above all others so far. It just feels as though the world has opened up to me and I’m no longer relegated to one tiny corner of it. It’s hard to shed that feeling of being stuck but once you do – believe me, it is not fleeting! It’s exhilarating; unparalleled! I imagine it’s almost like discovering you have the gift of flight. Message me on Twitter @SeanPaulLock and we can work out a more comprehensive interview!

From Shirley Rolls- Sean what are your hopes for this movie, in terms of your own future career?

I am shooting six films this year. One of them is my own: my very first short. However, most of my projects won’t be seen until almost the end of 2012 or even early 2013 because they haven’t filmed yet and, let’s face it, the wheels of Hollywood churn very slowly. “Welcome to New York” was partly about playing – having fun – and filming something that more likely would do the GLBT Film Festival circuit in a year when it would appear I wasn’t very busy because none of my projects were ready for release. Truthfully, not everything a new, young actor does has much of a purpose. We’re all just hungry for roles and work and we don’t care where we get them, who we’re working with, or even how much we’re being paid! We just want to be a part of making films! I want to add to my reel. And again, this role is so sweet and quirky that I think people will respond positively to me in it.

From Joey (@joeymfromx) How has the transition to main stream film been. You’re good in both. Which is easier for you?

The transition will take a long time! People predominantly still view me as an adult star. I accept that. I’m even cool with it! I’ve only recently announced my hiatus from the adult world – though it’s been more than three years since I’ve filmed anything new. Filming adult work began to become mechanical. My heart wasn’t in it the way it was when I first started. I was good because it was effortless for me. But then I fell in love and my wiring changed inside my head. I decided I wanted a different direction. So, filming adult scenes stopped being something I was fond of. I love acting in mainstream work because it requires a different sort of revealing of one’s self. It’s a different kind of vulnerability. I’ve always been a story teller. Film making and acting is the greatest story telling medium out there today!

From Luca- Your career is going upward, lots of projects you have been taking on. How does it make you feel ?

It feels frustrating at times! I can’t seem to stay on top of it all. Every time I turn around there is something I’ve forgotten to do or something I didn’t have time to cram in to the day. I’m not at all complaining! I think I am happiest when I am busiest. Working hard is like good therapy. Or at least a great way to ignore your maladjustments! Most of all I feel fortunate to have a team of people, friends, who believe in me and are willing to cast me, nurture me, encourage me, and help me make all this mainstream mumbo jumbo a reality!

From Cedric- In the near future, how do you see your career?

I want to be at the epicenter for all things queer-centric and independent. The new website (www.Sean-Paul-Lockhart.com<http://www.sean-paul-lockhart.com/>) is about sharing up-and-coming projects, art, music, film and anything indie with people who are queer minded. I want to be a writer, a director, a producer, more of an activist, and yes, even an actor! I like to consider myself a multifaceted individual so why shouldn’t my career reflect that?!

Do you prefer to be called Sean or Sean Paul?

Sean is great! I go by Sean Paul Lockhart with my mainstream work because of the Screen Actors Guild. There was already a Sean Lockhart registered. It’s a union consideration and more about paperwork and credentials than style and nuance.

What’s your biggest vice/ bad habit?

Time management! I love sleeping in. If I could just get up 2 or 3 hours earlier each day I could get so much more done!

Chocolate or Sweets?

Depends. Am I stoned or not? Oops, maybe I shouldn’t . . .

Who has had the biggest impact in your life, personally?

My family. Sure, we’re not very close today and things were fairly rocky growing up but I can’t help but think . . . most of this had to come from somewhere. It didn’t just materialize out of thin air. My independence, my strength, even my manners! I see some of my greatest attributes in my mom. I don’t think I realized how much of an influence she had on me growing up because it felt like she wasn’t around very much. My father taught me loyalty and the importance of it – but not to ever take it to a fault.

 

Sherry Vine

 

From Tiff- I’ve seen you perform and you are incredible. What is your role in the movie?

I’m playing the sexy yet helpful therapist!

 

From Terry- I know you’re known all over the world. How do you have to change your act when you’re in different countries?

Usually most of the cities outside of The USA where I perform most people speak English. Especially with the internet and YouTube the young club going crowd all speak English very well . When I do perform in a country where they don’t speak a lot of English I usually sing “the hits” instead of parodies.

 

From Bobby- What’s your favorite cocktail?

Jack Daniels and ginger ale – yummy!!

 

Your parodies are so witty. How do you write them?

Thank you! Usually these silly ideas just pop into my hear and then it’s all about finding a rhyme for poop! lol. I used to do it as a kid with the musicals I was in and it just stuck.

 

From Mary Lazarus- I’ve heard that you’re not supposed to do a smokey eye with bright red lipstick but I want to look really hot for a first date. Should I just throw on full beat so I enhance everything?

Well for drag those rules do not apply – more is more! lol. BUT you don’t want to over do it on a first date. I am a huge fan of a smokey eye but would suggest a lighter lip. OR since it’s dinner, go lighter on the eyes and save the smokey eye, red lip for the 2nd date or if you go clubbing.

 

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by different people and things every minute of every day! From walking down the street to watching old movies to vintage Debbie Harry photos! I like to walk around the city and allow the inspiration to come to me!

 

When will you be back on stage?

I’m onstage almost every night! If you mean theatre, we are planning a big show for late 2012 in NYC!

 

Where is the favorite international destination you’ve been to?

That’s a tough one… I have been so lucky to travel all over the world and perform. I love Sydney. My favorite city in the world is Barcelona. Berlin is the most fun! And another favorite that many people don’t know but has everything is Tallinn in Estonia!

 

How many languages do you speak?

I barely speak one! lol. My German is so-so, not fluent, but I can get by. I speak some Spanish. I’d love to really be fluent in Spanish so it’s on my list.

 

What’s your biggest vice/ bad habit?

Ugh – to be honest, I smoke once in awhile… not every day but even one is stupid and gross and I know it but it’s my worst habit.

 

Ashleigh Murray

 

From Angela- What is your greatest dream for yourself?

Biggest dream for myself is to create a legacy. I want to have a career like Meryl Streep, but act for the love of acting like Kate Winslet. I want to be a growing machine that does work because it’s good and will make an impact rather than a giant paycheck. Money is just the icing on top of my cake.

 

From Ted- What’s your favorite part of being an actor?

My favorite part of being an actor is that, at any age, it’s always recess. I’m in a constant state of play! The discovery of human emotions through rolling around on the floor or swaying like a creeper brings me so much joy! I truly can’t get enough of it.

 

Who is the biggest inspiration in your life?

The biggest inspirations are my life is my mom and my aunt. They are two halves of the perfect woman. The pillars I need to lean on when times are tough. My aunt inspires me to go for my dreams and no matter what anything is possible. My mother teaches me to be strong and love with all your might, even when love is lost. I would be lost without them.

 

When did you KNOW you wanted to be an actress?

I knew I wanted to be an actress when I had to recite the synopsis of an entire play in one monologue in one breath. I had a small roll and was the only cast member to receive a standing ovation. That was a great day.

 

Where did you get your sense of humor?

Ha! My sense of humor, well it came with time, patience and being vertically challenged. When you’re short, skinny, have a giant head with big eyes and look like a fetus with legs the Universe has to give you something to survive in this cruel world. I was jipped on the “Big Black Girl Booty” and was blessed with comedic timing.

 

Matthew Watson

 

What’s your dream role?

I dont think I have a dream role, I feel like establishing that means once I get it, I’ll be done working so hard, that shouldn’t happen if you love what you do. (in my opinion)

 

What inspired you to act?

I like being ridiculous, I like the ability to be someone and something i am not, and not having to take responsibility for it, I think its a combination of immaturity and creativity that makes me want to act!.

 

What appealed to you about the project?

I love Steven and anything he’s doing i’m honored to be a part of! (don’t let that go to your head big time LAer).

 

How do you survive in NYC?

I bartend. I clean bars. I model for anything that will pay. I work construction back home. I paint houses. I do anything that will pay.

 

What’s your biggest bad habit/ vice?

I juggle to many activities hobbies and passions. I need to learn to focus, execute and then start sleeps more!

 

Megan Kane

 

From Bobby- I’ve heard that New York is the greatest city in the world. What’s so great about it?

Not to sound like a cliche but this is the city that never sleeps. There is a palpable and tangible energy all around that you can’t deny. Everything you could want or need is at your finger tips, you just have to want it bad enough to go and get it!

Did you know who your co-stars were before joining the project?

No actually I didn’t know who they would be! Steven asked me to audition and I jumped at the opportunity to work on anything he was involved in!

What is your biggest vice/ bad habit?

My biggest vice is definitely reality TV! It always sucks me in and I could talk about it all day! Oh the drama!!! Even though I know it doesn’t help the cause with our profession I just can’t give it up!!

Who inspires you?

The thing that inspires me most is an artist who truly is passionate about what they do! In any medium. Someone who pours themselves into their work always encourages me to be the best version of myself I can be! And just for kicks I geek out over kristen Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty and Barbara Cook!

 

Lauren Ordair

 

 
From Jojo- I’ve been in some drag shows in some less than stellar bars
where patrons get sauced and a little surly. How do you keep your cool and
keep control of the crowd if they get too excited?

Well first I try to maintain my buzz as well… Lol! However if someone gets out of hand I usually ignore them or the bouncer or bartender issues them a warning or removes them from the bar! It ussually never comes to that cause I’m pretty handy with my comical remarks and am able to cool them out and shut them up… ;-)

How did you come up with your name? Do you carry handcuffs with you?

I actually was given the name by my drag mother Mimi Imfurst (you may know her from RuPaul’s drag race season 3 ) I do use the law & order theme music from time to time but I usually keep the handcuffs at home!

I’ve heard you sing live. Is that true?

Why yes I do! Pretty well if I do say so myself! I have a degree in Vocal performance from the New School with a concentration in countertenor work! I sing female songs live in the correct key… You can find me sing a few of my more popular ones on YouTube. Some of the songs that I sing regularly are: let’s hear it for the boy, I’m a star, I will always love you, part of your world, happy days are here again, as long as he needs me, it’s my party and many more!!!

Do you consider yourself an actor? Performer? Drag person?

I don’t think that there should be a divide between any of those! I am as much of an actor as any other. I’m also a performer as well, I do gymnastics, splits, color guard, tap dance! I have many skills and think I am able to to all of them very well! As far as drag I think in current time you would have to agree that drag is blossoming I just consider drag as an extra skill set! I’m all of those things! I’m a “Professional Performing Drag Actor” I think that labeling someone is where you lose so much talent! I have a lot of gifts and hope that I get to show them all!

What’s your biggest vice/ bad habit?

That would defiantly be boys!!! I see a cute one and I can’t resist talking to ‘em!!!! And suprisinly enough I can end up with there number!!! It’s just a gift… Lol ;-)

 

Sean David

 

 

What was your inspiration for the movie?

New York packs a punch like no other city. It can bring you down and also boost you way up. The serendipitous interconnections of the people of New York is unavoidable. You could meet someone at a bar one night and then end up next to them in a crowded subway the next morning. In a city of 8 million, you wouldn’t think this would happen too often, but it does! New York writes a different story for everyone, and “Welcome to New York” is a fun way to show just a few of those stories.

 

Steven Tylor O’Connor

 

 

As an Indi-Movie Director is it difficult to get the attention from the Media and / or from producers?

Of course. Mainly because I don’t have the resources or the knowledge of having an in. If I knew someone in the media or someone in a producers offices, it’d be easier, but I don’t. So it’s about finding the right people, creating and making those relationships and hopefully utilizing them in the future.Mainly, the media and the producers don’t know who I am. So why give time to an unknown? I get it, but I fight it.

 

I loved a Fairy Tale! Isn’t it hard to get money to do projects like this? What motivates you to keep going?

Thank you so much! I am very proud of A Fairy Tale for everything that it has accomplished both in and of itself and for me.It’s EXTREMELY hard for independent artists to create high-quality work that is decent enough to be shown to audiences. You rely a lot (A LOT) on favors. Tit for tat. I beg someone to work on my film and in return I repay them in any way that I can.

 

What motivates me to keep going is my message, my passion, my drive. Through awareness comes change and through art comes awareness. It is our duties as artists to express how we see the world and teach lessons that we think will improve the world.

 

Can ya’ll tell me a little about what ya’ll will be doing or about the film itself?

The film is about unique, first experiences in New York City and the randomly interwoven lives its inhabitants lead. Whether punching out a crazy person at a bus stop at 3 AM or being harassed during your lunch break, it’s all a part of the mystique and the allure of the city. This film is about those truly unique New York moments, with a comical twist.

 

When do you start filming and how long do you think before we’ll get to see a preview?

We start filming in March of 2012. My goal is to have a trailer out within a week of wrapping and then hopefully we will have the entire thing ready by May. It’s ambitious, but I cannot wait to share this project with the world! You can help speed up that process by going donating money to the film to help us pay for our editor ;)