I've always been a fan of Star Trek, so I was thrilled when I found out about Hidden Frontier, an independently produced webcast series. The production team is unaffiliated with Paramount Studios, but six years ago Paramount gave them the greenlight to produce the series, on the condition that it remained internet based and completely free for viewers. Hidden Frontier has updated Star Trek's commitment to social issues for the new millenium by including gay and bisexual characters as part of the main cast. And unlike a lot of shows where the token gay character is almost assuredly caucasian, the most prominent of the three GLBT characters in Hidden Frontier, Lieutenant Corey Aster, is of Thai descent.
Hidden Frontier has amassed 42 episodes of approximately 45 minutes each over the years, which is absolutely incredible for a non-profit independent endeavor. I heard that they were gearing up for their seventh and final year, so I knew I *had* to get myself down to LA where it's based. Luckily, I have a friend in LA, Dale, who graciously gave me a place to crash when I visited the cast and crew of Hidden Frontier in August of 2005. I had a great time with all involved, and submitted a reading for a part. A few days ago I got the following email:
"HEY! I got a part for you in an upcoming episode. It's Gul Nikar in 7.02 So far its a one eps character...but its a decent part...It's yours if you think you can get down here in march. Let me know ASAP!"
Yay! And as luck would have it, the people behind Hidden Frontier are also hosting a a big get-together in LA this weekend. With tickets from Southwest only costing $118 roundtrip, I had no excuse for missing it.