I’m reaching out today because we’re seeking audience feedback on the pilot episode of Dating Unlocked that my partner and I came up with on one of our drives between Toronto and Montreal. It often happens this way – we’ll be listening to music or a podcast on the nearly 6 hour drive and then at some point start talking about TV show ideas.
Sometimes they’re good, often they’re not or we may discover another company has just launched a very similar show. The creative process can be challenging in that way – everyone develops their content in a relatively quiet or secretive way and then one day – bam! There’s a new show. Because we’re all influenced by so many factors – our place in history, the news, cultural trends, music, art, a conversation overheard in line at the grocery store it’s not uncommon for very similar shows to emerge from unrelated companies in different geographical locations.
My partner, Patrick, coming from the world of health technology and currently eyebrows deep in his PhD work has a very different perspective and experience base than yours truly. I think that’s why we have so much fun creating show ideas together – our brains just work in very different ways.
On one of these drives we came up with the concept for Dating Unlocked and this year we held a casting and found a host we fell in love with (and hope you will too!), shot the pilot episode and are now seeking some feedback. If you live in Canada, the network (OUTtv) is sharing this landing page where you can screen the episode and then fill in a short questionnaire. WATCH IT FREE HERE in Canada.
Before we go to series it would be great to know- what you liked, what you didn’t and how we can make it even better. If you know other people who enjoy dating shows, we invite you to share the link with them as well.
If you don’t live in Canada, and are interested to see the show, we’ve currently made it available on my storefront here. We’ll be adding more platforms in the future and if you sign up for the newsletter we’ll be sure to let you know.
Thanks so much, we know how busy everyone is – we appreciate your time and input.
Lifelong dance connoisseur, from child to adult, Anisha Joshi has set her sites on more. Anisha Joshi has danced her way from stage to commercials and now she’s taking her dedication of dance and turning it into a television career as the host of the new series Dating Unlocked.
The Shadowlands TV show is comprised of three distinct stories exploring love. In the Mating Season episode of the Shadowlands TV show, Nicolas James Wilson AKA Scotty Dynamo plays a sailor in the early 1950’s.
While on a remote camping trip, he and his boyfriend Matteo (played by Oscar Moreno) are considering opening their relationship when they encounter a mysterious stranger.
Nicolas James Wilson AKA Scotty Dynamo is a full-fledged entertainer — music blogs refer to Scotty Dynamo as a “superstar-in-the-making”, a kid with the “it factor” and an “undeniable charm”.
With over 4.3 million YouTube views and 38,000 subscribers, Toronto’s Scotty Dynamo is quickly becoming a recognizable force in the music industry.
Self-proclaimed “dance party expert”, Scotty Dynamo has spent the last year performing in clubs across North America and creating engaging content that keeps his fans wanting more.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, the 21-year-old producer and recording artist reflects an array of influences. If Ke$ha, Steve Aoki, and LMFAO had a lovechild, it would likely look and sound exactly like Scotty. The result is an original, upbeat and energetic electro-pop sound with a proven international appeal.
For Scotty, being on camera isn’t a performance; it’s who he is. Over the past couple of years, Scotty has built a large online following by uploading original music videos, cover songs, and weekly video blogs to his popular YouTube channel. This consistent stream of content has attracted an international following and has enabled him to share his music and engage with followers from around the Globe.
Scotty has also taken his talent to the stage by performing at Canada’s largest music festivals (NXNE, Canadian Music Week, and the Manifesto Festival). He has composed original music for major television networks and has regularly been featured as a guest host on various national television programs. In the fast-paced world of social media, Scotty’s popularity and fan base has continued to increase, proving that he is the complete package.
With a loyal following, Scotty is considered to be the next big thing to break out of the bourgeoning hotbed of Canadian talent and take the world by storm.
With his latest single “Show Me Yours”, Scotty collaborated with Jakob Owens (Chris Brown, Jesse McCartney, Nick Carter) to put together an undeniably fun video with a surprise ending. In this video, Scotty officially “comes out”.
The world is ready for an openly gay male pop/urban artist. Scotty Dynamo is the guy.
Charlie David: How much were you able to relate your own experiences to create your character? And how much did you have to research or imagine?
Nicolas James Wilson: There were actually quite a few eerie similarities between my onscreen romance in the Shadowlands TV show and a previous real life relationship. When I first read the script, I felt like the universe was giving me a sign and telling me that I needed to unpack some emotional baggage or something.
In the Mating Season episode, however, the roles were reversed, and I was the one asking my partner to open up our relationship after a long time apart. I was able to draw from my own experiences and have a pretty good understanding of how both parties would feel and react in that moment. Communication is key. And timing is everything, people.
Charlie David: The stories in the Shadowlands TV show were inspired by the Shadowlands book which was inspired by Greek mythology. What was your experience in creating a remix of these ancient classical tales?
Nicolas James Wilson: I’m all about adding a modern twist to classics and making them relatable to current audiences. A lot has changed over the years but relationships have and always will be a little complicated at times. (#drama)
Charlie David: What aspects of the Shadowlands TV show are you excited for an audience to experience or discover?
Nicolas James Wilson: Filming in Elora last fall with that incredible cast and crew was truly a magical experience. It never once felt like work. That type of energy and experience is difficult to fake and I’m excited to have everyone see it translate onscreen. I also think the episodes will also encourage audiences to be more honest with themselves as well as their partners.
Charlie David: Romance between men and between women was commonplace and written about in Greek and Roman mythology. Why is it important to continue sharing these types of stories today?
Nicolas James Wilson: Our episode of the Shadowlands TV show takes place shortly after WWII. I think it’s important to tell this story to remind today’s audiences of the brave men and women that paved the way for us to and allowed us to live the lives we are able to enjoy today. They weren’t able to live and love freely back then. We tell this story to honor them and pay our respect.
Charlie David: What was the hardest scene for you to do and why?
Nicolas James Wilson: The most challenging scenes were the ones that took place in the water. It was a bit chilly but they turned out great! Also, cold water and tighty whities are a dangerous mix.
Charlie David: Who is a major influence for you and on your creativity?
Nicolas James Wilson: My friends and family are a constant source of inspiration. Their work ethic is pretty insane and we push each other pretty hard. I owe the majority of the success I’ve experienced so far to them.
Tom Cruise, Donald Glover, Greg Berlanti, and 90’s movies inspire me on a regular basis as well.
Charlie David: Is there a type of role you dream of playing but haven’t had the opportunity yet?
Nicolas James Wilson: I’ve always wanted to be in the Top Gun sequel (#Don’tJudge). The original film and soundtrack are both Hollywood classics and it would be an honour to continue that legacy.
Also, I’m pretty pale so I feel like I’m destined to play a vampire at some point.
Charlie David: In addition to acting, tell me about the other areas of entertainment you’re pursuing.
Nicolas James Wilson: In addition to acting, I’m also DJing, producing and releasing my own music, and beginning to produce my own visuals as well. I’m having a blast trying out different things and feel like it’s making me a more well-rounded performer.
Charlie David: With so much going on in the world today, what’s your motivation to be a performer? Do you act to explain? To get away? To move past? To widen our knowledge? To incite a conversation?
Nicolas James Wilson: For me, acting is like a form of therapy. It forces me to dig deep, self-reflect, and deal with emotions that I might normally avoid or pretend don’t exist in my daily life.
I spent the majority of my childhood playing hockey in an environment where it wasn’t always okay to display certain emotions. Acting is the complete opposite and forces you to go those vulnerable places and showcase it all for the world to see. In a way, I feel like I’m reliving my childhood the way it should have played out.
Charlie David: What’s next for you Nicolas?
Nicolas James Wilson: You can catch me in the upcoming film Mill Creek and in the upcoming TV series Boy•Friends. I’m also about to release a music video for a song called “I Could Be Your Trainer”. It’s a parody of a 90’s fitness infomercial. It’s pretty rad.
Otherwise I’m really excited for everyone to see the Shadowlands TV show and look forward to working with the cast and crew again soon!
Charlie David: Where can your fans find you online?