Hi, my name is Brandon Touhey. I'm a social media marketer and designer by day making it by on weekend trips to Home Goods and the Brooklyn Flea.
I’m a blogger who also runs an interior design Tumblr to expose my love of everything apartments. My obsession with television and past as a filmmaker lead me to believe I can make the next best web series (someday).
~ Brandon Touhey
ABOUT THE FILM California’s ultimate party boy Carter (Jonathon Grant) typically spends each day going to the clubs having a good time followed by returning to the apartment he shares with his older sister Rochelle (Angela Zivica), where he continues the party. Rochelle, having had enough of his endless drunken nights and “sleepovers” with every guy in the city, takes matters into her own hands.
Sent to New York to finish college, he finds himself faced with the same temptations he is trying to leave behind. Will Carter fall back into his old tricks or find something more?
I have never been a fan of public transportation. One time as I was making my way home from a particularly grueling day at high school, I was on the train leaning against the wall and the train doors hit me as they were closing.
"Stand clear of the closing doors, please."
Trains are my least favorite because, and this should come as no surprise, they have subway performers and artists and I am always suspicious of those.
Cue the above drawing, by Tolan Van Harris, my subway artist of the day. Andy, our friend Chris, and I were making our way around the city during NYC Pride and upon entering the Times Square bound S train, we were asked if we minded getting drawn. My coworkers told me that I look a little angry in this drawing, so I guess my feelings on subway artists came across. However, I LOVE this. How cool is it to have a complete stranger make art specifically of you, just because something left an impression on them enough to want to put that out into the world? And then for them to share it with you?
On top of that, I had a really nice Pride. After the parade we went to Logo TV’s Drag Race Pride Party hosted by Michelle Visage. I’ve seen BenDeLaCreme perform and I was at a party that Bianca Del Rio made an appearance at, so it was nice to see them as well as the other season six finalists of RuPaul’s Drag Race and previous Miss Congenialities perform. Ivy Winter’s routine was out of this world. I’ve never seen anything else quite like this event.
Last weekend, Andy and I went to Staten Island PrideFest where we saw some familiar faces. An old friend of mine had a hand in the event, so it was nice that it was such a huge success. I also had a wonderful conversation with a fellow Whovian (if you see this, mystery woman, hit me up) thanks to my tardis shirt from Threadless! Our favorite part? The Doggy Drag Show!
At Open House New York last year, Andy and I learned of “Nothing to Hide,” the magic show directed by Neil Patrick Harris. We had planned to go, but we weren’t entirely sure if he would be performing himself or just directing. Instead, luckily enough, another opportunity arose to see NPH live: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
We bought tickets as a sort of one-year anniversary present to one another, and on the final day of May we headed into the city. First we had a romantic dinner at 44 SW Ristorante & Bar, despite the attempts of a herd of rude tourists to ruin the moment. In order to actually have something to toast with we each ordered expensive specialty drinks that we didn’t like enough to finish.
And then I did a terrible thing. The waitress left her pen. And because I had some severe delusions about meeting NPH after the show, I “borrowed” it for the night. And karma, in all of her glory, came to me in the form of exploded ink all over my favorite jeans.
The show itself was fantastic. We didn’t know what to expect (there was an unwritten rule between us that we wouldn’t research what the show was about) but as soon as the cast came on stage, neither of us could take our eyes off of the stage. I think my high school self would have been jealous, because it was pretty much everything that I would have wanted to see back then in my imagined future life.
The set design was beautiful - they did so much with lighting alone - that even though there wasn’t much to work with, everything was taken advantage of. I wasn’t a big fan of some of the music, but we ordered the Original Cast Recording beforehand, and those songs have grown on me a lot now that I’ve listened to the album on repeat.