‘ and you may know his talented parents, producer Morgan Mason and The Go-Go’s lead singer, Belinda Carlisle.
If you don’t know him yet, let me introduce you to this talented and impressive young man. He’s not only talented, he cares about his community and is involved in making the world a better place.
James is the youngest member to be appointed to the OUTFEST board of directors, he has been selected for The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40″, Out Magazine’s “Out 100″, and After Elton.com’s ”Hot 100″ (in 20).
His production company, Trailblazer Motion Pictures, will be producing Disappear Here in addition to James starring in it.
As social media coincidences would have it, James and I share a few connections. Also, in true social media fashion, I had no idea we shared these connections until I this interview.
I was immediately interested in talking to James based on what I read about the project, ‘Disappear Here’ and about James himself.
I hope you will check out the film and donate if you can.
Here is our conversation: Q: First, tell me a little about you. A: I’ve always wanted to get into acting since I was a young kid. from France, which is where I was in high school, and decided to focus on making that my career path.
My grandfather, James Mason, was a very successful actor back in his day, so it’s always been something in my mind, although I didn’t make the conscious decision to seriously pursue it as a career goal until a few years ago. Things have gone really well so far, and ‘Disappear Here’ is going to be my first major screen role, so that’s something I’m really excited about! Well, not just an advocate, you serve on the Board of Directors of OUTFEST and are the youngest member to be appointed in it’s 30-year history.
How did you get into that and what does it mean to you? It was a movie that had been in Outfest that single-handedly inspired me to come out when I was 14 years old, so I feel like I have a very personal connection to Outfest and understand fully what a powerful tool cinema and the arts can be in terms of making a difference in people’s lives. A: I was very lucky, because although I did face some bullying at certain points in my childhood, I know it was nowhere near as bad as some people get it.
Outfest just celebrated it’s 30th year during the festival last month, so it’s definitely an awesome time to be involved with the organization and hopefully help it grow towards being bigger and better than ever. I got called some names, and I wasn’t the most popular kid in school, but when I hear the stories of some of the other youth out there and what they face in their daily lives, my experience really pales in comparison.
It’s in part why I’m making this movie, and why I think the issue of gay celebrities coming out is so important, because we need prominent gay individuals to come out and serve as role models to the young LGBT generation who need people to look up to and support them.