Photo: Photo Credit Ashli Brooke-Wallace|For The Telegraph
“Local Ambition,” a global web show of www.alwayslatetv.com, has fared better than many artistic endeavors since the pandemic began.
“Local Ambition,” a soap opera about a reality modeling competition and all the crazy, dangerous drama that happens to the characters involved in it, was created by Kevin Edwards, who lived in Grafton, where his family lives, when he started the show eight seasons ago. This year will mark “Local Ambition’s” ninth season, which will available for streaming in November, a few months later than planned because of filming delays due to the pandemic.
Edwards also films in Metro East, including Godfrey and “at a family friend’s property out in the sticks.”
“We had to postpone filming for three months and reschedule dates whenever there’s a substantial increase in new COVID-19 cases in the St. Louis region,” explained Edwards, who will finish filming Oct. 4. “With COVID, our schedule is all out of whack.”
“We had a direction that we wanted to take this season, back in February when filming began, but we have had to change that direction because of the pandemic. Because we can be so free with the writing, it’s easier to switch gears with the writing and creative direction.”
The singular presentation and format of the show has allowed Edwards and his team to be fluid in their creativity, making it easier to ebb and flow with current circumstances.
Binge watch “Local Ambition”
“Local Ambition” is a real modeling competition built into a reality series “with a dark secret.” The cast sign up in the hopes of advancing their careers, but find out that there is more to worry about than what to wear.
This series combines elements of reality shows, like, competition stages and confessional-style interviews, with over-the-top soap opera drama.
Last year’s season is available free with purchase and new episodes of this year’s season will be available each Monday beginning in November. Season 8 episodes are:
1. Episode 1 – Lovestruck
2. Episode 2 – Screwed
3. Episode 3 – Truth Schmuth
4. Episode 4 – A New Dawn
5. Episode 5 – Nature Sucks
6. Episode 6 – The Tale of Greg
7. Episode 7 – Bea’s Big Secret
8. Episode 8 – Go
“Local Ambition” is for mature audiences, available worldwide. Stream and download anytime. Watch on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast. More information at www.alwayslatetv.com.
If you go:
What: Always Late TV Photo Meetup – Fantasy Theme
When: Noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30
Where: World’s Fair Pavilion, Forest Park, St. Louis
Info: Open to the public. Tickets to participate as a model or photographer cost $15, available at www.alwayslatetv.com and at the event. Models and photographers pay the fee and shoot with each other, the photos they take are eligible to be published in Local Ambition magazine’s November 2020 issue.
“Every crazy idea we come up with is on the table and will be considered,” he said. “Before the pandemic, our online reach was pretty good, but it has gotten better since it happened. I believe the reason for this is because more people are at home and not outside. I’m sure television and streaming services have also seen an uptick in business as well.”
Even though the presentation and format have not changed, production has.
“We have had to change the way we film scenes and conduct business on set,” Edwards noted. “In the past, it didn’t matter how many people we had on set or how close they were, physically, to one another. Now, we keep everyone six feet apart whenever possible and, when that can’t happen, we have cast and crew wear masks. And now we take everyone’s temperatures and ask questions about overall health at the beginning of the day to determine if they are capable of participating.“
The show spawned the Local Ambition magazine, which first went on sale last fall, in November, with the winner of last season’s show, Caterina Clayton, shot by Ashli Brooke-Wallace, gracing the cover of the first issue, edited by Edwards, now of St. Louis. The winner of this year’s season will be on the cover of November 2020’s issue.
The magazine features exclusive photos, information, and artwork about the “Local Ambition” series, as well as photos taken by local photographers who attend Always Late TV Photo Meetups throughout St. Louis.
This Sunday, Aug. 30, Always Late TV hosts such a meetup from noon to 4 p.m. at the World’s Fair Pavilion at St. Louis’ Forest Park, 5595 Grand Drive.
“Everyone who comes to the meetup can network with one another and, if they’re interested, they can submit photos from the event, to us, to be considered for publication in this November’s magazine,” Edwards said.
Guests can create their own fantasy inspired looks and bring them to this special photo meetup event.
Local Ambition magazine is professionally printed and distributed with more than 100 full-color pages and available for purchase at www.alwayslatetv.com, sold through MagCloud.com, available in digital and print.
The “Local Ambition” web series is for mature audiences and is available worldwide at www.alwayslatetv.com.
Visit www.alwayslatetv.com, Facebook.com/localambition or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.