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Fishtown’s Eric Wilson lives his dream in Hollywood

Fishtown nat­ive Eric Wilson's ca­reer in Hol­ly­wood gets rolling.

Eric Wilson, right, with le­gendary rock­er Brett Mi­chaels. SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

It’s been nearly nine months since Fishtown’s Eric Wilson and his moth­er loaded up their tiny 2001 Kia Sephia and made the cross-coun­try trip to Los Angeles.  Wilson, who was born and raised in Fishtown, is a 2012 gradu­ate of Kutztown Uni­versity and an as­pir­ing writer and tele­vi­sion pro­du­cer.  Like so many oth­ers who set off for the City of An­gels each year, he had vis­ions of fame, for­tune, and ful­filling a life-long dream.

However, un­like the thou­sands of oth­ers who con­verge on Los Angeles, Wilson had an ace in the hole.  One of his pro­fess­ors at Kutztown was a friend and former fra­tern­ity broth­er of Hol­ly­wood tele­vi­sion pro­du­cer, Troy Sear­er, who has worked on “The Biggest Loser,” “Ob­sessed,” and “Beauty and the Geek.” 

Wilson’s first job in Hol­ly­wood was work­ing as a pro­duc­tion as­sist­ant on the CBS real­ity show “Un­der­cov­er Boss.”   His latest job has him spend­ing his days on the renowned NBC Uni­ver­sal stu­di­os lot as a post-pro­duc­tion as­sist­ant on the up­com­ing NBC show, “Food Fight­ers.”

“Food Fight­ers,” is a real­ity cook­ing com­pet­i­tion show hos­ted by Adam Rich­man, that will fea­ture am­a­teur home cooks fa­cing off against six pro­fes­sion­al chefs as they try to cook the same dish.  The com­pleted dishes will be sampled in a blind taste test by a pan­el of culin­ary judges at a din­ner party.  The show is sched­uled to de­but in the spring of 2014. 

Wilson said he has been able to meet many celebrit­ies dur­ing his time in L.A., in­clud­ing Nicki Minaj on the set of “Amer­ic­an Idol,” comedi­ans Mindy Kal­ing and Steve Car­rell from “The Of­fice,” and real­ity show star Nene Leakes. 

Wilson said his most me­mori­able celebrity en­counter was meet­ing writer and pro­du­cer Peter Iliff, who has worked on “Point Break,” “Varsity Blues,” and “Pat­ri­ot Games.” 

In his free time, Wilson said, he works on his own scripts. He’s cur­rently work­ing on an ori­gin­al screen­play that pulls from his ex­per­i­ences in his fra­tern­ity at Kutztown Uni­versity. His ul­ti­mate goal, he said, is to be­come a tele­vi­sion writer, dir­ect­or, and pro­du­cer.

Ac­cord­ing to Sear­er, Wilson is ex­actly where he needs to be right now.

“Eric is in the thick of things out here.  It is no easy task mak­ing it out here in Hol­ly­wood; many people fail at it every day.  Eric, however, is re­si­li­ent and I be­lieve that with his ded­ic­a­tion, work eth­ic, and cha­ris­mat­ic per­son­al­ity we can ex­pect big things from him very soon,” Sear­er said. 

Wilson did say that he misses his friends and fam­ily in Fishtown very much, es­pe­cially his “biggest fans”: his mom, Mar­gie Haines, his sis­ter, Tia, and his two-year-old neph­ew, Jace.

“The last time I was home was for a brief vis­it in May. I still talk to my Mom on the phone a couple times a week, and thanks to so­cial me­dia and video con­fer­en­cing tech­no­logy, I am able to stay in touch with many of my friends,” Wilson said.

His sched­ule per­mit­ting, Wilson plans to re­turn home to Fishtown in Decem­ber to spend the hol­i­days with his fam­ily and friends.  ••

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