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. ••