It’s been just over three years since we released the music video for TEAR DOWN THE WALL – one of the official songs for TV’s first transgender sitcom, THE SWITCH – and to cap off this year’s Pride Month it has officially hit 35,000 views on YouTube!
Tear Down The Wall started off as a low-key music and lyric writing project on a couch between two queer creative friends (musician Kieran Strange and actress/writer/director Amy Fox) and, under the expertise and guidance of producer Ingo Lou and director Jem Garrard, exploded into a little baby-mini-anthem for the Pride seasons 2014 and 2015 across Canada and in some States of America!
So now, three years later, where are we…?
THE WORLD’S FIRST TRANSGENDER TV SITCOM:
(Above: The Switch’s fantastic cover art & Amy Fox receiving her 2016 Leo Award.)
After 2+ years of back-breaking hard-work, casting, promotion, fundraising, shooting (six episodes in five-and-a-half weeks in the spring of 2015!), editing, even more promotion, and more behind-the-scenes stuff than can ever be quantified, The Switch: Work. Love. Mortal Danger. debuted on Canadian Cable in 2016 as the first scripted TV show with a trans* actor in a starring role. Since then, it has received recognition, acclaim, accolades, and press from both inside and outside of the LGBTQ+ community. Now in 2017 it’s starting to blow up in a big way; it’s launching on iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Revry, and actress Amy Fox won the 2016 Leo Award for “Best Performance in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Programme/Series” for her performance in Episode 05: Date Night, making her the first trans*-identifying actress to win the ‘Best’ award.
THE MUSICIAN FORMERLY KNOWN AS “SHE”:
(Above: lunch-on-the-go on tour in Texas & some of my POC Booking family at A-Kon 2017!)
The last three years have been particularly interesting for Kieran (that’s me!). I appeared as a genderfluid girl in the recording studio and the music video, having only very recently understood and started to explore that fluidity. I remember being terrified that I wouldn’t be “trans*” enough to represent the song and the show well, despite my lifelong transmasculinism. Well, my friendship with Amy as well as other factors in my recent life have caused me to finally embrace and accept my reality, that I am in fact “a man trapped in a female body” (for lack of a less cheesy or ridiculous way of describing it). It’s been a journey of self-discovery that is still far from over, and which has led to me in the last ten months being a much happier and healthier person, someone who is able to dedicate himself more wholly to his music, his art, and his fans.
THE LITTLE BOY AT THE START AND END:
(Above: Kiefer in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow!)
At a time in his life where most toddlers are obsessed with toys and tantrums, two-year-old Kiefer O’Reilly of the Greater Vancouver area seemed much more inspired by the colourful characters he saw on his television set – an interest in acting from an early age that I can definitely relate to! If you recognize his face, or his name, there’s a chance it’s from his recurring role on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, or from one of his dramatically demanding and yet exceedingly well-executed roles for several different Lifetime movies! Kiefer has grown up so much from the cute, easy-to-work-with kid who sat and coloured with us on the set for Tear Down The Wall and, under the care and support of loving, passionate parents (who were open-minded and allied enough to allow a tiny-weeny Kiefer to appear in the music video for an indie transgender sitcom), Kiefer is poised to go household-name-stratospheric into the world of being a young male actor!
SO, WHAT CAN *I* DO TO HELP!?
If you’re interested in checking out The Switch, or even helping us promote the show if you dig what you see, there are several different ways you can support them and/or help spread the word!
GIVE A SHARE / RT / LIKE / COMMENT TO THE SONG!: The simplest and easiest way to help, and it’s also free! You can share links to the video, or even to the song itself, and tell your friends about it.
COME HANG OUT AND CHAT WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA!: Likes, Comments, Ratings, and Subscriptions on any of our channels helps us so much, and we LOVE to meet new people, chat, get to know you, and hear your own LGBTQ+ stories. So check us out on Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram too at @WeLoveTheSwitch and @KieranStrange!
PROMOTE THE SHOW!: If you have friends who love a bit of comedy, a bit of sci-fi, and a lot of LGBTQ+ character development in their lives, you probably have friends who will LOVE The Switch! It’s available on Vimeo On Demand, Revry, and more, and you can also share THIS LINK TO THE TRAILER & WEBSITE on your social media!