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Alicia J. Rose, Courtenay Hameister tackle inclusion, midlife issues in web series hit.

COURTESY: ALICIA J. ROSE - The main actors in Alicia J. Rose's 'The Benefits of Gusbandry' story are Brooke Totman, left, and Kurt Conroyd, flanking the show's creator.When Courtenay Hameister met Alicia J. Rose, about 10 years ago when they both worked for "Live Wire Radio," she didn't know what to think about her.

Hameister can't say she really took well to Rose.

"I was the host of this show, and Alicia is just this force of nature," Hameister says, chuckling. "We were friendly to one another, but we weren't friends."

"Force of nature" indeed describes Rose, a photographer, videographer, marketer and salesperson, music booker and now web series creator, and an energetic and whirlwind kind of woman. Of course, Rose won over Hameister, and the two have parlayed their friendship into writing an acclaimed web series that certainly fits into the Portland cultural scene.

It's "The Benefits of Gusbandry," a digitally scripted series now available via Amazon Prime Video and Seeds & Spark, where it's the flagship of the new streaming platform, and it's available on YouTube and Vimeo. Plans for the second season are underway, with new episodes likely to begin to be made in January after crowdfunding ends. It's an interesting premise: A woman, fed up and disenchanted with dating and significant others, enters into a platonic relationship with her gay best friend — her "gusband."



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