Intersection at Chinatown Sussex st
Anyone who has ever found a place to call home in a foreign country would understand the bizzare feeling of taking a holiday back to your actual home.
You feel like the world slows down again, pace is lazy and comfortable almost instantly. But more awe is the feeling that things haven't changed as much as much as yourself. (Unless you moved into a cave for longer than the average time one needs to gain enlightment.)
beach outside my old work place.
well this is kinda how I felt being back for a month. I saw all of my closest friends, imported 2 pairs of new heelys, bought the acting bible, visited my old work places, went snowboarding at perisher, Cameo'd in the most talked about reality drama show, watched a youth theatre production, saw Sapphires the Australian film which I extra'd, attended a Comic Con and met Squidward and just before I left, visited the hospital where one of my closest high shool mates just became a father, he was also first to get married. It reminds me of how last year i just managed to catch one of my eldest cousins embarking motherhood in a Vietnam hospital. A well rounded trip, but I do wish I found time to see more old friends, or they would find time for me, but its kinda a lesson to learn not to wait for people, because anyone, especially friends can hold you back from growing and well your life and you wouldn't know what you are missing, and that's the sad part.
Back on SG Set (Actual appearance may not be as Spectacular)
So after touching down in Singapore again I parked my ass in a decent dorm hostel for 3 nights (they don't really do privates SG) and looked for a place to stay for 2 months (because I supposedly might have a job in NOV and Dec in Malaysia) and omg that was not easy, it took me 3 days. In between waking up at 5am on my 1st day I had to do my recurring Cameo for Point of entry the multicoloured English crime series of SG. (i noticed I'm describing extra work as cameo instead, it feels more redeeming) The amazing or strange thing is, I'm coming back to wrap my role as a client of an under-age prostitute, the scene this time: a night club I have no lines and yet they were willing to reimburse for my replacement airfare (i've yet to receive). They said they needed me early Sept so I booked 4th and then they said they need me ON the 4th so they would pay for a ticket on the 3rd. Thou Shalt Hath Faith in the Singapore Industry and their respect for... Cameo Talents.
See I have nothing to hide*
Anyway, about finding a place to stay, I settled with a place in Punggol, the north east limits of Singapore, a Swanky modern 3 room HDB apartment with a gay house mate and a puppy.
A friend of mine said that sounds like a recipe for a sitcom!
If only i was a more capable writer.
Now back to attacking the sets of Singapore, taking them down like Dominoes.
Performance Rating: 7/10
A fairly rough welcome back but the extra role was cake
Me with Sophie and Vernesa and Rif Raf the rapper
Cameo in The Shire
Got a Cameo Role last Monday for The Reality show Shire, which I vaguely heard of before I left Sydney last December.
I got the job the day before and wasn't told what show, so Wiki-ing on set found out it is the Aussie Jersey Shore, and it did kinda feel wacky like the American counter part which I which I did manage to get a flavour of in the recent 3 stooges film. The Shire ladies Sophie & Vernesa were amazing performers, even though they say they were acting like their real self, they are really fun and professional, knowing ques and all on set including angles to "favour the camera" with their assets.
So what I had to do was walking as part of a bunch of boys they were considering makeovers for, because they were so fashionably switched on. Highlight, I got stripped by the ladies, collar shirt only though, but for better or worse, I was not for the selected for makeover - I probably come off too gay and trendy, oh well. Even though is a reality show and alot of the material is raw, there are certain things they ask us to re-perform and is it a shock to mention that I am an actor on the show? the average Joe has better things to do on a Tuesday than hope for a makeover. Hope I didn't destroy your Reality TV illusion.
Will update when this episode AIRS, assuming I will know.
Performance rating: 7/10
Despite my general confidence, these ladies are intimidating, hey they are well equipped that combined with cameras and you get a bit cautious with saying stupid things. Still, I could have said a lot more funny things, what I did say probably won't make the cut. reality TV still needs to be sharp guys.
Been Really busy lately with moving home "for Liberty and not Banishment"
Also done the biggest shoot of my life for a well known Ice cream pallor.
a local remind you what channel or Mediacorp interstitial.
A short for a friend probono and assisting some lovely kids party mascots and also I was born yesterday.
More updates to come soon!
Where's Jako - Equal Employment TAFEP TVC
my biggest Extra début ever - honestly it cant get any more cameo than this. I appear 5-6 times in this TVC, see if you can Spot me xD
its not casting fail, it's Equal Opportunity Hijaking
Scene1 in the glass meeting room 00:09
Scene2 behind chasing the Skirt 00:17
Scene3 In the other glass Meeting room 00:32
Scene4 behind the monitor of the pregnant lady 0038
Scene5 Ditto" as above
Scene6 Standing next to the Lead senior on his left 00:58
Hope you had as much fun as I have with this TVC
Over the weekend I did some more extra work, starting to get sick of that word, perhaps I should refer it to background artist or scene realism regulator. Anyway, on one set I was a bouncer of an A list young adult party, which my stature as still far from, had nothing else better to do that night so pushed myself for the job, as they were last minute and mysterious with it all. But there I prob had worst scene realism engineer experience on the finest set I've ever been on. it was a house that felt like a hotel lobby complete with marble floors and a glass lift and Maxi (not mini) bar. Arriving on set no one greeted me or introduced themselves, no one explained what was going on, no one told us if we were going to be fed or not (we weren't) or where we could get a drink, no one tells us good job, that was excellent, another take plz, about 20 extras were held in a room with no aircon, and when asking for it checking was needed and no response was given, no taking photos AT ALL (thats why I have none) no walking.. anywhere beyond the extras holding steam room and smoking allowed only on breaks and not just when you are not in shot, but its okay for crew, note I found all these rules out by technically breaking them, because usually its okay and no one told me as mentioned. There are many other things I can complain about because it felt like babysitting us, but in hindsight I do have to look back why did all these little things begin to matter to me being at the bottom of the talent food chain? it's because I had taken all these things for granted and perhaps I was finally breaking that cycle of being a background scene realism model. I knew that the crew needed to keep order of everyone and everything especially since it was such an exquisite property that was not theirs, and since I do have AD experience, I do understand why the pressure would have made it seem that they didn't appreciate the work that professional walking mood setting creators do, but still i realise not how much difference a nice AD can make and how many sets I have seen and can actually complain about the minor things while every other performer living in the background didn't seem to notice. I was doing them a favour, but probably ended up giving negative vibes with such attitude and thoughts on boundaries and what rights we have as background reality trance enablers. so, time to step back and look at what you have become, what you need to do and where your passion is. cause if I take on any role and do it without respect and not work within the boundaries, I will just burn passion not that it will run out any time soon, but thats no way to test it, and we all know how important a stable passion is. Sure all these perks as simple as hi and here is a drink would help with your performance, but honestly, if you were truly in the role as bouncer, you don't need it to give your best performance.
As Ethan and Tif mentioned, There are no small roles, only small actors.
Performance Rating 1.5/10
while My performance was probably okay, I do not remember being in the moment without thinking about all the treatment I *should* be getting.
Do it with Passion and with the boundaries you are set jack.
The very next morning I was on another mysterious set as background hypnotist, a slightly better story about my experience here, paid half as much and also it rained for an hour at least and i took a nap on a trolley.
Performance Rating 7/10
not much else significant about this shoot, and you read my rant above already right?
This is a Stray photo from last month that I didn't blog about.
Extra/audience member for the Piano tuner short. It was another easy shoot, and I did spend some time editing photos. and sitting in the Bleh front stage right corner.
Performance Rating: 6/10
Was an extra and didn't really get into the Pianoing thing, not that anyone complained.
I also audienced for a "Dream school's" *final year performance* or some sort of competition with its equally fictional competing school "Dream academy". (its a HS musical clone I assume) coincidentally one of my fellow cast in the theatre club is a recuring cameo role from and was on set at the time. Here met "brother bear productions, which is a group of passionate high schoolers writing scripts and trying to get their first short out of the way, they start so young these days, so think big and dream regardless who you are. We were not supposed to take photos, so I'm steping somewhere in the middle here with a crap photo of what is starting to be a very distinct silhouette at least to me.
Performance Rating: 8/10
for this performance I got into it bit more since I was supposed to be a teenie bopper crazed beiber fan of sorts, the Brother bear crew helped me get into this as they were avid fans and I cheered the performance with them in true obnoxious Aussie Vigour.
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Also two weeks ago (yes its hard to get round to update a blog.) I Extra'd for a Police Training video, posing as what can only be described as a shoot out or bombing and what to do in such situation. Definetly one of the more fun gigs i've done what with all the screaming and blood and all. there was alot of down time on set, but luckily I did bring laptop and edited photos, which I do have a lot to.
It was set near the airport and as soon as I was let off I went to buy some pretty cool Bata dress shoes for an awesome $39. Don't have to borrow off my friend's bro any more or wear my Heelys Rumble boots for those suit roles. xP
Performance Rating: 8.5/10
well it was extra work, and I performed well, not much challenge or demand in this one.
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