Sunday, February 24, 2013

New Year Trip part 5

I’m going to Bali tomorrow. I’ll meet Ryan at the airport at lunchtime – which means he has to wake up bright & early in the morning to be in Hong Kong on time – which he hates – and we’ll be in Bali by dinnertime.

I’ve been working a lot – especially since Chinese New Year – and he’s been working a lot lately. Hopefully we’ll be able to just sit around and not do anything except enjoy each other’s company. I’m sure we’ll see some of the sites, but not too many. This trip is all about relaxation.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

New Year Trip part 4

We’ve decided to go to Bali for our big vacation. We’ve both been working a lot lately and we want somewhere we can relax and not worry about having to get to all the tourist sites by a certain time and deal with traffic and all that.

Tokyo’s probably a great city – and I still want to go there – but it doesn’t seem like the best place to relax.

Seoul was never on the top of our lists. I’d like to go there one day, but Korea just doesn’t call out to me for whatever reason.

Thailand seems like it might be a good choice, but most of the flights are to Bangkok – which probably isn’t any better than Tokyo – and then you have to take a train or bus or whatever from Bangkok to the relaxing part.

We can fly directly to Bali and not have to worry about trying to go anywhere else. I’m sure Indonesia has a million things to see, but for this trip we’re just staying on Bali. I don’t even know how much of the island we’ll see. We’re not going to try to cram everything in.

We booked a private villa because that’s what you do on Bali. They’re not at all expensive. I’m just hoping the low price doesn’t mean low quality. I know you usually get what you pay for, but February isn’t the big tourist season so maybe prices are lower than usual.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

More Auditions part 2

I went to the audition and everything was going great – up until it didn’t.

They liked my song – I did “A Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific. Then they wanted me to do “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys. I don’t know if they were looking to see if I could do such a drastic change of pace, or if their song was more the type they want in the movie than my song – maybe both.

They liked both songs, they liked my singing – and then they hit me with the bombshell. I was auditioning for the part of a singer in an orgy scene. Everyone is going to be completely naked – including the singer – while they’re all having sex with each other. They said they would shoot it like a music video to show that it’s a dream and not really happening.

Maybe that’s great for the characters, but it’s not so great for me. I’d be uncomfortable in that scene even if I were fully clothed and no one touched me – but to be part of the orgy is totally over the top. I know no one will actually have sex – it’s a movie – but they’re still actually naked.

I also know that pretty much every actress you’ve ever heard of has done at least partial nudity. People sometimes say it’s exploitation, but I think Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton and Kathy Bates know what they’re doing. I know that if I’m going to have a long career as an actress I’m probably going to end up doing some kind of nudity sooner or later.

Maybe someday I’ll be ready to do some tasteful nudity in some great work of art movie, but for now I know I’m not willing to do some gratuitous orgy scene in some Hong Kong movie.

Based on my reaction when they told me about it, I’m sure they won’t call – but if they do, I’ll say thanks but no thanks.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

More Auditions part 1

I got another audition. When it rains, it pours.

This is just a singing part, so it’s not going to make me a big movie star – but it’s in a movie, so I’ll get some exposure.

Now I just have to prepare the perfect song that stands me out from the thousands of other girls these people are going to hear sing all day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Year Trip part 3

We still haven’t decided where to go on our trip. We really need to hurry up because time’s running out. We have to find a hotel and book the flights. I don’t want to do everything at the last minute. Right now the short list is:

Thailand – Bangkok or Phuket
Ryan wants to go to Phuket because he thinks it’s pronounced fuck it, but people keep telling him it’s foo get. I don’t know if I want to go to Bangkok. There are too many easy temptations for him.

Tokyo
We’ve never been to Japan and Tokyo seems like a good place to start. We only have a week so there’s no way we’re going to see most of Japan anyway. I think we should go to Tokyo the first time and then some other part of the country the next time.

Bali
Neither of us thought about Bali until people started suggesting it. We assumed it would be too expensive, but it’s really not.

Seoul or Jeju
Seoul is like Tokyo. We’ve never been to Korea so it seems like a good place to start. Jeju is supposed to be the Hawaii of Asia. I’m sure it’s not. Whenever Asians say something is the whatever of Asia, it’s nothing like what they’re comparing it to. Like Macau is the Las Vegas of Asia. It’s nothing like Las Vegas.

There are direct flights to all of these places from Hong Kong. That’s one of the great things about living in Hong Kong – you can fly all over the world. We want a direct flight because we don’t have enough time to wait around at airports all day.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Chinese New Year 2013

Tomorrow is the start of Chinese New Year. It actually starts on Sunday, but tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, which a lot of people celebrate.

It’s a pretty big deal around here. It’s like Christmas, Thanksgiving & 4th of July all rolled into one.

They give each other gifts and give extra to the children – just like Christmas. Everyone travels all over the country to be with their families and have lots of dinners – just like Thanksgiving. There are fireworks all over the place – just like 4th of July. There are fireworks every night in Hong Kong, but this is different. They really go all out during the Chinese New Year. There are special fireworks shows at Victoria Harbor, Disneyland and a bunch of other places.

It’s great to see everyone having fun, but the holiday doesn’t really mean anything to me – it’s not my culture. I can appreciate the celebration of spring and family and whatever else it’s supposed to be, but I’m never going to have their childhood memories of it just like they’ll never have my childhood memories of Christmas & Thanksgiving.

The main difference for me during the Chinese New Year is that I work a lot more. I’m really going to need the extra money now that we’re taking another big trip.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My First Real Movie part 6

I did my reshoot and everything went great. I liked shooting in a studio better than at a real restaurant. It just seemed more like a movie to me in the studio. In the restaurant it was like a bunch of people playing pretend.

We did hair & make up in an actual dressing room. That seemed more professional than what we did in the back of the restaurant.

My part was mostly the same – there were some minor changes now that they already filmed the fight scene. We also did it all in fewer takes. The star seemed more confident. Maybe because we were in a studio, maybe because he already did his big part. Maybe he just wasn’t as intimidated by me anymore!

They also added a line that takes place after the fight. We filmed that right after the beginning part. I thought my line was kind of stupid, but what do I know? Enough, I guess because the director didn’t like it either. After we did 1 take he said he didn’t want to use it. So now I’m back to only having the beginning part. I went from 2 lines before the fight to 2 lines before & 1 line after, back to just the 2 before. Easy come, easy go.

The director thanked me for coming in to do the reshoot and I went home. The whole thing took a little over 3 hours.

Monday, February 4, 2013

My First Real Movie part 5

They want me to come back to do a reshoot. Apparently there were a lot of problems with the big fight scene and they had to reshoot it in a studio. The restaurant set in the studio doesn’t look enough like the real restaurant so they’re reshooting everything they shot in the restaurant.

Now they want me to come to the studio and reshoot my part that happens before the fight scene. The PA I’ve been talking to said the director also added a line of dialogue after the fight. So now my part is before & after the big fight. That’s good news for me.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

New Year Trip part 2

We’re trying to figure out where to go on our big trip. We don’t have a lot of money – we’ve been saving like crazy, but I don’t want to spend too much because then what’s the point of working so hard to save? The whole reason Ryan’s living in China is to save as much money as possible. If we’re just going to spend it all on vacation then I’d rather he stay here with me.

We both want to go to Europe, but that’s about as expensive as you can get from here and most of it gets pretty cold in February. We’ve talked about other parts of Asia, but we can’t really decide on a place we both want to go to. We’ve been living in Asia for over 2 years and we haven’t seen most of it. I want to go to the most exotic places, but Ryan’s kind of burned out on Asia – he’s not at all impressed anymore. I can understand that. He’s living in China, which is more like real Asia than Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s in Asia, of course, but it’s more international and a lot easier to adapt to culturally than where Ryan lives.

We talked about China – I still want to see the Great Wall and I haven’t been anywhere north of Fuzhou, but Ryan lives in China so it’s only natural that he wants to get away on his vacation. It’s kind of funny that I’m so close to the Great Wall of China but haven’t seen it yet. I could go there over a long weekend and not really spend that much money. If I went from America it would have to be a big trip and cost a fortune.

We’ve ruled out going back to the U.S. We were just in Minnesota last summer and anywhere else – like New York or Los Angeles – is an expensive trip.

We’re thinking about Australia. It’s almost like our culture and we can speak the language – that’s important when you live someplace where you can’t speak the language. I work with a few Australians and they’ve been giving me helpful suggestions.