Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Agent

Life is really funny the way things work out. I went to a few auditions, I got a lot of rejections, I finally got a part, we filmed it & everything, and then it was cut. You might think this is a sad story, but today I got a call from an agent who wants to represent me. He knows one of the producers of the film I’m not in anymore and he saw my part. This isn’t exactly the big break I was hoping for, but it’s a million times better to have an agent than to go to all these auditions without one.

Without an agent I could only go to open auditions or I’d have to be invited by someone who knows someone who saw me do something somewhere. The odds were never in my favor. I got lucky and got into a few auditions, but only just a few. With an agent I have someone calling up producers and casting directors and trying to get me auditions that I never would have known about. I’m still competing with a million other girls who all probably have agents also, but at least now I’ll have more chances to compete. The more you try, the more likely you’ll succeed.

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Neighbor part 2

I forgot to tell Lily & Kevin about the new neighbor. Sometimes they sleep in the bedroom and sometimes I do. We’ve been keeping the curtains open all the time since everyone else keeps theirs closed. I don’t know if they close them when they’re having sex. It never really mattered before, but now that we have a neighbor who keeps his open, they might be giving a free show.

We don’t have floor to ceiling windows like the new neighbor, but it’s actually 2 windows next to each other that gives a pretty good view – if you could see anything other than the building next door.

If he is watching them do it he’s probably wondering why there are sometimes 2 foreigners and sometimes a different foreigner all by herself. Sometimes Lily & I sleep in the bed together. I can only imagine what he thinks is going on here.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bali Pictures part 2

Our private villa’s living room
We spent less time here than anywhere else
Except for one memorable night

Most of the bathroom was indoors, but the bathtub & shower were outdoors
We used the tub when we got a professional massage

Villa bedroom
I'll always remember this room

Villa living room

Villa bedroom

Our own private pool
We were in this pool morning, noon & night
It is almost the star of my book

The front door to our villa

Outdoor shower
I love this shower
There's just something about taking a shower outdoors

Usually when you see someone's vacation pictures you just see boring old pictures. I think anyone who reads my book will see them more like the way I see them. Maybe. I don't really know.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hailey’s Bali Diary

Hailey’s Bali Diary

So, I wrote a book. There’s something I don’t say everyday. It’s not really a book – it’s an ebook. It’s shorter than a book. I don’t know how many pages it is because it’s an ebook and they don’t have page numbers.

After I got back from Bali, I sat down to write a blog post about it and I just kept typing & typing. Pretty soon it was far too long to be a blog post, so I decided to post it in installments. A lot of my posts are in different parts just because things happen in between each one. This would have been in separate parts because it was so long.

I couldn’t write it all up all at once, so I went back and wrote more later. When I did, I kept typing & typing again. By the time I was finished, I knew it wasn’t a blog post.

That’s where ebooks come in. Lily noticed I was doing a lot more typing than usual – especially since I did it on her computer – and I told her I wrote the world’s longest blog post about my trip to Bali. She suggested I make it into a Kindle book.

I don’t have a Kindle, but she does. She says they’re the greatest thing in the world. It’s kind of funny that I have a Kindle ebook for sale when I don’t even have a Kindle. I can’t even buy my own book.

Feel free to buy my ebook and tell all your friends to buy it and make me rich. I don’t actually expect it to sell very well. Books don't sell the way they used to. If you want to get rich, do whatever people are doing these days to get rich. Writing books isn't it. I didn’t write it for money anyway.

It’s more graphic than I intended. You probably shouldn’t read it to your kids as a bedtime story. But I’m ok with it.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

My First Real Movie part 7

I called the PA to find out how to get my free tickets to the premiere of my big movie debut and she told me that she thought my part was cut. I couldn’t believe it. Nobody told me. She said she’d make a few calls and get back to me.

When she got back to me it turned out she was right the first time. The director cut my part. So now I’m not going to be in my first movie. I can’t really complain. It happens all the time. It was a small part. I wasn’t the star or even an important character. Kevin Costner was cut from “The Big Chill”, Harrison Ford was cut from “ET”. I only worked for 7 hours – and I got paid for basically nothing.

Still, it would have been nice if someone told me.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Neighbor

We have a new neighbor in the building across from mine. Most buildings in Hong Kong are very close to each other. There’s not a lot of privacy when you can see into the windows of the building next door. I’ve always been lucky because my bedroom window only faces one other apartment. They can only see into my room and I can only see into theirs. From some apartments you can see into several of your neighbor’s windows.

People solve this problem by keeping the curtains closed all the time. Chinese people don’t really like sunlight anyway and no one would ever have any privacy without curtains. I like sunlight and I’ve never liked the idea of keeping the curtains closed all the time. Luckily the neighbor across the way always kept theirs closed, so I got used to keeping mine open – unless I was changing or doing something I didn’t want anybody to see.

After a while I just kept the curtains open all the time. I never saw the neighbors open theirs and they’re so thick and cover the window so completely that you couldn’t even peek out without being obvious.

Then the new neighbor moved in. Suddenly I looked out the window and saw into their room. The curtains were actually open. I couldn’t believe it. It was a while before I saw any people – I only just saw their furniture. The window is actually a double sliding glass door that goes to their laundry balcony, so you can see the room from floor to ceiling.

Yesterday I was putting away laundry and I glanced out the window to see a guy standing in his. He wasn’t watching me – he was just looking out the window and only noticed me after I noticed him. He smiled & waved and I smiled & waved and we both went back to our lives.

Monday, March 4, 2013

New Year Trip part 6

Bali was great. It’s a beautiful island with all kinds of scenery and some interesting temples. The people were nothing but friendly. I’d like to say more about the food, but we mostly made our own food. We had a private villa with a kitchen, so I did a lot of cooking on this trip.

The best part, of course, was spending time with Ryan. Living in different countries is difficult. This trip gave us some much needed time to spend together – and since we had a private villa, we had plenty of privacy. That’s extra important when you live in different countries and sleep in different beds.

I took lots of pictures, but they’re still in the camera. I’ll post some when I put them on the computer.