Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Mattys Stag do in Sheffield - What a weekend

Hey Guys,

What a weekend! Quite possibly one of the best weekends of my life! And that's saying something trust me. Back to University city of Sheffield. It's been just under 5 years since we all were leaving University in 2005. Seems a lifetime ago! We have all kept in touch, not as much as always, but still had a couple of catch ups a long the way. But absolutely none were like this. I think it's definitely a sign of getting older when your mates start getting married and it's the first one out of the mates I had at university to do so. But obviously hasn't happened yet and we had the joy of the stag do before the real thing.

But my weekend started on the Friday and I made my way up to Sheffield, remembering the whole way up there without the tom tom, and arrived in the afternoon. The city looks a lot different and there have been a lot more buildings been put up and the city is ever growing and turning into a really nice city. I started by meeting up with an old school friend who lives in Sheffield now, which was great to chat about old times and school days. Then I met 3 mates I lived with during my time at University and another friend for a meal and then plenty of drinks. One thing I forgot to realise when I agreed to have some pre stag do drinks on the Friday night was how much the girls can drink! Always the ones getting the shots out and suggesting more and more drink to be consumed. Ended up in bed around half 3 in the morning after 9 hours on it! You can imagine how well I felt in the morning and the real stag do hadn't even started yet!



So, as you can see above the stag do started in style!!! The best man went off to the lovely female clothes establishment, Primark! I want to know what you think of the lovely outfit! Perfect and to be fair Matty took it so well and was straight upstairs changed and out and proud to be wearing it all day and night!

Football, was first port of call, which as you can imagine was accompanied by many many beers. Sat outside for while enjoying the weather catching up with all the "Bravo Boys" (our uni football team name) and then it was time to move on. A couple of pubs later and there are 15 lads stood round in a circle all with pints in their hands playing a drinking game! Our favoured university game called Slaps was in full flow! A rowdy as hell game that if everyone plays it properly will involve the stag being heavy stitched up with a lot of drinking! Well...like I said if some of the others weren't being so silly Matty would have been on the floor at this point ha ha but the drinks were heavily spread. We also got Shepperd outside to the beer garden at this point for making too much noise as well ha ha.



A lot of the above was going on, but a hell of a sight seeing a man in a dress doing it ha ha. Time to move on from the beer garden and it was time to head to the hotel and get changed. Dirty food along the way a quick change up and more beers in the hotel bar we're off out again for the night ahead!!! Messy, many drinks and many different bars along the way. We got settled in one called Varsity, where we often went at university. The stag struggling and getting rid of some of the alcohol consumed in the middle of the bar ha ha. I promise it wasn't from this below...(maybe it was hmmmmmm)



The nights going great and then for the funniest moment of the entire weekend! Comedy gold I tell you! So, there was a woman earlier on with a very similar dress to the one we had the stag in and we thought that was the funniest thing ever. But it gets soooooooo much better. We turn to the door and all of a sudden a poor poor poor woman walks in wearing.....yes the exact same dress as my mates!!! Poor girl or what! Its bad enough when a girl wears the same dress as another girl, but as a bloke!!!??? Hilarious! See below!!!



Night progressed in many bars and little clubs in town and was a fantastic night. As you can imagine the heaviest of heads ever in the morning, but well worth it.

Can't wait for round 2 at the wedding! ha ha

James

Jeff Banks Presentation last Thursday




Hey Guys,

I am extremely sorry for my week off on the blog front, been a ridiculously hectic week I tell you, and about to get even busier too! Anyways big updates today and going back into a job a had last week on Thursday evening.

Booked for a Jeff Banks presentation in Birmingham on Thursday. I have done one of these before in Bristol, which was extremely quiet, but a very easy job. Jeff Banks uses these presentations to sell custom made suits to people and offers special offers for people at the event inside Debenhams. My role in this is to stand in a tailored suit to my sizes and be on hand for Jeff to show potential clients certain aspects to the suit. I do this with one other model who happens to be Stuart who I was on Shipwrecked with those many years ago. So, for us it's nice to have a catch up.

Arrive on the train and sit with the hair stylist who is absolutely lovely and have worked with her many times before, and the hair stylist, again a really nice person and very friendly which is always nice. Walk over to Debenhams and get prepared for the night putting on our 1st of 2 suits. Mine, is unfortunately not a suit I would wear and the shirt is a lime green color, which I have to say is not the most conventional color. Always get a few little comments in it, however it fits perfectly and offers a differently looking suit and design than Stuarts one. The worse thing about the fact the weather has got better is that I'm in a warm shopping center in a double breasted 3 piece suit that is made of wool! Sweating like Graham Norton in a gay bar does not even come close!! ha

So, the event starts and becomes very busy, with a lot of people enjoying the free wine and canopies that were on offer (some a little too much, and had to be escorted out of Debenhams by security, which I've got to be honest I found hard not to laugh at). It was busy and a lot of people coming up to me like I knew what I was talking about the suits, and have to say I struggled big time! I blagged it of course saying some rubbish then ushering them to the awaiting tailors. Steady start and then the entertainment started. Jeff's favourite girl comes along. Her names Suzy and she is a Marilyn Monroe look a like and actually got voted recently in Las Vegas as the worlds best look a like! No joke, she looks absolutely amazingly like her. She does a bit of chatting on the mic with Jeff and then a couple of silly songs too (but to be fair she can sing). Always says shes happy me and Stuart are there, which is great but highly embarrassing when everyone turns and looks at us, and me in that not very flattering suit! ha/

Change time half way through to a Tux, and yes a 3 piece one as well, which is pretty cool though i must admit. More standing around, Jeff trying to get us to dance with Marilyn as shes singing (erm.....enough said) and that was it. A busy event, a few interested clients and a raised profile for Jeff Banks suits means mission achieved. Then it's time to take the goody bags home and stock up as much as possible!!! ha ha - and I have to say they are quite good as well. Then change up and off back to London on the train. Just a 2 hour event that's all then home time so a nice easy job must admit.

I will search for a picture of myself, Stuart and Suzy and get it up if I get the chance.

James

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Problem with Planning and the week ahead

Hey guys,

Can you finally believe the weather has finally got better?! It's amazing! Not good for how my flat is which is like a Greenhouse when the sun is out!

Anyways...so I thought I would write about a certain problem with my job and how it affects all parts of my life. It's the simple thing called planning. It is near on impossible to plan anything when you have my job, as things keep cropping up left right and center. I have to check in with my agency between 5pm and 6pm every day, this is to see if I have any castings for that day. Now some of these castings could be worth a lot of money if I get lucky and get the job, so it's vital that I go to as many castings as possible. This often means messing up plans made for the day afterwards, whether with friends, a girlfriend, even hospital appointments to do with my knee (which I have been referred to for an operation which completely sucks). It can become increasingly frustrating, but it is a sacrifice I have to make if I want work.

Holidays is just a complete gamble. I literally have to just get on with it and book them and hope that a job doesn't come in. I have had one time when I was away that I may have had to fly back for a job, which is a sacrifice I would have had to have taken. If a big job comes in then it's a win win situation, as yes I would have to not go on holiday, however it's a big job so wouldn't be complaining.

The week ahead is exciting this week, as this weekend I get to go back to Sheffield where I went to University. My friends I lived with there all still live in Sheffield so I get to see them on Friday. And the Saturday is the first of many I'm sure and a true sign that we are growing up as it's one of my best mates from uni's stag do! Going to be absolutely crazy, but will be great to get everyone together again after so many years. We all used to play in the same football team (Bravo FC) and shared such memorable times together.

I am working at Smartlive Casino later today and then on Thursday I have a job in Birmingham for Jeff Banks, working at one of his presentations in the Debenhams store there. Easy job and get to work with one of my mates during the time as well. I will tell you all what that job entails after I finish it.

Hope everyone is good.

James

Sunday, 18 April 2010

John Lewis Presentation - Friday

Hey Guys,

I realised I had a good old moan about Gilette and the job I had on Southend Beach Wednesday, so here's me very happy with the job I did on Friday. It was a John Lewis presentation and the easiest job I think I have ever had. Paid on an hourly rate for this job as its usually 2 hours that they need you there for as I've worked one before. This time they wanted me there at half 9 (2 hours before the proposed call time), and I wasn't actually needed for my role in the presentation until 1pm!!! Simple. Result!!! And certainly brought about a big smile on my face.

I had a small run through of what I had to do and it was extremely simple. Music plays, I walk down with a little girl in hand on one side and the female model walks down with a little boy in hand, all dressed in John Lewis clothes. We have to weave our way through all these people as it was a very big presentation and then stand on stage. Walk forward each in turn so the presenter talked through our clothes and then walk off stage. 4 hours work for literally 5 minutes maximum! Very happy.

Jobs are good when their like this of course. Also, John Lewis do a lot of these presentations and it's a good thing to do and to keep doing as it can be very regular work. Plus John Lewis are a very big client and if it leads to any potential work within their company then it would be absolutely fantastic. I had a lot of time at this job to chat to the client, (as well as sit in Star bucks for a while ;-)) which is important to do to keep them happy and to make sure that they remember you and maybe consider you for more work. It helps that he was a really nice guy, very calm relaxed and down to earth.

The highlight of this job were the children! One lad of 6 years old was the funniest lad I have ever seen. He does all these animal impressions and has us all in hysterics before the job even starts! Full of energy, full of confidence too. The girl was extremely sweet too and was very confident as well, no sign of nerves either which is incredible at such a young age. Full of joy and happiness and always makes jobs go better.

Anyway I hope you all had a great weekend and have been enjoying the weather.

James

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Gillette - All the issues!!!

Hey Guys,

So, as I said yesterday I had an interesting casting and it was for a Gilette commercial. Its worth a lot of money, a 5 figure sum which is unbelievable. However, Gilette, who are a world wide company and absolutely huge, are not very good at organising shoots, or making their mind up about who they want for a job.

The reason for all this is that Gilette have TWICE confirmed me for a job and cancelled me. Now this is the most frustrating thing ever as they have all been commercials. And as you saw at the start of this post the sums of money we're talking are life changing (seriously can be). The first one wasn't too long after I started modelling. Big commercial, worth a lot of money. Confirmed for the job, sent all the details, hotel and flight details as it was a job in Prague for a week, told everyone about it (which is a lesson I have learnt to not do now) and all of a sudden on a Sunday afternoon day before the job I get a voice message left on my phone by the client based in LA! The reason given, the chief executive of the company decided I wasn't right for the job. Now, the reason I can handle, cause that's something I have had to get used to, but for it to come the day before, for the clients to confirm me and for the decision to be down to this one guy really angered me.

So, once was bad enough, try twice. This time a basketball themed Gilette commercial. Went through the casting etc and on a Monday morning I get a phone call saying that I need to pack some stuff and get on a plane to Barcelona in about 3 hours! So rushing around sorting everything out and an hour later get a phone call saying I had been cancelled! Very frustrating.

The only one positive is that there are a cancellation fee for this happening, but it doesn't come close to covering what the jobs would pay. I find myself spending the money in my head, making plans to save up, and then have to scrap it all.

The easiest option is to never cast for them again, however, it's for so much money that you can't help get the thoughts in your head that its going to be you one time. So carried on going to the castings for the commercials. 2 more and this time I'm optioned for the job both times! So close, one time involved a Sunday phone call checking to see if I am available to go to Prague again the next day, but got told in the morning that I didn't get it.

Today an hour wait for the casting and the same casting director who knew my past with Gilette. Same things to do in the casting, acting like your shaving in the mirror, looking at your body etc. And that's it the waiting game starts again. There will be a call back for some people in front of the client and then the options, then confirmed for 1 lucky person.

Have rambled on a bit here, but just a complete insight into my experience with this company.

Feel free to comment if you want to.

James

M & M Direct shoot - Southend Beach!



Hey guys,

I'm going to be careful how I write this because I know that some people do not like their jobs, some people get a bit bored being stuck in an office and others just can't stand it. My job has so many ups to it I must admit, traveling round a lot, sometimes very good pay and get to meet some amazing people.

BUT.......................

This job was hard work!!! Southend Beach, when the wind is blowing and its freezing cold, modeling summer outfits, shorts t-shirts and flip flops, was such a nightmare. Honestly, when you work when your hungry its hard to get through. Same when your thirsty. Lastly, when your tired it's probably the 2nd worse feeling. But working when your freezing cold, shivering is ridiculous. To be fair the crew were all very nice and helped to cover me in a blanket at times, they were all very cold too. Was tough for everyone though must admit, as it was typical English weather and at the end of the day we needed to get the shots done.

We had like a massive camper van to get changed in, which I say massive, but in all fairness it wasn't that big and it was a very tight squeeze for all of us. We worked all around Southend beach, had a bit of an audience at times, which can always be a bit off putting. But to be fair the shots got done quickly when everything was set up. The morning involved trying to 'fake' the sunshine that was non existent, which can be tricky for photographers however the photographer was very good and a really nice guy too. I've worked with him a few times before and he is very quick and easy to work with must admit.

We were fortunate to be joined by 2 dogs on the shoot, both brought by the hair stylist on the job. They were extremely cute and one of them kept jumping in the shot and up on to my legs or lap whilst we were shooting. As the professional that I am, I just kept going with the shoot because the shots could have looked quite good with a little cute dog in there too. Added to the entertainment anyway.

The day went well though to be fair, once we all got over how cold it was, the sun came out and cheered everyone up a bit and gave it that real English summer beach feel, which I must admit I love. The shots were cheesy, which is my specialty, and the client was very happy, which is always the main thing.

Anyways I hope you are all well. Casting and hair cut for me today. I will send an update later as got an interesting few stories to tell you about the company I'm casting for today...

James

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

So Busy - sad weekend for me - but more work

Hey guys,

Apologies for the delay in posting something. I have seriously been unbelievably busy since Friday. Went home for the weekend to see my family and more importantly play football. Which unfortunately for me has meant my season is over too as I have damaged my cartilage in my right knee and may require an operation. This has really brought me down I must admit and means I cant to any running on it at all at the moment either. This makes it hard going to the gym and exercising to keep myself in shape, which brings me down even more.

Anyway, I know I need to look on the bright side, but its not too bright apart from presenting work being busy and the job I've got on tomorrow at the glamorous Southend on Sea ha ha. I was absolutely gutted to miss out on going to Majorca as my previous post said, but who knows maybe something big is just waiting to happen you never ever know.

I've had an extreme lack of sleep the last few days, which is no good for anyone and certainly turns me into a right grump as well! ha. Worked til 4 am Sunday night, then up for a casting at 9am and then presenting again until 9pm. Last night i woke up at 5am for no reason what so ever couldn't sleep so watched films then another casting and again in work now as I speak until 10pm. Really struggling must admit, but must sleep tonight to be ready for my shoot tomorrow as do not want to look tired in the slightest.

Sorry for the bit of a boring post, maybe I will have something more exciting to write about tomorrow night after my shoot and after Arsenal hopefully smash Spurs too! ha ha.

Also, maybe tonight I will write to you all about the casting I went to today and detail it as its for an amazing opportunity to be out in South Africa for the world cup so fingers extremely crossed.

Hope you are all well

James

Friday, 9 April 2010

Castings Update


Hey guys,

So today I found out that unfortunately I did not get the Sony job in Mallorca. Very gutted cause would of been a great trip and a really good job to do as well. But good thing is one of my mates I model with who is at the same agency got it, so happy for him, would certainly rather miss out to a mate than to someone I didn't know. So its Southend bound for me on Wednesday!

Slight problems with my job on Wednesday. This is where the industry at the moment can be very frustrating and where the problems of the credit crunch last year are continually showing their affects.

A year ago I did exactly the same job for this catalogue and was paid a certain amount. Now, they are trying to make me take a cut for the job because their budget has dropped. Now, this is a tough situation to be in, because yes it's still a job and it's good to keep working, but its like someone in a full time job taking a pay cut to do the exact same job as they were doing a year ago, you wouldn't be too happy at all about doing it. You have to weigh everything up, but be careful not to under value yourself or to make yourself unavailable for the job.

Anyways a bit of negotiating and the jobs on for slightly less than last time, which I will have to accept really cause its still pretty good money. Those who know me best know I get a bit stressful at times when there's money involved and that I always want to get any problems solved as soon as possible!

Anyways, casting today to be a body double for a footballer, for a job for Nivea. Casting full of guys, which is usually a bit strange sometimes, but it was very cool and the guys there were all down to earth. A few I know, and one I was amazed to see! Made me so happy. It was a guy I went on my first job with (the round the world esprit job spoke about at the start of my blog). I haven't seen him for 2 and a half years and my word is he doing well for himself! He is a professional dancer, travelling all round the world, working ridiculously hard too, but its all paying off for him and its such a good feeling to see someone you know doing so well.

Sure I haven't got that job anyway, but now back home to enjoy a weekend with my family, friends and 3 games of football too!!!

Have a great Friday and enjoy this amazing weather!

James

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Thank you for all the messages

Hey guys,

Just want to quickly say thank you to those of you who have messaged me saying they are enjoying reading my blog. Means a lot to know people are interested in what I'm writing.

If there is anything you would like me to answer or talk about then feel free to put a comment on, or send me a message on fb or twitter as a lot of you have done.

Thanks again

James

3 Castings Today - Mixed Bag completely!




Hey guys,

As I spoke about castings a couple of days a go and what to expect, well I had 3 of them today.

1. For M & M Direct.
Now, I have worked a lot for M & M before, and recently quite a lot too. I have done a lot of work for their catalogue recently and if you ever saw the March issue, you will see when I say a lot, I mean a lot! I was fortunate to be stuck up at their offices and studios in Leominster, Herefordshire, when we had all the bad weather. This meant I stayed up there for a few days extra and shot loads for the,. Really nice people to work with as well.
Ive also shot the front cover and a few pages inside on locations for them before as well. And this is what the casting was for.

The good times to casting is when you get there, know the people casting as I've worked with them before and you can talk on a much more personal level with them. The shoot is going to be in Southend -on-Sea (glamorous hey?!) ha. After trying on some clothes and chatting about what the shoot would entail, I got changed and was informed by the client that they really want to use me as the last time was apparently their best issue yet (I kid you not). Nice to get the head blown up a little on a day ha ha. So, 1 down and a great start to the day.

2. Aqua Das Pedras (Portuguese Mineral Water)
Again I have once shot for this company/or a similar one before doing a commercial in Lisbon a couple of years ago. But this one was different. It was a commercial shot underwater. Now if any of you out there swim, or go underwater when your in a pool, opening your eyes can be tough. Then being asked to show emotions, smile, laugh, be angry, be intense at the same time holding your breath to stay under there as long as you possibly can.
It was a strange casting, which could have gone well, however it wasn't helped when I cam up from being under the water with a bogey coming down from my nose! Yes Greeny well and truly lived up to his name there! ha ha. So will write that one off (but you never know)

3. Sony Alpha - shooting in Majorca next week!
Biggest casting till last and certainly was a busy one, where I'm sure they will see near enough 200 people in total, probably looking for 2-4 people in total. So chances are slim, but feeling positive is the best way and being friendly with the clients is the way forward. It worked. Went well asked me a lot of questions were pleased with a couple of shots in my book too.
Then had some pictures done and the photographer took quite a few as well which is always good. Then as I went to leave the room I was called back in again quickly to ask about my stubble and to say they liked it how it was and to not change it drastically in the next couple of days! Good sign or what???! Yes is one answer cause its clear the client liked me. On the other hand, no, as its happened to me many times in the past and often will not come off. So its now the waiting and the hoping that I get it and that I should find out tomorrow. Its hard not to get your hopes up when its for a big job and its abroad too, but got to try and block it out of my mind now.

Any updates will blog them tomorrow.

James

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

This week - Castings and what castings are about





Hey guys,

So got myself in a bit of trouble today as I decided not to go to my castings today and it happened to be one where the casting director phoned the agency to tell them that I hadn't showed up! Nightmare. Said so many sorrys after that was untrue. Now your probably thinking why I didn't go to my castings, because of course it means I'm not going to have the work from them. Well all castings are different for different jobs and some are for smaller jobs that are not actually request castings. Quite simply enough when the agency just sends you along even though the clients have not requested you. Now today's castings were one where they wanted everyone to show their bum's?! And the other was asking for lovely teeth. Now this job was a very low pay, with a less than guaranteed buy out too it. With it being a fairly open casting, I felt I would give it a miss.

Sometimes I look at the details of the job and have to assess whether they are worth going to or not. Also if you get confirmed for a small job on one day and a bigger one or a big casting comes in you will miss out.

But it isn't a good thing to get into when you miss castings because this is a big way of getting more and more modeling work. This is my job and part of my job of course is to go to these castings. Some can be extremely frustrating trust me. A room full of models always means first of all a long wait ahead! And second of all a lot more competition for the job. If you haven't been requested then it decreases your chances even more. You have to find the motivation and enthusiasm to stick it out and to try your best when called upon. Now this means that when you get into the casting room and meet the clients that's you put on a smile and make your personality come across as much as possible. I always make sure this happens and make sure I'm polite and happy, as you want to leave an impression on the casting director or the clients.

Its very important to dress well to castings too, something I have not always done I must admit! Its also very important to dress accordingly to meet the needs of the casting. For example if it is a casting for Nike, you want to try and make yourself look sporty, but not in a chavvy way of course! ha. Suit castings, make yourself look smart. You don't need to wear a suit cause that can work against you and make you look silly at times, but smart is good.

Some castings are short and some are long. For example I have been in a casting before for about 15 seconds before. No lie, all the way in for just that. That can really piss me off, seriously! Some you will just get into the casting see the client and you will know straight away that either your not right for the job or that the client just does not like how you look.

Some castings can be very detailed and go on for a while. You may be required to try clothes on, pose for many pictures or if it is for a TV commercial then you will often be asked to do something in the advert. For example when I did my 2 commercials for Nintendo I had to act like I was with a group of friends playing on the wii etc.

A casting can make or break your day. Its as simple as that. If you get the impression the client likes you then it gives you a really good feeling and you feel like your doing something good. But when a client doesn't like you then it can often put you at the bottom and becomes increasingly frustrating. You just simply have to try to not take it personally, which can be hard sometimes if you get a bitch of a client who points out that they don't like your hair, or your carrying a bit of weight! (this does happen trust me)

Anyways, hope this helps give you all a little idea about what the castings are about and what I go through during a casting.

James

My Religion



Hey guys,

So I hope you didn't think I was going to go spiritual on you then?!? ha ha. But I kind of do consider this as a very important part of my life. Yes some people will think its sad, others though will know exactly what i mean and probably feel the same about their teams. Well the mighty Arsenal have been my team since I was brought an Arsenal kit for my 4th birthday from my late Grandpa. (so nearly been supporting them for 22 years now!) God I'm old!

Right, those of you who have had the distinct pleasure of watching a game of Arsenal with me will know what I'm like. Its like an experience you will never forget! I show passion, positivity, negativity, emotion, frustration, anger, exhilaration..and it could go on. Basically I scream and shout at the TV and at the players who of course cannot hear what is coming out of my mouth. Yes I am biased in favour of my team, who isn't, but I am a nightmare. My language during games is terrible, plenty of dreadful words get spurted out that i hope my mother will never hear! ha ha.

But I love football, I always have. Playing, watching and supporting it and will do forever. It is a passion of mine and I feel through watching so much I do at times know exactly what I'm talking about. When I watch it with my mate Ribs, he will tell you this, I always seem to point out things that happen and observations before the pundits say so. Seriously I do and I do believe I will be a football pundit or commentator one day, just have to curb the language me thinks.

Anyway, back to Arsenal for a bit. I have been fortunate to see them a little bit at Highbury and at the new amazing Emirates stadium. I used to love Ian Wright! He was my hero, then of course Thierry Henry and now Cesc Fabregas is utterly class! Just love the feeling when we score such as tonight against barcelona, jumping up and down feeling on top of the world! Then a player called Lionel Messi turned up and battered us 4 vs 1. Oh well.

Tottenham soon who I'm sure we will stuff! ha ha.

James

Monday, 5 April 2010

Easter Sunday - Family time





Hey guys,

I wish you all a very happy Easter and hope you all have had a great time with your family and friends cause thats whats this time of year is all about.

It was great to spend some time this weekend with my family on Sunday and some family friends who we havent seen for a while. Always great to catch up and get together and I feel so lucky to have an amazing family behind me, supporting me in every way and to share some amazing moments with.

This weekend produced an amazing moment for me when my gorgeous niece, pictured above, started saying my name. And she kept on and on and on saying it and it was truly amazing! Loved it so much and it was so cute. She really has grown so much recently and is walking, running and talking as much as her mum too! Which isn't a good thing with the amount my sister talks I tell you! ha ha (those family members or people who know her will know exactly what i'm talking about ha ha).]

I decided this weekend to give my family and friends an Easter present b y talking for half an hour on air whilst presenting about them all. To hear how excited they got and how much they laughed was great and thats what its all about, being able to share some fantastic moments with those people closest to you.

Hopefully this week I will have some work to talk to you guys about, but wishing you all a great easter

James

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Never go to Work with a Hangover! - tip of the day

Hey guys,

For the first time since I started presenting on SmartLive Casino, I worked the day after the night before. All I can say is What an error! Serious mistake!

Thursday night was a night in London called El Nocturnal. My mates run the night every couple of months and basically gets a lot of guys I model with and girls to party hard, with some quality music in a cool venue. Was a very messy night and I was horrified the next day when I realised how much I drank, you would be amazed with how much I consumed. But I had 7 bottles of beer and a vodka cheery ade before getting to the party. Then 2 corona's (my favourite drink by a long way) followed by about 8 ameretto and cokes with 8 more corona's and a shot of sambuca! I promise you, I'm not bragging about this or think this is brilliant at all. Its just the truth! How I do it I will never know, but thats probably why my mates call me "no limits", I seriously do not know when to stop.

So as you can imagine the next day I was suffering! Big time! And with work at 2pm and very little sleep I knew it was going to be a struggle. First 2 hours was ok, I was suffering but coping. After a break where I felt fine, went back on air at 5pm and it all went downhill. I started getting the shakes, sweating, all this whilst being live on tv! My hand by my mouth at times, it was not good. Rushing in between spins to the toilets and getting it all out of my system! I very nearly made myself a tv legend and would of appeared on those bloopers shows thats for sure! ha ha.

The day was such a struggle and never ever again will I present in that state, unprofessional for starters, but the most painful shift of my life thats for sure!

That is my warning to all of you out there, in all jobs, but especially when you are presenting live, bet Ant and Dec dont get on it the night before! ha

James