Sunday, 26 August 2012

A Quiet August

I wanted to keep my blog updated a lot over August, but to be honest there wasn't much going on at all so didn't want to bore you too much and talk about what I had for dinner, what TV I watched and how many beers I had the night before. (On that note I only had 2 Corona's last night and drove - which is an absolute rarity but a sign of being sensible) ha ha.

August for modeling tends to be very quiet. I have often survived by picking up the odd job going in this month and after my shoot at the start of the month I am happy with it. I have also been back on Smartlive Casino throughout the month, using that time to show my sense of humour, which i found in a box in my room, and to just increase my Live TV experience. Always great for that.

Now to be truthful to all of you and at the risk of my agency not being too pleased with me, I have let myself go over the last 6 weeks. Since returning from LA I have been to the gym twice and once was today! I have drank a lot of alcohol and not been worried about what I have eaten either. Never good considering how important it is for my job. When I was in my good times, I was working out at least 5-6 times a week, eating plenty of protein and not eating any heavy carbs at all. It worked believe me. It wasn't easy, but I did it and after that I know I can get back to that look again.
But when you eat plenty of sugar, bread and just unhealthy food and don't exercise, you are always going to lose some of your shape and ultimately put weight on. This week has hit me hard and I really am disappointed about how I have let myself go and I am absolutely determined to work my ass off to sort it out.
So, watch this space and I will update you on my journey. If I can include pictures I will (unfortunately IPAD only at present as my laptop has passed away :-( ).

Anyways, I did have the odd casting this month though and one which I will tell you about.


As you can imagine, shirt off and swimmer brand, you need to be in great shape for this company. I went anyways and was informed that I would need to swim at the casting. Always nice to do something different in a casting, and I loved getting back in the pool and back swimming again as its been a long long while.
Problem though...the guy in front of me is an ex professional swimmer who still swims regularly. The producer for the project was explaining how he wanted someone who could swim 50 lengths comfortably in a row, take a break and do another and have an amazing swimming stroke! I mean, are you kidding me??? The guy in front had it sown up straight away. I had no hope.
I did however do a couple of lengths and a dodgy tumbleturn which I was told was quite laughable. (to be fair it was dreadful) But everyone loves a trier right....?
Unfortunately it was definitely a waste of my time to be honest and door to door to go to that casting it took 4 and a half hours! Thats a long long time!

Its the time it takes to get in and out of London for castings add's to my want to move into London desperately. I started looking a month ago but dropped off a bit looking, but now need to start again.

Other activities this month have been a drinking session at the Test Match at Lords, a trip to the Isle of WIght and 2 days at V Festival which was blinding as always!!! Time to stop enjoying myself too much and get out and about sorting out my career and all things work.

I wish you all a great Bank Holiday Weekend

Monday, 6 August 2012

When castings get cancelled

Having to balance times and jobs is very very difficult and for me is certainly one of the hardest things I face while trying to do both modeling and presenting. Modelling work is something that can come up at any time, whether thats a job or a casting. Without going to the castings I don't get any jobs. So it is vital that I can make as many as I possibly can. Yes it would be amazing to be David Gandy who doesn't ever have to cast anymore, but I am not anywhere near that standard of model. It is very different at this end and I will continue to hustle and bustle to as many castings as possible to improve my chances.

On Friday, I received a call about a very good casting from my agency on Monday. The only problem is that I was down to work on Monday for some presenting. Swapping shifts is very difficult to do and often it isn't easy. Often in the past I have just had to give up a shift to ensure I go to a very good casting, something which is hard to do because I am turning down guranteed work for something that is never a gurantee. I swapped my shift around at the last point of asking and was so fortunate, but had to change days around and cancel plans along the way.

So this morning, I get up go to the station, park my car, swipe my oyster card and jump on the train. All of a sudden the phone goes and its my agency explaining the casting was cancelled. How infuriating can you get. Its hard for me at the moment living outside of London to get in, made even more so with the Olympics! It takes up a lot of time getting in and out of London and this was very frustrating. So, the answer is there is nothing that can be done at all. All the money thrown away today won't be coming back in. It certainly isn't my agencies fault either and is frustrating for them as well, as all their work getting everybody to go to the casting on time and dealing with the client and they go and do that.

This is the problem with being at the bottom of the ladder in the industry.

Anyways...didn't want to be posting any negativity at the moment but what a pain. Just something that can happen at times.

Hope you are all well

Sunday, 5 August 2012

1 month blogging hiatus over! LONDON

First of all I just want to apologise for not updating my blog for a month now. This past month has been very very crazy as I have moved back home from LA and been very busy with work and adjusting since. But I will be on it again, talking about everything that I am experiencing in the entertainment industry, the truths about the modeling world and a whole lot more. The on thing I have always set about when starting this blog was to tell the truth and to really give people a real insight into what exactly gies on in my everyday life and to show you the real side to the industry and not the glitz and glamour that is often portrayed in magazines and on TV.

Well what a strange month its been! After spending 7 months living away in LA I have come back home for a bit. I had one of my best friends stag do's a couple of weeks ago which I didnt want to miss and was part of the reason for the timing of my return. Plus I also have 3 weddings to go to in September so prolonging my stay over the summer just quite simply makes sense. I did feel I needed to have a break from LA for a while also. I missed out on some big life changing jobs that could of been the start to the career I have dreamt about for so long. I spoke about that before in a past post, but its often so hard to take when it doesn't come off. Modeling wise in LA stuttered a lot for me and being in a different market and adapting to the industry out in LA has been one thing I have struggled a lot with. They have a different mentality and are driven by results only and do not necessarily offer a more personable touch with their models than I am used to. Change is often difficult and is something you just have to accept. I remember being out in Athens modeling for a few weeks and the agency their were very tough with their models. Its just different cultures.

My hope ever since I moved out to LA was to tie down a presenting job that would keep me there and offer me the opportunity of travelling back and forth to the UK regularly and to start progressing as a presenter. It hasn't worked out as yet, but I do have a visa until the end of 2013 so I still have time to achieve all of my aims and ambitions.

The next question everyone is asking is when am I planning on going back? Well at present I have no return date set up at all. Whether its at the end of September whether its in January, or whether I stay in London I really just have no idea at present and is something that I have been thinking about every single day. Yes I need to make a decision and right now it is something that I am looking for in my life, some stability and it is desperately needed. That might be part of my decision, but knowing me I may change my mind at any time.

I finished LA working a lot on the dating show I was talking previously about. I was almost in every day filming many sections for the show which was great fun and was so nice to be busy.
As soon as I arrived back in the UK, I had just a couple of days to recover and then I was back working on the asino Channel! Yep back again for another stint and something I am very very fortunate to have received the opportunity to go back too. An environment with very nice people and something that is like a second nature to me as well. Plus, it continues my experience and I will continue to use the time as practice for more to follow.

I have also been straight into my agency here in London MOT Models and have got everything up to date and been out to a couple of castings. I booked one of those castings as well for a shoot for Berkeley Homes. a very nice 2 day shoot and when I can get my laptop fixed or purchase a new one I will get the pictures up on here. The shoot was great, on locations in and around shoreditch and spitalfields and also shooting in a very nice 1.5 million pounds penthouse which was incredible! Makes me want to get to level to be able to buy a place like that. Ah I can dream....

That's about all to report for now, I will ensure I keep up with some regular posting now and wish you all a great summer as well. One last shout out to TEAM GB!!!! The Olympics have been absolutely incredible! I have been glued to it and have really felt the passion being here watching it. I am very pleased to be home whilst its going on as loving the atmosphere around town! Truly incredible.

Any comments will be replyed to immeditaely or any questions you might have.

Take Care