Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Nivea Commercial

As promised from my last post, I would do one in a bit of detail about the Nivea Commercial which I shot almost 2 weeks ago. Commercials are always more exciting than shoots, and they always require a much bigger crew too and this was no different.


Starting from the beginning the casting. Something that all models/actors have to go through the majority of times in order to book a job. I had only just made this casting and was the last person they saw for the job. My role was "the boyfriend" and I had the character of being very fun and playful (I think true to real life....just nod and agree ha). The scene I was in required a water bomb thrown at me and I had to do my reaction to that. Went over this 4 times in the casting and that was it, on my way out the room.

Now with commercials, you rarely get the clients in the room, especially on a first casting and with the development of technology now a days, clients don't need to be there. The clients will get sent the videos of each and every person at the casting, which makes it very easy for them to pick and choose who they like.


Fittings will often take place for big commercials as they need to ensure that all the clothes they provide fits well and if anything needs adjusting they will make sure that gets done straight away. It also gives the clients the chance to decide what outfit they prefer. What was great about the fitting was that I was given the chance to meet the director and the producer for the shoot too. They were so unbelievably friendly and really makes such a difference on jobs. I know some people have a pre conception on this industry at times that everyone is rude and unfriendly, but this certainly isn't the case and wasn't the case at all.


One of the things that is frustrating at times is being given an early call time for a commercial, but then not used for hours and hours. When you are working with a girl model, they always take longer, A LOT LONGER, having their hair and make up done. Now girls before you jump down my neck, this is just the way it is, doesn't mean you are not all beautiful of course.
Anyways...this job was different and I was given a call time of 12pm which was such a result as it meant a nice lie in and I would feel a lot more awake for the job. Arrived and instantly looked after by production and was amazed by how many people there were on set! There were seriously people absolutely everywhere and you instantly know this is a professional job and will be a good one to shoot. I walked through the location, a house in south London, and got introduced to the clients, all 7 of them! All women too, but all were very friendly as well. Thats always the nervous part when you meet them on the job and you haven't seen them in person at the casting. I always think to myself that what if they think I look completely different to how I did at the casting....I'm weird like that ha ha. All good though, they seemed like they recognized me from the casting video!

A bit of waiting around and all of a sudden its time for lunch already! Perfect timing as I tuck into some good food on set and eat 2 gigantic platefuls! (Good job it wasn't a topless shoot thats for sure) One thing that made this shoot even better and certainly brought me closer to the crew was that a friend of mine knew the whole crew! I mentioned his name and all of a sudden you get that little connection with people. Everything helps and the atmosphere on set got even more light hearted.
I then met the girl model, who I had briefly seen at the casting. She was very nice, flown in from Germany for the shoot, but the one thing about her was that she was very very tall! Now those of you who know me, have met me, will know I'm not exactly tall. I'm certainly not small, but my height is just under 6ft. So when you have a girl who in flats is 6ft and is wearing 2-3 inch heals, I actually feel like a midget! ha ha. But all good again, just tried to forget about it and practice standing on my tip toes!!! ha ha.

My part in the shoot started and I was shot at different angles turning up to my pretend girlfriends door. Reactions in my face shot time and time again. Next came the water bombs being thrown at me. The girl model quite enjoyed this bit as she was told to really chuck it hard at me. It had to be natural, so I literally had no time to react to it as was stood just a matter of feet away from her. There were many shots taken of this but amazingly I didn't get wet once! Thats some skill for you believe me ha ha. After a couple more angles of this I was done for the day! Very short, but I certainly wasn't complaining one bit.

All in all a very good shoot and a very enjoyable days work with some great people too. That's now 2 commercials this year and really hoping more will follow as well. Much more fun and much better paid as well!!!!! :-)

Thanks to all of you who continually check my blog out. Your support as always is greatly appreciated

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A crazy 3 weeks!!! In more ways than one!

I have just read back through my last blog update and my oh my how things have changed in 3 weeks. I think the term "what hasn't gone off in my life" is the perfect description for the past few weeks. I really don't even know where to start, from the end? Oh no, thats not right is it, the beginning.

My last post was written after I was enjoying a very quiet bank holiday weekend. That next week everything seemed to all happen at once in my life. I will keep it short and sweet about stuff in my private life as I don't like going into it too much. But my relationship ended. So back to being on my own. Changes everything in life it really does, some for the good and some for the bad. Anyways....moing on.

I booked a small job in the middle of some shifts at the casino channel and the start of a gruelling 3 weeks in the studio, doing a variety of hours. The job was for a supermarket magazine (who's name will not be mentioned ha). I was for the 2nd time since I came back playing the role of an older man and a dad. Really makes me wonder and look in the mirror and see if I am seriously aging fast! Fortunately although right this second I'm writing this I feel old, I don't think I look that old....(quiet everyone, no disagreeing with this statement please!)
The shoot was for their xmas magazine, sat down with the family with food etc in front of us all. What was very strange about this how shoot was the fact that they were shooting kind of from above so you actually couldn't even see our faces. I know some models who don't like shoots like that, but for me I really couldn't care less if my face is in or not, as long as the client pays thats the main thing.
It was a very easy shoot, a lot of sitting around and waiting and talking, but everyone was really friendly and nice and made it a lot easier and a lot more fun too. My "pretend" daughter was absolutely fantastic, she really was, full of personality and was so nice to work with her.

After this job I was back in the studio and have been almost everyday with the odd day off in the last few weeks. Then it was a day that was one of the most fun I have had in a very long time. One of my best friends wedding. The first one of my group of friends to get married and I have never felt so proud and happy for him. Someone I have known since we were very young, like 7 years old, playing football. Someone that growing up we had our up's and down's but someone right now who I can rely on and is always there for me if I need it. The best feeling is knowing that I am always there for him as well. To see him and his now wife together, just makes me feel so great, and to know some day that will be me.

Not much time for recovery from a heavy hangover and I was back in the studio the following night working through as many caffine options as possible to stay awake ha ha. The week proceeded with a bit of balance and structure. What I mean by that is that for once was on a regular shifts 4 out of the 5 days of the week, so found myself into a routine. I really thought to myself that I would thoroughly enjoy this change and to get into a routine that quite frankly with my work is impossible to achieve. But something about it just didn't feel right and I actually found myself getting bored of it very quickly.

Last week I managed to book myself a Commercial for Nivea which was great. It was rather funny how it came about because I had to cast for the job, but it was very very last minute. I was in the gym (I know shocking right) on the treadmill running away, breathing heavily and panting and sweating, and then my phone rings. It's my agency so I slow down and pick the phone up. I can barely speak because I'm so out of breath and my agent calls about a casting in London in 1 hour. She also proceeded to be slightly concerned about why I was out of breath and what I was doing ha ha ha. Embarrassing!
But my main concern was there was no chance I could get into central london for 1 hours time, so said I wouldn't be able to make the casting. So I put the phone down and upped the speed of the treadmill and started running again. Then phone rings one more time! I had just worked up a sweat and lost my breath again, so had the same uncomfortable conversation with my agent ha ha. This time I had about an hour and a half to get in for and they "really" wanted to see me too. So left the gym after only 20 minutes and got to the casting 5 minutes late (which I thought was an achievement considering how far I live out of London).

I was actually very happy, very relaxed and proud of myself for getting to the casting on time and making the effortr to go in. It paid off by getting the job!!!!!

I will do a post later on about the Nivea job and how the whoile set and crew etc was. But right now I'm off to enjoy some sunshine on a little mini vacation that I'm on.

Enjoy everyone, and as always any comments will be responded to straight away.