Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Patience Patience Patience

My last post I was very busy with lots of work coming in and opportunities a plenty, this one is not too much different actually, except the fact I am writing this with a severe case of MAN FLU (yes basically I have a cold...ok ok). But I am also fighting very very hard to stay patient for things in both my work life and personal life to get to where I want it. I have learnt that "good things come to those who wait" and that in order to get everything you want in life, you have to keep calm, stay strong and ultimately stay patient. But importantly never ever give up fighting if you truly believe in something.

Anyway...enough of the stuff that makes most people slightly queezy when I talk about all these feelings ha. So, I have been back up to Manchester for a shoot for Tesco once more, which was nice job again. Maybe not the most glamorous of shoots especially when I'm modeling their range of ONESIES...but hey, it's not all that you read in the papers and not all jobs can be like the one I did in the Maldives. These are the shoots that involve taking a few pictures in different poses (looking left right, straight, hand in pocket etc) then turning round and having a back shot. That's simply it and doing that for about 50 different changes of clothes. It's something that could become very regular though and I could find myself up to Manchester a few times a month now which would be ideal.

I have had a lot of castings this past week too, and want to go into some of the details of what has been required in the casting.

"SHAVING COMPANY" - (I won't name them)

The good thing about castings with my agency is the chance to catch up with your mates in town. Sometimes modeling can be a lonely career, walking around to castings on your own, and spending a lot of time by yourself. This one was good because it gave us all a chance for a good catch up, something I was very grateful for.

The casting itself was a bit of an uncomfortable one to be honest. 4 women in the room, 2 of which were foreign and spoke no English. I had to stand there take my top off and literally have 8 eyes analysing my entire body! It was very strange, asking many questions about my natural skin color (obviously I replied, Essex) ;-) and continued to stand there shirtless while they looked through my book. There was just a very strange vibe and atmosphere in the room, and I wasn't the only one to feel it. But what can you do? You just have to stand there and wait until they say goodbye and your out of there. You have to show no sign of feeling uncomfortable and just smile and try and make sure in a good way that they don't forget you and you become memorable.

Well I didn't get this job anyway but unfortunately that may have something to do with me being a bit stupid and telling them after they asked that I have done a commercial for Nivea before. Massive error. Always say no James!!! It's not like I'm new to this either! I was so annoyed with myself for it, but maybe wouldn't have made a difference.

BEER COMMERCIAL CASTING

When casting for commercials it is mainly down to a small bit of acting mixed with the right looks. If you fit their brief and they can visualise you in that role, then you stand a good chance of getting the job. This casting was a typical beer commercial, sat with a mate sharing a pint at the pub, simple. It's like a dream for me to do jobs like this, and castings just feel so natural considering I have been practicing my body on this since like 11 years old! The amount of money I have spent on drinking and going out, its about time I get some reward from that ha ha.

A little bit of chat with another guy and that was it. The casting director was really nice though and he was an Arsenal fan too so managed to have a good chat with him along the way too. We shared each others pain about going out to Bayern Munich, always good to be remembered! ha.

NOTE - This casting I have actually booked the job for this evening! Which is great news especially considering its the week before Easter and sometimes this period can go a little quiet.

TRIP TO SWANSEA

On Friday, I had to go down to Swansea for a screen test for a new PR project for an American company. Now the company specialises in cars and is hoping to do a variety of projects around the world that requires a host. I had to plan and prepare a 3-5 minute script on Engine Coolant! Exactly WTF was my reaction too. It was like going back to school to study and learn about something brand new and try to understand it. When presenting anything, you need to convince the audition that you are natural in what you are saying and that you know exactly what you are talking about. I did most of my preparation on the 3 hour train journey down and prepared my script for the teleprompter. All set up and ready to go I met some really friendly people doing the casting and they made the audition very simple for me. Let me have all the takes I needed until it was perfected, so just 1 ;-) ha I wish! It only took a few takes and they seemed very satisfied by this.

It was back and off on the train for another 3 hour journey after that! Long treck for a screen test, but its down to myself and just 3 others now, so fingers crossed.


I have had a quiet weekend working at the casino channel, which can be tough doing 4 shifts in 5 days thats for sure, but it's still work and still my bread and butter as such, so certainly not complaining. You just end up running out of things to say!

Right now I'm concentrating on getting myself better and getting to plenty of castings and continuing to hope more work starts to come in and some options keep on confirming. Keeping patient is the key and staying calm when I lose out on options too. Its part of the industry and something I have learnt to deal with over time, though always is hard work when its a big job. I lost 2 options last week for a trip to Spain and a big job for Sony which can be difficult to take, but you have to keep picking yourself up.

Patience away from work could lead to some happiness soon, but only time will tell and these things can never be rushed as we all know.

Thanks again to you all for taking the time out to read my blog, its much appreciated.






























Saturday, 9 March 2013

Model/Superhero!!!!

This is probably one of the busiest periods I have ever had as a model in 6 years in the industry. With the mix of castings, options and jobs its really been rather crazy of late and something that I am very greatful for as well. My agency is working very hard for me at the moment too, putting me up for many jobs and castings and I seem to be re paying the faith at the moment. Times like this certainly do not come around that often and I am making sure I am taking full advantage of it and putting on the best performance possible during every single job. Now I know so many will be like "what performance can you put in, you just stand there!" True, but I always make sure I don't complain, I am easy to get on with and I have fun every shoot I do. You need to ensure that you are memorable, but for all the right reasons.

In modeling it is so important for us to get regular clients. Like hairdressers, personal trainers, its the same thing. Repeat clients can really help boost your wages and if a client becomes regular it is an absolute perfect situation.

TESCO - (shooting in Manchester)

The start of the week involved a trip up to Manchester to shoot for Tesco Online website. Ok, yes it might not be the most glamorous of modeling, but something that could become very regular which is the main thing. It's always nice to get out of London for a bit as well and travel around, all be it a lonely evening in a hotel. The shoot was only for half a day and the production company were extremely nice and friendly and very easy to work with. It was a very simple job, having front, back and detailed shots of a variety of outfits, from shirts to t-shirts to suits. Studio website shoots are never the most exciting, but its something that keeps you busy, which is the main thing.

MOBILE PHONE SHOOT - SUPERHERO

This how shoot was simply brilliant in so many ways. From the casting to the fitting and to the shoot itself. I will break it down for you all and you will see what I'm talking about thats for sure.

The Casting

The casting was a week and a half ago on a day that was one of the worst for me for a long time. I was mopeing around town, head down, feet dragging feeling very very low. I went into the casting and just said to myself "suck it up!" When I walked in, there was a table with lots of different objects on them, from a dustpan and brush to a frying pan! WTF...We got told we had to pick one of the objects and use it as part of our character name for a superhero. After 5 minutes of thought, I picked up the "masher" and became, the masher! I walked into the room, putting on a positive front, and had to renact a scene of "the masher" how I would jump in the air and the masher becomes giant and I squash all the thieves! Then brushed myself off and walked off casually. It was pretty funny must admit and the room of clients and production thoroughly enjoyed it too! ha. Even though I knew it went well, the mood I was in blinded me to worry about getting it, but I did!

The Fitting

Wednesday I had the fitting for the job and knowing it was something superhero based, i was intrigued as to what i would be wearing! Low and behold it was full on superhero gear! A man made costume that i have to say was pretty funny, but made so well. Bright red and blue colours, loved it. With the outfit on, it was time to head into the room with the client and production so they could see what the outfit looked like. Sometimes that can feel weird when all the eyes are on you and they are analysing the outfit, but hey, its my job! The outfit was almost ready, bar some last minute adjustments.

The Job

The joyful English weather that we have, meant the morning of the shoot was pouring with rain and very misty everywhere. The temperature also dropped a great deal too, and as it was an outside shoot, I new I would be pretty cold for most of the day. The location was at a DLR Tube station on the platform and quite simply enough standing waiting for my train. We did some other video shots of me arriving at the station and one that was so funny. I was crouched down trying to open the tube doors with my "magic powers" and some random guy walks beside me presses the button opens the door and looks at me and walks in. I give him a look and stand up and walk in with my head down. It was very very amusing.

The crew on the shoot often make a shoot either good, or bad. Fortunately this crew were absolutely fantastic, like 99.9% of the jobs I've done. They were fun, relaxed, friendly, caring and just a joy to work with. Although I was freezing my nuts off on the platform, I was ok because of how great the production team and client was.



A busy week thats for sure and next week could be just the same. I have many options holding including a job in spain which would be lovely. I have a repeat booking for Tesco too, that is brilliant news for me and seems like it will become regular. Lots of promising castings next week too and also a callback for a regular presenting gig as well. Things are starting to push on with work, and I am one who just loves it when I'm busy. Such a great feeling of self satisfaction.

Thanks again to all that read my posts and hope you like them. If there is ever anything you would like me to talk about, or you have any questions, feel free to comment, or find me on twitter at jamesgreeninuk


















Monday, 4 March 2013

On This Morning in my Undies!!!

This is a post I forgot to put on here a couple of weeks ago. I'm sure a lot of my friends know about it and have seen the pictures from the job. I am getting a laptop soon I promise and can upload pictures with my posts when I do, damn IPAD, amazing things but can never upload pictures on! If you want to see these just follow me on twitter and check my pictures out. You will find me under jamesgreeninuk.

I have done quite a few little cameo's on This Morning before, some live on air, some pre recorded stuff. It's always fun when doing them, as the people working on the show are absolutely fantastic. Very friendly, very enthusiastic and always up for having fun whilst working. I guess they have to be for a show like that. In the past i have done a fashion show, been a carol singer and a handy man amongst some of my roles! But they didn't even come close to having to be in my underwear on screen! Daytime TV as well and having to stand there in a pair of boxers! What has my life become, and how on earth did I end up here in this position I will never ever know.

With This Morning, they always get you there very early, 7am call time, knowing full well we wont often be needed until half 11. We have to do a little run through before the show airs to ensure we know what we are doing, what way to turn etc (you know us models struggle with our right and lefts). So it involves a lot of waiting around, and a lot of chatting to everyone and anyone that you see. Fortunately there were 3 very nice girls working that morning, one which I have known for a long time, so was all good. (and yes lucky me, 3 model girls and me! OK life isn't exactly that bad is it).

The time of the catwalk, I was the last to go, which actually is so much better than being first lets be honest. I was waiting back stage realising that it was too late to stuff some tissue down my underwear!!! So yes it was all me ok! But if I did remember to stuff I would have been happy to join all the models who do the campaigns who all have another implement in their undies!! ha ha ha. Anyways...trying to forget about that, the next step is making sure I don't trip up or fall over! Now that would of been embarrassing. The hosts were Eammon and Ruth for the show this week and I got the feeling Ruth was rather happy when i walked out considering how all her comments made me rather uncomfortable! Including asking me to do a spin round just for her!!! It was very funny though and tried so hard to keep a straight face, which I struggled massively with!

Now the body...Well I have been very good of late, in the gym 4-5 times a week, eating properly and also as soon as I turned that corner and was on screen I was ready to "squeeeeeeeeeezzzzzeeeee". I did get the question of "do you tense or is your stomach always like that?" I so wanted to be cocky and go "No tensing, all me" but I couldn't lie! It was just funny and hearing Ruth after they cut continue to talk about me was very very funny, and amused the girls thats for sure. But that was it. I was on for about a minute, maybe 2 maximum and that was the job done.


I appreciate any work I get and even small little bits and bobs are always good fun and keeps me busy which is something I am always craving. Busy week this week and another post coming in the next day or so as some good work is starting to come in. Currently in Manchester right now writing this at a restaurant sat on my own! Yes I'm one of those people right now ha ha ha.