Thursday, June 30, 2011

Your Film Industry Career Options

You don’t have to be an actor, you know?
Suppose it’s not your truest passion and you’re not amazing at it, but you still love the film industry. You can do so many things tied to being an actor.

Here are a few other options you can always consider!

It would be beyond fun to actually write the actor’s lines and make audiences and millions of people laugh! Scriptwriters get to watch actors preform their written masterpiece and get the satisfaction of being a large contributor to the film industry. (Plus, they make a minimum of $32,290 and for big-name writers, $5,000,000 a year isn’t unheard of!)

Admit it, you’ve considered this at least once in your lifetime! A director is in charge of assembling the film crew and guiding the look, sound and overall feel of the film. If power and being a leader is something you are naturally good at, consider this! But remember, it takes a while to build your name as a director.

When I first heard of this one, I believe I said “a what?” Turns out, the Gaffer is the head electrician on set, and is responsible for the lighting an making sure it suits the mood of the scene. And believe it or not, a gaffer is incredibly important for a movie, show, or theatrical presentation to look the way it should and be successful. How awkward would it be to watch a scene that is set in the daytime and have the set be pitch black? The gaffer is the go-to-assistant and is called the “best boy” and they can make $50,000-$70,000 a year, but the best gaffers can make hundreds of thousands.

Makeup artist
Putting pounds of makeup on actors is extremely fun, and males or females can do the job! If costumes and makeup interest you, give this a go! You can start being a makeup artist, right when you finish high school. All it takes is finishing a makeup artistry school.

Special Effects Technician
Love computer graphics and video editing? Consider this- special effects technicians meet with the director and other members of the crew in the early stages of pre-production to determine the desired look of the effects. Whether it’s a car blowing up and creating an explosion, or creating an underwater scene, special effects technicians are in charge of it all.

More Ideas!
Interested in production? Be a electrician, model prop builder, best boy lighting, rigger/light operator, gaffer or a production assistant.
Interested in special effects? Be a makeup fabricator, visual effects artist, or special effects technician.
Interested in writing? Be a scriptwriter for t.v. series, web series, movies, commercials, or short films.
Interested in makeup? Be a fashion & beauty makeup artist, makeup artist, wigmaker, key makeup artist, or makeup special effects fabricator.
Interested in art direction? Be a art director, wardrobe stylist, or set dresser!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What Happened During My “Audition”?

As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by someone who let me sit down to fill an application. I was sneaky enough to actually film the application form (where it didn’t reveal the name) and I feature it in the video below. Some parts of the application, I couldn’t fill in on the spot like my social insurance number, and my measurements. The agent came down and checked off “non-union” in a box and filled in my measurements. 

Then he asked me about my past experience. I had mentioned in my application that I was an extra in Camp Rock 2, and he said that the volunteers were originally suppose to be paid extras, but the production company decided to use volunteers so many extras lost their job, which I found kind of funny that Camp Rock 2 would choose to save money on something like that. 

Anyway, he then took my headshot that I brought with me, he told me that whenever there is a job, he calls first and then sends an email. If I can’t take the job, he said there would be no pressure but always make sure that you are positive that you can make it if you take the job. He also mentioned that once I got on set, I would have to fill in an application, and to never put my home address on my application, instead put the agency’s address. It was very quick and definitely exciting! I’ll get back to you guys once I start going more often!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


You should know, I’m writing this after spending a day of writing an exam and coming home to do more continuous studying. I’ve said this time to time, and I am just realizing it again now, I never ever want to work an office or repetitive job

My mind feels like it’s going to explode and I just want to be freed and released from having to do all of these things that I don’t want to do. But I’m lucky, I get to do an exam and be over with it. But imagine having to do this for a living: getting up in the morning to go to work and hating your life while you’re there, wondering what the purpose of your existence is if you hate what you do every day, and then coming home, going to sleep and having to do it over and over again.

Bottom line is, follow your dreams. You may be poor, you may not have a place to sleep, but all is better than being trapped and doing something you hate.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Hey guys! Obviously you’ve already noticed that my blog looks quite different, and I’ve added many new features with much much more to come!
Hang in there, the renovations should only take up until June 23, so that’s less than 2 weeks.
I hope you guys like what I want to do with this blog, and if you have any huge ideas, list them below.
Think big! I know I am!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

incredibly unbelievably super sweet sixteen!

Birthdays are a, well, I’d love to say special time, but the harsh reality is that most of my birthdays after the age of 13 have been either whatever, or really bad. I think it was worth it, considering how amazing this year’s birthday was. Most teenagers dream of a glamourous sweet sixteen party. But me,  au contraire. I don’t see the joy in lashing out several thousands of dollars for other people’s entertainment. Isn’t it your special day?  So Instead, I just wanted to have a fun day with my mommy. I also don’t know how it happened, but she actually bought me a macbook pro, which i’m currently writing on right now. I’ve wanted one for like 10 years, so children let this be a lesson- you can have anything you want. Work hard, be dedicated and be open to new ideas. Anyways, onto the actual birthday; at first the plan was New York, then Niagara Falls, and then we decided to just go back to this beautiful creek that I spent my summers as a little kid. The whole ride there I couldn’t stop thinking, “some things really don’t change”, while listening to an ancient cd of U2. Your parents listen to that too, right? Haha well, I wanted to share my beautiful day with you guys, at least with some pictures.
The ride through the countryside
The gorgeous waterfall that you can actually jump into, except the current
will most definitely take you away...

Okay tell me this isn’t the cutest thing ever...
Earlier on in the day, before going to the creek.

 This is a violeta blackcurrant cake made by dadu. If you ever see one,
buy ten.