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Tuesday, July 06, 2004 0 comments
Mood: *presses ankle* Ouch.
Currently listening to: Nothing (what else is new? *siiiigh*)
More details on that 'Mood' item in a moment... In a bit of pain at the moment so please bear with my writing... :(
So anyway, it was a pretty busy day all things considered. Met up with Julian in the morning for some tennis (sorry for oversleeping man! ;p), which only underscored how much more we both needed to practice in future - yes, it was that pathetic. Then again i've never been a great fan of doing any strenuous physical activity prior to having my first main meal of the day... but, come to think of it, it really does put you in a good, limber, mood for the rest of the day.
Went for lunch with him at Bestari's after that as per usual and then departed our seperate ways. Went for the Samsung casting thing after a quick shower and some hastily applied makeup in a pathetic attempt to conceal/minimize my many, MANY, facial imperfections - i'm not exactly going to ever come close to being an 'Avon lady' (err... which is probably a good thing on two counts - scary!). Found the place in SS 22/10 after about an hour of frantic searching. I was expecting it to be in a studio, but i ended up in some obscure house in the midst of hectic renovation work. Yup. Professional. ;p
So anyhow, i bummed around for a fair bit until the other talents and producer got back from lunch and then we got into it. Aside from the usual picture taking sessions and some quick introductions into a video camera, i finally found out exactly what it is i was being asked to do. Apparently the goal here is to recreate a TV ad which was done by Samsung in Korea for one of their new portable mp3 players. Picture this if you will: It starts off with a forward panning view of five leather clad, spiky haired, Korean dudes (nothing unusual there huh?) and then goes on to show this line of CGI effected clones of this guy in a tight neon coloured spandex outfit which constantly shifts colours - who looks suspiciously arab for some reason. Two of the Korean guys then appear on either side of this line and then start doing some funky, and rather exaggerated, martial art moves with the small volume controller acting as some sort of force ball throwing device (can you say Matrix rip off?). This causes the line of spandex clad guys to collapse, dominoes-style, away from the guy who did the sho ryu ken/'force ball' thing until they get pushed in the opposite direction by the other leather clad Korean guy (note: occasional 'cool' front view of force ball action pops in occasionally). This goes on and on at an increasingly faster rate and, long story short, you suddenly realise that this line of chameleon human dominoes actually resembles the equalizer bar of the mp3 player - and yeah, they pulled it off pretty well, blatant unoriginality in other regards aside...
So, yeah, i got to strut my stuff with imaginary force balls in front of the camera - which is infinitely better than being told to dance on the spot! God, i still have nightmares from THAT audition... All i can say is: 'Thank God for all those years of Tae Kwon Doe and Kickboxing'. Thought i did pretty well all in all. Was a bit nervous about the other guys though - they were all under 20 years of age! That, and i think my hair is a tad too short than what they were wanting. Damned Korean fashion sense. ;p
*urgh* Feel so old...
And that was pretty much it. I didn't set my hopes too high what with the various butt-ugly pro martial artists and pansy girly boy types doing THEIR thang (pfft, its been some time since i got through to anything anyway).
And then i did something really dumb.
Got back home and on the way upstairs i was beginning to regret not trying to show off a little more during the audition - maybe even a couple of flashy flips or two. One tends to get a tad self-conscious at these things, ESPECIALLY when you're the first guy up (why? Why is it always me? *sob*). And that got me to wondering if i could pull off any of those stunts from my days back in Hamilton when i was on Master Kim's demo team...
*wistfully reminisces of many a day spent under his, rather strict, tutelege. Also wistfully recalls having a six pack (BIG SIGH)*
So i snuck back down to the car washing area, which offered a pretty sizable amount of good flat ground, and started going through some old routines and assaulting a few helpless trees in the vicinity. Was slowly upping the tempo and feeling rather pleased with myself for remembering a lot of the moves (not to mention being able to pull them off - albeit rather badly. Master Kim would've twacked me twice with his stick) when i spotted two small Japanese kids eyeing me shyly from the car park directly above me. Feeling a little bolder now that i realised that i had an audience i figured that now was about the right time to show off. And so i started doing the slightly easier side-spinning legover. I did it once... then twice...
And then i overcompensated, landing on the outside of my right foot and hearing a very familiar popping/cracking sound. Managed to somehow get into a half roll (a bit late really) and managed to land heavily on my left knee with a couple of scratches on my hand from the concrete to boot. *sigh*
And that was about when the shock set in. Nothing new really (what with the 5 broken arms - i'll let others tell those stories) so i knew what to expect. First comes that weird warping of sound, then comes the nausea/dizziness, and finally comes that sudden burst of perspiration which envelops most of the skin on your body. On the bright it also heralds the near end of the ordeal.
So, yeah, i managed to twist/sprain/fracture my ankle and my knee is in some amount of pain as well... Meh. No biggie. Pretty sure nothing broken anyhow, and knowing my metabolism i should fully recover within less than 7 days... ;)
Went for Toastmasters tonight regardless. Chen Hoe couldn't make it because of his eye infection so i had to go it alone. I just wished that someone could have told me beforehand that this week's session had been cancelled BEFORE i limped to the place. Ah well... Came back home after that, cleaned the toilets in the house and managed to steal some dinner from my mother.
Just got a phonecall - looks like i've actually been shortlisted for the advert! YES! Finally, some progress! Not to mention money! RM2000-3000 here i come!
*dreams of his long-cherished iPod*
But then again...
*glances down at swelling ankle which has now surpassed the size of a golf ball*
Grrr!!! Dammit, theres always something isn't there? Still, its not like i've been confirmed for the role yet - i've got to wait for the final day of casting tommorow before i'll know...
Ok, need to change the ice now and get some sleep.
Stupid foot. ;p
Name: Patrick Pincon
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