Author Archives: Samy Osman

As an actor, you usually have a look that you sort of stick to. This is defined by things such as your physical characteristics that you might not have a lot of control over, but also things that you can easily switch up. Changing your hair, and for men (well, there are always exceptions), facial hair as well, are an easy way to change your look in a big way.

The reason for sticking to a look is that we get auditions based on this. For example, if they’re looking for a blue eyed, blond guy with long hair, I wouldn’t be sent out. If they’re looking for a bald guy with a goatee, although it wouldn’t be impossible for me to shave my head and grow the goatee, I probably won’t get seen for that role either unless I actually go through with the change, take some pictures and use those as a headshot for awhile. This will mean I have to maintain this new look until I decide to change again, repeating the process of taking new shots and sending those new pictures out for casting.

So for awhile now, I’ve maintained my hair at a certain length (sometimes a bit shorter/longer depending on how long it’s been since I’ve gotten a haircut) and will sometimes grow my beard until I have an audition or jobs that require me to shave (unless they actually want facial hair and I happen to have something going on). But that’s really most of the “play” I can get, other than cutting my hair a bit shorter, or growing it out a bit more before I do cut it short again. The bottom line is that I gotta try and stay close to my main head shot.

Well, I’ve decided to switch it up! I got a new, really different haircut and want to try my luck, see how much work I can get with it. It might not be as versatile as what I’ve been going with for the last while, but hey, they say change is good and with the start of Spring and all, I say let’s try something new! Check it out via this video that was shot right after the cut!

UPDATE: April Fools!

Posted on: 01 Apr 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

Still of Samy and Daniel in "Lost and Found in Beijing"
Last weekend, I went back to Ottawa to finish up some final scenes for Kevin McMillan‘s TV pilot “Lost and Found in Beijing”. It was great seeing Kevin and Daniel again, along with David Kujuwa who helped out with the shoot. Everything went really well and we had a great time working together; lots of laughs were had by all. We also did ADR (re-recording our dialogue) for an airplane scene which we actually shot on one of our flights. The reason for recording our voices over again is that cabin noise in the plane is just too loud so we needed to get clean audio.

Samy on the cover of Cassie's Grand Plan by Emmie Dark Samy on the cover of One in a Million by Susan Mallery

Also, I noticed a few new Harlequin books featuring me on the cover are now available for purchase. Check out Cassie’s Grand Plan by Emmie Dark and One in a Million by Susan Mallery. I have a couple more book cover appearances on the way and should be available soon. I’ll be sure to share those once they’re released!

Posted on: 21 Mar 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

It’s been awhile since I last updated my site, but not to worry; I’ve been keeping busy! I’m actually days away from moving, which is quite the process (just finding a place to my liking has been pretty time consuming). The reason for this? They’re shooting an episode of “Holmes on Homes” in the house I currently live in, which means Mike Holmes and his team are going to renovate it. They already came by to shoot the per-renovations segments with the homeowners, and I made a little cameo…which will be my first time on a reality TV show if I’m not mistaken.

Why am I moving because of this? Well, since the house needs to be empty in order for them to work on it, I decided to move out and try something new. The alternative is to put my stuff in storage, find short term accommodations (could be up to two months) and move back in. Instead, I figured I should try and experience life in an apartment building. Except for a few weeks/months here and there overseas, I’ve always lived in a house…and in this case, a self contained apartment on a level of a home. It’s bittersweet as I’m really happy for the family, being on the show and getting their house fixed up…but having been here for almost three and a half years, we’ve become friends and it’s not going to be the same without them. To be honest, I never saw them as my landlords but always as my neighbors and friends.

Now was is this “BMW spec ad” I mentioned in the title? Well, a while ago…actually back in October of 2010, William Barber shot a video with a very interesting concept. One, that he had told me about years ago when we were both living in the Ottawa area; I had been looking forward to being a part of it ever since. I actually briefly talked about it here but only yesterday when I worked with Will again on yet another spec ad, did I ask him about the BMW video. He told me it’s been up on YouTube for almost a year now…and has over half a million views as I write this! Check it out here or just above this paragraph.

So other than video I acted in yesterday (all I’ll say for now is that it involves feathers and slow motion), since the last update I’ve worked on mostly corporate and advertising work. I’ve also been offered a lead role in a short film which I unfortunately had to turn down due to scheduling conflicts. However, I do have another upcoming lead role in yet another short which I look forward to shooting. That and we’re planning to finish up Kevin McMillan‘s TV pilot “Lost and Found in Beijing” my with co-star Daniel Lavigne. Finally, I’m almost ready to start putting together my new website and working on some of my own projects and collaborations…but that will all have to wait until after I get settled into my new place!

Posted on: 04 Mar 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

After coming back to Toronto from the holidays spent back home, I got straight to working on getting this short comedic film done. I had already written the script and built my team of cast and crew members towards the end of last year; it was just a matter of setting a date to shoot it and going through final preparations.

Well we did! Just over a week ago…we spent two days to shoot the film and everyday between the end of the shoot and the release of the video, I’ve been working on it (mostly editing and other post production tasks). Working on it all day, day after day…but it’s finally ready! Check out the Friendship Upgrade video page for more information about it including who was involved in making this possible. Hope you enjoy it and a huge thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help me make this happen!

Also, feel free to share it and like/favorite/leave a comment on the YouTube page if you think it’s worthy of any of those! If that’s the case, then why not subscribe to my channel so you’ll know when I upload new videos!

Posted on: 16 Jan 2012
Posted by: Samy Osman

It’s always hard to believe at the end of a year, that yet another one has gone by. While I don’t think we should need a specific day to reflect on what has passed, or to set new goals, it’s kind of a good excuse to do so!

Let’s begin with the end. While I like to take the opportunity to go back home for the holidays, this year I had to postpone it by a few days…for a good reason.Plato setting up the rig at Fast Motion StudiosI landed a job that involved some “wire work”. What I mean by that is I had to be suspended in the air! It was shot at Fast Motion Studios where Plato Fountidakis and his team set up and managed the rig, working with the camera crew to put this thing together. It was shot on a blue screen (same idea a green screen) and the concept involves us flying in the air. I can’t go into details until it’s released, but I can tell you it was a great experience being there working with everyone involved!

Not only did my year end well, but I had a lot of great gigs throughout. Being a lead on a feature film, shooting for two and a half weeks and making great friends in the process was definitely a highlight. Also, I landed a lead role on a TV show episode (that “killer” role on Cold Blood I recently wrote about). Not to mention that this year, I did more Harlequin covers than any other. It’s also the first time I openly talked about my diet choice to avoid meat and meat by-products, why those choices were made and how I’ve still been able to put on some muscle weight without any problems. Another memorable experience is the TV pilot that we shot in China! Traveling, seeing a country for the first time and getting to do what I love, being a lead in a show, working with some great people? Pretty awesome! Even the commercial and corporate work have been great! Not to mention, the awesome audition opportunities (even if I don’t always get the part), multiple callbacks, getting my motorcycle license with a friend (who I’ve met being in this industry and has directed a few projects I’ve been involved in) and so many other great experiences this year.

What about 2012? Well, I’ve been working on this comedic skit that I should be shooting at the end of the first week of the New Year! It’s going to be my third production where I’ll once again be wearingHappy Holidays! December 2011the hats of director, producer, writer, editor, etc. I’m thankful to have a really solid team on board; I’m really excited about it! Other than some other plans and goals, the great part of doing what I do is that I don’t know what opportunities will present themselves (or ones that I’ll find/create/collaborate on), but I’m really excited about the possibilities! Life is beautiful…and for me, part of that beauty is the unknown. Wish you all the best holidays and may this new year bring you lots of love, health and happiness!

Posted on: 25 Dec 2011
Posted by: Samy Osman

I just finished being on set of Cold Blood (a docudrama reenacting real crimes) yesterday! I played the killer of an episode and actually…it was pretty fun having one of the larger roles on a show. Over four days, I got to do so much and meet a lot of great people!

So a lot of dialogue on this show is improvised. We’re mostly given scenarios, sometimes a bit of dialogue (except for one scene where we had almost had a page’s worth), some directions and it’s up to the actors do make something out of it. Actually there was a scene where toward the end, another actor asked me a question that they told him to ask. The thing is, I had no idea this was coming, so I just went with it and replied appropriately. It was fun not knowing that someone was going to say something, instead of pretending not to know. Although I don’t mind either way!

The reason is, this show is a docudrama. Since it’s based on a real events and they often have people talking over the action, sometimes including interviews of people that were involved in those events, it’s more about the visuals of the action than the actual words we’re using. Although, sometimes they have us saying specific things that they might highlight.

Anyway, as I said I got to do a lot of things over the past few days…without going into details, they recorded me doing simple things like taking out trash, riding a bike to less ordinary things like shooting a rifle, getting escorted to a police car and getting in a fight! Plus, one of our locations was a bar with a mechanical bull so at the end of the day I jumped on it! Had nothing to do with the actual shoot, but I did get someone to shoot it with my cell phone! Was a first for me…and another first was the fact that I recorded a few videos of my experience having this role on the show. It’s the one embedded above to check it out and subscribe to the channel if you’d like to see more! Feel free to like, favorite, rate, share, comment, etc. as I’m going to try to get a bit more exposure through those!

Posted on: 09 Dec 2011
Posted by: Samy Osman

Today, I write an entry that doesn’t really have much to do with my acting career but I feel it’s really worth sharing. It has to do with almost completely giving up meat and anything that comes from an animal.

Picture of a little squirrel I took back in 2008

I used a shot of a squirrel because I don’t think I’ve ever taken a picture of a cow, chicken or any animals commonly raised for meat. Although some people will hunt and eat this little guy (or girl), at least they’re not subject to factory farming…as far as I know!

I used to eat meat at least once a day; usually at dinner. Sometimes for lunch, sometimes as a snack, sometimes in the morning. I never really thought much about it. To me, a day wasn’t complete without a portion of meat. Well, people can change…and change they do.

For what I would estimate to be about two years now, I’ve been eating a mostly vegan, plant based, whole foods diet. What does that mean exactly? Well I avoid all meats, including fish. I also avoid anything that comes from an animal including milk (as well as milk products like yogurt and cheese) and eggs. Not only that, I stay away from processed food, especially the ones that contain only elements of food (i.e. “white” or refined sugar which usually comes from sugarcane). Basically I try to eat stuff that nature gave us, in its unaltered state and mostly eat things raw. So my diet consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, etc. I also sprout some things like mung beans, instead of cooking them.

Now, one thing I still consume on a regular basis, that may not be considered vegan, is honey. Otherwise, I very rarely have anything that’s animal based. In fact, since I came back from China (wasn’t always easy to stick to the diet, especially with the language barrier) in early September, I’ve been eating completely vegan (except for honey). That was less than three months ago…and guess what? I put on over ten pounds of muscle. Wait, what? How can you not eat meat and build muscle? Where do you get your protein? Well, there’s gotta be a way if I’m putting on muscle!

I’ve always stayed in shape since my college days. However, after leaving my full time job as a software developer, I stopped going to the gym and lifting heavy weights. So I lost some muscle, but always stayed fit and maintained an athletic, toned and strong body. I had switched to more body weight, “cross fit” types of functional strength workouts. Well, recently I’ve gotten myself some adjustable dumbbells and a bench. These and the equipment I already had for years, including my chin-up bar, handles hanging from it and a couple of weight vests, I was determined to put back on some muscle. Why? A few reasons… I wanted to show people that you don’t need animal protein to bulk up. I also want to be someone who people will want to consider for some cool action based roles. Plus, I don’t mind being stronger…I have this goal of one day being able to pull off a one handed chin-up. Maybe by the time I’m 30?

So with the dumbbells I was able to do more in terms of weight training. Still, my progress was slow. I was told I should probably eat more, but I wanted to see if I could still gain some strength and muscle without going crazy with food. This was kind of an experiment to me as I don’t want to eat more than I have to. Well, finally I decided to squeeze in a bit more food in my diet, and specific foods like yams for example. Well, it seemed to have worked. I feel I’m eating a good amount, without under or over-eating. I’m also going with how hungry I am, not really having a fixed eating schedule. The thing is, I have (at least I think I have) good self control. So even if I’m a bit hungry, I can go on without food for awhile… That decision to eat more was more of a decision to not allow myself to be hungry; at least not for too long. However, I’m glad I went through this as it was a great learning experience.

Now back to the popular “where do you get your protein” question. It’s really what people ask me the most when I tell them about how I eat. Well the thing is, there’s protein in a lot of things. Did you know apples, bananas, carrots, tomatoes all have protein? That pretty much all fruits and vegetables have protein? They sure do. Of course, some more than others, and the fruits and veggies I listed usually aren’t a hugely significant source, but it’s there. However, you can easily find foods that are higher in protein that those, such as nuts, seeds, grains, beans and other legumes; all great sources.

But why, why give up meat? Well, I started being exposed to some books, studies and documentaries and partway through this one book, I cut out meat cold turkey (ha!). I had chicken that I marinated, which was ready to eat, but instead I left it in the freezer and had my first vegan day. Now there have been times since then that I’ve had meat, but in the last two years, I can count those times on my hands. From eating meat over 400 times a year, to probably under 10 times in two years is a big change. You might expect me to have felt weak, ill, etc. but it was actually the opposite. I don’t get sick anymore…the closest I get is the start of something which never goes anywhere and is usually gone the next day. I didn’t just give up meat, I did my research and replaced it with the proper foods and made sure I got all I needed. But the question still remains…why?

Well, a few reasons, that you could sum up under health reasons; personal health, the health of animals, the health of the planet (if that makes sense). It’s my understanding based on what I’ve read/listened to that we, as North Americans, eat too much meat. It’s a source of a lot of health problems, notably heart related issues (leading cause of death over here). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that places where the population consume a lot of meat and animal products are also places where people have more heart issues. And this is just one health problem, albeit a major one. What about cancer, any similar correlation? Don’t worry, I’m going to list a bunch of sources at the end so you can read up on this too…plus you’ll see where I got my information and make your own decision on what you read/watch/listen to.

What about the health of animals? The incredibly high and unnatural (in my opinion) demand for meat has created “factory farming”, unnatural conditions for animals to live in. Of course, there are alternatives. You can get your meat from farmers that treat their animals well, feed them well, don’t inject them with growth hormones, etc. If we can keep the demand low, and not eat meat as often, then that could be a solution. However, if the demand stays, and we all want to switch to “organically grown” meats…well it’s just not possible. The reason factory farming exists is because the demand for meat is so high that it transformed the way we raise animals for food into what it is today.

Now as for our planet, did you know that livestock is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all of transportation combined? And that’s just one of many issues. We use so many more resources to raise one pound of chicken, beef, porc, etc. than one pound of any fruit or vegetable. Instead of growing food to raise these animals so we can eat them as food, we could instead grow food for ourselves to eat, and not have to grow as much. We’d need less land, less water, and less resources to feed more people. This is not just some conspiracy theory; there’s a United Nations report which talks about the impact of the livestock sector.

Not only have I only skimmed the surface here, that was a lot of talk without a lot of backing up….it’s best to see for yourself, make your own research, your own decisions and conclusions. So where did I get my information? Well, here’s an incomplete but good starting list for those interested: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Whole Foods to Thrive by Brendan Brazier, Food Inc., Forks over Knives, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days, Home (free to watch), and finally that United Nations report I told you about called Livestock’s Long Shadow (full report here). There are also a few documentaries that I’m planing on watching in the near future, including Earthlings (free to watch) and Planeat. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily agree with all the opinions expressed in these bodies of work, which is why I stress doing your own research outside of this and making up your own mind as well.

Of course, animals eat other animals. It’s natural and it’s part of the cycle of life. However, there’s a huge difference between hunting an animal that lived its life in the wild, the way it was meant to…and factory farming. One allows the animal to roam free, to eat what it should eat, to live a natural life…while the other is the complete opposite. I’m not saying let’s all start hunting…but what I’m trying to say is the fact that animals do eat other animals doesn’t excuse subjecting them to horrible, unnatural conditions. I think it’s…interesting that some people will criticize hunters but eat meat that was factory farmed. Another point I’d like to make, for those who don’t want to watch documentaries showing the mistreatment of animals (as they don’t want to actually see the animals suffering) but continue to eat them…well ignorance is not bliss. Please take a look at what you might be supporting and allowing to happen.

If you’re a God fearing person, or someone who believes in Karma, or even living with the mentality of “you get what you give”, “what comes around goes around”, “you reap what you sow”…then you’d agree that we should treat each other well if we want that in return. What about the animals? Don’t they count? Our high demand for meat is big reason of why so many of them suffer and live their lives in horrible conditions…and thus why we all suffer. Our health and the state of our planet suffers. Instead, it’d be great if we could be good to each other, and include animals, our environment and surroundings in that statement. Despite my own personal choices, I’m not saying we should all stop eating other animals…but I’m hoping we at least try and reduce our consumption to the point where they can live a happier, more natural life…so we can all benefit.

Posted on: 30 Nov 2011
Posted by: Samy Osman

As the title indicates, I played a Fireman on an episode of “Curious and Unusual Deaths“; a show on Discovery Channel. Which episode, what’s the title? I’m not really sure… They usually feature three stories in one episode, and the one I’ll be a part of has to do with a man being stuck in a cave which you can kinda see behind me on the outdoor picture (the real story didn’t happen in that cave, but it was our shooting location). That’s all I should probably say until it’s released. When I find out about the air date, I’ll be sure to share it!

What else? Well, I shot another couple of Harlequin covers (with Robert Goshgarian again) which are always fun. That brings my total to thirteen…not all released of course! This to announce that I’ll be working on a new look for the website (soon…I hope) in which I plan to feature a picture gallery of all the covers I have so far. This way they’ll all be in one place!

Posted on: 16 Nov 2011
Posted by: Samy Osman

Getting into acting, there are certain things I expected I’d end up doing. Film/TV work, commercials, etc. However, I never really thought I’d end up on a book cover. Sure, that’s more of a modeling thing, but it came about because of my choice to be an actor. That’s part of the whole fun though…not knowing. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring, not knowing the types of opportunities and experiences are waiting for us. Despite my curiosity about so many things in life, I kind of like not knowing what the future holds. It’s such an exciting thing for me…and this industry is full of unknowns.

The reason I brought up the book covers, is that I was involved in yet another Harlequin cover shoot while having found one that has been somewhat recently released.

Samy on the cover of Reclaiming His Pregnant Widow by Tessa Radley

This is Reclaiming His Pregnant Widow by Tessa Radley which was shot back in January of this year…when my hair was nice and short! As for the latest cover that we shot, it was my second time working with Michael Alberstat and it went great!

Another thing I never thought I’d do was “live acting” as I’m calling it…because I’m not sure what the best name for it is. I’m not talking about theater, but to act in a certain situation, where people aren’t in on it. Well, I got hired to crash a very extravagant birthday party. It was all part of the experience the parents wanted their guests to have. As the party was this Las Vegas/”The Hangover” inspired, we played a group of guys who were celebrating a bachelor’s party and decided to do so by crashing a birthday celebration.

I’d say we were very successful in subtly arousing suspicion and also bringing so much energy and entertainment to the guests. It was such a fun job that I would love to do again. They even had Canadian rock/rap band Down with Webster performing, which I snuck in backstage to quickly meet, all being part of my party crashing character. They ended up putting on a great show!

Other memorable moments include carrying the “drunk”, wedding-veil-wearing (which we “borrowed”), groom-to-be on our shoulders and having him toss this bouquet of flowers in the middle of the dance floor, giving my friend a temporary albeit glittery tattoo on his lower back while other guests watched with mixed but mostly amused reactions, sitting at tables with reserved seating and then always “realizing” we were on the wrong table as people showed up, joining and trying to keep up with the moves of the dancers on stage and so much more!

Nothing was scripted, we had very general directions of being a group of guys crashing a party and interacting with other guests but it was up to us to get creative with the situations we faced. Without a doubt, I really lived my character, it was an awesome improvisation exercise and a great time!

Posted on: 12 Oct 2011
Posted by: Samy Osman

It’s been about a week since I got back from Beijing, China where we shot the pilot “Lost and Found in Beijing” and it’s about time I share part of this adventure with you!

From top left to bottom right: A park, major intersection, rock car in art district, small street corner, all in Beijing

Traveling to China, despite taking quite a long time between the flights and layovers, went well and was problem free. Daniel and I made our journey together, while Kevin was already in China getting ready for the shoot. Once we got in, Kevin along with a couple of friends (who’d help us with the shoot and our stay in China) were there to pick us up. We got settled in and took the next day getting a little tour of our neighborhood and discussing the next two weeks. Walking distance from where we stayed were these outdoor body weight workout machines and this indoor ping-pong area! Watching people play, I got invited to a few games and…well let’s just say in China they don’t mess with their ping-pong; best players I’ve ever seen in person. On a few occasions, Daniel and I took advantage of the machines as well.

Shooting was pretty relaxed for the most part. We had more than enough time to get everything in, reschedule a few days due to weather or other factors and do some tourist stuff! Not only was it a great experience shooting in a different country, but on top of that, I had scenes where I spoke broken Chinese (Mandarin to be specific, and yes, my character is a fast learner) to local Chinese people. Acting in a completely different language with someone who barely spoke English was fun! Another interesting thing is that Kevin would hire some actors just before the shoot. It happened at this film academy where actors would just hang out in an area, and wait for someone who needed people as extras or for small roles. The ones that ended up working with us were not only surprised, but pleased that they were acting for a foreign production with foreign actors!

Pictures from Summer Palace. Kevin took the shot of Daniel and I on the top right, while the other ones are two of many that I took walking around

So not only did we have a great time when we worked, shooting scenes all over Beijing thus exploring the city in the process, but Kevin also took us to places (just to visit) like Summer Palace and parts of the Great Wall! I think most of us have a general idea of what the Wall is about, but to be there, to see it, was completely different. Kind of like when I went to Egypt, seeing the temples and the Pyramids in person; looking at pictures and reading about them don’t do these justice. The same can be said about the Great Wall. You realize how difficult it must have been to build this when you’re standing on it, in the mountains. Some sections were so steep you felt like you were climbing, not just going up a flight of stairs. Then you think, people built that over thousands of kilometers, on uneven terrain, in the mountains (at least the parts I visited)… What an incredible feat. Oh and we filmed this one shot “fight scene” between Daniel and I, just for fun…which I hope to share with you once I get the footage.

Going back to the actual show, again, we shot parts of “Lost and Found in Beijing” in many different locations. From a beautiful park walking distance away (well, to Kevin everything under 5 kilometers was walking distance…okay…that might be a slight exaggeration), to an art district, small streets, types of alleyways, the exterior of a train station and a noodle shop; it was a great way to visit Beijing. We didn’t really have any problems with shooting anywhere (except a few hiccups at the park). Sometimes people gathered to watch, some asked questions, this one girl got really excited and wanted our pictures, and some…I asked to be in the shoot! There was a guy at one point who was watching us, curious about what we were doing… He proceeded to asking us few questions. Well, after giving him the answers he wanted, I asked HIM a question…if he wanted to be in the show! He responded very enthusiastically, so we got him riding his bike in the background going down the alley we were shooting in. Another instance a young girl was doing the same thing, being curious about what a bunch of foreigners were filming. So, as I knew we’d have to shoot this other scene eventually (which we didn’t have actors for yet), I asked if she’d be into playing a small speaking role after we finished with what we were shooting. Very happy to be a part of our project, she even helped us get another girl to play her friend, and after discussing what we needed from them, we had ourselves a scene! Kevin was pleased with this as it meant one less scene to worry about and no actors to hire.

The Great Wall of China. Kevin took the shots on the top left (cool shot of Daniel, and me in the background) and bottom right (just me), while the other ones are just two of many, many pictures I took

Speaking of walking, we did a lot of it. So much so that Kevin took us to a foot massage place…then a few days later to another one where they worked on our backs, legs and feet. However, the second place was done by people who were blind, or were visually impaired to a certain degree. It’s a very interesting choice of profession for them, and I’m under the impression that it’s encouraged in China. This kind of work really allowed them to use their heightened sense of touch which most of them have developed to a higher degree over the average person.

Another highlight of the trip was this restaurant which had a stage and an evening show. After going through most of our meal, the show began and it comprised of a hostess/signer, four dancers, a mask changing magician, a one woman contortionist/Cirque du Soleil style of show and a tea guy! The signer had a great voice, signing famous Chinese songs. The magician just did one thing; change his mask. But the way he did it, the speed of which he did it, was very impressive. It was almost like it changed on it’s own…has to be seen. The “bendy” girl moved in ways most people can’t even begin to attempt, balanced in ways you can see in troupes such as the one I mentioned previously; we were in awe. As for the tea guy, he had this teapot with an extra long spout that he spun around like it was a weapon in a martial arts film. He then went around a few tables and poured people tea. As I tried to figure out if you had to request this, or pay or whatever, he shows up at our table, performs us a short set of moves right in front of us, then pours me a cup! If that didn’t make me feel special enough, the dancing girls came into the crowd and one of them asked me to come dance with them on stage where I tried to keep up with their footwork. All and all a very fun and memorable evening!

Top left to bottom right, John (Kevin's friend who came to help) in an alley, Yundong (Kevin's friend who hosted us) and I at a restaurant, Daniel and I in a subway, me eating a sweat potato on the streets

Well, I tried to keep it short but there was so much to say and obviously so much was also left out. Overall, other than that getting some great footage, it was an awesome experience and opportunity to work in a foreign country like China. Flight back was long but problem free…and we even shot a scene in the plane (the script called for it, and we were able to pull it off)! Thanks to Kevin for flying us out and taking us on this adventure, his friend in China for accommodating us, and his other friend who came to help out!

Posted on: 23 Sep 2011
Posted by: Samy Osman