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Pierre Balmain Shoot LocationToday, despite being a Saturday, I had to get up early for a casting. As I was about to eat breakfast, I got news that I had another photoshoot for the Peirre Balmain clothing line at noon! Talk about last minute…but I didn’t mind the short notice so much and was more so grateful for the work. Besides, it was the first day Taipei had a decent amount of sunshine in over three weeks and I think that’s why the decision was made to shoot today. Also, it was nice to start working again, now that the Chinese New Year holidays were over. So as soon as I got back from the casting, I rushed to get ready and walked (maybe jogged a bit too) over to the photographer’s studio. From there, we drove to another photographer’s place. There, we shot in his back yard (for the lack of a better word). He had a beautiful home in a very nice area.

After we were done with that spot, we shot in surrounding areas. I had a lot of fun and kept a high level of energy despite the cold weather.  Maybe despite is not the best word. I think the cold is what motivated me to be so energetic in an effort to keep warm. I was changing so fast…not only because we were shooting outdoors where it was cold and windy, but I also wanted to try and finish as soon as possible.

Well I got my wish because we finished early. Even the others were cold and they were much better dressed for the weather than I was. Really though…it wasn’t that bad. We went back to the second photographer’s house and his wife served us some great tasting and more importantly, hot tea. It had this nice subtle aftertaste which I really enjoyed. Then she brought out these big slices of fresh juicy pears… Mmmm… I loved and appreciated their hospitality! It was a pleasure to work with these people and I felt that we all worked well together.

Posted on: 16 Feb 2008
Posted by: Samy Osman

Pierre Balmain Bus RideOn January 29th, I headed to a production house, where I met the production manager of the Pierre Balmain photoshoot. Together, we went over to the Taiwan High Speed Rail station in Taipei. This a very fast (up to 300km/h) way to travel from the capital, which is in northern Taiwan, to the southern part of the country. After reaching the end, we got on a bus to travel the rest of the way to our hotel. The bus had a much shorter distance to travel but we spent more time on it than the THSR!

Pierre Balmain Shoot LocationThe next morning, we woke up to a beautiful day. The place we stayed at wasn’t a traditional hotel. More like a villa/resort. After breakfast, we started shooting at the hotel. Once we finished, we all hoped into the bus and got to a small dock where we took more shots. After that, we headed for lunch. Once again, I ate to my heart’s content.. and let me tell you that’s a lot! This, as it usually is, was pleasant experience, working with friendly people! Actually, the photographer was the same I had worked with on my first job.

In other news, I had been informed that some people attempted to contact me via my website’s email, with no success. Well, I looked into it and resolved the problem. You should now be able to use the address written on the Contacts page to get in touch with me.

Finally, I’d like to bring your attention to the Comments feature. At the end of every one of these posts, is a link which allows you to write comments as well as view the ones other people wrote. The link should be displayed as “No Comments” or “# Comment(s)” where # is there number of comments already written. Feel free to leave one as all feedback is appreciated!

Posted on: 01 Feb 2008
Posted by: Samy Osman

Bolandi Classics Website Screenshot

Today I checked my email and found out that I’m now all over the Bolandi Classics website. The pictures are from a photoshoot we did back in June 2007, shot by the one and only, and very talented Jef Harris. I did this pro bono, since they are a relatively small and new company in Ottawa. Check out the website for the pictures! In addition, if you happen to be interested in their services, make sure you tell them I sent you. And hey…by all means, follow that up with an attempt to get a discount!

As for work in Taiwan, I booked another job. This one was for a beach and swim wear catalogue. The garments were from a local Taiwanese clothing line called Honor. Some of the stuff I wore for the shoot was a bit small for my taste…but to each his (or her) own! I had fun on this one, as always. Lastly, I’m being considered to for a rather important role in a commercial. More on that if I get the role!

Posted on: 26 Jan 2008
Posted by: Samy Osman

Behind the Scenes at Charles River Catalogue ShootYesterday morning, two of my roommates and fellow “PT” models and I took a cab to a studio in Taipei. We had a catalogue shoot for Charles River which was outdoors and outside of Taipei. So, we all hopped into a small bus together, models, photographer and crew, to a city three hours south of the capital. It was so warm, and such a beautiful day. Quite the contrast from a chilly and raining Taipei morning. The weather greatly contributed in making the shoot a very pleasant experience. Then, after we were finished, we were treated to a traditional Chinese lunch. Let me say I ate more than my share. The chef seemed quite pleased to see foreigners enjoy the food as much as we did. A great experience overall!

As for today, I finished shooting my first TV commercial in Taiwan! It was for a company called Chi Guan, advertising new residential buildings. My role consisted of being a business man, walking down the street and noticing the buildings. Pretty simple job! Got a close up and everything. I also had a chance to have some interesting conversations with the other actors as well, espesially from an older guy from Holland and a fellow Canadian, both now making their lives in Taiwan. I can see why they would, it really is nice over here!

Posted on: 22 Jan 2008
Posted by: Samy Osman

Behind The Scenes At Snow Fox PhotoshootToday I had a photoshoot for a Snow Fox catalogue. I worked with Ksenija on this one, who is also with PT Models. We were photographed seperate, and together for a series of shots. Afterwards, we mostly did simple shots for the rest of the product line.

I had a great time as usual and the people there were very friendly. The more jobs I get the more I want to work!

Posted on: 18 Jan 2008
Posted by: Samy Osman

PGA Tour Catalogue PhotoshootToday I had my first gig in Taiwan. This was for a catalogue showcasing PGA Tour’s clothing. They took shots of me, along with another guy and another girl, together and on our own, wearing different outfits. I had a good time and learned a lot in terms of modeling, especially tailored to work in Taiwan. Also I’m thankful that Sylvere from France (the other male model), being a decade older than me and having a lot more experience, was there. He gave me a few tips and I picked up some things by watching him work. I also noticed some things by taking a look at some of the shots after they were taken. I felt that by the end of the shoot I became better at posing. Keep in mind acting is my focus here!

Although barely anyone spoke English, and those who did only knew basic words, the crew was great to work with. Most of them were very nice and helpful. I love the Taiwanese people! This was a great first job. On top of that, the photographer is well known in Taiwan and works with many clients. He has a lot of power when it comes to booking models for shoots. Also, he has a reputation for delivering great pictures.

As for the picture on the top right, it’s a behind the scenes shot of the photoshoot. The guy is making sure the light is good.

A great start! Looking forwards to the next jobs. I already have news of a small role in a TV commercial.. more about that soon!

Posted on: 08 Jan 2008
Posted by: Samy Osman

Desi Wear PhotoshootThis evening, I had the chance to work with Jef Harris again. We got along well during the last shoot we did together and we both wanted to work together again.

So Jef contacted me and explained how he needed to do a Desi Wear print ad for Anokhi Magazine. Even with less than a day’s notice, I gladly accepted the offer. We shot it at Sin Hell’s Kitchen in Ottawa and I worked with Alexandra Rodionova (model) for the most part. We got along great and it was a good shoot. Looking forward to working with these two again!

Posted on: 24 Nov 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

The guys from Bolandi Classics approached me awhile back about using me as a model for them. Finally in the last two days, we shot with the talented photographer Jef Harris – He’s a great guy to work with and we got along well!

We had two photo shoots, one two days ago in the morning/early afternoon with one suit, then last night with another, both outdoors. Looking forward to seeing the results!

Posted on: 17 Jun 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

I booked and shot a TV commercial and print for Sara Lee! Shoot went great. The first day I was in swimming shorts, flippers and goggles. I had to do a goofy walk then again with a burger! It was actually all photographed. The TV commercial will have a sort of animation style feel to it.

 It will be tested in a few areas in the United States and possibly made into a National US commercial. As for the print, one was with a girl as a couple’s shoot. We both had mouthfuls of cake! Then I switched shirts and did it all over again but by myself.

Posted on: 20 May 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman

I’ve been working a lot on films in the past few months.. lots of busy and sleep deprived weekends! We shot and finished “Nothing Left To Say”. It was great working with Paul, his wife Shalan, friend Dre and my cast mate Nancy. I’ve already seen rough edits of the film and it’s going to look great. Paul’s not only a pleasure to work with but a really talented guy!

Another film that we completed is Pascal’s “Jamie and Eddie: Souls of Strife”. The premiere is on May 27th! Check out the website for details. Pascal’s another hard working man who’s artistically gifted.

We also finally shot the last scene for “Drinks”.

Finally, I continued extensive work for the feature length film “6 for 7”. At this point I only have a few scenes left to shoot, and eventually some voiceovers!

Additionally, I was offered the lead in a short thriller called “Goodbye”. I accepted and we’ve already shot a good chunk of the film.

As for commercial work, I booked another Much Music TV ad for their “Much Mobile Missions” contest. Then I did a video for the new “LG Fusic” phone which is featured on their French webpage for it. I was also featured in an internal Transport Canada video.

Moving on to print, I landed a job for Shopper’s Drug Mart. The pictures should be appearing in stores soon enough. I also did a photoshoot for the “Centropolis” in Laval. Pictures should be up at the center as well as on their website. Lastly, I got a new headshot that was shot by Robert Du Broy; a great guy. Check out the resume and pictures section for updates with all the aforementioned.

Posted on: 16 May 2007
Posted by: Samy Osman