Monday, 14 November 2011

Working at The O2 for a Comedy Tour

I've been so incredibly busy, i don't think I've slept. Those handful of blurry dreams may just be me hallucinating. I have to say this past Friday was actually an INCREDIBLE day. The 'Allah Made Me Funny' comedy tour had finally arrived and i arrived at the Indig02 at roughly 1pm to help out. At first i couldn't find anyone and walked around in awe at probably the best food heaven in the world. Finally, i spotted one of the guys i worked with at Mumbai Rouge Artist Management a couple weeks earlier. Soon, everybody else started arriving with an influx of stress rising high !

I have to admit, it was pretty cool having a backstage pass. Whilst filling goodie bags, the American comedians casually walked in- Mo Amer, Preacher Moss and Azhar Usman. Hanging with them in the green room, they had me in fits of giggles straight away. It's weird to think they could ever be serious, they just seemed to make a joke out of everything ! Security walking around seemed cool too- one slightly dopey security man decided to give me company whilst working and engage me in an intense conversation about Kim Kardashian. Lucky I'm a fan eh? I also had a massive music technology lesson from the sound guy, who taught me how to use his intimidating looking music equipment.

It was all plain sailing until we found out that a massive WWE event was going on in the bigger 02 arena. This was evident when i stepped outside and saw the ridiculous crowds coming into the arena. The queue for the merchandise line alone was HUGE ! However, it came to our attention that the wrestlers were hanging out by their tour van out at the back. Using our backstage bands, me and a member of the comic entourage decided to try our luck in meeting them. Alas, our bands were a different colour to the WWE event. We were majorly busted and mumbled some excuse about getting confused over the venues. We were sent back through the WWE VIP walkway ( still no sign of wrestlers) back to indig02. Disappointing, but glad I'm not a wrestling fan otherwise i would have been seriously crushed !

The last part of my night was in the O2 box office being a Ticketmaster! Seriously cool and not something everybody gets to say they've done. Its incredible looking at the inner workings of such a huge arena. However, i did seem to struggle with my microphone skills a bit haha i.e.talking to customers with my microphone switched off! Hey, it's all a learning game ! I couldn't however stay for the main show as i had a family do- totally wish i could have! I headed up to the green room, where i got a massive thank you hug from Mo Amer and a quick validated speech from Preacher Moss about the US cities i should visit (His suggestion-New Orleans). It was incredibly thrilling to be heading home feeling content and helping out with a big show, that the people coming in would have the pleasure of witnessing!


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Behind the Scenes with Asian Woman Magazine

Tuesday was another shoot day for Asian Woman Magazine. The collection was for gorgeous indianwear, Flair Collections and the location was at the awesome Grange St.Paul's Hotel, with a fantastic bargain of St.Paul's Cathedral as a backdrop. Protesters, strikes and tents were nowhere in sight (okay maybe they were when we went to get lunch) but once inside, it was perfecto !

Marcus Flemmings was indeed the photographer again and he was accompanied by two make-up pros- Aleysha Mawani and Sejal Pandya. We also got to work with two super models, Kavita Dhaliwal and Aman Gill. The day ran without a hitch as we shot in Club 10 in Grange St.Paul's Hotel, before moving up to the Sky Bar on the Rooftop. That was spectacularly beautiful, with the scenery . It was however freezing and every now and then it began raining. The poor models had to get on with it and keep posing through the rain and we eventually got all the shots that we needed.

I have to say that working in this business, the hours are somewhat unpredictable. The rough estimate was for us to finish by 5, but i was heading to the train station nearing 8. However, i really do enjoy what I'm doing. Alongside everything i expected from this job, there is other stuff I'm learning such as lighting, angles, production etc etc. I'm like a sponge at the moment, wanting to get information out of every source possible. I even sit there and chat with the makeup artists about how they got into the industry, their inspirations and goals. I just want to know everything!

I do, however also want to carry on pursuing my writing work in the process, as i don't want it to get sidelined. I have been writing a few rough copies on fashion icons for Asian Woman and continue writing (in a completely different style) for Cent magazine as well. I want to enter more competitions and raise my profile through that arena as well. Every now and then when i get time, i scour the Internet for writing competitions that appeal to me. I don't want to enter any old competition just for the sake of it, or just because they are very well known. I know what i can write about with ease- I have my own niche and i was to pursue it.

In the meantime, i'm a happy bunny with my continuing intern work. Being unpaid is quite difficult and a bit of a struggle. Hopefully i'll get a chance for some paid work soon. I also feel like i'm neglecting friends and make as much time as possible to see them. It starts with heading to Essex this weekend for Jenny's 22nd birthday. I do intend on visiting Portsmouth uni friends in the future aswell !

Sunday, 6 November 2011

If i'd observed all the rules, i'd never have got anywhere- Marilyn Monroe

It's been another hectic couple of days- and not in a bad way ! Since my last blog posting, I've attended Essex Fashion Week, helped out at a photo shoot, gained more 'writing' responsibility and secured another internship position !

Essex Fashion week was a lovely surprise outing.The girls at Asian Woman gave me this opportunity a couple days in advance,and i willingly took it. It was also a great way to connect with my old uni friend, Jenny. The show was great fun and it was great seeing local boutique businesses booming and fashion labels from other cities championing Essex as an emerging fashion powerhouse. Male brands such as Thomas Codd London and Brighterman also managed to bring in some showstopping talent, adding something different than glitz and sparkles.

This past Tuesday i got to sample being on location for a photo shoot. The campaign was for a cake company, yet the brief was to be very couture, high fashion -like a seductive 'perfume ad'. The setting was beautiful- a lovely hotel getaway in rural Guildford. The interior was gorgeous-very dramatic and made the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot. I had great fun helping out and working with the Editor and Fashion Co-ordinator of Asian Woman was amazing. It was also fantastic working with the photographer Marcus Flemmings, who has offered me an internship at his studio once a week. So I'm really excited to be starting that too !

I've really been busting out my writing skills as well, especially at 'Cent'. I've had to write articles about artist products, ambiguous film endings and the new collection of RADO watches. It's probably not what i would write about in reality or would want to write about in the future, but the techniques I'm learning is invaluable. It will most definitely help me with my future writing engagements. I do feel like working on 'Cent' magazine is more of a challenge to me, as the style of the magazine is something which is new (in fact quite alien) to me. However, the responsibilities I've been getting working there are put in place to help my career, no matter how intimidating they may be.

I find myself all over the place and in different ends of London during the week. It's tiring and i find the weekend a lovely welcome. However, no matter how much i conform to the tired looking commuters on the train after a long day, i love everything I'm doing at the moment !
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