Friday, 30 November 2012

Deadlines, are nothing but DEAD TIMES!

What do you day dream about? For me, I don't know why but I always used to imagine myself giving interviews to reporters. Weird right? I still remember when I was trekking to the karen village in Chiang Mai (Thailand), for like 4 hours I was talking to myself the whole time.



Me (as Interviewer):" So Joshua what do you like to do in your spare time?"

Me (as myself):" NO COMMENT !!! (DIVA!)"
 

 

I think most of my friends think I'm a bit of a nutcase or something, because I love talking to myself so much. I don't know how many people enjoy talking to themselves but I somehow suspect not many. It's not that I don't like talking to other people, I just click better with myself.

Like sometimes I like to be quiet, just people watch at a cafe, or sit with a book in a park (not in Singapore, cause it's too HOT!), or laze in the pool and let me mind go blank.. Other days I'm like a machine gun, you can't stop me! So I admit, I am weird.

Anyway, I can't believe it, but I've actually had numerous interviews done already, and 2 one on one interviews, I weekly, and more recently 8 days. I guess some celebrities are kinda guarded when it comes to revealing too much about how their lives and how they feel. Well, I was really chatty during mine( hehe you'll have to read the articles! not going to reveal any juicy bits here!)


So I'm really blessed to have been able to achieve my DAY dream. Haha, which is so weird, I always used to day dream that I would be giving interviews to journalists and it actually happened. So it's a (day)dream come true right?

Yup, so besides being blessed in achieving my (day)dream, I'm also very thankful that my career is really going well too. Just a little update, Ah Boys To Men has really opened so many doors for me, I did a guest supporting role in one of the episodes of the HBO Series "Serangoon Road".
 
And after that went on to do a Print Ad for SIA, which will be appearing in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (sadly not in Singapore.. I don't know why either).  Anyway this was a super cool experience because I was cast as a dad! Haha can you imagine? I'm only 22 years old! Literally from Ah Boy to Ah Pa!

 
The most recent project I've embarked on was this Mediacorp drama series called "How we met", which will be shown on the new platform Toggle, and afterwards probably TV. This was also super fun and interesting because I got to work with Ezann Lee, who was the female lead in FIGHTING SPIDERS! One of the best drama series I've seen on channel 5. 

 
 
And finally coming up, I have yet another print ad, which is really exciting. So I'm just so happy at how things have turned out so far, and I'm really hopeful for the future. Honestly, I'm a little worried that if I go back to Australia and continue my uni studies that nobody will remember me and I will lose all these fantastic opportunities... :( BUT OH WELL! Keep the faith everyone!
 
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
―    Bil Keane

Monday, 12 November 2012

Nobody said it was easyyy


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

A ship in harbor is safe— but that is not what ships are for.” – John A. Shedd

Courage is being scared to death – but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

"Without a struggle, there can be no progress." - Anon

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." - Anon

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." -Albert Einstein

I thought I'd start this post with a few quotes which I really appreciate. Sometimes life gets so overwhelming that it's easy not to see the small beautiful things that are around us. And sometimes when life gets tough it's hard to see anything but the situation that you are in. Believe it or not, everyone goes through difficult seasons in their lives, but the defining difference is how different people respond to the tough times.
 
HAHA OMG I AM SUPER PHILOSOPHICAL IN THE MORNING! IT'S CREEPY RIGHT?! GAHAHAAA, I think lack of sleep too much already that's why a bit siao. So Anyway, yeah, just thought I'd give a little encouragement to anyone who is facing tough times right now. There's quote I always gave my trainees back in the army "Tough times don't last, tough men do!".

So anyway, as you guys know I'm aussie and at some point of time, I do want to head back and lepak. I was actually supposed to go back this June for my uni studies, but I deferred it for the film. But this coming Feb, I'll probably head back. Therein lies the problem, I'm really afraid of losing momentum I got from all the hard work I put in filming. It's not easy to come so far, to achieve my goals, and then leave everything behind to go for my studies.

 
 
I mean, I really love Aussie land. The blue skies, the cool weather, my FISH AND CHIPS, PIES, PASTA, SO MANY SO MANY AUSSIE FOOD GAHHHHH!!! I love the relaxing day to day living, heading to the park, having quiet walks, snuggling up next to the heater.. I love the old ladies who will walk up to you and ask about your day, your life, and be honestly interested in having a conversation with you.. I miss my cute nephews and nieces, going around wine and cheese tasting with my cousins..






BUTTT I THINK I LIKE SINGAPORE A BIT MORE NOW THAN LAST TIME LEH!! HAHAHAHA.  Singapore also quite shiok la I guess..Gosh I think I will die without Indian food. Like my body will crave it so much that it will explode from the inside! I think I will miss acting so much, and the opportunities that I will get here.. But I think the thing I will miss the most is probably my mates here..



 

 


The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. – Unknown

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

6 Months on and a whole lot has changed.


ex·traor·di·nar·y/ikˈstrôrdnˌerē/

Adjective :
    1.    Very unusual or remarkable.
         2.    Unusually great.
Synonyms:
uncommon - unusual - singular - remarkable - exceptional

I guess that's how you can pretty much sum up my experience so far. I was talking to my pops today, and just 6 months ago, I remember having a huge dilemma on whether I should sign on for this project or not. And 6 months later, to see my finished product on the big screen at last night's Gala, was simply extraordinary.


In may, after just finishing my army (AT LONG LAST), I was looking forward to this month long holiday road trip around Australia with my favourite bunch of people, when this opportunity came up. I remember how hard it was to give that up, but how alluring the opportunity of being a part of this film was. Looking back, DAMN! I'm so happy I went with my gut. Probably the best decision of my life (along with trying Carl's Junior Portobello Mushroom Thickburger, OMG TO DIE FOR!!).

And then we started filming and getting to know this insane bunch of guys. Honestly, I am so happy I met all of you, because we simply enjoy each other's company, and have a great time whenever we go out. I really have been so blessed, and I can't believe how far I've come with you guys.








Finally, last night I got to see the product of all our pain. All our suffering, the long hours, the running around under the hot sun, the falling, the crying, the shitting. AH! I'M SO HAPPY WITH THE FINAL PRODUCT! And I hope everyone will catch it and enjoy the film.