Christmas has always been my favourite holiday of the year. I get to see family members I wouldn’t normally see throughout the year, catch up with friends of old and new and most importantly (for me at least) I take the time to appreciate the joys of life. This Christmas will be the second time that I’ll be spending the holidays away from family and close friends. Sucks! I usually do a Christmas/holiday card around this time but this year I wanted to dabble in something different. I’ve always wanted to be in an ad, but sadly, I wasn’t blessed with the look. LOL. It didn’t and doesn’t help that I hate hearing myself speak on any type of recording. Yeah, I know, a lot of people don’t like hearing themselves speak but this isn’t about them, now is it? LOL. Maybe it has something to do with people telling me that I sounded like a girl when I was much younger, Idk, but that’s a whole other story. Anyways, I took pen to paper and started jotting down ideas. Honestly, I nailed the concept in my head but it was challenging to have the script make sense. It took me a minute but I finally had the perfect script but I was now left stranded as one of my models, my only model, dropped out. Not to be deterred my this, I reenvisioned the concept and I was going to be only star of this video. Laugh with me, haha!
The day of the shoot arrived and I was extremely energised. However, it dawned on me that the location I chose would have all eyes on me and that I didn’t want. Especially being black in Japan. I already stood out, I didn’t need any more attention but that’s what I was calling for with all my props and my own cameraman, shout out to Dre. We started shooting at around 12 noon because of course, natural lighting and all that good stuff. Haha! I knew exactly what I wanted and so, we didn’t need to spend an excessive amount of time filming. As this was my first time directing and starring in anything of this sort, I wanted to do something true to who I am. So it may be a little cheesy, but hey, I’m no pro. I enjoy doing this type of thing and if it can bring a smile to your face, then mission accomplished. I had so much fun doing this. I honestly could do this forever but it doesn’t pay the bills. Sigh. We wrapped up filming some 4 hours later. I could tell the cameraman was just about ready to leave. I had tons of footage to choose from and after multiple editing, this was the end result. Merry Christmas