I was on my way home, then I passed by the London Fashion Week fashion show/event near Temple station. Just somewhere in central London, not so far from Charing Cross station as well. I then got off the bus and took some photos of it just outside. It’s the last day of the show today, too. I also am into fashion. So, everything about fashion and trend interests me. I used to work in fashion retail for many years as well. I think 10 years or more. I was just tired of it in the end since I had worked with it for so long, and also because acting is what I love the most. So it’s time for me to move on and start pursuing what I have always dreamt to be: An actor.
But my love for fashion is still somewhere within me. Although I no longer work in fashion industry. But I still love to dress and buy fashion clothes. I can see that long coat is the trend of this fall. I still have my long, beige spring coat from this year which I can easily wear it for autumn as well. There’s a lot of bright colours and vintage patterns. It’s a mixture of new and vintage, which creates a very trendy combination. So you wear something with lots of bright pattern or floral print underneath, then you put a plain jacket or very long coat over it. I think I like the mix of it. It’s kind of fresh.
Most of the time, I like having fruits for breakfast. I rarely eat traditional breakfast. I just like something healthy and light to start my day with. I therefore buy fruits and vegetables practically every day because I eat it daily. Fruits and vegetables have to be consumed fast as well, otherwise they will get moldy very quickly. So I have to eat it on a daily basis, so that I don’t have to throw them away after buying them. Fruits and vegetables are also very cheap, compared to candy, chocolate, cake, and the like. 1 Box of sweet costs about £5 or more. But 1 basket of fruit costs maybe just £1, which is a much healthy choice both for your health and money. But candies do, somehow, sell more than fruits and vegetables, and I don’t know why. But I buy fruits instead of sweets not because they are affordable, but because they taste better with natural sweetness and they are good for your health. When I have time, I like going to the markets nearby to buy fresh ingredients, fruits, vegetables, and produce. I just like all things natural and fresh. Luckily, there are lots of markets selling fresh produce all over London. So, it won’t be difficult for me to get some fresh produce for the cooking just for a dinner for that day.
I have made a video showing you how to use my soy lotion candle as a body lotion as well. I haven’t blogged for a while because I was busy launching my new, small business which is candle making. I make all the soy candles myself. I learned how to make candles some years ago. Now, it’s time to put it to good use. I love scented candles. So doing what I love as a business as well doesn’t feel like work, which is good. Same with acting which I’m also passionate about. You have to love what you do. Then, you can devote yourself 100% or even more to it.
The first scented candle I am introducing is French lavender home candle. It’s French High Altitude Lavender Essential Oil that is very versatile in terms of properties. It can cure various skin problems, and at the same time protect the skin because it contains Linalyl Acetate which is antiviral and antibacterial. Therefore the characteristics of this specific French lavender are enhanced over normal Lavender. So to speak, French lavender is one of the best essential oils, or maybe the best, besides its irresistible bouquet.
Thus, it’s ideal to light this lavender scented candle when you need a quality alone time to relax after a hot bath. Especially during bedtime since lavender scent also helps you get a good sleep. Then, use the soy and coconut lotion right after hot bath once the candle is melted. The warm, natural lotion will then absorb into your skin quicker and better, leaving your skin soft and nourished and subtly scented. The French lavender fragrance really revitalizes your senses after a long day at work. I have tried many different lavender perfumes. But nothing can beat French lavender. It just smells divine.
It also helps me get rid of all my skin problems. I used to get acne very easily. Now, I can say goodbye to acne for good. I started making and using my own serum and moisturizer with lavender essential oil as one of the natural ingredients about 4-5 years ago. After the first couple of years of using it, my acne just disappeared and never to return – no matter what I eat.
I only use natural ingredients for the making of my soy lotion candles such as 100% soy wax, 100% essential oils. All my scented candles also contain organic coconut oil that will help soften and nourish your skin. It’s a 2-in-1 product: A scented candle and a body lotion. How wonderful is that?
It also makes a good gift for your loved one, family or friends now that Christmas is approaching. So, what are you waiting for? Give them a lovely, surprised present that they will love this Christmas. If you haven’t bought my French lavender soy lotion candle yet, then head over to my online store to check it out now on www.buppha.uk
I just had a big bowl of pho for my late night meal. I just got home not long ago and was very hungry because I only eat one meal a day. Well, almost just one meal per day. So today, I only had a small piece of pie for breakfast and a cup of coffee. That’s it. Then, for lunch, I had a piece of cookie. So when I got home I made a big bowl of pho with some pork and lots of vegetables, mainly beansprouts. I love beansprouts! The noodle soup was tasty. But everything you make it yourself always tastes delicious.
Now that I’ve got something to eat, I will watch a movie. I think I will continue to see Beautiful Boy tonight till the end. I am halfway through it. So I can just finish watching it tonight. I don’t know how it’s gonna end. Well, I must see the movie to find out. But as I said in my previous post that I feel the film is quite nondescript, so I am not so sure if I will be able to finish it. I will give it a go for about 5-10 minutes. Then, if I still find it boring, I will stop watching it and find something else that is more entertaining to watch or just read a book instead. I will not work on my drama screenplay tonight. I will tomorrow, as soon as I get up. My brain doesn’t function so well at night no more. In the morning, my brain and mind will be more crystal clear. Then, I can continue to work on my script.
I started watching Beautiful Boy film not long ago. But I couldn’t finish watching it because I felt the movie was too monotonous. But, it’s a good film. I think. I just have to be patient and see it till the end. I think maybe because I am used to watching movies that have me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Or, there’s something about the plot that is so emotional, intrigue, unexpected, shocked, and similar. But Beautiful Boy is more of a family drama that emphasises the importance of support the family gives to each other in good and bad times, which is a good thing. I also am a fan of Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell. I think they are talented actors.
My drama spec script is also about drug abuse. But the story is completely different than this film. So it’s good for me to see similar films, to see how it’s being made, how entertaining and educational they are, and many other things. I think I will try to finish watching Beautiful Boy this weekend, if I have time to do so. But it is more important for me that I try to complete the revision of my drama screenplay as soon as possible, so that I can move on. I really have to focus now, if I want this drama spec script to take shape.
This fall, it seems that the rock ‘n’ roll look is back. I already have a lot of these types of outfits in my wardrobe. So I don’t really have to buy new clothes for the trend. Many of them are from second-hand shops, flea markets, charity shops, etc. I mean, if you want original vintage clothing, you will have to buy real used clothes from the actual periods. It could be from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and so on. I have bought many items as low as £5 each and I still use them. So going to vintage markets is one of my favourite pastimes. I can buy many good, trendy clothes home for nothing. Luckily, there are also lots of charity shops near my place. I bought a pair of good condition jeans from a well-known brand from one of the charity shops near me about a couple of years ago for just £5, which I still use them today. I had also purchased a vintage leopard jumper in Covent Garden about 3-4 years ago for just £5 as well, which I also still wear it today. I think, in my wardrobe, I have 50% new clothes and 50% second-hand clothes. Funny enough I tend to wear second-hand clothes more than new clothes, which are way more expensive. The brand new clothes, I bought it once and maybe use it only a few times or on rare occasions. The clothes that I dress often are simply vintage stuff.
Believe it or not, it’s the first time that I attended Notting Hill Carnival last month. I had never been to Notting Hill Carnival before now. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally go see the carnival. Maybe it’s because it’s too warm, too many people, and it may be dangerous. But last month I spontaneously went there, at long last. It wasn’t that bad. Too many people, yes. But it’s okay. I have been to concerts and music festivals where there are 1000s and 1000s of people as well. A lot more people than this. They are also drunk people. So, it makes no difference to me. I have now experienced Notting Hill Carnival. I might go back next year.
I remember when Mumford & Sons concert was over in Victoria Park in June this year, I walked out of the park on my way home among tens of thousands of people. I walked in the middle of a massive mass of concertgoers all around me. It was quite scary. I was thinking, what if I’m getting sick, so how the ambulance is gonna reach me? And it was a long way to go before I got to the train station, which was too many people, so I had to catch a bus home instead. But it was worth it. The concert was epic! I really liked it. I will, for sure, attend their next concerts again in the future.
I have been working in film industry for 15 years. I first started as a film student at a technical college learning how to make films in 2004 in Copenhagen, Denmark. I occasionally did act in my own student films. That’s how my acting career began. It’s also when my passion for acting formed. So, after many years working in front of a camera, I think it’s time that I will share and give you some advice on how to start your acting career.
Below are 5 tips on how to start your acting career:
- If you had no experience at all and had never been to drama school, you could just jump right in by working as a background artiste to just get started. Many actors do, actually, start off as extras. You get the real, practical, on-set experience you need than if you just sit in an acting class. But working as an extra may not be for everyone since people might not take you seriously and many other things as well. You could try to work as an extra for just a few jobs, or just a short period of time, just to see how it goes and to get some traditional on-set experience. If it’s something really not for you, you can always quit.
- While you are working as a movie extra try to save some money to attend acting classes to improve your acting skills, if you really want to pursue your acting career. Don’t quit your day job yet either because there’s no guarantee of regular work working as a background artiste, which is self-employed job. You can’t really make money working as an extra. It’s simple enough to kick-start your acting career as an extra. But it doesn’t last. There’s a lot of downtime. Even working actors also have a lot of downtime. Uncertainty is a big part of this industry. You don’t have to do any acting either. So, if you want to do some actual acting work, this may not be the path you should take.
- Always look for ways to get more auditions and castings, and to improve your acting skills.
- Be polite, respectful, and professional at all times. Good behaviour always goes a long way.
- Networking, networking, networking!
That’s it for now.
I was focusing on revising my drama screenplay “Lost Son,” then the lights suddenly went out not long ago. I couldn’t edit my script when there’s so little light since it’s not good for my eyes. I must then watch a film instead. I have always wanted to see “Blade Runner 2049.” So I must take this opportunity to watch it. But I’m not sure if I could watch it till the end tonight. I have to get up early tomorrow to do lots of things, and to continue to rewrite my drama manuscript. This film is very long, by the way. So I’m not sure if I could manage to finish it tonight. I will begin to watch it, anyway. Then I will see how far I can go.
I love sci-fi movies besides horror and comedy, and sometimes drama and romance. I just like watching good films. That’s all. I have seen lots of sci-fi films. I even consider making sci-fi films in the future myself. I have a strong interest in science, computer games (although I don’t play games that much since I’m not that young no more), past & future, time travel, mystery, and the like. I think, it’s quite interesting how we utilise our imagination to the fullest extent to visualize how it would be like if there is another world like us, another dimension, another galaxy, another life, etc. Or maybe, there is heaven & hell even. The possibilities are endless when we don’t really know whether the things we envision actually exist or not. It just remains a mystery for years to come or, perhaps, for eternity.
That’s why the unknown just fascinates me to some degree. Do we never get to know the answers? How long do we have to wait and do the research until we unlock the truth? Or maybe, it is best that way that we know nothing about the things we don’t know.
I rarely go to Notting Hill. But today, I had something to do around the area, so I just walked around Portobello Road Market for a short while. Then I saw this shop (photo below) that was the same shop used in the film Notting Hill, which Hugh Grant was the owner of it in the film. I then needed to take a photo of it. It’s now a gift shop. Or, maybe it’s always a gift shop and they just changed it into a bookstore in the film. I don’t know. Anyway, it’s the first time that I noticed this shop in Portobello Road. Maybe because I usually go to Portobello Road during the weekends when it’s busy and there’s a lot of stalls and people. So, you can’t really see this shop. Today is Tuesday, so it’s quiet in Portobello Road, therefore I saw this shop for the first time. It felt quite special when I walked past the shop since I could recognise it from the film Notting Hill. The film is a classic. You can watch it again and again. I think.