I have spent time redesigning my website, which I better like the new design. I want my site to show more of the visuals which communicate the film industry. So I think, the new look of my site suits my career more than the previous one. I also add a new showreel page with all my YouTube videos/reels, Continued
This post is so popular on my facebook page. It has got 2,863 views! I mean, how come? I have posted lots of posts for so long on my facebook page, but they’ve never got so much attention like this one. Well, I must have done something right 🙂 Maybe, healthy body & lifestyle is what people are looking for nowadays. It really motivates me to keep exercising and achieving toned body.
I went to park this morning to practise martial arts. It’s the first time I do this. I live next to the park, but I hardly take advantage of it. Now I have to start doing it. It was wonderful, going to park in the morning, getting fresh air, and doing exercise. I should do this more often. And even there’s no sunshine today, but the weather is quite nice, actually. I feel totally amazing practising martial arts every day, or as often as I possibly can. I can feel the more I train or exercise for a six pack, the better it gets day by day. And it’s also good for me when I have to write the battle or fighting scenes for my screenplay. Because, then I know exactly what to write & how since I know the fight techniques inside out myself. When you write what you know your story becomes interesting & original to the audience, I think. I love what I do. And I try to give it 100% whether it is martial arts or writing.
Flat abs or six-pack is achievable! I can see, I have a more toned body now.
Just got home from American accent class. It’s been a long day. But it’s worth it, I think. I really got to practise the American accent by reading the scripts out loud with my classmates. We had to read different characters up in American accent and interact with each other, as if we were, actually, talking to each other in a film, which was fun and practical at the same time. I learned a lot about how to read and understand the script the right way, the way that the screenwriter wants you to, which is also very useful when you have to read the script up during the audition – how to act according to the screenwriter’s intention of the script – how to understand my character in the script, the environments, the characters I have to interact with, and many more. It’s, in fact, not easy when you have to see the whole thing in the big picture. Now I understand why some (famous) actors really got into character, which took them months or even years to get out of that character again. It’s something I have never thought of before. I want to be a serious actor. And this was exactly what I needed to learn, too. So I didn’t just learn how to read the script in American accent, but I learned many other things on top of that as well that helped me understand the art of acting much better. Now my jaws, tongue, and throat hurt a little. Of course, I have spent the whole day since morning to evening trying to speak and read several scripts in American accent. The tutor did warn us that when we get home we will, definitely, feel the pain. And I still have to continue to practise the tongue movements daily, or as often as I can. This method is important to exercise as well since this is how it also helps shape American accent different from British accent.
I have not blogged for a while, busy with my e-commerce business, WWW.BOHOFOREST.COM. I also practise martial arts, San Shou Kuan and other fighting techniques I have learned, almost every day. Even though I only attend the martial arts classes once a week, but the rest of the week I do practise it as much as I can. I want to be able to use these fighting skills in my upcoming short film confidently. So, I have to practise it as often as possible. I feel amazing and my body also feels great. I did not attend the fighting for film workshops yesterday, though. I was busy with my jewellery and cosmetics business, adding products to the website, designing the site, doing the marketing and stuff the day before Sunday till like 3am in the morning. Then I remembered, I had to go to martial arts lessons in the evening on Sunday. But I was too tired, hadn’t got enough sleep, so I didn’t go anyway. And I didn’t feel good about it. Well, if you can’t then you can’t. I do practise it almost daily. So, to skip the workshops once in a while shouldn’t make such a huge difference. Now, I feel much better.
I spent my weekend working on my e-commerce business instead of working on my short film’s script. Today, I will spend my whole day producing my screenplay then. Then tomorrow, I also have to attend acting class. So, I will see how far I can get my film script done today.
One of the reasons why I attend martial arts classes and stage combat unarmed and armed workshops weekly, so that I can do my own stunts in my own films that I am going to make them myself. All in all, I can, definitely, utilise these skills in my acting career. Therefore, they are very useful skills which I can use in many ways and many levels. So, on top of using the martial arts skills in films, I can also use them for self defense and to keep fit in which I do use the techniques to workout daily. I also walk almost every day for at least 1 hour. All of these regular exercises help make my body & mind feel great and in good form.
I have many martial artistes that I admire. One of them is the Thai actor, Tony Jaa or Jaa Phanom or Phanom Yeerum. He’s really good at what he does, I think. I watch his films quite often to get some inspirations. Finally, a Thai martial arts actor who manages to make a big breakthrough internationally. It never happened before. It was used to being Chinese actors who are good at in this field, such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan.
I’m practising The Split. I have to do it every day if I want to be able to do split legs. I could do it a long time ago when I was much younger. But now, I’m not so good no more. Everything needs practice. If you don’t practise you can’t possess the skills – no matter how young or old you are. Practice is everything. So, I begin to practise it every morning. It seems to get easier and easier the more I practise. So I think, I should make a video to record my progress. I will make videos as often as possible, to see my improvement in doing split legs training day by day. It’s a great way to motivate myself that I can do it since I can see how good I am day after day. When you can see just some kind of breakthrough you feel you CAN do it. It makes you want to keep going. That’s all the incentive I need to reach my goal.
Same with writing. I have to re-program my thinking that I have to write as if my life depends on it. It does, actually, help. Last night, I watched the films and worked on my short film script until almost 2am this morning. I expect my short film to be finished in November or something. But I think, I might manage to complete it before that. This is exciting! I don’t want to give myself a short deadline. What if I couldn’t make it on time? I don’t like making promises I can’t keep. So, it’s better to give myself a good time. Then, If I managed to accomplish before that then it’s good. If not, then I still have plenty of time to do so. After this blog post, I will continue to work on my short film script again.
My boxing video is ready! It’s not a perfect clip, though. I had to put my cellphone on the window ledge to record it since there’s no one to film it for me, everybody was fighting. I attended martial arts classes yesterday, which I do once a week for 4.5 hours straight. I started at 17:00 and finished at 21:30. I do learn a lot of things in 4.5 hours martial arts lessons, which aim specifically for actors, to perform fighting scenes or create fight sequences in various styles – both medieval (Game of Thrones) and modern day action movies (John Wick), for instance. Below is the video I filmed from the boxing class yesterday. Then after this class, we learned armed and unarmed fighting techniques, such as guns/machine guns, swords. Don’t worry, they’re not real 😛
Me with fake guns trying to look mean.
I will be heading for martial arts classes very soon. I attend the lessons once a week. But it’s 4.5 hours a day. I started the fighting stage combat unarmed at 17:00, then continue another workshop right after that with stage combat with sword & shield, or whatever that is. So, I begin at 17:00 and finish at 21:30, and that’s exactly 4.5 hours in total. But the days that I don’t go to martial arts, I also do some practices at home, exercise by walking almost every day, at least 1 hour. Otherwise, I won’t be able to do a long workout for 4.5 hours straight. I also eat healthy food, lots of green vegetables, and so on.
Then, I also have my own jewelry & handmade cosmetics business beside this, which I have to keep adding products onto the website, do some marketing, making new products, and more. Because, most of the jewellery, I make them myself. I also begin to make cosmetics as well, such as bath bomb, sugar scrub, which are all handmade by me. I make and test it on myself. They are very good for the skin. I use it regularly myself. And I love it! All my bath bombs contain vital ingredients that are good for the skin, for example:
- Epsom Salt: Reviving, helps relax tired, aching muscles, and similar.
- Cornstarch: Helps soothe skin irritation, including sunburn and skin allergies, reduce smelly feet, etc.
- Vitamin E Oil: Moisturize, helps encourage cell regeneration, reduce wrinkles, sunburn, scars, and many more.
As soon as my handmade cosmetics are available for purchase on my site, www.bohoforest.com, I will let you know 🙂 Right now, I’m just making and testing it first. I’m almost done with it.
I have just made a fighting scene video which they use in Game of Thrones. I just learned it last week. I forgot to record it while I was doing the scenes at the class, which many other students did film it to use as their showreels. I don’t know why I forgot. Now, I have to do it alone, no one to fight with, to make it look real. Never mind, I will remember to film it during the class next time. I am glad I attended the classes. It’s my second week. I learned new skills which would be useful for my acting career, and plus I get to exercise to be in great shape. It couldn’t get any better. Watch the video below and tell me what do you think?
By the way, I have decided not to do the horror film anyway. I want to do action film genre instead. I have now trained myself in stage & screen combat. So, it would be a waste of time, to not using my fighting skills in my own films. If I did the horror film I didn’t think I would continue to do it. It would be a one time screenplay and one time short film only, and that’s it. So, I must choose one genre to strict to. A genre that I will be writing several scripts for and making various films out of it. So, people know me and what genre I am good at. If I started with a horror genre then decided to do action film right after, it would confuse people so much. Then it wouldn’t be good for me either. So, I have to change the genre now before it’s too late. I think that makes a lot of sense.