The Plan

I have a busy day ahead again today. I therefore have to plan my day wisely, otherwise I can’t get nothing done. Today is a sunny day. But summer will soon be gone. What a shame. That’s why I try to capture summer in scented candles, with all the lovely scents of summer that make you feel like summer never ends. Well, for now, I have only French lavender scent so far. But more and more aromas will be added, as soon as I have finished making them and add them to my online store BUPPHA.uk.

It’s a long process. I also have to design new labels for each perfume, packaging, containers, and so forth. Christmas will also soon arrive. So I want everything ready by then as well. It’s September now. So I have plenty of time to prepare. It gives me a peace of mind when I plan everything well ahead. I have learned from my experience that things will go terribly wrong, in most cases, when you are unprepared – no matter what you do. That’s why I try to prevent it from happening again at all costs. So from now on, I will outline everything in advance in order to avoid mistakes as much as I can. It also gives me more confidence and can then easily envision things that could go wrong, and thereby do whatever I can to stay away from them.

So today, I will start my day with the revision of my drama screenplay first, just a little bit. I try to break down the editing process of my manuscript into small chunks, to make it more achievable and realistic. I can just tell you that my drama script has a very unique story, plot, and characters. Furthermore, it’s also based on a true story which makes it original. I therefore do not post my drama screenplay anywhere, yet. I want to keep it under wraps for now until after the rewrite is complete and, perhaps, the film has been made.

Then, the rest of the day, I will spend it to focus on my candle business. There’s a lot to do as well since I just started it. So to stop myself from pulling my hair out trying to cope with all the things I need to accomplish, I have to do everything bit by bit. One small task at a time. When I have completed this one, then I can move on to the next. It’s more manageable this way. Now, I will get going with all my to-dos if I want anything to get done today.

Handmade Home Candle.

Travel Candles

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I’m testing my new products at the moment which are tin travel candles. Each tin contains 50g candle. Travel candles are perfect when you want the scented candles that you like with you everywhere you go. It could be you want to light your favourite scented candle (s) in your office, your hotel room, a summerhouse, and so on. The same perfume (s) that you also have at home and can’t leave without. So what if you could enjoy the same nice smell (s) elsewhere, too? That’s why travel candles allow you to make any place feel like home, with the fragrances that you normally adore at home.

They will be available in a variation of scents. Now that Christmas soon arrives. So there will also be some special, lovely aromas just for Christmas. I can’t wait to introduce to you my new travel candles. It’s also very tough for me when I have to smell all the fantastic bouquets while making and testing candles. They are just so irresistible perfumes. They make my studio feel like a vivid flower garden. I just enjoy every moment making scented candles, adding some scents to them, testing them, and more. It therefore doesn’t feel like work. Time just stands still when I do what I love. You can just feel it when you do something you’re truly passionate about. Time doesn’t exist.

travel candles
Tin candles.

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Acting Career With Short Films

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The easiest way to be seen and get started in film industry as an actor as soon as possible is by doing short films, and also to gain real on-set experience since you have no or little experience. Doing short indie films also connects you with other filmmakers and actors who you may want to collaborate with in the future, make new connections, friends, and exchange knowledge or learn from them who have more experience than you, which is what you need if you’re just starting out.

Also, don’t underestimate low- or no-budget short films. Most short films offer you speaking parts. They don’t really need extras since short films typically just need a few actors. So, this is your chance to get to act as a professional actor. The people who make indie films are also aspiring and ambitious filmmakers, and most of them have years of experience either working on various film sets themselves or are film students. You never know what they might become in the future. They might become famous writers/producers/directors one day. Who knows. So always be happy and excited to meet new people and treat everyone with respect.

They make films primarily because they are passionate about it, although they have tight budgets. But people have to start from somewhere, so you. So be respectful to everyone you work with. Don’t think that the producer/director is just an indie filmmaker making a no- or low-budget film, then you don’t have to care what you say or do to them. But those indie filmmakers will, eventually, make their dreams come true soon or later if they’re serious about it, and they do remember who they have worked with and how it went. So always treat people the way you want to be treated yourself. Karma does exist, in my opinion.

Ok. Here are the 10 reasons why you should start your acting career with short films:

  1. Well, here’s the thing, in order to get selected for a role with speaking part and all that in a feature film by a big production company requires you to 1) attend many auditions among lots of other people who may have more experience than you and have good showreels and an agent 2) have acting experience or training which you don’t have or very little, and 3) have a good agent to push you to castings and auditions, and also reputable agents have lots of connections in the industry since they have been around for some time. With short films, you do not need to have years of acting experience or acting training for the most part – no showreels needed either, which is good since you don’t have one for now. So, it’s simple enough for you to get chosen and start performing as if you already are a working actor.
  2. Most short films also only need a few actors or max 3-5 actors. So the chance that you will get a speaking role is high. This is your opportunity to show the world your acting skill and get that acting experience you need, including traditional on-set experience. So, short films basically give you the opportunity to be the star and take centre stage!
  3. Short films typically are about 3-15 mins long. So it won’t take much of your time. You could be working on set in just half a day or a whole day, and you’re done.
  4. It’s your chance to network and connect with other actors and crew members because short films tend to have a very small set of cast & crew. So, it’s very easy to get to know everyone on set.
  5. Oftentimes, you will also get a copy of the project once it’s complete and has finished the post-production. You can then use it to promote yourself. Showreels can be quite expensive if you need to hire a company to make them for you. A good, quality reel costs maybe about £500. So short films give you quality showreels you need, to further your acting career without spending a penny yourself.
  6. If the directors/producers, who you have done a no- or low-budget film for them, like you and one day they have established themselves as professional directors/producers and have access to funds to make big-budget films, they may want to work with you again. We see it all the time that directors regularly use the same actors again and again in their movies. People just want to work with the people that they get along with and who are professional. The latter one is very important. That’s why good, professional behaviour is crucial – no matter who you work for.
  7. Short films give you the opportunity to practise your acting skill, try and fail, just act your heart out. It’s a free acting class and acting school.
  8. You will gradually learn how and what to do on a film set and how the film industry works in general, which will help you build your confidence over time.
  9. The actors you have worked with on short films may know or have an acting agent that you could join as well, or they could recommend one that they know is good.
  10. Most producers/directors also send their short films to film festivals which again could open more doors and opportunities for you, to be seen and noticed, and could, potentially, land you an agent.

That’s it and believe it or not, some famous actors you know today were being noticed purely because of the short films they have made that show their acting skill or something that catches the attention of the casting directors/directors. All in all, short films have helped many actors established their acting careers. So to speak, short film is or could be your ultimate shortcut to stardom!

On set.
Filmmaking

Fall Fashion

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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.

The London Fashion Week 2019.
My spring coat from this year which I can wear it for autumn as well.
Selfies from spring this year.
Another selfie from spring this year as well.

Start My Day With Fruits

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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.

Healthy fruit for breakfast.

How to Use My Soy Lotion Candle as a Body Lotion

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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

Handmade soy lotion candle.

Late Night Meal

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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.

Homemade pho.

Beautiful Boy Film

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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.

Lost Son Screenplay

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I continue to revise my drama screenplay today “Lost Son.” I begin to separate my screenplay into small chunks and sequences, to make it manageable to edit and revise. Otherwise, the thought of having to redraft the whole 100 pages straight in one go would intimidate me. To a degree that I would procrastinate it. So I think this method would help me go through the correction process more effortlessly. I enjoy reworking and analysing my manuscript. You have to like doing it because this type of task can be rather boring.

I can feel I need a cup of coffee. It’s midday now. Sitting and editing all day long can make you feel sleepy. I always have my usual postprandial coffee. I think, the coffee tastes so good after you have had a meal. Now, I will try and see if I can finish the adjustment today or over the weekend. I have to hurry up. I don’t want to keep modifying it forever.

As long as the story is entertaining and original, I think the grammar and your writing don’t really matter. There are many great examples which the authors sell lots of books and their novels are being turned into films despite their poor grammar and writing skills. I think the core essence is that if the story in general is captivating enough, then people don’t even notice or don’t really care the small mistakes in grammar and such.

I have read some books myself which the authors are native British, but when you read their books you begin to wonder if English is their first language. But I do enjoy reading their books, though, because the plots, the stories, and the characters are riveting and unique. So in any case, some do find successes in writing books regardless of their lacks of linguistic skills. They just write it. Anyhow, the idea of becoming a writer is still putting lots of people off when they think about they are not a good writer. So they can never write a book since they think it has to be perfect, especially it’s the first book they’re going to write.

It just makes me feel so much better with this realisation and just go for it. What’s the worst thing that could happen, anyway?

I divide my script into small sections and sequences. So it’s easier to edit and manage, so that I don’t feel so overwhelmed that I have to rewrite a 100-page manuscript straight.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Look is Back!

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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 TopShop 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.

I always forget that my sunglasses reflect my mobile phone when I’m taking photos.
I bought this Iron Maiden tee some years ago which was about £15, I think. But it’s also original. The faux leather jacket was also £15, which I bought it on sale from H&M near Covent Garden Station (I think the store is no longer there) about 10 years ago. I still wear it. Now this type of biker jacket is a hit again.
Now, there is no mobile phone reflection in my sunglasses.
Back home again – at the entrance of the village.
Iron Maiden vintage t-shirt.
Home sweet home.
Cute hair clip to add a contrast to a raw style.