Hi Wonderlanders! As promised, a non-diet-related post!
This post is spanning quite a long time really. Back in January I was involved in being an extra for a music video for Tokyo Taboo’s song: Whiskey. I decided to combine the post about the filming and the post about the music video premier, and also the release of the video (although this bit was a few weeks ago!). This was partially because I didn’t want to put spoilers about the video out there before it came out and also because I thought it might be cool to combine it. As I’ve been writing it all, its got a bit more philosophical than I was expecting at one point, so apologies in advance! Photos of the video shooting/behind the scenes (including the image at the top of the post) are courtesy of Nocturna Photography, any after that are just my own. For starters, lets talk about the filming!
Its been a while since I have done anything vaguely performance related. Back when I was in college, my course was on Performing Arts with a focus on acting. When I was in college, acting was what I wanted to do as a career but as I got part way through the course, I realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life but also that it would be unreliable for an income. Taking part in the filming was nostalgic, but it did also remind me about some of the things I wasn’t a fan of with performing arts. I’ve always enjoyed creativity and performance, its something that’s fun. If, in the morning you are in an area and get told to pretend you’re drunk and dancing at a nightclub and have to just do it on cue, you do. There’s something surreal about it when you think about it, which always makes me smile. Any moments in life where you get to take a step back and think “this is so random, what am I doing?” are always a winner for me. I’ve been lucky in that a lot of the jobs I have done in more recent years have resulted in similar thoughts of “am I really doing this right now?”.
Another thing that is always interesting about experiences is talking to different people and seeing where they are in their lives, and realising that where they are and where they are going is very different to your own self. What is important to them is different to what is important to you. If you don’t get too deep in to it and aren’t judgemental about such things, you have the chance to interact with some fascinating life experiences. I realise I’ve gone a bit deep there, so let me talk a little more about practicalities! I arrived at my appointed time and was told where to go and get ready. There were a few of us, some were fans of the band’s music and others were from an extras agency, the differences of which became clear pretty quickly. We all had our own reasons for being there. After the time we had to get ready (which was longer than expected really) we were all called through to set and the ground rules of the shoot were explained. The rest of the day that followed was basically as you’d expect. Sometimes standing around waiting, sometimes following instructions, sometimes being moved around and being shot in different ways. As my motivations for being involved in this were not career-related, and I’m not a big fan of myself on camera, I was more than happy to be more in the background. As the scenes were mostly party scenes, this was pretty easy for me to be more in the background. In between times, the extras mostly sat around chatting or sometimes watching the other filming. The environment we were filming in had lots of random props that we could mess around with as well, so we kind of did! All in all the day was long (because I travelled to London and back in the same day via coach, leaving very early in the morning) but it was also good fun. I would recommend at least trying being an extra some time if you’re interested in all the creative behind the scenes stuff. That and pretending to have a rave at like 10am on a Sunday is also a good laugh.
There was a premier screening for the music video, which I thought was a pretty cool idea. I first started writing this blog post when I was on my way to London for it back in April (so this has been sitting in my drafts for a looooong time). We all dressed up and went to the small screening room in the W Hotel in London. The premier involved watching the video a couple of times (of course), a few songs performed by the band and a Q&A for the director. Afterwards we all sat in the bar and had a few drinks and socialised. I couldn’t stay all that long unfortunately due to needing to get my coach home, but it was still nice. It was a pretty swanky venue all-in-all. It was nice to be able to see everyone again and to see the video on the big screen before it was being relegated to computer monitors and laptop screens when it was due to be released later in the year. I was really impressed by the quality and editing of the video and was really proud to have played a very small part in the process. As much as I dreaded seeing myself in something that would be around forever, I actually didn’t find this as hard to see as I’d thought initially.
After the premier it felt like a totally agonising wait until the release in October. Not because I wanted to show off, but because I knew the song and video were awesome and needed to be shared with the world. So when it came out I was super excited to watch it again and share it with other people. I knew I was going to write this post but life got in the way and I have been too busy to write it up until this point, so I hadn’t shared it on the blog until now. I’ve spoken about the song in a previous post when the single launch initially happened so if you want to know more about the song you can go and check that out. It has a very powerful message about how alcohol can having a very damning effect for some people, and how alcoholism is no party when everyone around you seems to be having the time of their life. The video shows this concept really well and personifies the loneliness that a person in this position can experience. If you haven’t already seen the video, why not?! You should go and watch it. So without further rambling on my part, please watch and enjoy the video: Whiskey. Until next time, stay wonderful 😉