Blimey I haven’t updated this in a while! You’ll have to forgive me – had a rather hectic start to the year. Turns out being homeless, jobless and moneyless in a new country where you hardly know anyone ain’t exactly a walk in the park! Long story short, one of my best mates from uni came over with another mate he was travelling with, and we ended up managing to blag staying on this lovely girl we met on Tinder’s floor for 3 weeks while we found a flat and jobs for us all. The housing crisis in Auckland is definitely not exaggerated - when we actually found an available flat we could move in to, the landlord had to turn down 3 people in the space of time it took us to run to the cashpoint to get out the rest of our deposit! We all managed to get jobs just in time to pay our 1st weeks rent too – was a bit stressful but another example of how things seem to magically fall into place with a little bit of persistence and blind faith.
So yeah, we’re now settled in a flat in the centre of Auckland, not the largest place I’ve ever lived but we got a lovely view of the sunset from our 8th floor balcony:
I’m currently paying the rent by working in a cafe, but am trying to push my video career simultaneously. Hence the reason why I created a brand spanking new showreel for 2015 :)
If you’re a company in Auckland looking for a video artist, please get in touch!
While road tripping around The States in the Summer of 2014 with long time friend Rory, we somehow managed to end up filming and putting out webisodes of a mock TV programme entitled Fat Raj.
In the series, young filmmaker Max (played by myself), was originally sent to The States to create a series of informative day-in-the-life style travel documentaries to showcase typical expat life. However, the first person he was set up with was Fat Raj (played by Rory), an ignorant and alcoholic expat from somewhere in the UK. After creating this first day-in-the-life documentary, the production company was not impressed and all further funding for the project was immediately withdrawn. At a loss, Max was eventually picked up by another television company, who saw value in Fat Raj’s character. The new company then bought Max a 30 year old RV, and with a tiny spending budget, he was dubbed the task of driving Fat Raj around The States to produce a series of short informative travel documentaries, with Fat Raj as the host. However, Fat Raj couldn’t really get his head around the concept, and things didn’t end up going very smoothly…
Blimey it’s pushing on 3 months now since I’ve updated this! Since my last post, Fat Raj & I have been living like gypsies in our RV named Jill. Sometimes I think that I should have kept this updated along the way, but internet connections were few and far between and we were simply having too much fun to worry about any of that social networking malarky. But now our roadtrip around the US is coming to an end. Our 6 month visas are about to be up, and we’ve got tonight in a Motel 6 car park in North Washington before heading to the Canadian border, to spend the winter at a friend’s house, who’s kindly putting us up. I’ve been keeping my camera close to hand throughout the trip, and will be making a 3 part video series entitled “6 Months of Summer”, as well as writing a few words about the trip, so stay tuned, I plan to get this site rolling again :)
In the mean time, here is the 1st proper episode of Fat Raj’s new TV programme, where he will be taking you around the Grand Canyon, sharing his limited knowledge of this beautiful landmark, and showing you the ropes. I hope you enjoy.