I do tend to update my blog while watching “bad” television. Not to imply that the
massive gap of updates was due to watching News Night and Question Time.
With X Factor currently airing on both sides of the atlantic, I am reminded of my
experiences when I visited New York.
You can easily argue that the show is frivolous fun but it is full of social commentary.
One is wide spread mentality of wanting fame
and money with little or not talent and effort. The other is the smaller tribe that
hold and energy that drives one forward through all trials
because of a simple desire to fulfil their potential. Friends in my industry have
mixed feelings regarding NYC. I do feel they generally
have a go-getter attitude (sometimes offensive!). It could be the simple fact
I was in a different city that I managed to do so much in the
12 days that I was there. This included 2 location fashion shoots,
Spanish Harlem – featuring Aissa and Louis @ Red Models NYC
Brooklyn Roof Top featuring Luke B @ Ford Models NYC
2 promo shoots,
2 days backstage at couture fashion week with AOFM,
2 days backstage at Arise showcase (opposite main stage) and the afterparty,
street style shooting,
meeting/hanging with all types of creatives, parties and more.
As much as I’m always thinking about my next step, the trip really allowed me to break it down and
consider what is possible and where I would like to go. The plan was to go out there and see what I
could do. From the time I touched down it was non-stop and as much as I enjoyed it I had no break what
so ever. My industry is very similar to being a recording artiste. It is the norm that success is not
over night but the result of many years of hard graft. There are some cases outside this (of course), and some are in it
for the wrong reasons. Much like the show, things are not always as they seem or fair.
Also outsiders tend to have stereotypical views of how this world works. All of these factors
make me question the concept of success and if/when I will “make it”. Is it to live off the fruits of my labour like being
a bar singer or perhaps shooting billboard and A-listers around the world. I’m afraid that I cannot allow
anything less than the latter.
Since I touched down in london I have hit 3 wicked music events with the cream of BRITISH TALENT!!!
MOBOS – featuring Jessie J (Star!)
Q Awards – featuring Ed Sheeran (soundtrack to my life) Noel Gallagher and Emily Sandie (killer vocals)
Wired @ Shordith House – featuring Etta Bond and Labrinth (number 3 on itunes)
I have just shoot the new Billy Boyce Campaign – Featuring Pawel and Kaja @ FM london (I really should be editing now!)
Currently planning a shoot with a designer I met in NYC. So images to come soon along with my website update!