I grew up acting then gave it all up for a career in a cubicle. Fun stuff, right? NOT! After five years of the Office Space-lifestyle I had a midlife crisis at 24. That is why I started traveling and what has led me to where I am today.
Those of you that follow my adventures already know where this has led me. After 4-1/2 years of transversing the globe I have finally found a home and — more importantly — a calling in Indonesia. Although I still travel to new countries on a monthly basis, saya tinggal di Indonesia sekarang (“I live in Indonesia now”).
I love Indonesia for many reasons. Budaya yang baik, pantai bagus, makanan maknyuus, wanita cantik, dan teman-teman saya menakjubkan! (“Great culture, good beaches, delicious food, beautiful women, and my amazing friends”)
Among the countless friends that I’ve made here, one of the most energetic and inspirational ones is Riyanni Djangkaru. A couple months ago she and I did a tourism film together on Siak, in the Riau province of Sumatra, and we had an absolute blast! In fact during filming often we would be too busy chatting and telling stories to hear Tata, the director, yell action! 😉
Haven’t seen the film yet? Here is the 3-minute version, the only one I was allowed to publish online after filming wrapped
The full-length tourism video aired on TV One here in Indonesia several times during October and November. It may still be airing for all I know. I’m bule, no one tells me anything 😉
Promoting Siak Tourism and the island of Sumatra
I wrote a behind-the-scenes post all about how I managed to find out about the film, my screentest and subsequent wardrobe hunt after getting the job, and of course all about the filming — as well as the party we had once filming had wrapped. If you have not read it yet, check out behind the scenes of my film in Indonesia
As of a few days ago a new version has been published online! This one is ten minutes long and features extended scenes and lots of new footage not seen in the 3-minute version.
Now that I am back in Jakarta after exploring Thailand with my fellow blogger and travelin’ buddy Ryan @LostBoyMemoirs, I am hoping to find more onscreen work. Only time will tell what the future holds for me but I am hoping for the best!
Ryan and I also put together a video for the Amazing Race 2014. Due to submission errors — they asked for a 3-min TV quality video under 30MB…how is that even possible?! — we were forced to submit a 10-second snippet instead of the full-length video. As such neither of us holds out much hope that we will make it through the first round of eliminations. But who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky 😉
In it I downplay my travel experience — don’t want us to be eliminated right off the bat — while Ryan explains how travel has helped him cope with tragedies in his life and why he wants to do more of it. We make a perfect, balanced duo. Hell, I think we would make an amazing team. What do you think?
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Even as I type this post I am meeting with other friends from Global TV and discussing future projects. Yes, I’m multitasking like a crazy bastard, hardly sleeping, just trying to decide what to do with my career. It’s been many years since I’ve had a job or done any real work…or any work at all. Unless you count traveling blogging as work, which I don’t. This is more for fun — and to help inspire and educate others to get up off the couch and explore this great planet. In fact the money I made from this tourism video was the first REAL paycheck I have had in nearly five years!