Start Working On Something Familiar At An Unfamiliar Place


It has been exactly 20 days since I started my life in Macau. You know, 20 days is not a long time for some people, but I used that 20 days trying to switch my lifestyle and habit from San Francisco to Macau. Right now I have adapted my everyday life, except for my stomach, I don’t know if I’m acclimatized or not, my stomach doesn’t seem like the food and water here. I have to use the toilet 3 to 4 times a day on average, which is above my average toilet usage in San Francisco. And because of that reason, I look a little slimmer than I was in San Francisco. Is it a good thing or bad thing?

Anyway, that’s one thing I wanted to talk about. Another thing is that I started exploring my career in this small town, this is not easy for me because I was not here for more than 10 years, most of my friends were my elementary and middle school classmates. In order to help myself getting into the career I desire, I have to get into the circle and acquaint with the people of that circle. Say coincidence, while I was still in San Francisco, about a month before I headed back to Macau, I saw on Facebook that a local non-profit creative group called “macau.creatives", they were about to shoot music videos for their newest project called “6/7 Hints", “6/7 Hints" is a CD album that provides hints for the human race, that brings up world issues including nature, disasters, environment, war, doomsday and inequality. Okay long story short, I saw that they were going to shoot MVs and I felt I’m interested, so I sent an email to the group expressing my interest. Sio, the Director of the association, responded my email the day after. She told me that they need some extra people on helping the shooting of MVs, and if I was interested, just let her know. But she also reminded me that everyone is working voluntarily, so there will be no pay for working on this project, except for transportation and catering. I said that’s okay, I mean I don’t really care about if I’ll or I won’t get paid, I just want to work on something that I’m familiar with and to learn something from it. In addition, I’ll have much easier path getting into the creatives circle and the media industry of Macau by working closely with the production crews, two birds with one stone. So I have decided to join their crew.

A few days after I arrived Macau, I sent another email to Sio and told her that I’m interested to help them, then she called me back and asked me if I wanted to come to a production meeting, I said okay, I’d be coming for sure. On that night, I, along with several other people of the production crew, met at a coffee shop. (yeah it’s coffee shop again, I don’t know if all the creative people love going to coffee shops or not, when I was working with Mark I always met him at the coffee shops) We were listening to Sio, who is also the director of that MV. Sio told us a little bit about the song and how she is going to shoot the MV. She also made a props list and asked everyone in the team to look for the props. I’m responsible to find some small rocks and a few books about doomsday. At this time, everyone has been assigned a role of the production. Besides Sio is the director, we have two ADs, an Art Director, a makeup artist, a LD, and I’m one of the three FMs. Tonight, I’ll be helping the crew on loading the props to the studio, and I’ll be coolie again.

Indeed, I’m also working on another MV from the same album, I’ll talk more about that on my next post. If you want to learn more about the project that I’m involved with, you can check out their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/67%E6%8F%90%E7%A4%BA/122443537832480. For more information about the association, you can check out their website: http://macau-creatives.org/

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