I wanted to show you guys a commercial I was in a few months back. I delayed putting this up because I didn’t want to catch any heat about it from my job. But now, I don’t have those constraints anymore, I can post to my little heart’s content:
I was fortunate to have an opportunity to do a commercial for FranceBed, but actually the commercial isn’t about beds at all. It’s a commercial about a wheel chair (no I’m not the one in the wheel chair). At first I was all like “Hell yeah! I’m gonna be in a commercial!” Then I was like “Wait, it’s a wheel chair commercial.” It’s a little difficult to try to sound all cool to your buddies when the subject matter is a wheel chair. I can’t walk up to my buddy and say “Yo, check me out in this new wheel chair commercial, homie.” I can imagine the eye rolls, the snickers, and the jokes now…sigh.
Nevertheless, it was a fun job because the director and staff were so freakin’ nice. They made sure I was comfortable for every single take, and really made feel special. Not to mention that it was GREAT Japanese practice. On a job like this where everybody is Japanese but you, you can’t just sit and be silent, right? I use these chances whenever I can to try and talk…whether I screw up or not. It was also neat being in front of the camera trying to give the director all kinds of different faces and expressions. I hope I get to work with him again sometime:
See you later 😉
Donald Ash is an Atlanta, Georgia-born, American expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last eleven years. While in that time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator of thejapanguy.com blog. Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.
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