THE CALL

     I got a phone call from Bozzak, the photographer who invited me to take pictures.  He said he had shown the pictures he had taken around and had gotten “positive” feed back on them, one of them being from his contact with Victoria Secret.  I could feel I was blushing as I said “Oh my god, really?”.   He asked if I had thought anymore about it or if it was something I would consider doing.  I told him I had fun and didn’t think anything would come from it, but now hearing that someone liked it, it is something I would like to try again.  “Great” he said, “We can take some more pictures and prove it wasn’t just a fluke”.  I laughed and said “Yea”.

     He told me he had a small client that was looking to do a spread or an ad and figured if I was interested he would suggest me to them and see what they would say.  He said it was a “win-win situation, since it would help both them and me out.  With me being new, they wouldn’t need to pay as much as they would if they had a professional model work with them and would help me because I would be getting paid out if it”.  I replied “Yeah, that would be great.” trying to hide my excitement that I know I didn’t do a good job at.  He explained he would contact them and tell them about me, if they were ok with it, he asked if it would be ok if he set up an appointment for me to meet with them.  I replied again “Yeah, that would be great also.” my heart started to race and I could feel butterflies in my stomach.  He must have realized I was getting nervous again because he said I would have nothing to worry about when meeting them, that they had already chosen me and I would have to try and sell myself to them.  He added that he would also be there and take on any of the hard questions they might have, but he doubted they would have any.

     He explained a bit more about what to expect and what not to, then he said he would let me know how things went and would get back to me in a few days.  After saying good-bye and hanging up the phone, I think got the biggest smile I had ever had in my life.  I squealed out loud and said to myself, “I got to call the others!” picking up the phone as I began dialing.

January 12, 2010. Tags: , , . After Class, by Kasumi, fashion, Location: Kasumi's Home. 2 comments.

Baggies.

… Early last week, Gin needed some models for some clothes he was designing. He asked Yumi and I if we would be interested in modeling his new creations for a advertisement. We both jumped at the chance and set a time where we could all meet. A few days later, Yumi and I met with Gin at a professional photography studio. We were very impressed by the whole layout. Gin had seperate dressing rooms for each of us. When I went into my own room, I saw that the outfit he wanted me to wear was neatly placed out on the table. They appeared to be “rave” style clothes which wasn’t a surprise to me, since Gin likes that sort of scene. I got dressed and met Yumi. We both were excited about the photo session that was about to happen. Gin had his assistant direct both of us to the background we were going to work with.

We took solo photos with each of us posing and then some shots of us posing together. Gin also had both of us dance so he could get some “action” shots as well. He never told us exactly what the advertisement was going to look like, but I wasn’t worried. Yumi and I both knew that he’s great with photography and he always comes up with creative ideas. After our session, we both changed back into our own clothes. Gin insisted to pay both of us, but we refused. He said if we wouldn’t take his money, to at least let him take us out to lunch. We agreed and went out to get some food.

I drove Yumi in my car and Gin took his car. We met at a American cafe style resturaunt. I noticed when Gin entered the resturaunt, that he had two bags with him. He each gave Yumi and I a bag and said these were the clothes that we just modeled. We were so surprised, that we each gave Gin a big hug for being so generous to us. I think all of us had fun with the whole photo session and I know it was quite productive as well. It was defnitely a good day that ended with good food and good friends.

August 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . After Class, by Spooky. 1 comment.

October Night.

… This semester, a childhood friend of mine transferred to our school. Her family moved away about four years ago due to her father’s job. Fortunately, things went well for her family and they moved back to our neighbourhood. In those four years, we drifted apart. We tried our best to keep in touch, but with distance it’s never easy. I’m very glad she’s back and we seem to be catching up very quickly. Her name is October.

It was until last week, that we finally had a chance to hang out just the two of us. With hectic schedules, it just seems like we can never put the time aside to get together. On Tuesday Tobie(i’m the only one who gets to call her this) came up to me at school and said that Thursday evening would be free for her. She said she wanted to make plans to go out and without hesitation, I said yes. However, it wasn’t until the next day at school that Kasumi reminded me that I made plans with her for Thursday the week before.

The school day came and went quickly. I was so excited that Tobie and I were finally going to hang out, that I was in a daze for most of the day. I drove to her house to pick her up that evening. We both agreed that getting some food would be best for starters. Tobie’s favourite resturaunt was a Japanese Sushi Bar just at the edge of the city. I knew she hadn’t been there since she moved, so I suggested we go there. She loved the idea and we raced over.

Over our meal, we talked and laughed about school, friends, and life in general. I was glad to see her laugh and smile. It was just way too long to be apart and I knew she missed her life back here. Moving to a different city was very hard on her and she went thru a major depression. She told me a bit of how the school was and about the people. She explained that no one made her feel welcome there. That she spent most of her time alone regardless if she was at school or not. However when her father told the family that they would be moving back, she was very happy.

After our meal, we decided to walk around the surrounding area a bit. We took some silly photos of us just for fun. There was a abandoned building nearby and for some reason Tobie felt that we should go and explore it. I was a bit nervous, but before I could think of a excuse not to she already found a opened window and crawled in. I went in after her and it was very dark. We could hardly see so I placed my hand on her shoulder as she led the way. We managed to find a staircase and at the top of it, we saw some light. When we got up to the top, we saw that the light was shining from a doorway that led to the roof. Tobie said to stay put so she could see if it was safe to go any further. I waited nervously, but in a few seconds she said to come and take a look. When I got outside to the roof, I noticed that we had a great view overlooking the countryside. The lights were coming from a nearby carnival. We sat down and just admired the view for a few moments before we both decided to visit the carnival.

When we arrived, there was everything you could imagine. Rides, games, food, shows, it was all here. We spent a good two hours just having fun and always thinking what we could see next. We spent most of our time on rides and playing games. Our last attraction for the night was this fun house exhibit that made you feel super small. We wandered around looking at everything. There was giant furniture all over the place. There was even this cat that was built so big, you felt like you were a mouse.

It was very late and we were both very tired. I try not to stay up too late on a school night, but this was a exception. I had a great time with a great friend and I didn’t want it to end. As i was driving Tobie home, she mentioned that she had to be up extra early to study. It made me feel bad that I kept her out so late, but she said it was alright and that she was having too much fun. I told her that I would drop by the next morning and we could study at the school book shop. We arrived at her home and she gave me a hug good night. I drove back to my house and quickly crawled into bed.

The next morning came and I picked Tobie up from her house. We drove over to the school book shop which also had a small coffee bar. Tobie said that she would go and get something for us to drink while I found a place where we could study. I found a couch and just laid down on it to wait for Tobie. I was so exhausted from the night before, that I just closed my eyes to rest them for a bit. I must have fallen asleep because I was awakened by a angry Kasumi…

August 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . After Class, by Spooky. 3 comments.

Work and Play.

… My most recent assignment in art class was to complete a project using culture as the subject. Already having some ideas in mind, I invited Kasumi and Gin to tag along as models. We first visited a art muesum which had a lovely garden out in front. I thought the flowers that were on display would compliment our school uniforms. Gin suggested posing in the flowers, but Kasumi didn’t want to get her new shoes dirty. It was then I suggested that we should pose with the flowers behind us while standing on the pavement. We didn’t have time to go into the museum because i had two other locations i wanted to visit before the day was over.

There’s a shopping centre in town that is based around a old Mission. All the shops surrounding the Mission are built with a Spanish style look to them. Kasumi and I couldn’t resist to spend a few minutes window shopping. Gin lost his paitence with us and decided to wander the Mission by himself. We met in front of the Mission about an hour later, then took some photos. Afterwards, we stopped to have some lunch. We all agreed on Italian. There was one more place i wanted to take photos at. It was at a Japanese Garden a few miles outside of town.

As we drove into the parking lot, I noticed that there were not many vehicles there. Maybe because it was about an hour before closing time. I didn’t want to deal with too many people while I was taking photos anyways. I didn’t as many photos as I wanted to. I guess we were too busy just appreciating the scenery all around us. For some reason, Gin was in a obnoxious mood and was being loud. Kasumi and I lost him in garden maze and we just took some photos together. A little later we met up and took some group shots in a rock garden. It was getting to dark, so we decided to leave shortly after.

I dropped Gin off at his home and drove Kasumi back to her house. She invited me in for dinner and we spoke of how productive the day was. I was just happy that the school week was over and the weekend was here. We thought about what to do for fun that night. Kasumi suggested that we should go out to a club later. I agreed it was a good idea and drove back home to change. I picked out something casual and comfortable. When i got back to Kasumi’s house she met me out in front and we drove off. Both of us don’t go out to clubs that much, so we just drove around a lot. Kasumi made several calls to some friends for club suggestions, however none of the choices sounded very appealing.

We found ourselves at a Japanese Karaoke Bar. There was a bit of a crowd, but we managed to find a small booth to sit at. Neither of us had any courage to make a attempt to sing in front of everyone, so we just observed. I found that we actually enjoyed the Karaoke experience having never been to this sort of bar before. About an hour after we arrived, a set of drinks were sent over to us by two older Japanese men that appeared to be in their early 30’s. After politely not accepting, the men came over and introduced themselves. We invited them to sit down with us and watch the performers. Being as protective as I am, i kept my eye on Kasumi. If these men seemed to be a nuisance, we would quickly leave. Between songs, the men tried to keep up small talk. Nothing very interesting was said and i was trying to watch the singers up on stage. Kasumi was being nice to each of them, but letting them also know that we are not interested in any relationships at this point in time. This was fortunate, because they were not very forward or aggressive. Another hour passed and it was getting late. We had to wake up early the next morning to go surfing. After months of annoying Kasumi, she finally agreed to letting me teach her how to surf. I didn’t want to miss my big chance, so we said good night to our new admirers and drove home.

We woke up at four in the morning to get an early start. I stayed at Kasumi’s to save time so we could leave directly from her place. She wanted to sleep in, but finally gave in to my attempts to get her out of bed. The weather at the beach was a bit cool at first but warmed up eventually. Kasumi always had a slight fear from being in the water, but i convinced her everything would be alright and that she would have a good time. I told her to watch me a few times and then she could try on her own. After a few tries, she managed to get it right and even pull off some moves. We spent several hours at the beach and later had dinner at a resturaunt. Kasumi couldn’t stop talking about how much she enjoyed surfing and that she wanted to surf again the weekend after. We also joked around about the men we met the night before. We left the resturaunt and i dropped Kasumi off at her house. As i was driving home, i was looking forward to a nice sleep. Hopefully the week will go by quick and we can have another nice weekend.

August 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . After Class, Location: Classroom. 1 comment.