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Chris At The Gap Year
- He who asks questions his training, only trains himself in asking questions
- Me, Myself, and I
- I'm a TV and Commercial Director currently living in London, UK. I've been lucky enough that my job has taken me to South Africa, India, USA, most of Europe and... Wales... so far, but I don't think anything will have prepared me for this! It's going to be the biggest adventure so far. Can't wait!
- The Duke Spirit, The Blood Red Shoes, Bat For Lashes, Mystery Jets and (ahem...) Paramore (my shamefully guilty pleasure at the moment, everyone's got to have one). The more red hayley's hair gets, the more I feel like a 14 year old school boy.
- All of them. Volcano sucked. I also like Iron Man and i don't care what you think about it (Max)
- Motorcycle racing and Rugby.
- Happiest When
- Filming, sleeping and eating... I have yet to perfect doing them all at the same time.
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Ohhhh! When you're going on a date you put on a shirt and you ride your bike to the daaate!
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After 6 or 7 weeks, girls find me boring. But I'm not sure what happens because I think that's how long it takes to get to know someone....
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It's been three weeks since my last confession..... and I confess, this trip has been a serious wake-up call in so many ways.
Canada has some of the most beautiful cities (and women) I have ever seen and, combined with New York, has completely redefined my criteria for how I want to live i the future. Not in a personal or moral way, but in the sense that I am now able to judge the pros and cons of my past London lifestyle and say "you know what?! There's better ways of doing this, more fun ways of spending my evenings or enjoying different weather." Upon my return I will have some important decisions to make about where to further my directing career.
So far I have been mistaken for a penniless backpacker as I was resting outside a public toilet in a closing shopping centre, counting the annoying loose change on my chest that had fallen out. A man I thought was shouting at me to leave was actually trying to offer me free pastries. They were a little stale, having been out all day, but a free pastry is a free pastry!
I've also been taken in by some of the kindest people I've ever met. Many thanks to Amy, Rod and all the Johns for their hospitality in Oshawa. It was truly a humbling experience to be welcomed into someone's life and country so readily and without expectation or agenda. Life-changing.
New York has been good to me. My first big official day off was a whirlwind of elation. I've met up with old friends (some more randomly than others) as well as made some new ones. In the last 4 nights alone I've (albeit briefly) been a VIP backstage at an Iron Maiden gig in Madison Square Gardens, seen a ridiculous but incredibly entertaining hammer horror flick written by Bruce Dickinson (lead singer of "maiden" and directed by the editor and director of many monty python pieces as well as Time Bandits). I've also managed to tag along and get into Soho House New York...meh!.. You've seen one... you know the rest.... and tomorrow hopefully sees me going to see Avenue Q with my old flatmate.
Oh yes, I mentioned it was a wake-up cal. Well, I'm still very young, and coming into this I knew I was very young, or so I thought. Everyone about my age will hate me for saying this and so I apologize in advance, but traveling with Dave and meeting the people who stay in the hostels and travel-spots it has most definitely allowed me to understand my place in the world a little more. And that place is definitely a little further down the line than I thought. It's a good thing though. It will only spur me on to reach the enormous mountainous goals I have set for myself all the more quickly. Here's to mojitos with Spielberg by my 30th.
Love to the family and friends and the ever supportive PD massive.
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It's been an amazing 11 days, feels like a month. Started off in the rockies 7 hours north of Vancouver riding horses up a mountain and climbing into a bear den, then Dave had everything stolen from his hostel so we spent a couple of days buying everything back and getting his passport sorted.
Went to a Manga an cartoon exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Very inspiring. been toying with some ideas around that for promo projects for a while now. Can't wait to develop them on the trip and dive straight in when I get back.
A quick flight over to Toronto and a 4 hour train to Windsor (just north of London... in Canada) and I met a massive amount of Dave's family at his wedding. Had a great time and could not be more grateful to everybody for being so welcoming. Congratulations Tom and Denise!
Anyway, now I'm in Windsor, saw the Red Bull air race... random but incredible. it was perfect weather and then found some random leary American girls to talk to in my plumbiest English accent (thanks for the Advice huw). Meeting them in Caesar's Casino later to teach them how to lose at poker.
Off to Niagara falls tomorrow. Really looking forward to that.
It's been tiring, exhilarating, inspiring, exhausting and eye-opening all at once. Feeling very lucky to be in this position. Was watching Oprah whilst I was getting dressed last week in the hotel and she told me that luck is just when preparation meets opportunity. I'm thinking it was just blind luck but it's a nice thought. Thanks Oprah.
Stamina is going to be a massive factor working on this show, I can tell. I wonder how much I have?
A big Canadian "Hella love" - I think that's the right way of using 'hella' - to all the other PDs on the show. A great supportive network and some damn-fine creative minds
Much love to my family and friends as always.
See you in the next country.... C
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So I'm on a bunk bed in a hostel in Vancouver which is HUUUUGE! (Vancouver, not the bunk bed). We survived the flight, it was great to see Dave's face light up when he realised he could order as many beers as he wanted (none of that £1 flight stuff where you have to buy everything on this one mate). Managed to watch 3 films of the plane and they were great. Despite the constant singing, Sweeney Todd is amazing! (I'm not a musicals fan).
It's 6 in the morning here but our bodies still think it's mid afternoon so we're up and about, meeting strange naked Germans in the showers and planning our journey up to a ranch in Chipotle. We've been waiting for everything to sink in before we left. Waiting for the realization to dawn on us of what we have in store but it still hasn't come yet.
I'm letting Dave set his own plans and sometimes I feel like a bit of a muppet because I'm not making that many decisions but it's his Gap Year and I want him to do everything he would normally do when he travels. It's definitely going to take us a week or so to sort out how that works.
I love the profile vids of the other travelers. Lewis is mental! In a great way. I can only see them getting better and better. That's exciting.
I hope all the other PDs and travelers are settling in. Thanks again everyone at HQ for all your help, support and preparation. I hope everything is going well back there and your hangovers are recovered after the drinks I'm sure you had to celebrate us all getting out the the office.
Onwards to the ranch!!!! Dave.... in the wilderness.... his natural environment. Can't wait.
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