Wednesday, July 25, 2007

No I'm not dead yet

To those who have been bugging me to death to update this place, here ya go. I hope yer'all happy.

Nah really, I've been thrown around like a rag doll lately. So for the curious, here's what I've been up to in the past 3 months:

- Was part of the 2nd pair of contestants to get kicked out of 'So You Think You Can Dance' Malaysia, which that morning immediately after contracted a severe complication of a back injury, had to be carried out of the hotel and had the doctor stick a needle in my bum to kill the pain

- A few days later, got diagnosed with kidney infection, caused by a complication of a urinary tract infection I caught in the last week of SYTYCD. Was fed on antibiotics intraveously for 3 days which cost an 'affordable' RM700

- Recovered in 2 weeks and helped out with the event to commemorate Animal Welfare Day and the official launch of the Furry Friends Farm, organized by the Remember Sheena Campaign. Had the honor of meeting animal activist Jill Robinson, who flew in from Hong Kong to hold a small Doctor Dog clinic in Ikano Power Centre.

- Started to pitch myself around as a talent for commercials and voiceovers. With no news coming back and no money coming in, fell into a silly little bout of helplessness and depression for the next couple of weeks

- Gavin Yap told me there was still a chance for me to join his little anime dubbing project, which I had to initially give up for SYTYCD. Started recording immediately and continue to do so on a weekly basis

- Got called back into SYTYCD together with the rest of the eliminated contestants; reunited for one more week to perform at the Grand Finals.

- The day I checked back into the hotel for rehearsals, was informed by my sis of a severe family crisis that left me emotionally crippled throughout the reunion but made it through with the support of my SYTYCD mates.

- Finished Grand Finale on Friday with a bang, rested over the weekend, went back to work full-time the following Monday

- Then suddenly started receiving calls from talent agencies asking me to attend casting call after casting call after casting call

- Joanne Kam invited me to audition for the commercial dance company she's affiliated with, after which the main choreographer decided to put enough faith in me to train me up as part of her troupe

- Was invited by Malaysian Today to be featured in a full-page interview about my performing/writing work

- Made the cut for two TV advertisements but had to turn one down because both shoot dates were clashing

Aaaaaand... that's it I think. I just finished my advertisement shoot for Nestle Vietnam a few days ago, and my first professional dance gig is happening tomorrow night at a corporate event in town. My one and only colleague in my full-time company just resigned yesterday, leaving me to singlehandedly hold the fort for an indefinite period. My family's literally falling apart. I've just run out of deodorant. I'm absolutely pooing my pants just thinking about everything. It's quite a feat trying to juggle so many things and I've forgotten what 'me' time is... then again, you've probably heard this rant from me before.

Will come back to this space in a bit, just let me find my screws first.