giovedì 31 marzo 2011

update 3: musical morning on the milano metro (and alitérations)

first night in milano went very nicely! good thing me and my mom don't have to share a single bed, like we had to in tokyo. we live on a pretty  busy street, and let me tell you that NY is't the only city that never sleeps. traffic was rolling at every hour of the night!
last night, my agency had sent me my schedule for today, which was three different castings at different ends of the city. not knowing very well the nor the metro, nor the trams, nor the buses, now the town, it was quite hectic in the beginning let me tell you. at least we had looked up on the ATM's (milan's metro system) website the best way to get to the different adresses, which seemed quite easy... on a map.
so the day started with a very musical metro ride into the agency. on the first line, a guy was walking around playing violin. a revved up version of the Beatles Ob-la-di Ob-la-da. on the second line we have to take into the agency, another was playing accordeon. musical morning on the milano metro!
once we got to Joy, my very italian booker Giorgio told me about the new schedule. yes, it had changed from last night. thus, we had to map out the new locations to a callback, a casting, and my first job.
the callback was for Privaliva's web catalogue. the sign on thier door said it was a magazine. getting there wasn't too too bad, since it was about a 30 minute walk (including wrong turns) from the apartement.
the second casting was for Carlo Bay, judging by the very high class hairsalon, a very high class hairdresser. he seemed to enjoy the short hair :) nicest thing about it was the location. finally, we got to go into the centre of the town. the architecture is jaw dropping. and you might have heard of the Duomo. oh, only a 2100 year-old monumental all-marble cathedral ornated by about 500 statues. the total all carved by hand. everything is twinkled with cobblestone roads mixd with the orange trams and al their wires between the detailed buildings.

this is what i mean :)

some nice things you get to see regularly.

the statue in the duomo's piazza (not pizza, piazza) from the back. mhm mhm admire that horse's nicely shaped butt, people.

jaw dropping, majestic, impressive, work-of-art Duomo. I'm thinking tomorrow, i might have time to do the tourist some more, meaning i'll be back there. you can also pay about 8euros to tour it, and actually go on the roof!

black and white is more detailed :)

The job I had was nothing high fashion, grandiose, or even good for my book. I got it by chance, because the model who was booked was actually out of town. It was for a client called Saldi Privati, that seems to be an online shopping website or something like that. I was wearing some Anna Marchetti pants and skirts..the shots were waist-down, front, profile and back, and so for the 50 ish pieces there were. omit that, the photographer was super sweet, and she said that she'd gladly book me again! awesome to have pretty much guaranteed job to pay all the metro i'm taking!

once home, we winded down and went out to get a bit more groceries. that done, we quested, to the corner to find a litttle restaurant, called Il Piccolo Paradisio. we had the much loved risotto milanese people eat so much with a very nice beer. yes, i am legal in milan for beer and wine! when about to leave, i confess i stole a pacage of the gissini that were on the table and hid it in my sleeve. my mom also spotted a shopping cart in a little street on the way home, and pushed me partway back for a little fun, hehe. now i'm home and should get to bed, for tomorrow i have two castings confirmed!

as a parting gift, i share this. i stumbled upon it towards my way back from work.

Je t'aime, mon Philippe à moi. Pas le Phelippe du brézil, tsais quand même.

ciao, M.

mercoledì 30 marzo 2011

update 2: settling

day one in milano is coming to an end and we are dead. more than twenty four hours awake tend to do that to you. all is unpacked, and i guess it's time for some pictures.

Joy models, Milano. And note that this is only a piece of the building. It also has a little garden right in the middle, greenery, and a hallway where the men's division is.

living room and little table to eat, love the colours and the painting :)

little kitchen area! so very european to hide the fridge. luxurious compared to tokyo in the way of having four burners instead of one!

a very nice bathroom, the knd you can actually fit in. washer dryer in one, woo! oh, and yes there is a toilet, it's just there behind the shower okay.

last but not least, our little front porch to look out onto the via. oh, there's also a really, really nice and bigger back porch i forgot to take a picture of. it's got a little table and chairs and a tiny fountain adn the surrounding yellow buildings are so very charming.

oh, here's a flight anecdote. we were right above the clouds during landing in newark, and the man sitting in front of me told me to look down into the clouds. what was so special is that you saw the shadow of the plane, and it was surrounded by a full circular rainbow. here's a picture.

not super amazing quality, but trust me it was really cool.
on the same note, newark is in the state of new york (very confusion phonetically, i know) and very close to manhattan. lifting from newark, we flew pretty much right over the island, and even got an aerial view of the statue of liberty.

don't even try to find the statue in this picture. if youre swift though you can kinda sorta (really) spot central park.

that pretty much sums it up for day one in milano!
ciao :)

update 1: débuts

first time in italy, only have been here a few hours, and i'm creating this blog for any of you who actually want to follow anything that's going on everywhere all of the time. so, after a delayed flight to newark and a very bumpy way there, me and my amazing do-it-all-sherpa-mom get on to the flight to milan-malpensa surrounded by italians who speak way to fast to my french and english ears. then again, they may have been looking at us wierd because we were totally signing the potter puppet pals songs all along. when arrived in milano, through customs and claim baggage, some guy from the agency walks up to me and says ''Maia?'' Me: ''ahh, un, yess, hola!'' great. first person i meet i speak spanish to. anyway, we hop into his car and quickly find out that indeed, the reputation of milanese being crazy drivers is confirmed. he brings us into the (oh-my-goodness-so-nice-and-big) agency where we hand out for a bit more than an hour since the receptionist is away and the bookers are, well, booked. got a book, got a (cheap ass noika) cellphone and we're off with the crazy driver to buy a prepaid card to put into it. crazyness behind the wheel double confirmed. the streets are all tiny and zig-zaggy and you don't know which road goes wich way and motorcycles are everywhere and trains and bikes and buses and so on and so forth. not much time to look at the architechture let me say. after that, we got to our (mervellous) apartement where i am curently sitting in. it's spacious (way more than the one room tokyo appartement), colorful (the bedroom is green, the living room is red, paintings are hung up everywhere), and overall awesome place. pictures to come! alas, i must end first post here, since i have to get unpacking before my mom takes all the hangers! oh, also, the plan of having a couple of days to settle in isn't working out all that well. i already have my first casting today at 3:30 for Elle Signapour, and maybe two more after that. ahlala! oh, and thanks to everyone who has been wishing me luck. lots of love,