A few weeks ago I unexpectedly got a chance to star in an advert promoting Lingshui, a little county on Hainan Island in the south of China. I've never acted before, except when I was a kid and I starred in a few school plays and productions in the village I lived in. Hardly professional experience!
So when the company I work for asked me if I'd like to be in an advert my first thought was "I can't do that!" and then my second thought was "Say yes because this is one of those ridiculous 'only in China' experiences and you'll regret saying no!"
So I said yes and a week later I landed in Hainan and there was no turning back.
The night before filming began I got really nervous because I'm not an actor and I was worried about letting people down. I slept really badly because I was stressing out and overthinking so when my alarm rang at 4am it's safe to say I was bleary eyed and not looking my best. Thank god for make up!
The guys from the production company came to the hotel, picked me up and we headed to the harbour where we'd be filming the sunrise. There I met my co-star, a Ukrainian guy who for the next two days would become my fake boyfriend. As you do...
In the early morning darkness the two of us boarded a small fishing boat with a cameraman and a local fisherman and set off.