I was invited the other day to be interviewed as the foreign model on B TV China's "Common Ground", discussing the differences between foreign models and Chinese models.
It is extremely hard to get on TV in China, and if you do--they say you are made--that's it, you can become famous. That said, meeting other male models who have been in China for a long time, they say Chinese people can't tell the difference between Caucasian people and you have no chance of ever becoming recognized. That would really be a pity because what I am here for is to promote my Anina Dress Up game! That said, the majority of models here DO all look the same: long brown hair or long blond hair--of course it's even hard for me to tell them apart sometimes (joking). I think that of all people, I have a good chance because I've got SHORT RED HAIR. How could they mistake that for someone else!?
I was on a pannel of other Chinese models--the guy I'm sitting next to is a top model in China turned actor. At one point they asked us to walk and then they explained that foreign models walk more aggressivly than Chinese models--and it's true. When I walked I looked like I was going to eat everyone for lunch said my translator! The also said that foreign models tend to be scouted (and I told my story of being discovered in the health food store) whereas Chinese models go to modelling school, are trained, and actually have a "degree" in modelling so to speak. It was so interesting to hear.
Dennis the host speaks English and Chinese so he translated when they asked me questions. He said my name 5 times on the television--so that was pretty good! I got voted the best outfit, the best walk, and the best model there by the pannel. It was a great experience and the director asked me if I have done any movies--I said, yes they have made movies about me and i would love to be in some Chinese movies but that I can not speak Chinese yet! So i could only play the SILENT NINJA that kills everyone and never says a word, or the GIRLFRIEND of the lead character who says, "What did they say baby?"!