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A Star is Born: From Bagan to Hollywood

နေကောင်းလား။ (hello in Burmese, don’t ask me to pronounce it because I forgot).
Today I’ll tell of the time I was a movie star.
It all happened in a city called Bagan in Myanmar, famous for its temples…

I was traveling with a group of people I met along the way in Thailand and Myanmar. One happy day we were dancing in a temple, recording a video that we hoped it’d go viral and launch us into stardom, makes us the next big name on YouTube, second to Keyboard Cat.

Respect where it’s due.

I was pulling my most exotic moves when a guy approached us and asked if we wanted to be in his movie.
My dream had become true!

Thanks to my fans.

I thought it was gonna happen sooner, in India perhaps. I’ve always wanted to be the star of a Bollywood movie, but Myanmar it’s just as good.
I was gonna be a star, the next Shah Rukh Khan
Crazy thoughts ran through my head;

Where am I gonna buy my house and how many servants I’m gonna need?
Is it gonna be easy to have a regular life being a star in Myanmar?

The director talked to us (in Burmese) and explained us everything about the movie, we nodded and smiled agreeing to everything.

Not clue what you just said, but yeah!

We moved to the filming location, it was us and the A listers of Myanmar.
After a couple of hours of “acting” the time for us to know who would be next star came.
There I was, standing, just waiting for the director to play god with my acting career. Not everybody is born to be a star, and sadly, neither was I.

Leo knows my pain.

They chose my Russian friend. I went from hiring staff to being an extra without dialogue.
I was tired of repeating over and over what the director told us to do. I’ve had enough. I was jealous, I was bitter.
I just stopped and interrupted the director. I was not gonna be disrespected on my set!

Now you listen!

I started telling him (with my hands) that we were respectable actors from the US, Japan and Europe and we needed to get paid. I did the “ca-ching” sign with my hands, which the director seemed to understand.
He called me over, gave me a tray with 8 glasses of sugar cane juice, vowed and said good bye in Burmese.

I don’t even know the name of the movie.
In Myanmar I may be a star, maybe like Searching for Sugar Man, but I’ll never know.

Have you ever played in a movie?
Ever used sugar cane juice as currency?
Ever been close to become a star?


This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Lol! No. Not even as mom of my Pampers baby daughter model because she a very fair Euroasian and I’m a dark pure-blooded Asian. Not even my hands! They had to get someone to pretend to be me (my hand) because you can’t have brown mommy hands right next to white baby bum. Lol!

    1. Hahahaha
      But now mixed families are in.
      My family is a big mix, now we could be an add of United Colors of Benetton, back then I’m sure my mom received kudos for adopting 2 kids from different races. Although she refuses to admit to it, I think my brother is adopted lol
      Now tell me, what does my reply has to do with your comment?
      Nothing lol hahahaa
      My bad.

      1. Mixed blood, mixed families – same thing. Haha! Loving your cheerfulness. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much. I hope you liked the story too ?

      1. of course! pls feel free to visit my site too for some travel tips in new Zealand!

        1. Of course! I spend a long time travelling in this country!

          1. great! which places have you visited?

          2. I went to see the whole north and south island. My favourite city in the south was Queenstown and in the north Taupo ?

  2. Oh dear, what a hard work getting a movie star. But we keep our fingers crossed for you, very much so. Keep on trying …
    And thanks for visiting and commenting our blog 🙂
    All the best and don’t forget we will become your fans
    The Fab Four of Cley

    1. Danke dir. Ich hoffe dir geht es gut soweit und hoffentlich klappt es noch mit der Karriere. 🙂

      1. Danke!
        Brauche ich nicht mehr, habe ich bereits gehabt 🙂
        Liebe Grüße

        1. Hahahaha sehr gut. Nun, dann bin ich wohl an der Reihe 😉

          1. Wir halten die Daumen!

  3. Hahaha this is a great story and the reaction gifs are priceless 😀

    1. Hey thanks for you comment and sorry for getting back to you that late, Ops! Bagan was wonderful and the people and drinks were fanatastic. I try to spice it up with the gifs a bit thanks for the compliment! I am glad you were entertained. Ever travelled to Burma?

      1. Haven’t been yet. I hope to travel to southeast Asia soon!

        1. Hey , you should get there asap. You gonna love it and also the food! 🙂 Make it happen!

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