My brother sent me a listing as an extra in the tv series”Homeland”. The current description was one that I might have been on camera in one scene. There was another position with 2 scenes and a better chance of being on camera. I sent some photos of myself doing tai chi and yoga poses. He sent my photos over and I got picked for the better role. While the role had no lines, I was happy that my face would be seen on camera. This was going to be my first role in the tv business.
My brother called Friday, July 12th and said that they chose me for the part. So I drove to North Carolina Saturday morning, barely on any sleep but so awake and energized. How could I not feel awesome at this moment? With weather and traffic it took me 13 hours to drive when it is suppose to be 11. At this time is was my brothers friends birthday and they were all out celebrating. As physically tired I was at this point, I knew it was rare for my 2 brothers and their wives to be out because of their families and children. I sucked up my tiredness, drank 2 red bulls and was ready to spend time with my family.
I did not drink because I knew it would just make me tired, so that turned me into the designated driver. So I ended up driving another 2 hours taking people home. I would do this act over and over again. To make sure people got home safely and allowing people to enjoy their time with no worry is a gift in itself. I spent the weekend enjoying my brothers, sister, nieces, nephews and friends. I am still holding onto the gratitude and I am holding a constant smile on my face. My vibration will not let me have any other feeling but pure love.
Tuesday morning I was up at 430am to be at set by 6am. I can not describe my role or the scene because the episode did not air yet. I can say that I was an extra with 2 scenes. One of me kinda in the scene and another with the camera on my face. So I was thrilled. Everyone there was so nice and loving. It was like a big family doing a project together. One of the scenes involved us being in a store so we were in there waiting. They started filming next door so I decided to stay where I was because they were coming back. I started doing tai chi and that lasted for an hour and a half. I was connecting and giving thanks to GOD and my Angels for all the love, miracles and opportunities that I have had my entire life and especially the last week.
Just as I was done, the production crew came back in to shoot the next scene that I was going to be in. All of a sudden, the director, Clark Johnson, says out loud, “hey, this guy drove from Florida, lets give him a line”. My jaw hit the floor and my eyes were huge. After a few minutes he came back and said the budget may not go through to allow it but he is sorry, that he tried. I thanked him and said no problem. I am just grateful to be here and that I was having an awesome time!! A few minutes after that he came back and said “wire this man up with a mic”. YES!!!!!!! 😉
The writer and director created another scene just for me and my role. Now I have 3 scenes and a speaking line. I have never been on tv or ever acted in front of the mirror. I was nervous to work with everyone who was a professional but my role was literally myself, David Chi. I had to speak like it was me. All it took was 3 takes and it was done. Perfect. To be an extra in a film is hard, depending on what the scene calls for. To be an extra and have actually face time is a huge deal. To be an extra and then bumped up to an actor with a speaking role because you are the exact fit for the scene is like hitting the lottery. For all this to happen on your very first attempt and appearance on tv is nothing short of a miracle with divine timing.
So the next day, Wednesday, I left at 630am to drive back home because Thursday was my best friends 10th wedding anniversary. His wife planned a surprise renewing of the vows on the beach. It took me 11 hours to get back this time but nothing could stop me from enjoying and being apart of all these wonderful moments. Sleep and being physically tired I can push through for any miracle. I can always sleep or rest, I can not always be apart of awesome moments.
Watching the ceremony was a beautiful moment for both of us. I knew that two people can work through ANYTHING together as long as love is the foundation. As long as you see the goal of the union first and not the goal of yourself. To be able to listen and hear your partner of what makes them feel love, not what you think they want. To be our bright souls and to create a loving family. When I look at their two children, I see the lessons I want to teach my children. We all learn from each other, we just have to keep our eyes open for the lessons. The lessons only make our souls brighter with insight.
The feelings and emotions that you are carrying during these events is one of a divine feeling. It is one that you feel like you are on cloud 9 and having vacation in Heaven. It is joy and happiness at its peak. But how do you hold onto that feeling? How you do preserve that feeling and prevent it from fading away? We all have had awesome moments in our life, but why are we still not in that feeling and moment? What happen? Why do we loose that vibration?
We happen. We allow other things to come in and push those moments away. We allow our grip on that energy to loosen. Should we always live in the past? Of course not but there is no reason why we should not focus on our blessings and only hold the gratitude of our heart to shine so bright that everyone should know, that you should know, how grateful and blessed we all are.
Replace negative thoughts with joyous memories. Replace depressing emotions with visions of miracles. Replace the loneliness with the connection to your GOD. Uncover your soul, let it shine that no darkness can be seen. Just be the natural loving soul that you are and everything will happen to keep you at your peak. Lets evolve and teach other. Let love be your vision.
The white bird is the one we released during our engagement. The larger bird is one I fed during the ride to be on “Homeland”.