Apparently, the law in Santa Monica, California states that only the beautiful, healthy and talented may live within it’s city boundaries. You can drive around town, walk along the Los Angeles suburb’s beautiful and expansive beach or just go for a bicycle ride and see movie stars and models galore. Just the other day, I saw Patrick Kuan on his bicycle, peddling as if he was anonymous and not the internationally known hunk that he really is.
Luckily in Santa Monica, where so many stars come out and shine in the daytime, hardly anyone notices when people like Tom Cruise or Leonardo DiCaprio when they ride their bikes on the boardwalk. However, when Patrick Kuan shows his face – anywhere – everyone notices. He’s been a professional model for years and he somehow seems to be getting better with every passing year. He’s not just good looking, as if that were good enough in itself, he has the poise and dignity of an ancient hero and the beauty of a deity, ready and willing to grant your prayer in his presence.
Patrick is originally from London and started modeling when he was 21. He had the nerve to walk in to one of the biggest agencies in London and simply inquired how he, a young and inexperienced man that he was, could be a model. Well, to say the rest is history would be a disservice to you, the reader. Patrick, of course, was accepted by the modeling agency with open arms, (I’m sure they wanted to tie him up so he would never leave them), and he went on to represent some of the most famous brands in the known universe.
Names like Armani, Levi’s, Puma, DKNY, Harley Davidson, Marlboro, Kohl’s, Cadillac, Adidas and Bruno Banani fragrances are just some of the many Haute labels that Patrick has represented in one way or another. His face, his whole look, including his signature six-pack has graced runways, print ads and commercials for the last decade and a half all around the world. He is one of the most in-demand male models on the planet today.
Leaving London was a bit difficult for Patrick, but not that difficult. He ultimately got tired of the constant fog, rain and bad weather in England and decided to trade in his traditional British umbrella for the opportunity to live six blocks from one of California’s most famous beaches. He doesn’t have to worry about the weather and he can run on the beach, practice yoga and walk a few steps to his favorite health food store in the golden and seemingly endless sunshine of paradise.
What would life be like for you if you moved to China? What is China really like? That’s what Murray Clive Walker and Victor Muh, the creators of the first of its kind, bilingual sitcom WOK IN PROGRESS, want to show the world; and there’s no need for you to leave the comfort of your own home.
WOK IN PROGRESS is about the adventures and misadventures of two college dropouts from the U.S. as they arrive in Beijing for the first time. At the same time, a noodle shop owner/would-be landlord and his gorgeous daughter struggle to make sense of these two “laowai” (foreigners).
The sitcom plays on the humorous interactions between the “laowai” and the Chinese, and how they try, but mostly fail, to bridge the cultural gap. Check out the sitcom’s website for more information: http://wokinprogress.info.
After self-funding the production of the pilot episode of WOK IN PROGRESS, the series’ creators South African Murray Clive Walker and Chinese American Victor Muh along with the production company Ad Valorem International have just launched a global Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the rest of their series.
They’ve set a goal to raise $30,000 in 30 days while offering cool, fun rewards. Do you want to kickstart your career by being seen by millions of Chinese with a role in WOK IN PROGRESS? Walker and Muh have a Kickstarter reward for that. Have you ever wanted to travel, all expenses paid, to Beijing to be in a sitcom? There’s a reward for that, too.
If Walker and Muh meet their goal, they will be able to continue developing and producing the first season of the sitcom series, which is shot on location in Beijing, China. The good news is that, to date, they’ve already raised $11,400, 38% of their goal, with 18 more days to go.
When asked why he wanted to create the first ever, bilingual sitcom set in Beijing, Walker felt, “After living and working in China for almost ten years, we’ve grown to love the Chinese culture and language. The adaptation to such a foreign environment, although exciting and meaningful for the most part, is still often fraught with challenges and frustrations. Yes, we are all different, but it’s these differences that make us interesting and unique.”
Muh had this to say about their sitcom, “Western characters portrayed in Chinese media are effectively Chinese stereotypes. We wanted to create a sitcom that would portray western characters as real humans with some depth; that can have meaningful, comedic interactions with Chinese that go beyond Chinese caricatures of the generic ‘laowai.’ Cherishing the similarities and relishing the differences is the theme of our sitcom.”
WOK IN PROGRESS will be distributed via Youku in China, YouTube across Asia, VOD outside of Asia, and on local TV in Southern California. Other distribution deals are pending.
The WOK IN PROGRESS Kickstarter page can be found here: http://kck.st/1JwM0aG