As expected, my poor diet has resulted in a series of exciting tropical diseases, beginning with food poisoning and hopefully ending with the ulcerated lesions that are currently paralysing my neck. Thankfully, my vision has returned so that I am now able to recommence studying ‘Adjudication Within The Criminal Justice System’ and complete this blog not too long after the month of December.
Besides the daily charity work I am involved in, a couple of modelling opportunities arose this month. The first eventuated from the work I was doing with the beautiful artist, and animal rights organisation representative Denise Woods (www.animaltreasuresgallery.com). Through her I became involved with the rabies vaccination projects that I spoke about last month, and she later suggested a photo shoot using some of their rescued and rehabilitated cats to promote ‘Compassion and Responsibility for Animals’ and encourage pubic adoption of stray animals. (www.caraphil.org)
The the job was located at one of the foster homes, with over 40 feline residents oblivious to their beautiful surroundings as they lounged and played about the garden. They were certainly well behaved, although, trying to convince any cat to stay within the photographic frame for more than a moment easily surpassed any challenge presented on Top Model.
Suddenly, the release date for ‘Avatar’ had arrived and although I am yet to see ‘The Cove’ these will probably be my favourite films of 2009. The quality of animation and scenery was breathtaking, and beyond the engaging story about love and war this was a work of art. It was also impossible to overlook the environmental messages that were so effectively imparted by both these films, and their global popularity is heartening.
Having come from a small, irreligious family, my Christmases generally pass by unnoticed. However, this year I judged the Mango Tree House Talent Show where the the children performed Christmas Carols using body percussion. The judging categories were ‘costume’ ‘creativity’ and ‘crowd enthusiasm’. The children misinterpreted this last section to mean that their participation in the crowd would be judged and they instantly became wonderfully supportive of their competitors. These holidays also marked the one year anniversary since I began working internationally, and through this success l I have become empowered to help others to realise their own dreams. That is the greatest gift of all.
The other modelling project I was involved in this month bridged the distance between the work I have grown accustomed to throughout my travels, and the challenges of my coming contract as an underwater model. The concept was a dreamy yacht inspired story, where the lady of the ship has left behind her husband with the hope of discovering a new world beyond the distant horizon. The creative team was wonderful, especially Pat for her dedication to organising this shoot (www.patramos.com) and Lyka an adorable and talented young photographer (www.lykaphotography.carbonmade.com).