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Nathanielboyd
Beijing, China
American Big-Nose Living, Working and Acting in China
Interests: Acting, Hosting, Writing, Producing, Drawing, Comic Books, Chinese Language, Kuai Ban (Chinese Wood Instrument), Xiang Sheng (Chinese Comedic Cross-Talk)
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Recently, I have been hired away from my "ESL with the stars" job into a much more demanding position: Assistant Director. I am now in charge of handling all extra, cameo, supporting and lead actors with western faces on a... Continue reading
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The epic battle over tea has ended. We shot the last week of the Tea War TV show in good ol' Hengdian, "the Chinese Hollywood". After the wrap party, I returned to Beijing to find a strange little gig waiting... Continue reading
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On the 26th of June, I will be performing at Beijing's National Theater. I only have one 20 minute scene in the 2nd half hour of the stage production, but it is rife with Mandarin banter, and therefore will be... Continue reading
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I just arrived back in Beijing last night at 11pm, after a transfer flight from San Francisco via Seattle. Dead tired, but unable to sleep, I rose from my linens at 4am and started composing this blog. The tea war... Continue reading
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In Chinese film circles, they have an oft-asked question: are you in it for the money or the fame? For us western actors in China, its almost always the former, since it's even harder for us to gain national recognition... Continue reading
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I am now back in Wuxi for the 5th time, still dropping by for cameos on this show, even though all my lines have left my larynx many moons ago. I still can't believe I took a train back here... Continue reading
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I last left you, dear reader, at a hotel room in Wuxi. I had just finished shooting on what I thought was my last day of work on the prison break TV show. A few days later, I found out... Continue reading
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Where to start here? It's only been a week or so since my last entry, but I feel compelled to write another before the news piles up so high that this blog becomes a novel. Baring a similar resemblance to... Continue reading
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No more forced baijiu drinking or bug eating (yes, that also happened in Yunnan)! The Spring Festival has finished! So my holiday dry-spell is over and I'm up to my neck again in delicious, sweet work! It started at the... Continue reading
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Most people love the holidays. They can finally get off work and take a break. Actors are the opposite; they can't wait for months unwanted holiday to end so they can finally get some work! Since I have two families... Continue reading
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Just did a one day role in the biggest movie I've been in to date! The star is internationally recognized (JC for short), so I can see this one getting an international release. It was a really hush-hush production, so... Continue reading
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Again, I find myself in "Chinese Hollywood", aka Hengdian. This is the 4th show I've shot here, and it may not be the last. I'm in a hotel room by myself with working internet and maid service. I really can't... Continue reading
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It's been quite a while since my last post. My computer bottomed out, so I broke down myself... and bought a Mac. This is my first blog from my new computer! After finishing the feature film, I returned to Beijing... Continue reading
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I'm back in Beijing now. I finished the movie that had started filming when I wrote my last blog. After filming, I returned to Xi'an to pay a brief visit with my girlfriend's folks, before flying back to Beijing and... Continue reading
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Just last week, I interviewed for the role of a pioneering western photographer in the 1800s, hired by a toy-curious Qing dynasty official. This audition was for Jet Li's next picture. It was a smaller role, but for a big... Continue reading
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I just signed my first feature film in China! I'm the 3rd main role in the film! Not too bad for a young thespian turned linguist turned globe-trotter turned thespian! The movie will take place right on the boarder of... Continue reading
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It's 3:30 AM in China, I am shooting 5 scenes tomorrow, and I can't sleep. There's too much going on. Since my last blog, I have been to Hangzhou, Malaysia, the Borneo side of Malaysia, then back to Kuala Lumpur,... Continue reading
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I died yesterday. I was tied to a post, then to a chair, my hands roped together... Five Japanese troops aimed their bayoneted rifles at my chest and fired. Entrance and exit wounds exploded with gore. Drawing no last breaths,... Continue reading
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I just wrapped my shoot on the Chinese-communist-party-origin TV show that I've mentioned in a few of my blogs. It wasn't terribly easy. Before i started, I had asked for a plane ticket back to Beijing each time the wait... Continue reading
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As March rolls around in China, scores of bright new TV shows sprout up, movies rise from their pre-production heaps, commercials rear their extra-thirsty heads, and calls come gushing in for big-nose actors to fill various character roles. Now, the... Continue reading
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I just finished my final children's theater camp! It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Just think: 25 non-English speakers and 5.5 days of rehearsal. I did an hour and 15 minute long version of Treasure Island... Continue reading
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When I last left this blog, I was writing from Shanghai. After a hectic week, I was about to guest star in a TV show about the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. Well, now two weeks later, I'm writing... Continue reading
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This month has been a dizzying whirlwind of chronic illness, big contracts, crying fits, triumphant applause, videotaped confessions and oh... yes, acting. I have not had a day of rest (sans Christmas) since the beginning of December, quite a feat... Continue reading
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Last weekend, I spoke my first words ever to be recorded and edited into a film that will debut in cinemas! It was a Chinese film (what a surprise!) and was filmed by a relatively well-known director (who is considered... Continue reading