After what feels like forever, I am so excited to share something special with you all. As many of you know, I recently took time away from work and spent just shy of six months traveling the world. During that trip, I had the unbelievable experience of getting to spend two weeks shooting a short film called Wanderlust.
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I was used to having a plan, and the trip was the first time in my life that I ever embarked on something so open-ended and left to chance. Doing so taught me the value of saying yes, and of the value of keeping your eyes (and mind) open for possibilities unknown.
Those six months turned into a crazy and wonderful journey filled with unexpected adventures, but one of the most surreal experiences I had was being asked to join the film shortly after arriving in Thailand.
It’s difficult to put the experience of filming into words – for two weeks, our cast and crew of five traveled together, ate together, joked together, and filmed together in various exotic locations around Thailand, with each day as a new adventure better than the last.
We swam in the ocean during tropical thunderstorms, trekked through the hills of Northern Thailand, took a midnight motorbike adventure through the night lights of Chiang Mai, stuffed ourselves with street food, tried fire dancing, and laughed more than I thought was possible.
It was magic, in the best and truest sense of the word – and it was fun.
I’m not an actress, and I didn’t have any plans to do this until literally the day we started filming. So without a doubt, the first thing everyone wants to ask is, “How did that happen?”
The craziest thing is: it happened because I said yes, and because I was willing to travel without a plan. I had just arrived in Thailand (after 32 hours of flying from Morocco) and found myself on the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
I was traveling completely by myself, and didn’t have a single plan in sight once I got to my destination. I was trying to “keep it simple” in the most basic way, and just leave life up to chance.
After waking up in the morning to the steady clack-rattle of the track, I grabbed coffee and decided to wander around the train. It was then that I ran into the cabin where the guys were staying. They were from Vancouver, and genuine in a way that you don’t see very often. It wasn’t long before we had hit it off and were talking up a storm.
As it turns out, they had also just arrived to Thailand, and would be there for just over two weeks to film. After talking for a while, Lloyd, the director, cocked his head at me and asked, “Would you be willing to shoot something for us?”
And I said yes.
If the video below doesn’t work, you can see the film here.
A million thanks to Devin, Casey, Lloyd, Kyle, and every other friend and partner we made along the way. This experience meant the world.
“The best plan is not to have one. The best experiences are the ones you don’t expect.” – Wanderlust