Cast driving hat...
When people find out I drive celebrities and VIPs (or ATLs) they often put their OoLahLah face and voice on, then comment on how 'the other half live'! But every single person I've driven, without exception, has used my car as their office. They are 24/7/365 hustlers because their money doesn't make itself and I always feel privileged to not only witness how they prioritise their family and work lives but help wherever I can to take care of the trivial.
So I may be a driver but I'm really in the business of discretion and while I might share the occasional generic story, I'm a vault with what matters most to my passengers. That's what they're paying for and something I'm not negotiable on.
Also, I didn't do stunt driving to become a stunt driver, I did that and advanced driver and first aid training courses to keep them safe because I genuinely care for and feel protective toward anyone I drive and, at this stage, there's no other job I'd rather be doing. And fyi, this is my vehicle of choice to do it in...
What amazes me every single time a film comes out that I've worked on is the magic my colleagues weave.
I drove Mr Cruise's security man up here to scope it out while the set was being built but before the rest of the crew moved over. It was barely recognisable a week later and I can't wait to see the film just for this scene!
Lake Tekapo Lodge luxury...
One of my cast driving colleagues and I were housed in an old run down motel for a few days while on location in Lake Tekapo but we loved it because it was across the road from the lake and the owners were quirky characters. Knowing that the accommodation dept was finding it challenging to house everybody in places they were happy with, we asked if we could stay there the whole time and as much as they appreciated our request because that would have been two less places they would have to find, our rooms were booked out so they had to move us.
When we drove up to our new place we were both speechless. Lake Tekapo Lodge couldn't have been more opposite from the previous one and the owners were instant friends.
Later we heard that the lodge had been booked for one of the stars but they didn't want it (it doesn't have gates). We'll never know if the Accommodation team had nowhere else for us to go or if this was their subtle reward for us not being difficult about our last place.
Either way, I was thanking God and The Universe for this fairytale dream dripping with art and beauty every single day we were there!
Calm next to chaos...
Maybe I'm wrong but it seems most film companies come here to New Zealand for the scenery. Which means every film we work on usually has visual exquisiteness somewhere in our day. This is today's view from my waka and I couldn't be happier. It's hard to imagine the heaving mass of activity not 50 paces to the left of this serenity.
Mahi Not Mahi...
Me, Anna and 25 other driver whanau finished our three day epic roadie at this stunning location under The Remarkables yesterday morning.
We need to redefine the word 'work/mahi' cos that's not what it felt like from where I was standing!
The view from today's office. One of the bonuses of being a driver - I didn't have to go near a boat! I can think of 127 worse ways to earn money