Monday, July 12, 2010

China Here I Come!!!!

So I will be standing only miles away from this in a few short days


You don't understand. I've been wanting to go to Asia FOREVER. And now I get to live there for two months!!

It all happened so fast. I was having dinner with two of my good friends on June 1.  I mentioned how I wanted to leave New York for a little while and that maybe I should just book a ticket to somewhere in Asia and try to model.  

My first friend tells me her modeling scout would help place me somewhere with an agency and my second friend offered to watch my cat.  And then my first friend again tells me she knows a girl who needs a room in New York for two months.  

So it just goes to show that when the timing is right, sometimes all you need to do is say what you want out loud and everything will fall into place.

Not to imply that the past several weeks has been an easy ride.  I've been STRESSING. And I'm generally a person who can handle stressful situations pretty well.  I gave up my apartment right away and the scout was having a hard time placing me because, as I have discovered, Chinese clients don't prefer models with red or short hair (so now my hair is changed again!)

 I finally get word that an agency in Beijing would help me out.  Now, this was the last place I wanted to model.  And at first I wasn't pleased at all with the news.  And so a week shy of July 1,  I'm packing up my room for my sublet moving in, and in tears freaking out because I do not know where I am going to live the next week. I was  having second thoughts and wondering if I should move to Europe instead or move out of Queens to Manhattan. Well, a move to Europe in 7 days would be a little much and I just couldn't stand the thought of being in New York for another two months and giving up something I wanted so badly.  

I honestly think I was trying to talk myself out of doing what I've dreamed of doing for so long.  

And after hearing some people's good experiences with Beijing and looking up the modeling agency that seems really great, the idea was starting to grow on me. And finally one night a few days later, friends from out of town who travel a lot took me out to a lovely dinner in the West Village.  At dinner they announced that they had decided they were going to coerce me into buying a ticket to Beijing by getting a bottle of wine, taking it with us to the Hudson River and getting me drunk.  

Yes people. I bought my ticket to China when I was drunk. I hope my mom isn't reading this! Are you proud? ;) But honestly, it needed to be done and if red wine was the only thing that was going to help me make that final decision then so be it!

And I'm SCARED!! But not so much scared of being in China. I'm scared that I will totally fail.  I'm scared I won't book one job. 

But I figure the worst case scenario would be that I don't book anything. And I come back home to New York with an empty bank account and have to (gasp) resort to cocktail serving or bartending.   

And if all else fails at least I can say I SAW THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA!!!!!!!!


  1. So what color is your hair now? You should totally stop by Shanghai and the new Apple Store for a shoot.
    - The Doc

  2. Girl, I'm a PROUD of you! Proud. You've wanted to do this for years. Embrace it! Enjoy it, you crazy, cultured world-traveler!!!!

    p.s.---Time for a real "crazy-dance" party send off.

  3. Sometimes it's scary when our dreams actually come true. But...hello! You're KRISTIN QUINN! You are going to be working and happy!

  4. This is hysterical. If I ever bought anything while drunk, much less a plane ticket...girl, you're lucky you didn't accidentally buy a ticket to Canada instead.

    You're gonna kick ass no matter what you put your mind too. And I'm so proud of your courage, girl! Work it!

  5. To adventure!! I'm so glad you made and are taking this opportunity. I remember when you used to talk about wanting to go work in Asia - how great that you are on your way.

    Thanks for posting this. It totally gave me the boost I needed right now.

  6. This sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity! I'm so excited for you and all of the adventures you will have in China! I have a friend leaving for China in August and she can't wait to go. You're going to have a wonderful time there, I just know it! Buying your ticket drunk, lol, I've bought things drunk before. Liquid courage does help ;)

  7. Am really happy for you Kristin..sometimes you just have to close your eyes and take the plunge.Stories like these are inspiring.They give courage to others like me to do the things we really want to do :)

  8. wow, congratulations! And I hope you have a safe trip.

  9. WOW! How exciting!! I just found your blog and am looking forward to reading what you have to say next. A good friend of mine just moved last week from here in NY to Hangzhou. Good luck!!

  10. OMG!!! You are totally living your dream and I'm so freaking excited to have found your blog!!! (via Lacey in the City)

    Just breathe it all in and enjoy. You cannot fail in this situation. It's already a win because you said "yes!" when an opportunity you dreamed of presented what if you were just a little tipsy when you confirmed 100%!

    It's like the universe opened up and answered you - not that i'm all hopped up on the universe, but you know what i mean (i hope - hehe).

    Anyway, you have inspired me here this morning. I'm going to go outside and start mumbling about Italy to everyone I meet and see what happens...

    ps-so jelly about the Great Wall!! It's my DREAM!!

    You go girl!!!


  11. how amazing!! have a great trip! love your blog!! i'll definitely be following your adventures! :)