Shooting the new HSBC TV Commercial in Sri Lanka and Dubai

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Shooting the new HSBC TV Commercial in Sri Lanka and Dubai


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Not only am I grateful to be given the opportunity to land a lead role, get paid to do something I love and travel to Sri Lanka and have the best experience of my life I am so happy to be apart of a project with such an inspiring message HSBC are putting out there of ‘Supporting Human Ambition.

The Audition Process This year, I didn’t get to go home for Christmas due to work reasons – and I believe this is the reason why. On boxing day me and my friend Pimms went for Sushi in Vii Dubai and I remember telling her about the audition that I had in the morning, I didn’t really know what it was for, just saw the advert for the job on casting for a “Super Hero Character for a Shoot in Georgia.”  I’d always wanted to be a super hero type so I was like Oh yasss. I remember telling Pimms like Oh my god i’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Georgia!

The next day I got up for the audition the first audition was around 30 minutes and after I asked the casting director very enthusiastically, how come your casting here for all the way in Georgia?! He was like.. erm Georgia in the Middle East?! Not America! I did actually google Georgia Dubai but the only thing that came up on my search was Georgia Salpa! Anyway my Georgia’n dream didn’t happen, but after 3 more long auditions later and having to film myself cycling round Dubai Marina to send to the casting director one more time – I tried not to think about it too much because you go to so many auditions and castings you have to just let it go and if you get the job you get the job, if you don’t you don’t. Whatever will be will be.

Then I got an unexpected call from Mix Fame like 2 days before we flew to shoot telling me that I’d got the role.


It was the best feeling in the world getting the call saying “You got the role and you fly to Sri Lanka to shoot in 2 days!”


Little did I know what an unforgettable life changing experience it turned out to be. I also got to work with such an incredible talented wonderful director Mark Middlewick, who took his time to tell me his vision which helped me really understand what place the character was in and asked me so many questions which also made me really think about my own life. He is such an incredible talented director and taught me so much about the industry through out the week. He made it everything so real and authentic, he trusted me to become the character and didn’t tell me what scenes we were shooting next, it was all a big surprise!

We did so much travelling and shooting each day we where shooting for like 20/23 hours. I honestly didn’t even need sleep and I didn’t want to sleep because I didn’t want to miss anything!

Shooting in Sri Lanka really made me see the bigger picture in life. Everybody lives so simple and they are so happy and the people are so warm and welcoming. On a personal level, it took me out of my comfort zone, at this point in my life I always felt like I had to wear make up, during the whole shoot I was worried because I wasn’t allowed to wear make up until the last scene and it has really give me the freedom to embrace who I am and to not care any more, I’ve honestly felt less self conscious and free after filming this (Thank you Mark Middlewick!)

[eltd_blockquote text=”I also come to realisation of how taking a leap into faith when you don’t have any idea how it will work out, can lead to something spectacular and change your life in a completely new direction. Just take the step even when you don’t know what will happen, this is how we discover who we are and what we came here to do.” show_icon=”no”]

This experience gave me the best start to the year and give me a new percepective to life as well as lighting my inner flame and seeing what is possible in life. Very grateful.

Embrace Uncertainty some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives dont have a title until later

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Breakfast with a beeeautiful view in Ozo Hotel



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Day Before the Shoot

Chilled day before filming over the next few days for @hsbc new commercial around Sri Lanka @mixfame 😍🙏🏻❤️

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Preparing My Mindset

Hotel Columbo Sri Lanka

The 3AM Start

Sri Lanka Diary

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life, tip toe if you must but take the step.”

Christina Blu

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Sri Lanka


Christina Blu

James Adey with the fishermennn:

Sri Lanka

6am and we’re readyy….:

“When you do what you love, you will attract everything you need.”

Christina Blu

The Amazing Set!!


Actress and Director

Fell In Love with the Elephant

Christina Blu Filming

 Sri Lanka

Shooting the last scene in Sri Lanka:

After the second day of 23 hour Shooting

Last Day of Shoot Back in Dubai

Cycling round the deserts of Dubai!

Christina Blu Actress

Christina Blu

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction. – John Rohn

“If you will relax and allow the Universe to do the organisation and the managing, then you can spend your time doing the things that please you.” – Abraham Hicks

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Writing Secrets:

Shooting the very last Scene in Downtown

Christina Blu

Andd the Bike broke!



Too much excitement and no sleep =


Thank you so much Mark Middlewick (Director), James Adey (DOP), Jordan Knight (Producer), Thomas Simon(DOP Dubai), Magnet Products, Farid Mix Fame, Tanya Darmaratnam, Anthony Kidd (Stylist), Suaad Jeppie, Pascal Baboudijan, David Zavedescu (editor) and the Aly Seifelnasr and the HSBC Team! xxxxx

Mark Middlewicks Version

HSBC ‘Begin Again’ | Dir. Mark Middlewick from Gentlemen on Vimeo.

Read the interview with MixFame here.

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life, tip toe if you must but take the step.”

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