April 9, 2021
Well, I'm happy to say that I'm officially home. After spending what seemed like an extremely long time in Milan. All in all, I'd have to say that it was a positive journey, that I will remember for the rest of my life. Man oh man, pounding that pavement in the rain, running to castings, with a hole in my shoe. Needless to say, I survived, and I bought one hell of a nice pair of boots!
I lived with roommates, most of whom were very, very young. I guess you could say I was the mom in the apartment. Cleaning up, cooking...geez, I'm only 22! I didn't mind though, they were a good group of girls.
Most were from Russia, so sometimes we would have language barriers, but we figured it out. Being Canadian we use (or maybe just I use) a lot of slang. Sometimes they would ask me what something meant, and it was hard to match a word to explain it. Kind of funny, I felt like Websters!
My roommates and I met some amazing Italian friends, and we would go for dinners, and enjoy some nights out. Man, do they know how to party there.
It wasn't all dinners and parties though, we worked our little butts off! Like I said running to sometimes 12 castings a day, working, travelling to other cities for shows! It was worth it for sure though.
I must say at the end of my trip I started to get bitter. I don't know if I was home sick, or just really tired. Two months is a long time in a place that's half way across the world. Hell, I'd call home on a fax machine using calling cards because I had no phone. Me, no phone....that's insanity!
Even trying to change my plane ticket was a hassle. The travel agent said to call the airline, the airline said go to the airport. After an hour ride on a stinky bus, I'm at the airport. Apparently, the airport didn't have that airline, so I had to take another bus to the other airport. So at this point to be straight up, I'm pissed off!
I'm running through this other airport, and I see a familiar face. Well, no doubt, it was James Blunt. I run up and say "Hi James, I'm Rebecca Hardy, I worked with you for the Same Mistake video!"
He says, "Oh yeah, you're the girl that licked my face!"
It was pretty funny, and after standing and chatting for awhile I headed off and changed my ticket. FINALLY!!!!
I worked in Milan, but it's a tough market. Especially being my age and having gone through puberty! Just kidding! Anyway, all I wanted to do was work, work, work! But I found myself more or less running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Sometimes it's hard to stay positive in a place that is so tough, but I did. I'm so stoked to be home and more stoked to be heading on my trip to England. I've made some great friends, and can say I've been shot, and walked in shows in Milan. Now that's amazing! Now, on to my next adventure!
Rebecca Hardy is a Sutherland model.