Travel Show on the Japanese Major Television Network BS NTV
How exciting! In March, I received a message from a friend asking if I wanted to be featured on a Japanese travel show. They were looking for a Brooklyn-based artist, a young woman in her 20s-30s, looking for Japanese exposure. The timing was perfect, I had just been in 2 art shows in Japan, and was now represented by ISSO Gallery in Tokyo. It was a serendipitous match.
I met them at a bookstore in DUMBO, and was immediately greeted by the director. She smiled animatedly, and introduced herself with a quick succession of bows while a crew member translated. They described the scene they wanted to film, and I got excited to do a little acting. On camera, they find me looking at an art book and ask to see my studio. I then engage with the camera as if it is a person, and invite it/them to Greenpoint. I walk the crew to my studio building, where the camera follows me up the elevator and down the hall, into our shared 4-person studio space, surprising the Greenpointers and their puppy mascot. I show them my work, then they watch me draw for a bit and ask me questions about my art career.
The crew was delightful! While I could only understand them through translation, there were a lot of giggles as we tried speaking each other’s languages. They described my circular style as “kuru-kuru,” so I’m taking that on as my Japanese nickname!
Here is my segment of the episode, which aired during “golden hour” (prime time) in Japan last month on a major network that has almost 2 million viewers:
You can also visit the show’s website to see the episode summary. Gomen nasai, it’s in Japanese, but you can use google to translate if you’re curious: http://www.bs4.jp/hotelnomadokara/onair/09.html