A Girl & her camera Go Down under :)

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1. Posted by Cosmo1979 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

What do you reckon? Will you follow me around Australia?

I've recently decided to put my exciting career on hold, up sticks and set off around Australia!

The difference about my journey, be it geographical, emotional or physical, is that I've decided to make it into a reality documentary. I've got myself a video camera and I'm going to film my experiences, trials, tribulations and use youtube as my way of showing it.

April is the month of choice, a flight to Perth is the first step and then the West Coast is my oyster.

I would love support from anyone who thinks this idea is great, stupid, weird or wonderful, and I'd also love any pointers in terms of places to go, stay, and how to get there.

Let me know your thoughts cos this is all new to me, and I just think it would be great to see an ambitious young lady, just turning 30, putting her radio career on hold to go and do some soul searching.

There are a couple of other factors that come into the equation in terms of other things I'm giving up which I can tell you at a later date. (pretty tough emotional crap!)

Anyway, that's a lot of writing isn't it.....

I hope to hear from some of you

Sophie xxx

2. Posted by mista2kool (Budding Member 40 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

This is exactly something I would do, except then I wouldnt because of the logistics. I am sure you have it all sorted out. I kept a blog for my first year in Australia but that fizzled out.

If you are here for a year, youll see lots! Its such an easy country to get around and to tick off the major attractions as well as lots in between. I have seen most myself!

Let us know how to follow your progress!


3. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Why don't you make a DVD of it and sell it?


4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 616 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Great idea Sophie and good luck. I enjoyed keeping an online journal as a record of my travels, but it's harder than you'd think to get your friends and relatives enthused about it - out of sight, out of mind!
What you need is a purpose or theme - serious or silly - for people to want to check in regularly, particularly if you like the idea of making it a book.
Ever read Josie Dew? She cycled around Japan. I'm not suggesting you do the same, but from the moment she set off there was going to be a book in it!


5. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Awesome idea, my boyfriend and I have actually played around with doing something similar ourselves I agree with the above, setting some sort of theme to your adventure. You'll have so much fun doing it, and I for one would definitely youtube you

6. Posted by Cosmo1979 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys and girls, I really appreciate your supplort and interest! :)

Thinking of using my radio show as a way of inspiration and going around Australia looking for new bands/musicians to introduce t the world...what you reckon? I've started contacting people on myspace, would this be enough of a hook....not sure what else I cold do...so if you have any mondblowing ideas let me know :)

Just off to buy my video camera....will let you know how it goes!


7. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Great Idea!!!!!!!!

My cousin is in an awesome band in Perth - The Four Walls. They have a myspace page!!

He is called Lewis and he's the drummer. They play tons of gigs in Perth and I watched them a few times - they are cool.

Please feel free to Myspace them and say Joe sent you!

If I wasn't saving up for a big trip through South America I might jack my job in and join you!

Have fun


8. Posted by Cosmo1979 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Awww, thanks Joey, that's great :)

If you find yourself in Oz at anytime in the next year, get in touch.......we could always hook up at some point and join together in the search for new music...the more the merrier I say....that goes for anyne else who may read this :)

Tell me about any bands or musicians you know about in Australia cos I'm a coming to hunt the latest top talent down to interview :)

OOoohh...and I went into town today (London) to buy a video camera for this mission and it appears to be yet another can of worms I've cracked open :) So I'm sleeping on a few options and going to make the purchase tomorrow!

Yaaaaaaay.....hope to hear from some of you soon......spread the word and the love too......xxxxxxx

9. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


If I did find myself in Oz I would love to!!

These are not new bands and are now pretty big, but you should check out Eskimo Joe and Birds of Tokyo too. Eskimo Joe are a Perth based band and I saw them out there too. Wicked!

While you're at it have a peek at my brothers band The Rookeries on myspace too! Had to get a plug in there for him lol.

I recently filmed a documentary style thingy of a drive from Oxford to Banjul, Gambia that I did with some friends and am in the process of editing that - its great fun!

Isn't travelling a marvellous thing?


10. Posted by joey22 (Respected Member 561 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just a thought - you should consider getting a camera that can take a fish-eye lens. These are super duper wide angle lens that would be great for filming gigs from right up the front. You can buy really cheap (£20-30) fish eye adapters that just clip onto your video cameras original lens! Ask in Jessops or similar and see what you can find.

I used to have one for filming skateboarding when I was younger and you can do all kinds of creative stuff with them