What if I told you at lunch, that one of the greatest, sharpest minds for comedic genius was right here, in our midst? What if I said, “Now Larry, you need a Jim Carrey before he was Firemarshal Bill, a Sandler before he was Operaman, then you could make this picture.”
Meanwhile, the drinks are being refilled, and the tables are getting bused, and it seems like our conversation just continues on and on and we don’t even think about our food and then we pay the bill and we leave still trying to cast someone special for this picture, this tv series, this pilot. And Shi Ne is right there counting up the change left for tip, and concerned, about the other three tables, and how one of them might stiff her. This probably happens daily with her. Nobody sees her because of how beautiful she is. And in this town there are plenty of beauties, that stop right there. So sadly she can be thrown into that pile quickly, judgmentally.
I’d attribute it to scientists working on a cure for cancer passing the cure element in a plant in the parking lot landscaping, on their way to their office.
When I’m anywhere near her, the amount of wit, and level of intellect for not just snappy comebacks, but thought provoking filters of comedy is intense. Its almost like she is reading from a scripted work, and I’m merely playing a scene with her that I didn’t even know. It takes a lot of brainpower to make those adjustments, and maintain the wit, the charisma, the charm, and the intentional intellect.
And its more than just “improv.” which in itself seems self serving. She is more about a complete understanding of personality, of background, of clues towards personality types, of being able to gain the confidence of anyone, including a used car salesman, and disarm everyone in her performance(which doesn’t seem like one at all).
I sit across the table from her, meeting her for coffee, and I feel as if there should be cameras in this conversation because how seamless it feels. Our words read like a Soderberg script and it relates well. The feeling of knowing someone for a long time, overwhelms our conversation, and a large degree of transparency begins.
The term: ”Je ne Sais quoi” was made for her. Because her character is a level unlike most. Bruce Lee touted to be more like water, fluid, and not think in the punch/counter punch form that preceded his Jeet Kundo Technique. As far as acting goes, I feel as if that’s what ShiNe has done with her mind, her diction, and her eloquence. You kinda just want to watch her, see how she moves, how she interacts with others, how she adjusts, and how quickly she thinks on the brainy parts of her feet.
We laugh, as if we have been laughing for decades, and I fire this shot in Burbank, CA, the epic center of the entertainment universe. I’m thankful that I got the chance to shoot her before she got clogged up with pressers, with publicists, with agencies, and clients, with fittings, with car services, with awards ceremonies.
I can only imagine a table or two over, someone sees me photographing her, and I can only imagine their thoughts: ”What’s going on over there? Oooo, must be someone famous, do you recognize her hunny?”
You will Lady, you will.
Leica M6 50mm Summilux, Ilford 1600 exposed at 800 and pulled one