From the time I moved into the Great Twitya Pad to the time I left, there was always something going on. Life could’ve been much worse though.
By May 2008, I found myself back at Hayarkon hostel, Tel Aviv:
Tel Aviv 60th anniversary air show. 8 May 2008. Hayarkon 48 hostel rooftop. F-15. Very loud. No sound here (but trust me.) pic.twitter.com/kdSgsKD80a
— Twitya (@twitya2020) April 21, 2020
Then, after pondering what to do, I decided to return to acting so I took these headshots and sent them to CU-Agency – the talent agency who had already spotted me in Jerusalem in 2005:
This led to my first extras role since my original 2005 role as a Roman soldier for a History/NatGeo documentary (Mount Zion). Sharon ran the agency:
Mid '08, living at hostel. First gig, late nite TV. Dressed at agency, then to studio. Spoke to a guitarist backstage. Main actor learning lines. On stage the penny dropped, instead of looking at audience, I let them look at me. I relaxed and adjusted my earpiece. A star is born! pic.twitter.com/LBjlVBZITf
— Twitya (@twitya2020) April 19, 2020
At the hostel, another Australian guest took issue with me living at the hostel even after making ‘aaliyah.’ Regardless, I found myself wanting to leave anyhow.
Soon after I found the Great Twitya Pad while literally walking up the street (just after dark) with my bags after grabbing a newspaper. Whoever picked up my phone call first had my business. I was so keen to find brighter days.
Many people door knocked. I rarely answered because they were strangers.
Outside my door was another door into a corridor and groups would congregate, chatter, unlock the door and then close it behind them. So it was noisy but it didn’t matter. It was far better than nothing at all.
During my time at the Great Twitya Pad starting in mid 2008, I returned to Tsfat and attended a few tech events.
— Adrian Boron (@adrianboron1) April 19, 2020
I’d also go rollerblading to Tel Aviv port and the skatepark.
In February 2009 while working diligently on Twitya, there was a callout to do this supermarket TV ad. It was a welcome break (and brake) to my train of thought!
These activities continued into 2009 before I left to Jerusalem in early 2010. By that stage I had lost hair and developed adult acne in that apartment, which all soon dissipated. I had trouble with Hebrew but I felt I was moving forward regardless. I had already learned Hebrew in primary school for 6 years, so I could speak and read it pretty well.
So in terms of Brighter Days:
Seek, and you shall find – Luke 11:9
Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem.
— Twitya (@twitya2020) February 5, 2010
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