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The Sequel

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The Sequel

Over the last few weeks I’ve made a few jokes about the film’s “sequel.”  I speculated that maybe I should hire a camera op to follow me on my film tour since I expect to get into various shenanigans along the way.  It was a popular idea, but sadly it isn’t realistic.  I suspected hiring a camera op would cost at least $10,000.  I talked to a few friends, and they told me it would be closer to $30,000.  (Maybe they could do it for half that, because it seemed like it’d be a fun job, but no less than $15,000.  Plus expenses.)  Seeing as I am...

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Red Hot

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Red Hot

I guess this is appropriate to talk about this week, although I hadn’t planned it to work out this way. If you didn’t know there is a photography exhibition going on in London this week called Red Hot.  It’s by a redheaded male photographer named Thomas Knights.  He wanted to do something to change the negative stereotypes that exists around redheaded men. What stereotype, you ask?  I think this week’s Tale of Everyday Gingerism sums it up perfectly: (By the way, what I really loved about this incident was that the woman started off by saying...

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Teenage Suicide

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This is an extremely delicate topic that requires deliberate thought to be dealt with properly. Tuesday morning a UK journalist got in touch with me for a story she is doing about a local girl, just 15-years-old, who committed suicide in January.  It seems her father says part of what contributed to her depression was that she was bullied for having red hair.  This comes on the heels of reportsthat came out less than two weeks ago that a 14-year-old boy in England took his own life last year after being bullied because he was a redhead. Over...

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Redheads and Pain

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Last week I shared a five minute clip I made from a talk on red hair and the myths associated with it that was put on during the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.  Today I have another clip that deals with the question of a redhead’s threshold for pain.  It’s one of those topics that people mention to me all the time, and frankly I didn’t know what to say until I heard from Prof. Jackson. This is about six minutes long, and I encourage you to make it all the way to the end of the clip, the story he shares in the second half of the clip is awesome...

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This is harder than I thought it’d be

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I’m faced with some difficult choices about how I should present myself and the film.  One school of thought is to always present the appearance of success.  After all, success breeds success.  The other option is to be completely honest, but run the risk of sounding like I’m complaining or whining, which I don’t want to do.  Let me take a shot at it and see how it goes. First off, I have to say how incredibly rewarding it is to hear feedback from people who’ve seen the film.  Between the screenings at the two redhead festivals in August, the...

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Reject, the documentary

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While I did not set out to make a film about bullying, anyone who has seen Being Ginger will know that among other things, the film is about the long-term impact that bullying can have on a person (and trying to “get over it.”)  I’m not talking about kids calling a redhead “carrot top,” I’m talking about the kind of intense bullying I read about on a weekly basis that ends in 12-year-olds committing suicide, or worse.  With Being Ginger I tried to wrap a very serious issue in an entertaining package because I believe the best way to deliver a...

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A Life Without Regrets

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Awhile back I shared a story on here that had nothing to do with my hair, instead it was one of the more amusing chapters from my on-going quest for love.  It proved to be my most popular blog post, so I thought I’d share another: A few years ago I took a backpacking tour up into the highlands and islands of Scotland.  One day we stopped for lunch in a tiny town on the isle of Lewis and I went into a small craft store.  There was a very nice, very attractive young woman working there.  It was a quiet day and we ended up talking for half an...

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