And no, I’m not getting into the “immigrant” v “expat” debate on this.
But this is a blog of an expat (immigrant) (stop it), and it is read by expats (immigrants) (I’m warning you…) so I do get these sort of requests every now and again.
I’m sharing this:
My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in South Africa and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at. Looking forward to hearing from you.
I don’t have time to check everything out on this particular email, but suffice to say that it passes the basic “is this genuine?” tests. Joe does exist and he does work for a company that makes this sort of show.
Quite how he intends to place the country in a fabulous light, given the recent publicity (FIFA, Nkandla, Xenophobia!) I’m not sure, but Joe is a wizard at his job and I have no doubts that he’ll do his best. And yes, again given the recent publicity, just be careful with “monetary compensation” going between and America and South Africa. Never forget, #WeDoNotBribe, ok?
If this is you, or if it’s someone you know, why not pass it or get in touch with Joe and take things from there? After all, what have you got to lose?*
* Credibility, privacy, potentially your residence permit if it all goes wrong.