In 2016, StarNow hit 4 million members worldwide! To celebrate we decided to send one lucky member on the trip of a lifetime from anywhere in the world to LA, London or Wellington, New Zealand. The prize included return flights for two, accommodation and some spending money for a fun activity.
The lucky winner was Philip Parnell, a full time freelance photographer and actor living in Birmingham, UK. He chose to bring his fiancée away with him to the bright lights of LA for a week, and we just caught up with him to hear all about it!
What was it like finding out you’d won the competition?What was it like? I was on cloud nine for a while there! As I briefly mentioned on the skype conversation, I struggle to remember a time that I have actually ever won anything of significant value. I still feel honored to have been selected.
What made you choose LA as your destination?
Tell us about what you got up to over the six days in LA
We also went onto one of those tour bus rides. It was more fun than I thought it would be actually. We got to see the homes of Katy Perry, Leonardo Dicaprio, Eddie Murphy, Jackie Chan and Bruno Mars to name a few. Ok, when I say homes I mean the front of their houses. Ok ok, maybe just the gate to their property but it still counts!
What was the highlight of the trip?For me, the whole experience was one to remember. It was one big highlight! But for my better half, she said her highlight was visiting Disneyland.
And the most memorable moment/funny moment?Probably not that funny but it was funny at the time. We signed up online for a tour. We got to the meeting location all prepared and ready to jump into some kind of vehicle. The tour guide started talking and walking, and I was thinking, "Ok, were going to get onto a bus any time soon". 10 minutes later she was still waffling on about the type of stone used to build the pavement we were standing on or something. Then it dawned on us that this was going to be a walking tour. REALLY not what we had in mind. I pretended that I had an urgent phone call, (thank God it didn't ring while I had it to my ear) gave our apologies and left the group to do our own thing. We spent the next hour ducking behind cars, bins and benches every time we saw a group that even slightly resembled them.
What are your career plans for 2017?For 2017, I intend to really push and develop myself and my crafts: photography and acting. It's great working for a living in those two fields, they really compliment eachother. At no other time in my career have I had the freedom and time to focus on what I love the way I do now. I will be in Ghana - West Africa for a week from February playing a lead in my first international film (thanks Starnow!). I really have to work on my accent though, according to my wife, at present it sounds closer to someone who is from India. A British black guy playing an African with an Indian accent... it could work.