Glee star Harry Shum, JR. has a personal connection to the late Steve Jobs - the actor was selected as one of the first people to be featured in advertisements for the Apple iPod.
The actor admits he was particularly saddened by the death of the Apple Inc. co-founder on Wednesday (05Oct11) because Jobs had been nothing but gracious when Shum, Jr. finally met his idol, years after his dancing silhouette helped to launch the innovative Mp3 player.
Detailing his first big job in a blog post, Shum, Jr. writes, "I was lucky enough to be a part of the iPod campaigns. I was asked to do a test commercial shoot for an Apple product which didn’t mean much to me at the time. Some music player that holds all your songs.
"Coolest job I did in that time, just for the fact that I was chosen for my dancing and just my dancing alone. It was a silhouette of me so looks and race didn’t play into it unlike most of the jobs I would audition for... I just felt that I was part of something innovative."
The commercials went on to become iconic but it wasn't until the 2010 Oscars that Shum, Jr. got the opportunity to meet Jobs face-to-face.
He recalls, "I felt confident in going up to him and just saying 'Hi' since we have that seven degrees of iPod connection. With each step towards him, my hands kept getting sweatier and a nervous sensation came over me. Holy crap, I was getting star struck!
"I told him about how I did the iPod ads and have always wanted to meet him. I was speaking at 100 mph (miles per hour) and not sure if I was making coherent sentences. He just smiled at me and said, 'That’s great! Thank you for all your hard work you put into it. Those were great ads.'"
Shum, Jr. signs off the blog post by paying tribute to Jobs as "an innovator, a pioneer and a genius who only come around once in a lifetime".