The Bad Sheep Boutique caught up with actress, Keshia Watson, to get an insight on what it’s like to be a performance artist!
Keshia is a professional artist, both on stage and on screen.
Her recent performance in Antigone, at the Southwark Playhouse, was both beautiful and emotional. As well as the more serious roles, Keshia is not shy of taking part in comical roles, rather like the character she played in the short film, The Vacancy.
Here is what she had to say…
How long have you been acting professionally?
Since 2007. I was still training even after I finished drama school. It took me about a year to get an agent, and go forward for castings. My first job was a film called ‘Lauren’s Diary’.
When did you realise that you wanted to be an actress?
A few events inspired me. At primary school, me and a few friends were being nosy and naughty, and broke into the room behind the school’s main stage. What we found in there changed my life forever. Costumes! Every kind of costume you would ever need. We staged a show, after getting permission from our teachers. I directed and acted in it. I realised that this was what made me happy.
Who inspires you?
I’m a rebel at heart so I’m inspired by rebels. I recently learned about Fela Kuti, a pioneer of African Jazz. Part of his life’s work was to be a menace to then dictatorship ruling Nigeria. He had 26 wives, which is so wrong and so cool at the same time. Other inspirations include my grandmother, and my uncle. We have a competition between us on who can visit the most countries. He’s on 8 and I’m currently on 5.
What have you got lined up for 2012?
I have written a play which will have its first showing this year in London. I won’t be performing in this one. I would love to establish myself as a playwright and I am already in the process of writing more. I have just finished acting in a play this February which we are all hoping will be taken on by a bigger theatre producer who has shown a lot of interest (fingers crossed).
What advice would you give to people who wish to work in performing arts?
- Build relationships. Get to know people.
- When seeking advice take it with a pinch of salt as no one knows what’s best for you, but you.
- Don’t be afraid to be amazing. No matter what stage you’re at, whether you’re brand new and approaching your first audition, or an old pro. Sometimes its hard to believe but the decision makers, i.e, casting directors, directors and producers, want you to be amazing, confident and a strong performer. If you can work on this and understand this, half the battle is won.
- Buy a book called ‘Contacts’. As the title suggests it has the contact details of almost everyone in the industry.
- Don’t be afraid or ashamed to start at the bottom and build your way up.
That’s some great advice from the lady herself. Thank you Keshia!
You can follow Keshia on Twitter and get all the latest from her creative mind, as well as find out what plays, films and adventures she will be taking part in @KeshiaWatson