Midlands Movies Mike speaks to Northampton based actress Kate Fenwick about her life in the industry so far.
Midlands Movies: Hi Kate, how are you and could you tell our readers a bit about yourself?
Kate Fenwick: I’m good thanks. Well, I am 22 years old and I am currently based in Northampton. I graduated from Northampton University with a BA in Acting which I received in 2015. On a personal level I rent an apartment with my friends and have a wonderful boyfriend who is also an actor.
MM: Thanks Kate. So you’re from the Midlands area then?
KF: Yep! But born and bred in Lincolnshire, out east! I was brought up in a cute little village called Middle Rasen.
MM: So after moving around the region how did you get where you are now?
KF: I’ve been performing since the age of 11 at various theatre companies in Lincoln. However, I was 14 when I was signed to my first agent.
MM: That’s very impressive!
KF: Well, it’s still very early on in my career so I wouldn’t say I am in a position to choose my own projects just yet - but my ultimate goal is to be working in film and television. If I could choose, being in a Netflix Original would be pretty amazing, or maybe a BBC 3 Drama.
MM: And what have you learnt upon the way?
KF: You have to understand your self-worth as an actor! I have agreed in the past to take part in projects where the money situation was pretty poor. I found it hard to say anything as I didn’t think I had a voice compared to other people working within the project.
MM: Is speaking up a hard thing to do for actors?
KF: It is something that I am still working on, but in this day and age, I do think actors should be more assertive so that we are valued just as much as everyone else involved in that certain project. Also, I want to be as consistent as possible, and in this industry, that isn’t something I can really control.
MM: You’ve recently appeared on the BBC show Doctors. Can you tell our readers about that experience?
KF: On set, everyone was so lovely and I was well looked after! I would arrive on set and then head straight to costume and then hair and make-up. After that, it would be a rehearsal and then filming.
MM: Sounds a great time. Has anyone helped you along the way? Any heroes for example?
KF: I think my drama teachers at school definitely had a part to play in my decision to become a professional actor. Their guidance and passion was contagious and they made me feel confident enough to fully commit. I would say my heroes are more personal based. My family are amazing and I wouldn’t be an actor if it wasn’t for my dad!
MM: Sounds like you’ve got a lot of great support around you. What are the hurdles you’ve had to overcome?
KF: I remember the night before going to University pretty clearly as my mindset of whether to go or not was constantly changing because I am very family orientated. I also wasn’t sure If I could do it. I kept saying to myself “I’ll make a final decision next week” and then “next week” and so on, but sure enough, it became the best three years of my life. Acting all day everyday with your best friends is priceless and I will always recommend going to Uni.
MM: That’s great to hear. And with regards to film, what are your favourite movies and what have they helped you with?
KF: Awakenings is probably my favourite film. I don’t think you can much go wrong really when a film is so closely based on a true story. I care for the characters much more and the performances in that film are stunning!
MM: And so thinking of the future, what does that hold in store for you?
KF: I would love to stay in the Midlands and earn enough as an actor to buy my own place here. The problem is though that an actor needs to follow the work, so I won’t have a lot of choice. Northampton is great because it is situated in the centre of the country with central routes. I do like to support local projects though and hope to continue doing this!
MM: Any final thoughts that could help others in a similar position?
KF: Well, people instantly think of London when you talk about sustaining yourself as an actor. But you are a small fish in the sea and I think it is so important to connect in other places for sure. I do believe that due to less competition in the Midlands, actors can be seen for longer and there is loads of stuff going on too.
MM: We couldn’t agree more! Thanks for your time Kate and all the best for the future.
KF: Cheers. It’s been a pleasure.
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