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Welcome to another edition of “8 Questions with…..”.
Once again I am heading across the Pond to interview another talented English artist. I have interviewed some very cool and fun actors and directors and as long as they want to talk with me,whom am I to say no?
What is really interesting in my recent interviews is the stages where these artists are at in their careers. Some already have written and directed features while others are still looking for their break in the industry. All are very hard working and very career driven.
In talking to 17 year old Amy Kinder,we find a young woman on the edge of stardom. I have known Amy for about a year on Facebook. When she sent me a friend request,I was a bit leery because of her age which was 16 at the time. As a rule,I never accept friend requests from children and from co-workers.
But I had been watching Amy in the UK Actors group and was impressed by her grace,charm and professionalism. She may be young but she a hell of a head on her shoulders,her parents raised a very smart lady. By her posts,you could see Amy’s career was really picking up steam and so I decided to accept her request because just like the many bands I worked with,I wanted to see where their (and Amy’s) journey will lead.
While many of you will be meeting Amy Kinder for the first in reading this interview,in two years I believe you’ll be seeing her on the big screen. Along with Ella Ballentine,these are the two women I am sure who will not only become stars but also stay true to themselves.
And with that in mind,let’s go ask the next great English actress Amy Kinder 8 Questions!!
Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about Amy Kinder.
Hi, my name is Amy Kinder and I’m a 17 year old award winning actress. I also enjoy martial arts, photography and playing guitar. Basically a teenager following her dreams.
What is it like growing up in Bristol and where is Bristol in terms of being near London?
I’ve actually lived in Keynsham my whole life which is a small town in between Bath and Bristol. As a kid I loved it, it had more than enough. I loved the atmosphere of the High Street which is now totally different, sort of like me (laughs). Bristol to London isn’t the worst journey, but it’s not the best. I just stick my headphones in and get on with it. It’s alright, I guess.
Quite honestly I have never seen anyone start out in acting or music and get as many projects as you have. What do you contributed to your fast rise? Are your parents or yourself worried its “too much,too soon”?
Ahh thank you. Looking back, it is crazy. I just kind of set these small and big goals and focused everything on achieving them. People have always said that my drive and determination means I always reach my goals, regardless of any obstacles. I was pretty much non stop networking and putting myself out there from the end of 2015 so I’m just happy it’s paid off. I only have my mum and she’s unbelievably supportive which is undoubtedly the best thing in the world for me.
I don’t think like that, it’s too distracting and negative and I’ve experienced first hand that thoughts like that can send you into a spiral of detrimental thinking. I just want to do what I love at the end of the day, that’s why I do what I do.
Tell us how you got cast in “Emergency:LA”. Was what the process like being cast in an American show all the way from the UK?
It’s a funny story.. One of those “right place, right time” things. The producer(s) of the show were looking for a teenage actress who could authentically play a British accent and perform martial arts and it just so happens I fit that criteria. I prepared some material for them to see which they liked and after a Skype conference/interview thingy it just happened. I woke up to the credits on my IMDb profile one morning and had a mini freak out (laughs).
What do you do to stay grounded and relaxed during your off time?
Be a teenager! To be honest, I’ve never been an uptight person… I can easily chill and relax, so it doesn’t take much. I just observe life, not in a creepy way! (Laughs). But seriously, I love hitting the mats and training in Brazilian Jujitsu, taking my camera out and shooting some picture perfect shots, hanging out with mates, reading a good book, playing jazz on my guitar and eating pizza while watching a film (which is always the best…). I always find something to keep me busy.
Sometimes there is a lot of professional jealousy when someone starts rising quickly. Have you seen this in your case and if so,how are you handling it?
Sadly yes, on many different occasions. It pains me more when I see other people victimised because we’re all in this same crazy boat and we should want to support each other. Instead, I see and have experienced people putting people’s careers down and even trying to sabotage them. I could never do that to somebody, I will always help someone if I can.
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to,what are your 5 favourite artists?
Well, I’m more of an oldie when it comes to music… I don’t like today’s music as much, although there are some exceptions. I listen almost religiously to Radiohead; their music is like a whisper to the soul.
Coldplay’s old stuff is awesome. Jack White is really cool and so are Rooster.
(R.E.M, America, Edwin Starr, Eagles, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations Marvin Gaye, The Clash, Stevie Wonder, The Kinks, The Who, Dean Martin, Jimi Hendrix and Radiohead of course) all my go-to shower songs even though I can’t sing. Any and all things jazz… I’ve just discovered “post rock” and it is the most amazing thing I have ever heard, it really takes you into a different world. My playlist has every genre and my favourites vary all the time.
Today you are auditioning for a big role. Walk us through what you personally do to get ready for an audition.
The script is where it all starts. I read it a few times and process what’s going on. I have to really understand the story, the characters, basically just what’s going on or I’ll just end up acting. I never think too much either; acting and auditioning are surprisingly very different and the worst thing I think you can do is to get in your own head. I go into that world as honestly/truthfully as I can. Music has certainly helped with that before. I mean sometimes it clicks, others it doesn’t, just the way it goes I think.
How do you handle the rejection of not getting a role you really wanted?
It’s always tough especially when you think you’re perfect for it and almost get emotionally attached to the project. I used to get totally down about it and went into that detrimental thought spiral I mentioned earlier but then I realised rejection is nearly always just a redirection. You’re not going to get everything you go in for and that’s okay. You just have to trust, well I do; if it’s meant to be, it will be and sometimes that role is not meant for you.
How do/will you handle the British press,they are well known for smearing a celebrity through the mud just to get a story.
With all the British press I’ve currently done I’ve had nothing but a good experience. It’s interesting to see the different styles of interviewers and websites etc but I think they’re all really cool platforms. I don’t really like to anticipate, I’ll cross the bridge when/if I get to it.
If you haven’t already….. what kind car will be your first?
I’m 17 and haven’t even thought about it! That is pretty sad thinking about it… I mean I don’t drive yet, I haven’t needed to but when I do and depending on the budget I would love a Lexus, I think they’re cool. Maybe I should dream on (laughs).
Describe the feeling the first time you saw yourself on the big screen or television?
To be honest, it hasn’t really happened on the “big screen” yet. I briefly saw myself on the TV and was like “okay, cool”. I find it weird like to watch myself back, I always think “why are you doing that?” But it’s a human thing. So many actors hate to watch themeslves back and I’m not different. When Emergency: LA airs I’ll let you know, but I’m pretty sure it will just be surreal.
To follow Amy’s career and see how she is doing…..
I like to thank Amy for taking the time and doing this interview with me. It is going to be a lot of fun watching you grow both as a artist and person.
No matter who you are,if you would like to be interviewed,leave me a comment below and leave me a way to contact you. Then you too can answer 8 Questions….