Camden Close-Up: Kheira Bey
Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
This month we interviewed Kheira Bey, Camden born actress who recently performed at the ‘Making Films: June Challenge’ film on the 11th July at 7pm at the Candid Arts Trust, London.
- What would you would do if you weren’t doing this? What would your parallel life look like?
I would be seeking world domination somehow. I think I’d be a lawyer and have the whole Meghan Markle vibe going on. I like helping people with my art and lawyers do this, however in a slightly different way. Both professionals essentially ‘sell’ a story… one is more literal than the other.
Once upon a time I thought I would be an amazing commercial, latin, tap, lindy hop dancer extraordinaire, to live in musicals. Sadly my singing voice leaves lots to be desired, so I could barely get through a musical theatre audition. Instead, I’ll watch and admire others.
Or maybe I could just be a princess or one of those people who get paid to meditate on beaches all day.
- What do you think is most important: luck, chance, opportunity or hard-graft?
All have an influence. I’m a firm believer in fate and that if something is meant to be mine, it will be mine. There are so many instances in my life when this has happened, e.g. in 2016 I was touring all through Essex during the summer and I said to myself ‘I’ll be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe soon’. Six months later I moved to London and the first audition I had was for… EDINBURGH!
I am known to love working incredibly hard and being the person to get things moving. So, I do think hard-graft will get you out of yourself and more confident in what you can do. However, do not be busy in the wrong ways. Your time is of the essence, so work out how to get thing quickly.
- What has been your most career defining moment to date and why?
Performing at the Pleasance Courtyard last summer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in ‘The Curse of Cranholme Abbey’. I really do not know how I sustained a whole show a day for three weeks straight. I also had a cold-bug so my voice wasn’t its best throughout the run, yet I still had to project to 300 people.
We put that show together in nine days. Nine days rehearsal and it sold out and was a five star hit. The cast were spectacular and I would do it again with my Pleasance family in a heartbeat.
- What are you most proud of and what are you least proud of……and why?
I am proud of where I am today. Recently I performed a solo, fifteen-minute extended monologue at the King’s Head Theatre. This was in May in ‘Voices From The Deep’ as part of their ‘Who Runs The World?’ Festival. I had total control of the stage, the audience and my imaginary scene partners. It was an artistic challenge like no other and I did it. I trusted myself and I really did that. It was so scary the moment before I went on stage but everything felt fine afterwards. Yes some things did go wrong like props and costumes, but theatre is never perfect. But for that to be my first professional London fringe theatre debut is incredible, since I am still not technically labelled as an adult in several countries across the world.
I am least proud of perhaps not telling my agent that I could not run a bike, before showing up to a casting with a massive bike in front of me. I mean, I thought it would be improvising the bike!
- Tell us a secret.
I am REALLY bad at singing. So when I’m not smiling or feeling at all positive, I’ll probably start singing or humming to myself. This is so that I’ll laugh at how bad my singing is and start smiling.
Kheira Bey is a Camden born actress who has trained with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. British actress. She has had the pleasure of selling out London theatres, such as the Arcola (with her recent work on 'Smile, Darling' and 'Global Female Voices') and the King's Head Theatre (with her one woman performance of Suad in 'Voices From The Deep'). Her career highlight was a five star run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Pleasance Theatre, whereby her performance of Winnie was branded 'delightful' by the Edinburgh Guide.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/KBEY__