Tell us about yourself, your current work, examples of your work.
I actually hate questions like this… We’ll keep it short and sweet! I’m Lydia Kay – actress, film freak and general weirdo. If you want to know more about me than that then you’ll have to come and talk to me on Twitter to find out for yourself! I’m about to start filming a lead role in ‘Invasion of the Not Quite Dead’ and am EXTREMELY excited about this! I’ve also recently completed filming on a short called ‘Desperately Seeking’, and the soon to be released feature ‘Survivors’. (I can also usually be found terrifying people in the horror mazes at Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights most years. Not film related I know, but it’s oh so much fun!) Wow this actually got really long… So much for short and sweet.
When did you first decide you wanted to be in film?
Erm… Birth? Can I say birth? I’ve wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember, and have been chasing it for almost as long! I think it’s in the blood as both my parents and my brother are creative too, just all in different ways.
Given how independent films are produced there is usually very little or no money spent on cast or crew. Given this why do you work on independent productions? Are they a springboard to more commercial opportunities?
Because I love the project! Working for free, or even for expenses isn’t easy these days but if the project really excites me then I just can’t help myself. I want to be involved. I certainly do hope it will lead on to more mainstream film work as I’d like the opportunity to work on bigger budget films, and yes to be paid well to do it! The ideal is as always to make a living out of it, but I think I’ll always be doing little indie films on the side. The people you get to work with are wonderful and inspiring! The storylines and the need to make the film are so much stronger when you have to pour your life into it and make sacrifices, so naturally the atmosphere of indie film has a strong pull. Wrapping on a film like that is almost like being handed an Oscar on the spot, you’ve all put so much time, energy and work into it!
What or who inspires you to do what you do? Which films, actors or crew do you most look up to?
Cillian Murphy and Gary Oldman are two of the actors I most admire. Their talent is incredible and I’d love to be a chameleon like Oldman, playing a wide range of roles. The energy and hard work that I experienced from the crew on the ‘Survivors’ set was brilliant too! They worked so hard and with so much enthusiasm in what they were doing and achieving, it was impossible not to want to work with them all again. However one of the people who most inspires me has to be AD Lane, the creator of ‘Invasion of the Not Quite Dead’ and Indywood Films. The journey he has gone through to make his film is unreal and an inspiration to almost everyone who comes into contact with him or the project. Not only that but he has given me the opportunity to play one of the leading roles which fills me with gratitude that I just don’t have the words to express… After following the progress of Invasion for years and helping with fundraisers I absolutely cannot wait to start filming with my Indywood family later this year, it’s going to be epic!!
If you could put one role, acting or crew, on your filmography what would it be?
Lara Croft!! I recently saw that they’ve confirmed a new film based on the new Tomb Raider Reborn game, and the new younger Lara I found to look surprisingly similar to me! Anyone who wants to help me in my current campaign to make the big wigs take notice can hit Twitter and use #lydia4lara (Either that or a role in the next Hobbit or Star Wars would be amazing haha! But always acting.)
Independent films generally struggle for funding. Do you believe the current crowdfunding sites (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc) work for film, or is there a market for a film specific model?
I think they’re great for where the industry’s at now, but indie film is becoming more and more popular so they’ll need to improve as demand increases. A film specific model would be a brilliant idea! Especially if there was a casting section on there as well, for those of us actors that specifically want to do indie film. I do hope that funding improves in the future though as I can tell you these guys work so hard it’s crazy, and they deserve to be paid for their work. We all do!
Thanks Lydia we look forward to seeing you in your upcoming roles