Actress And Comedian Katerina Robinson Shares Her Thoughts On The Entertainment World
We recently caught up with the beautiful and talented actress and comedian Katerina Robinson -we asked her about her background in entertainment as well as her tips for sustaining a lasting career. In such a tough business, it was refreshing to hear such great advice from this beauty. Here is what she had to say:
How did you first get into the entertainment field?
I’m originally from Hertfordshire and I’m half Greek-Cypriot/half English. I’m an actress and stand up comedian, I’ve always been interested in acting from a very young age. I used to put on shows in my living room for my parents when I was little, so I guess that’s where I got my love of entertaining people and story telling from!
Who or what were some of your influences growing up?
When I was growing up my dad watched a lot of black and white movies and comedies such as, Carry On and Dad’s Army. I loved the glamour of black and white films mixed with comedy and traditionally British “innuendo” humor. This definitely influenced me in performing and dressing up -and has very much led my style of stand up comedy.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
When I was 14 years old I auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and luckily was accepted to join as a member. I then went on to train at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts during my late teens. At drama school I trained in modern text, Shakespeare, physical theatre, singing, dancing, film and television work and stage combat. A few years later after graduating I found a love for stand-up comedy and trained at the Soho Young Theatre Company in stand-up.
As an artist, what has been your favorite project to work on so far?
My favorite project to work on so far has actually been my most recent credit. I am currently playing Maria in a theatre show called ‘How to Save a Life’ which will be heading to the Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe from July 31st to August 25th. The play is a dark comedy written by Stephanie Silver about a young woman’s journey through cervical cancer. I feel so privileged to be supporting such a good cause and I am also performing with an incredible cast and director.
What has been one of the biggest highlights/achievements of your career?
One of my biggest highlights has been getting into stand-up comedy and performing my own stand-up show this year. The show is called “Girls with Jokes” and features three other female comedians. It has recently been performed at Brighton Fringe and the King’s Head in London. I mainly speak about dating and sex during my stand-up sets and as a female comedian I find it so empowering speaking about intimate topics, creating a “sex positive” environment -that people can relate to and enjoy my jokes.
If you had a chance to work alongside anybody who would that be?
I would absolutely love to work alongside Amy Schumer, her stand-up is incredibly funny and she has made a great transition into acting too. Actor wise, probably Penelope Cruz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Seth Rogen, Steve Coogan and Margot Robbie. I would also love to be cast in anything directed by Wes Anderson, Woody Allen or Baz Luhrmann.
What have you learned most about this business?
I have learned so much from being in the creative industry particularly about promoting yourself, self confidence and keeping yourself busy through the lows and rejection. The business has definitely taught me to be thick skinned and to understand that you won’t be everyone’s “cup of tea.” It’s important to work on your craft and accept yourself for who you are.
What projects do you have coming up?
I am heading to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with a show, which I’m so excited about! I will also be doing some stand-up comedy gigs in Edinburgh and filming some more comedy sketches. My most recent sketch has been featured on Wall of Comedy.
What is your best piece of advice for aspiring artists?
My best piece of advice would be to stay motivated and keep reinventing yourself. The creative industry is fun and can be very rewarding, so it is important to make your work exciting and keep finding opportunities instead of waiting for them. There are so many creative opportunities online, so I’d definitely recommend hunting around and promoting yourself as much as you can.