Thursday, 27 May 2010

DRAMA QUEEN: Actress Nyanda Cammock reflects and looks ahead

Arguably one of our most underrated young actresses, Nyanda Cammock has been quietly doing her impressive thing in local theatre and television for years, consistently striving to deliver textured, praiseworthy turns. And her run continues with a recurring role on the forthcoming new season of CVM’s Me and Mi Kru and a sizeable part in Karl Hart’s latest stage offering, Backstage, a behind-the-scenes take on life in showbiz.

What does Karl Hart’s Backstage offer audiences?

Nyanda Cammock: Backstage offers the audience a peek into the making of a play. It allows you to see firsthand some of things actors, producers, directors and even the production go through for [the play] to come to fruition.

How do you find the chemistry with your castmates?

NC: Well, we all get along. I play opposite Brian Johnson. I think we have great chemistry.

Why do you act?

NC: I act because it allows me to escape for a while, to experience someone else and to be able to tell a story for that person out there who is like my character. I act because, as cheesy as it sounds, it makes me extremely happy. I couldn't see myself not acting any at all.

You seem to be living out one of your dreams as a thespian, but what do you want to accomplish outside of the arts?

NC: To be a business woman. I grew up with my grandmother, and she was a business woman, so I grew up wanting to be in charge of my own thing. I would love to get into real estate, renting and selling homes, among other things. I am a lover of music, and I would love to host a one-hour segment on radio. I’m actually looking into doing it online. I am also interested in fashion. Maybe I will start my own line someday.

What do you make of the current climate of violence, fear and disorder in Jamaica? What are your thoughts on the situation?

NC: Touchy topic. I think we need to look at the bigger picture, which is us as a people, a unit, a nation. It is sad what is happening, and I wonder when it will end. We will probably not be able to go back to things of yesteryear, but we definitely need to think of how we are going to deal with the present if we expect to have a better future.

What principles guide your life, and how do you hope to inspire others?

NC: Apart from trusting God, the things that guide my life change from time to time. Most times, however, I go by ‘whatever happens, happens for a reason.’ I am also learning to live in the now.

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