Wednesday, 18 June 2014

THIS WOMAN'S WORK: Camille Davis talks mentors, audience satisfaction, and having focus

CAREER REWIND: Davis, starring with Glen Campbell as an unhinged femme fatale in 2011's Charlie's Angels.

These days, Camille Davis can be seen adding spark to not one but two witty TV commercials, evidence of a career in bloom and a talent that's positioning the seasoned 20-something actress for key opportunities to spread her wings. Still, her first love is the stage, where the Jambiz queenpin has spent the greater part of the last decade experimenting with style, range and emotional depth to critical acclaim, most recently in If There's a Will, There's a Wife. Which really makes you wonder: when it comes to shining on the awards front, why is Camille Davis ever the bridesmaid and never the bride?

TALLAWAH: After more than a decade spent treading the boards here at Centrestage, do you feel you're getting better as an actress?
Camille Davis: Growth is something that should always be at the forefront of your mind as an artist. So am I growing as an actress? I definitely think so. Complacency is something that I don't accept, so that is something that I am always working on. I always want to be better, whether it's in terms of comedic timing or channelling the right kind of energy for a particular scene.

TALLAWAH: How did you get your start on the commercial side of the performing arts?
C.D.: It's something that I've always wanted to do. And I heard one day that auditions were being held at Centrestage. So I went out and got some more information, tried out, and the rest, as they say, is history.

TALLAWAH: You've been nominated for acting awards on numerous occasions over the years, but never won. Is that hard on your self-esteem?
C.D.: I do my work, and as long as the directors and my audience are satisfied with the work, that to me is the real fulfilment. So it's not a matter of winning awards. I mean it's good if you're nominated for something and even better if you win. But trophies are not what I strive for; that's not my drive.

TALLAWAH: Most artists strive to reach the status of their mentors. Who are the icons you look up to?
C.D.: I truly respect Glen Campbell and Oliver Samuels. They'll always be at the top of my list because they've taught me a lot. I've worked with them closely, and the level of professionalism they bring to the craft is just inspiring and makes me value them more.

TALLAWAH: If There's a Will is replete with laugh-out-loud bits. Do you have a favourite moment in the production?
C.D.: There is a scene where Glen's character is being pestered about his illness, and he keeps saying, 'No, the sugar, the sugar!' (Laughs). But what he really means is the diabetes he's suffering from. It's one of the funniest scenes in the entire show. 

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