Acting graduate Kattreya Scheurer-Smith may only be in the early stages of her career, yet she has already scored an impressive list of credits to her name including a part in an official Coca Cola commercial and this year’s big budget American superhero film - Wonderwoman.
“Working abroad has been absolutely amazing. For Coca Cola, I got two weeks filming between studio work in Barcelona and location work in Andorra, which was similar to a second Christmas,” said Kattreya.
“Being cast in ‘Wonderwoman’ was a whirlwind experience, filming in the beautiful Matera and Ravello in Italy was just something out of this world and seeing just how big a production can be was incredible!
“I even got shot by the paparazzi and asked for my autograph, even though I’m sure they had no idea who I was!” She laughed.
After graduation, Kattreya received countless offers of representation, but through her belief that she ought to seek out her own, it wasn’t long before she signed with K Talent alongside her part-time work as a waitress and model.
Currently signed to London based talent agency Cowley, Knox and Guy after K Talent closed its doors for the final time last spring, Kattreya’s talents have enabled her to turn her hand to an eclectic mix of acting jobs. She said:
“I act in a variety of ways, most commonly in commercials, but I’ve also done film and a lot of stage work.
“I performed from a very young age with my father and wrote my first straight theatre role when I was thirteen.
She added: “Acting is the only passion I’ve had ever since the age of five, there is nothing else I could ever imagine doing.”
Reflecting on her decision to apply for a place on UCLan’s acting course, Kattreya said it was the right choice.
“UCLan has a drama accredited Acting course with amazing facilities and I really think it’s one of a kind.
“It was the one university that offered practical acting training and after my audition I knew it was the only place I wanted to go.
She added: “I’ll always remember the productions I was cast in and how fantastic they all turned out. ‘Stage Door’ directed by Darren Tunstall and performed at St Peters Arts Centre was my absolute favourite - that was a show week I never wanted to end!”
In her advice to graduates and prospective students, Kattreya said it’s imperative to stay focused and not be fazed by the competition.
“Put your all into it and even though it is a very competitive industry - outside and within the course itself - never let that get to you.
“I made great connections at UCLan. I’m still very close to a handful of students and have even gone on to perform and create theatre with them. You will meet some people who will be in your life for many years after UCLan.
She added: “Enjoy your years at university, but never take it for granted as it will fly by. I can’t thank UCLan enough for getting me to where I am now.”
In addition to her TV and film commitments, Kattreya wrote her first stage play ‘Uke Belong To Me’ which earned her the Best Actress award at this year’s Cambridge Drama Festival and will now be performed this summer at the 44th British All Winners Festival.
In a critical review, Heather Jeffery, editor of London Pub Theatres magazine described the play as “A beautifully formed comedy in a nutshell.”
By, Donna M Sladen