This month we managed to pin down actor, performer and radio presenter Nick Ndeda who has been blowing up on screens across the country with his feature film “18 hours” and just finished performing at the National Theatre in a stage version of everyone’s favourite musical “Grease”.
What current projects are you working on?
My first feature film “18 Hours” is completing its first full month at the cinema and I still haven’t gotten over the excitement. I am so grateful for everyone who came out to watch and support local talent. Aside from that, I am doing a political thriller play next weekend titled ‘What Happens In The Night” but this week it is all about Grease-The Musical!
What is it like being on stage, how is it different from your previous experiences in Radio and on Film?
I treat them all as performances so I always inject a dose of showmanship in my delivery be it on radio, TV or film. There is something exhilarating about being on stage though…the energy and concentration levels are over the roof and I love that!
What is your routine before going on stage?
I take about 15 minutes to sort of mellow out, get in the mind of the time of the play, the season, the weather, maybe the pervading aromas of the place. Soon my heart starts to race and I feel like crapping my pants but before I know it we get on stage. And it’s always worth it!
How do you conquer stage fright?
I don’t conquer it. I try to dance to its tune a bit. Getting in front of a gathering to perform is always nerve racking but I use some tools to my advantage. For example, I’m short-sighted so on stage in a huge hall such as the Kenya National Theatre, with all the lights, I hardly see the people out in the crowd. So I do my stage business and focus on the performance.
How do you keep yourself focused when you are on the job?
A good performance needs high concentration so not to sound cliché I just focus. When I’m on radio, my phone is off or on vibrate at the end of the room, when I’m backstage during the show waiting to get on I don’t chat about. Once the show starts, the wheels are moving and I don’t allow myself to stop until when it’s time to stop.
What role does coffee play in your life?
I mostly take it if it is on set or someone else is making it. I never quite learned how to make a really nice one.
How do you take your coffee?
With lots of milk and 3 sugars.