Welcome to the Stripped Creative Kylie Babbington. We like to interview creative people about what they do and how the hell they got there, plus all the interesting middle-bits.

Photography : Felicia Hawor
Layout : Mark Powell
Featuring : Kylie Babbington – Actor, Writer & Comedian

Hi Kylie, what the hell do you do, and how did you get here?

Im an actor & writer. I currently work on a project called Bosh and Babs, a female comedy duo, which I write and perform in! It consists of me, Jessica Bosh and also Joel Babbington who also writes and direct. We’ve worked on this for about 2 years and it came out of us feeling that in our careers something was missing and we wanted to create something that was ours, so that we could have more freedom and not wait for the opportunities to arrive. For that reason it comes really natural, we don't have to force it and its so much fun!

Great, pretty much the exact reason we started Stripped! But how did you get to this point? Did you study or are you such a natural talent? 

I did study, I went to stage school. Don't know if I want to mention the name cause I didn't graduate, and I don't necessarily think acting is something you could teach, but I got what I wanted out of it. I think you have a natural gift, to act, and that you can refine it through studies.

I prioritized life experience so I jumped out into the hard working world of acting. Saying that, everyone is different and you should do what feels best for you, studying acting wasn't for me and I needed to develop in my own way.

So as an actress, have you been in any good projects since you left stage school?

So I was in Eastenders, a British soap based in east end of London, for the BBC. I played an Essex character, which is where I am from. I played a pretty comical character compared to most other characters who mainly just yelled at each other, so I was the little relief in all the drama.

What did get out of being in such a big and international production?

Well as any first professional job you learn a lot very fast. You learn how to really be a professional actress, I learned more about the equipment, from other actors and I really felt like a sponge because I learned so quickly. What was also very good was that I got to shape my character a lot myself with freedom from the production, which was a really good experience.

I heard a rumor you had to get a drivers license just because people started to recognize you on the subway, is that true?

Well you know, as BBC is a public station and doesn't want to be seen throwing around unnecessary money I was fine taking the train into work. But as the show started to be aired I started to be recognized on the subway, yes! But it became clear that I didn't want to scare people with my no-make-up face and you just want to be in your little world in the morning, so… I learned how drive, very quickly and probably not very safely.

So where do you see Bosh and Babs going?

First we saw it as a sketch show for TV, and I think we’ve developed a lot, we’ve done a lot of live shows, we filmed a web series and will release another one as well. We like to really dig deep into the characters and not just deliver ”One Punch Lines” and then go on. We focus on the characters development and their surrounding journey. 

Except for Bosh and Babs, where are you going? 

Well Im writing a lot, for example I’ve started on a book, which is really early state but its kind of a novel/ autobiography. I can’t really give you more though, sorry! But I keep my free time busy, I have to progress or I will get bored, and die. As you grow up your dreams change I feel, I mean after Eastenders I was auditioning for films over here and really thought about LA, to go and give an old dream a real go, but as I grew as an actor my own personal projects, contacts and friends and all that expanded — the idea of moving to LA felt really risky, and I didn't want to lose all that we had built up. AND from what I’ve heard from friends who have tried it, it really is a different world and Im not sure how I would feel walking into a café and everyone in there is an actor, or work in the industry, everyone just wants something from somebody. Compared to Brighton, I’ve only been here for 8 months or so, and it really is a little creative town but it feels very natural and people really want to collaborate and help each other, it really is a different vibe, very much more genuine. 

So at last, what everyone has been waiting for reading this, comes the question everybody wants to know the answer to — What tips can you give to other ”struggling” actors out there? 

DON’T DO IT! hahaha… I mean obviously a hard and negative answer, BUT you should first and foremost really dig deep and see if this is the life/business you want to go into. I mean I wasn't sure, and I tried to get away from it, so I took 5 years out without any acting. I saw acting as a really selfish thing to do. like ”What good am I putting into the world by doing this!?”… I really tried to do something else, but it just wouldn't go away.

So what I would say to people who have dug deep and realized they are destined to act — don't care what people think about you, this is what you want to do so you have to show that, really commit to it, do everything you can to get yourself forward, as it really is a competition, so many people try to get a career in acting. But if you really have dug deep and feel sure this is what you are born to do, then you have something a lot of other actors don't have, so use that self believe and commit and show everyone else, that you are the real deal.

Stay humble, open-minded and positive. Collaborate with writers (if you're not one yourself) and build up a network with directors, producers etc. Think long term!

Thank you for being a part of Stripped Kylie! Bash it Babs!