The countdown to the Camden Fringe has begun with 17 days to go. High time to take a closer look at some of the first time fringers about to pop their Camden cherries. This guy's coming all the way from Hollywood:
Who are you?
I'm a sinner, a saint, an Okarma chameleon. That said, my name is Mike Okarma. I'm an actor. Born in the swallows of Detroit and currently living in the depths of Los Angeles. I LOVE to observe life and people watch. Its were I get most/all of my material. I have a serious curiosity on what makes people tick. I love avocados and my Pomeranian. I'm single and like long walks on the beach in the nude.
What are you doing, when and where?
I'm doing my one man show that has a cavalcade of characters. If you like the work of Catherine Tate, you may enjoy my work. My show is called Flavio Medium de los Muertos (Medium of the Dead). I'm thrilled to be a part of the Hot August Fringe and Camden Fringe Festivals. Shows kick off July 31st, at 9:30pm & August 3rd at 11pm at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Continuing on August 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th at the Camden Head as part of the Camden Fringe.
I'm doing it for the journey. Simply that.
What are your hopes and fears for the Camden Fringe?
My hopes are that people laugh and will come back for more. I'd also like to be invited back to perform my show somehow, or simply to work. My fears were that I was doing the show in a pub with a bar at the stage. My director (Keir O'Donnell) and I were laughing while I mocked my fear as I did a voice of an Englishman Pirate yelling: "Get the Yank off the Stage", with pub food being thrown at me. Should I have this fear? Does it happen? Or is it just in the old movies?
What image best sums up Camden for you?
The image that best sums up Camden Fringe for me is that damn cute punk pigeon. The pigeon seems like the Statue of Liberty of freedom for artists for this fest and for London. However the image I think that will really stand out... will be the uniqueness of all the different artists and acts I will get to see.