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Ami, a vet, actress and magazine editor from Tooting Bec - Londoner #4

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For most people, being a vet is a full time job. As would be running a magazine, Reprobait. Or being an actress. Ami manages to do all three. And seems to be making a pretty good go of it. She is driven, determined and delighted to debunk any myths about what a lesbian might look like. This film was the winner of a competition with London Short Film Festival. 1000 LONDONERS This film is part of 1000 Londoners, a five-year digital project which aims to create a digital portrait of a city through 1000 of the people who identify themselves with it. The profile contains a 3 minute film that gives an insight into the life of the Londoner, as well as their personal photos of London and some answers to crucial questions about their views on London life. Over the course of the project we aim to reveal as many facets of the capital as possible, seeing city life from 1000 points of view. www.1000londoners.com www.youtube.com/1000londoners www.facebook.com/1000londoners Twitter @1000_londoners 1000 Londoners is produced by South London based film production company and social enterprise, Chocolate Films. The filmmakers from Chocolate Films will be both producing the films and providing opportunities to young people and community groups to make their own short documentaries, which will contribute to the 1000 films. Visit www.chocolatefilms.com Transcript: I'm Ami, I'm 27, I've been living in London for two years now and I'm a vet, an actress and I'm also starting a magazine. My mum will say that I wanted too be a vet since I was 4 years old. I think every kid goes through that stage where they want to be a vet and I just never grew up. I either wanted to be a vet or an actress and that's pretty much what I'm doing with my life anyway. Yes you will, like that. I'm not going to have it all for ever. I know that, I'm not stupid, I'm not deluded. London is the thing that allows me to have it all, at the moment. It allows me to balance a rural existence with city living. It brings together all these different disciplines: acting, the media, magazines, the clubs, the scene and then just on the outskirts I've got the farm animals. I'm not stupid, I know that's not going to happen for ever. But for now, while I'm still young and I'm able to do all those things, why the hell wouldn't I? Well done, ah you were so close! Don't let it defeat you, it's a sheep. You're a person. I fit in the acting ground being a vet by being really disgustingly organised. I stopped acting for a little while just as I was finishing university but when I moved to London I thought it was a perfect opportunity to start again. I just finished doing Hamlet, playing Hamlet, which was mental. But pretty good for a girl to be able to play Hamlet, that was cool. The play I'm doing at the moment is Blood Wedding by Lorca. I'm playing the beggar woman, who is like the representation of death. I come frozen by windows and walls. Open your rooftops and breast to let me find warmth. When you always describe a character that your playing, its really difficult not to sound totally pretentious. Starting a magazine was never something I was going to do. It was never on the radar but it happened. It's called Reprobate. We do a lot of work on Twitter and Tumblr and all this social media outlets. I would like it to be successful and to get some recognition and to help people. That's...I mean it sounds ridiculous but that's what I want it to do. I want it to bring people together and educate people and also show people and also show people where the best shoes are, that you can do all these things. You don;t have to be really deep to be, you know, some feminist lesbian or whatever, you can like shoes too. I think Reprobate will show a lot of different types of people that there are other different types of people and that's okay. I do get people saying to me 'oh I didn't expect you to look how you look, given that you run a lesbian magazine'. And I was like, 'did you want me to be wearing dungarees and carrying a cat everywhere with me?'. I don't know what you expect me to be. I hope that it's going to show people that you can be whatever you want to be. I mean God, I can be a vet and work in media and be an actress, then you can...you can do anything you want as well.
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barry payne (5 years ago)
this is boombastic heard bout you on the rob elms show more more more please .only seen six so far .give us the 1000
1000 Londoners (5 years ago)
Glad you like them! We've launched with ten - they'll be going up once a week for the first five months and then moving to two a week in September. And if you have any suggestions for Londoners do let us know...

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