Biography: Katy Fraser is a twenty four year old underwater filmmaker, photographer and technical diver and is the creator of She Dives Tech.
I took the decision to pursue a professional diving career in underwater film at the age of eighteen, whilst working in Thailand. Recognising the need to become a proficient and respected technical diver as an essential first requirement to fulfilling this ambition, I began my training in February 2013 in the Philippines. Over the past four years I have travelled all over the world gaining different skill sets in technical diving. A lot of my time was spent in Egypt and South Africa assisting on many technical courses, acting as support diver and later surface support for deep trimix dives after completing an IMCA dive medic technician course with the DDRC in the UK. During this time I was also involved with filming, directing and editing dive commercials for Hollis and Ocean Reef which were my first real commercial film projects within the underwater film industry and acted as a foot in the door for my futures ones.
Underwater film is an incredibly competitive industry and there seems to be no right or wrong way in terms of the most efficient route to get to where you want to be. I have no formal training in film and up until this point I have tailored my own path by putting my dive training first and then slowly but surely building my experience level up to the point I am competent enough to start taking my camera into certain environments.
Being twenty four I am viewing these years as my university ones and taking all the great opportunities I am given to gain as much experience as I can within the industry. Flexibility and having an open mind is the key and of course many hours of hard work!
I am currently living between Playa Del Carmen in Mexico and London focusing on cave diving, building experience on Closed Circuit Rebreathers, branching into GUE, filming and postproduction work. Mexico has proven to be the perfect base for me, the Cenotes themselves provide such an infinite wealth of picture perfect material and I feel incredibly lucky to have this to play with right at my doorstep.
During my time in Mexico I have been very fortunate to be involved with many kinds of opportunities and projects that keep me constantly growing into the shoes of the career I have chosen for myself. At the moment I am being supported by XDEEP http://www.xdeep.eu and Fourth Element http://fourthelement.com/. I feel very lucky to have the support of these brands and very proud that they contribute towards my daily dive gear. I both trust and endorse their products and would more than recommend them to any professional or recreational diver!
Coming from an art background, Film provides me with the perfect outlet for my creative side. Being such a small, niche industry it has allowed me to be able to experiment with lots of original ideas and work with like-minded, inspirational and artistic people.
I am really at the beginning of my career, during 2018 I will be focusing particularly on gaining experience in Natural History film which has been my aspiration in the industry since the very beginning. So many doors have opened for me in a relatively short space amount of time and they keep opening. I have found myself working in a broad range of land and underwater film that is exponentially branching out in to so many exciting areas and up and coming projects. I feel very happy and lucky to be living the life I lead and I am so excited for what the future holds.