Sinical Magazine: Where are you from, and how did you get started in modeling and acting?
Roxy Vandiver: I’m a Houston, Texas girl. Born and raised.
I got into acting sort of by accident. I saw a casting call online and submitted myself, thinking nothing would come of it. I had no prior experience and no big acting dreams, but I ended up getting the part in the horror film Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen. I immediately fell in love with the film-making process and knew I wanted to keep doing it. Modeling came to me by chance as well. The set photographer on Witchcraft, Kenny Haner of Subsociety Studio suggested we do a photoshoot. I was such a bad model! I didn’t know that it’s actually a skill and it takes time and experience to really know what you’re doing. It’s more than just standing there looking pretty. It was Kerry Beyer, the director of my next film Spirit Camp, who really taught me how to move in front of a camera. He’s photographed me dozens of times.
Sinical Magazine: Can you tell us what films you have appeared in?
Roxy: I’ve done everything from major roles in films such as Witchcraft 13, Spirit Camp, Forever & After, Crumble, and Princess to smaller roles and cameos in Jacob, Sweatshop, Killer School Girls From Outer Space, Lars the Emo Kid and Check the House.
Sinical Magazine: Do you have some tips on acting?
Roxy: I have two solid tips that I can give actors who want to get into the game. 1. Promote the hell out of yourself. If you aren’t out there telling people who you are, nobody else is going to do it for you. 2. Never do anything you are uncomfortable with on camera because you can’t take it back. Film is forever.
Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite films?
Roxy: Without hesitation, my 5 favorite films are Interview with the Vampire, Braveheart, The Crow, 300, and The Lord of the Rings.
Photo by: Kerry Beyer.
Sinical Magazine: What projects are you working on now?
Roxy: Well, I just recently won Best Actress at the Splatterfest Film Festival for the short film Princess and I’ve since done a small role in Paul Harris’s Check the House. I have an interesting role in Chuck Norfolk’s Haunted Trailer, which is currently filming, and I’m super excited to play the lead role in John Hale’s Zombie Temp Agency. We start filming in Austin in January.
Sinical Magazine: Where do you see yourself in your career in 5-10 years?
Roxy: I want to keep making bigger and bigger films. I want to work on all types of films and play all types of characters. I’m not one of those girls who is chasing “movie stardom”. I’m chasing acting. There is a difference. I just want to make a living doing what I love. I don’t need photographers camped out on my lawn.
Sinical Magazine: Is there a particular director you would like to work with some day?
Roxy: Oooh! There are so many! I mean, who doesn’t want to work with Scorsese, or Spielberg? I’d also love to work with Sam Mendes, Peter Jackson and of course, Robert Rodriguez. Call this the Official beginning of my campaign to star in Sin City 2 !
Sinical Magazine: You also do photography and graphic design. Can you tell us about your company: Kitty's Oh, Inc.?
Roxy: One thing not a lot of people realize is that when a photographer takes your photo, they own the copyright to said photo. They can use it however they want, but you need their permission to use it to your liking. I got tired of being “owned”. I started K5O so that I could have photographers under my employ who would release all copyrights to me.
Kitty 5 Oh is more than that though. I’m also a photographer, designer and retoucher. I offer packages to models who would like to have their photo taken and I release all copyrights to them. I do retouch jobs for people, I design everything from flyers and posters to album art.
Photo by: Tony Rodriguez.
Sinical Magazine: What separates a legitimate model from an amateur?
Roxy: I think amateur models can be legit. I was an amateur model once. I was inexperienced and didn’t get paid. It didn’t mean I wasn’t a “real model”. I was working with very talented photographers and producing great work. To me, the confusion is in the wording. If you had asked me, “What is the difference between a professional model and an amateur?” My answer would have been simple. Professionals get paid.
Sinical Magazine: What music is currently in your mp3 player?
Roxy: I’ve totally in the midst of an Eminem renaissance. I’ve always been a fan, but recently I’ve rediscovered my love for his music. Having said that, I must confess, I’m not a fan of any other rap music. I’m a rocker to the core. You’ll most likely catch me listening to Hole, HIM, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson.
Sinical Magazine: When dating, what are some qualities that you look for in a good date?
Roxy: It would be so easy to give a generic answer to this question. “Dinner, a movie…blah blah blah.” But I think the best date I’ve ever been on was when a man took me for burritos and then we both went and got tattoos. I love a man with tattoos!
Sinical Magazine: What is the worst date that you have ever been on?
Roxy: The worst date I've ever been on was also the best date I've ever been on. It was a first date with a guy I was really into. He picked me up and took me to a simple dinner. Pizza (my fave) and then we went to the movies. Well, I must have been really exhausted because 10 minutes into the movie, I fell asleep on his shoulder. woke up about an hour later to find that I had drooled all over his leather jacket. I tried to clean it up before the movie was over, but I'm pretty sure he noticed anyway. He took me back to his place so we could hang out and chat, but like I said, I was really into him. I guess my little nap rejuvenated me because I jumped his bones. Twice. That was 11 years ago. We are still together. :)
Photo by: Underdogs.com
SM: What is your favorite drink?
Roxy: Jack Daniels. Straight. No chaser.
SM: Do you have any obsessions or vices?
Roxy: I go through phases. Sometimes I’m more germaphobic than others. I’ll do weird things like wash my keys and money. I’m obsessive about keeping my fingernails clean and perfect. My vices? Only one. I smoke 2 packs a day.
SM: Do you have a website or online portfolio? Can you tell us about it?
Roxy: My website www.roxyvandiver.com also serves as my blog. I’ve been lazy lately. I’m sitting on 2 sets of new photos, but I’m waiting until the perfect moment to release them. All of my photos can be found there, with patience and a lot of scrolling. I have a Model Mayhem portfolio (who doesn’t) and I sometimes add new photos to that portfolio, but I never book jobs through it. The best place to reach me is Facebook.
SM: What's next for, Roxy?
Roxy: I have a big announcement coming soon that I’m really excited about, but I have to stay mum for now. Until then, make sure you keep checking my facebook!
Thanks for the interview!