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Lydia Folks, a freelance actress and model hails from Cleveland, Ohio. With her mother in the military, she grew up traveling the world cultivating her craft as a young actress. Lydia’s first career choice after graduating from high school was to obtain a business degree, but with courage and determination she has switched gears to pursue her real dreams. Currently residing in Washington, DC her career is beginning to blossom.

Get to know a star in the making, Lydia Folks…

 

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 What was it like growing up as a military kid? Was traveling from place to place difficult or delightful for you?

It was both. I was being exposed to outside cultures and constantly meeting new people. The downside for me though was friendship. Good friends are not that easy to come by, and leaving all the time was hard emotionally. Saying good-bye was the absolute worst part. When I was younger, I felt that it would just be best to not get too close to people or even my surroundings. But sometimes it’s okay to let my guard down, and after taking a few chances, to just put myself out there, I now have friendships that will last forever.

Plus, relocating so much got me in gear for that “go” mentality of the entertainment business. And it helped to make me the person that I am today. Being thrown in unfamiliar situations no longer scares me; it just dares me to rise to the challenge.

Why did you choose to settle down in Atlanta? Why not Los Angeles or New York?

Well I was actually in Augusta, Georgia, but only for about 8 months. I had moved down there from the DC area to help out family. My cousin called me up, told me the military was sending her to Iraq, and asked if I could move down south to help watch 5 of her kids while she was gone for a year. Having no kids of my own had me on the ‘fence’, but when she explained the possibility of being “kicked out of the military”, I told her no problem.

Los Angeles or New York is an absolute dream! I’ve wanted to move to either place for awhile now, but finances play a big part in that hold up. One day, I might be brave enough to just hop on a one-way flight, but until then, I’ll keep working and saving on the east coast.

What prompted the decision to move from a career in business to an entertainment career?

Constantly being fascinated as a child by actresses, models, and these beautiful triple-threats, I would see myself on a stage with bright lights just as they were. More than a dream, I involved myself in school plays, community theaters, and choirs. It wasn’t until one night, when I was sitting high up against my mom’s oval wooden table, filling out college applications; I realized I needed to choose a major. I was told to focus on something guaranteed to pay the bills. Good points were made, so that’s what I did. I chose Marketing. Interesting field, and I have a lot of valuable skills in this area, but the joy I got didn’t come close to what I felt while acting.

I found it easy for me to score parts in college plays, but auditioning for their fashion shows was a different story. The rejection had deterred me from future modeling auditions; I just became too nervous. It wasn’t until a different campus organization saw something great enough in me to allow me to be a contestant in their annual pageant. It gave me was the push I needed and I haven’t looked back since. (Much love and Thanks to the Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity of Central State University)

  

How would you describe your attitude when you are modeling?

Definitely, some type of Alter-Ego hits that runway. It’s kind of bad, but GOOD! I barely want to tell you…but when I’m modeling, I want to be seen, and I want everything that I’m wearing to be loved. The audience is there for a show, and the designer desires to please, therefore my walk and persona needs to sell every outfit. Showing confidence and assurance on the runway is very important. If you don’t feel confident, the audience will notice, so my advice is, if you love this, you better walk like you mean it!
 

Which do you love the most acting or modeling? Which would you consider to be your first love?

Bright lights shined on me first when I was on a stage, therefore my love begins with acting, but my heart made room for modeling soon thereafter. They both have attributes that I just can’t live without. They bring out sides of my personality that some people never get to see. It allows me to let go; become care free in discovering my true range of emotions; whether it’s quirky, odd, fun-loving, comedic, or just straight up diva!

 Can you tell us about “Misunderstandings”? What was your role in the movie; what was your character like?

I think I can divulge some juicy details! The film is a romantic-comedy about an adorable couple who break-up based on a huge misunderstanding. Everyone around them is fueling the fire allowing very few voices of reason to break through. It’s completely entertaining and yet, still relatable.cast_misunderstandings

My role was short and sweet, but I loved it all the same. I played “Pilar”, the waitress. I’m serving the four leading ladies martinis and appetizers as they discuss the unfolding drama of their friend’s situation.

 

 

 

Has your experience as a production assistant on the movie led you to consider a career behind the camera as well? Did it give you a greater appreciation for what goes on behind the camera?

 

Yes it did. The experience opened my eyes. I am in awe of what goes on behind the camera. I feel the more you know about your craft, the better. My first experience working as a Production Assistant was eye opening. It gave me an understanding of how much work actually goes into making a film. Every part that is played “off camera” is a position of necessity and value. From the Assistant Director to the office intern handing out script copies, I give props to what they do, what I had to do, and what I would like to learn more about. Before this opportunity came along, I saw myself directing movies down the road. The big difference now is I have more of clear picture of how I may get to this goal.

I’ve seen the trailer for the movie and it’s intriguing. How will people be able to get their hands on a copy of Misunderstandings?

The movie hasn’t been released on DVD yet, but the Red Carpet Movie Premiere was held on August 23rd 2009 in Washington, DC. For the latest updates, you can visit the website http://misunderstandings2008.blogspot.com/

 

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Who in the entertainment industry has given you the most insight and guidance in your career? What did they teach you?

More than a few have shared valuable insights into this industry, so it’s hard to pick just one. But I will! Before her first music video was released, Amerie and I use to email back and forth during my first year of college. We were linked through our parents, who happened to be stationed at the same base in South Korea.

I was having difficulty deciding on how to manage my time between school-work and campus activities. When I first got to school, I tried to become involved in everything under the sun that interested me. Amerie taught me to strategize, advised me to focus on using my skills in key areas, in hopes of gaining access to things which encompassed my ultimate goals. We’ve lost touch, but the encouraging words will stay with me.

What has been your favorite performance to date?

The Stilettos & Curves Fashion Show Tour in Baltimore with the Full-Figured Diva Academy, now named Full-Figured Gems.

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Living comfortably just outside of a city, supporting myself through modeling shows, films, and on-stage theatrical productions. On my down times, if I’m not starting up on a business venture, I’d like to still be hanging out with friends and trying to keep family close.

What actors /directors are you most interested in working with? Why?

I would love to work alongside Angela Basset, Julia Roberts, and Taraji P. Henson. Each one of these women has been able to pull different emotions out of me, as I empathize with their characters. I consider them very strong in their field of acting, and I only hope to be as breathtaking of an actress as they’ve become.

Did you learn much from your experience while shooting for “The Wire”?

Yes! I discovered a new world. It was my first professional filming experience on the set of a television series. I learned that everything to do with the location of the filming is extremely secretive. They told the Background Actors to park at a certain location, and then a van showed up to haul us off somewhere, only to sign in, and walk somewhere else to the actual place they were shooting in front of. I was the most confused, but happy person you could’ve met. Honestly, I felt as if any second, someone would tap me and say, “Are you supposed to be here?”

Has acting ever been a release for you emotionally? How So?

Yes. I remember a role I played in college from the book, “For Colored Girls who have considered suicide when the Rainbow is not Enuf”. Monologues were performed, and of them, I had three or four. One of mine titled “No more Excuses” really helped me release some tension off my back about someone I had to let go. That monologue gave me a free pass to tell off every man sitting in the audience each night of the performance. LOVED IT!

Lydia 4To gain experience, some actresses opt to write and produce their own one woman show. Would you ever consider this an option? What would the show be about?

Honestly, I’ve never thought of doing that. I’m sure it would be challenging, and very self-fulfilling. It’s an option. There are so many things I would love to talk about and share, not sure what I would focus on right now.

Did you have other dreams before you decided to have a career in entertainment?

Yes! Planning outdoor community events for families, sports fans, and music lovers peak an interest and I still have dreams of starting my own event planning/production company. Let’s see what happens with that!

Do you feel that your size has ever hindered you from getting a job?

Not too much. And if so, I’ve been oblivious, trying not to play the victim, and thinking it was a character or work history flaw. At this point, I analyze rejections from within. Regardless of size, I feel I should have the capability to win them over with my talent and personality. If not, then maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Actually, a lot of promotional jobs are based solely on looks and size if you’re trying to promote products at company functions or night life events.

Was there ever a time when you doubted this would happen for you? How did you get through it?

Every now and then I worry myself that I’m not doing enough to make it. I question whether or not I have the tenacity one needs to become successful in this business. Taking it one day at a time seems to work best for me.

Do you have any other up and coming projects?

Yes, and I’m excited. I will be modeling in the Fall/Winter fashion show given by Isis King of America’s Next Top Model which will feature designs by Colors by Nitra. I believe the show date is November 7, 2009. Also, I have begun to get things organized for my new production company. So, as the details come together for that, I will be updating at www.myspace.com/5105productions

What causes interest you? What world issues (American or otherwise) speak to you the most?

Poverty hurts my heart the most. It makes me appreciate what God has granted me, being thankful for what has been provided, and a reminder to not complain unnecessarily. Being Green is of great importance as well. We need to invest in, build up, and protect the very earth we walk on.
What would you like for young girls to gain from your experiences and work as an actress and model?
I want young girls to be comfortable in their own skin. I want them to have confidence and self assurance and to know how important it is to respect and cherish their friendships.

Do you have advice for women who would like to travel down the same path as you professionally?

Do not get distracted! Keep going. Stay with it and do not stop. It will get rough, but once you’ve come to the realization that, “Hey this is my dream”…no amount of rejection will stop you. Learn from constructive criticism, and move on to the next audition or project with even more confidence. Also, always be prepared and never be late! If it’s modeling, spend 30-60 minutes a day working that imaginary runway. If it’s acting, make sure you have 2 monologues by memory ready to go for any sudden auditions. Bookstores have various books to help you with this. Also, consider a local improvisation class. Much Love and Luck!

Do you love fablove?

Of course!

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Thank you so much for your interview, Lydia. It is great to see a woman with great beauty forge ahead in the industry in multiple areas. I look forward to seeing a lot more of you in the future.

Thank you as well, I’m absolutely honored that you’ve taken interest in me. You are the first to have profiled me and I give humble thanks to you for this. I wish you success in your endeavors.

 

Check out Lydia on these websites!:

Myspace

Model Mayhem Page

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I have had the chance to watch both More to Love and Drop Dead Diva and I was pleasantly surprised. 


Yes, More to Love is reality TV, but I am very excited to see a group of beautiful plus size women get a chance to battle it out for love, lol.  There’s no good reason to not produce a show like this. 

more to loveLuke’s a cutie, huh (former college offensive lineman who looks good in a suit). 

 

Drop Dead Diva has a great plot and I was immediately sucked in.  It stars the lovely Jane Bingum as Brooke Elliot.  I love the way Bingum is ditzy but smart at the same time (if you ever met me and saw my personality you’d understand why ;-), lol). 

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Here’s how lifetime.com describes the show:

The show tells the story of a beautiful-but-vapid model wannabe, Deb, who has a fatal car accident and suddenly finds herself in front of Heaven’s gatekeeper, Fred, who declares her a self-centered “zero.” Outraged, Deb attempts to persuade Fred to return her to her shallow existence but is accidentally relegated to the body of the recently deceased Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott). A brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney with a loyal assistant (Margaret Cho), Jane has always lived in the shadow of her more comely colleagues, whereas Deb has always relied on her external beauty. Now, by a twist of fate and a bolt of divine intervention, Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane’s plus-size frame and learn to reconcile her beauty queen ways with her brilliant new mind.

 

Support both shows!


Watch More to Love Tuesdays @ 9/8c on Fox

 Watch Drop Dead Diva Sundays @ 9/8c on Lifetime

Images via: www.fox.com/moretolove & http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/drop-dead-diva

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The perfect bag for a night out…

Betsey Johnson: Tuxedo Royale Clutch White


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Love it!

Via: Betsey Johnson

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Anna Scholz’s new collection for Autumn/Winter ’09 is yet again fabulous.   Here are a few pictures from the A/W ’09 Lookbook.

 

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The collection is filled with beautiful prints and covetable pieces. Click here to see the entire look book.  Happy Wednesday! Enjoy!

Images via: Splendicity

To many this is old news, but I have been wanting to post these pictures of Jennifer Hudson by Derek Blanks for a while.  Jennifer looks absolutely gorgeous. 

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jennifer-hudson-derek-blanks-2The shoes! I’m dying!…Peep the photo in the TV set.

 

jennifer-hudson-derek-blanks-4She looks so young and pretty on this one.

 

jennifer-hudson-derek-blanks-5 Love-it!  The woman is not playing in this photo!

 

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jennifer-hudson-derek-blanks-7I never really think about being a diva at funerals.  But I suppose sadness shouldn’t stop you from being fabulous.

 

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Of course you can find Jennifer Hudson on her website jenniferhudsononline.com.


And you can see much more of Derek Blanks’ amazing work on dblanks.com. Blanks is a photographer from Mississippi and  has done much work with America’s Next Top Model. 


On his site you’ll be able to see work he’s done with many celebs like Brandy, Amerie, Angela Bassett, and David Banner (Who I almost didn’t recognize. He looks good.) amongst others.

 

Images via: Celeb Wohoo

My Absence

Posted on: July 28, 2009

Hey Fabulista Fam!  I know its been a while since I’ve last posted.  A combination of my computer crashing (yes) and life getting in the way has kept me away from blogging on the regular, but things should be back to normal soon.  

I hope you all will forgive me for slackin’ on my mackin’ for so long. 

Much Love,

JB

Head over to Torrid Stores and Torrid.com for their 50% off Sale!  Happening now and until July 7th.  Click the banner to start saving!

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Also, the Shop By Size option is now available at Torrid.  Now you can see all the styles available in your size and your size only!  To start using the Shop By Size option click here.


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