Candace Kita is a multi-talented actress, producer, writer and former managing editor of Viva Glam Magazine. Candace has 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has starred in film, tv, commercial and has worked with Hollywoods legendary actors, including Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear, Pamela Anderson, Billy Bob Thornton and Hugh Laurie. Read below our exclusive interview with Candace Kita:
Q: Where are you originally from and where are you based now?
Candace Kita – A: I always say I’m not really “from” anywhere. I was born in Los Angeles, but at a very young age, my family moved to London, England. I have fond memories of going to Harrod’s each week and we’d eat peanut butter, bacon and watercress sandwiches. From there, we lived in Antwerp, Belgium and then to Texas. I’ve been based in Los Angeles for the past 2 decades.
Q: Candace, you are talented actress known for your roles in “Son of the Beach” on the FX Network, ABC’s “Complete Savages”, “Running with Scissors”, Nip/Tuck”, “Two and a Half Men”, and many more! What motivates you and inspires you to be the best at your profession in acting and do you have a top 3 favorite actors, filmmakers or directors that you want to work with in the business?
Candace Kita – A: I take acting day by day. I’ve been in the business for almost 30 years. And believe me, it has gone by in the blink of an eye. I would advise people who are just coming into the entertainment industry to treat it as a business. Work on it every day. And ask yourself, “What are the five things you are doing today to move your career forward?” These can be something simple like shooting new headshots, updating your resume and reaching out to network. Whatever you choose, make sure you commit to completing these tasks.
I consider myself lucky. Some of the people I’ve wanted to work with, I’ve had the privilege of working with already. But, come on, who wouldn’t want to work with Quentin Tarantino? One of my friends has worked with him, so I guess I’m living vicariously through him, lol!
Q: As an actress, what would you say is your favorite genre in roles you play?
Candace Kita – A: For some reason, most of what I book is comedy. I’ve played the villain a few times and I love it, but most of the time, it is slapstick, physical comedy that I’ll book.
Q: Fashion wise: You have modeled for some of the hottest brands including Diesel, XOXO and Brighton! Can you share with us your experience walking down the catwalk and any of your favorite fashion tips?
Candace Kita – A: My best advice regarding fashion is to be yourself. I’m honestly not the most fashion- conscious person. I have friends that are much better at putting an outfit together than I am. I ask for their help all the time! Regarding modeling, I’d say to never give up, don’t listen to what others say and to believe in yourself. Someone will always be taller, skinnier, younger and more beautiful. But, believe in yourself and work hard every day because it is a tough business indeed.
Q: Can you share with us something people may not know about you? Any hobbies or other secret talents you have and or like to do in your spare time?
Candace Kita – A: My partner and I are into reptiles. Yep, we’re those people. We raised a tortoise from the size of a fifty-cent piece to 40 pounds. Our idea of fun on a Saturday night is to geek out watching reptile videos on You Tube.
Q: What are some projects that you’ve just wrapped up recently or that you’re currently working on now?
Candace Kita – A: I recently worked on a project as a spokesperson for a known technology company. I’m their on-camera and voice over artist. I was so excited to be sent to Georgia (the country) and Turkey. Most of the crew that I worked with were from Kyiv, which is only a short flight from Georgia. So, of course, I have been wondering what happened to them and their families. I think of the nice wardrobe guy who told me about adjaruli khachapuri which is a national dish of homemade dough with melted cheese and a soft egg dropped in the middle. And what happened to the makeup department girls who shared music from the Ukraine with me? Everyone was so pro-EU when we were there. At the time, I didn’t know why. Now I understand. So, it is upsetting to say the least.
Q: What are your official social sites on the web we can follow?
Candace Kita – A: IG: @candacekita1
Photo credits: Albert L. Ortega Photography – Andy Rooney Exact Digital Photography – Chazz Photo – Deja Jordan Photography