With her new short film Deux Face having recently been accepted into the Toronto Film Festival which takes place in September, there’s no denying that 2017’s been and continues to be a great year for actress, model and blogger Priscilla Ford. A huge advocate of social media and currently working on a few of her own scripts, Ford spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about standing out in her fields, her famous family connection and embracing the future.
TITL: You’re an actress, model and fashion blogger. Which of your career paths came first?
Priscilla Ford: My mother tried to get me involved in children’s modeling, but growing up I was more interested in watching plays like the Nutcracker and watching actors perform. I started blogging – or sharing my life with other’s online – in middle school.
TITL: Is there one you favour over another or are you just grateful to be able to do all the things you love?
PF: I am very grateful for everything I’m doing, especially for the life lesson’s that have been given to me in this the last year. I’ve learned everything happens on a steady gradient, it may not look like much to some, but life is a process, the building blocks for every career need to be in place before you can excel. If you spoke to me at 13 I would have said, “I’m failing, I want it all now!” I like the person I am growing into.
TITL: Blogging is a particularly difficult field to succeed in – how do you make your work stand out against your many competitors? Whose blogging style/writing do you admire?
PF: I can’t pin it down to just one. I recently went to a conference held by Nylon Magazine and Simply. I would say that my blogging much like life, is a personal journey-and in everyone’s personal journey there are those that we help and those that help us. I personally have taken away so much knowledge from my experience there that I’m re-aligning and re-imagining everything. I admire tons of bloggers and online writers; it just depends on what kind of support I am looking for.
TITL: How did you get into modelling?
PF: From my mother’s attempts of getting me started in children’s modeling, I guess as I got older I started to fall in love with it.
TITL: You’ve modelled for several indie clothing labels including Civil Regime. What is it about indie labels you’re so drawn to and is there any major fashion house you’d like to work for/with?
PF: Ah yes, indie is always good; it’s always authentic. Anyone will wear Marc Jacobs, it’s amazing! However, street-style has to be that, what you wear on your day to day in streets of your home city or your new stomping grounds.
TITL: A lot of models get a lot of flak for appearing too skinny or promoting products and clothes that aren’t particularly targeted at every-day people. Have you ever found yourself facing criticism for the work you do?
PF: I’m very petite, from all angles. I can imagine it’s different for a girl who is 5’10 and 108 lbs – it’s different than what people are used to seeing. To put it in lamented terms, no, no one has ever thrown shade at my body. I dig what I have going on, and I hope that others can like themselves enough to dig what they’ve got too.
TITL: What can you tell me about your latest film, the avant-garde short Deux Face?
PF: It was so cool. The clothes were awesome and that time in my moment in my life was a very special time.
TITL: What’s next for you in terms of acting?
PF: Auditioning, auditioning, and of course creating something new. I’ve been writing a lot during 2017.
TITL: Which actors/actresses would you most like to work with and why?
PF: Oh man, so, so many people, jeez…but more importantly you can do a film with Marilyn Monroe but if the script, the director and producers are not in alignment it’s never going to be what it ought to be. I like to take it day by day.
TITL: Are there any other plans or projects in the pipeline you can tell me about?
PF: I am writing a few scripts, I have a writing partner, and then there are solo projects that I have been hammering out.
TITL: How much attention do you get because of your family connections, notably being the cousin of Camila Alves/Matthew McConaughey?
PF: Some people who find out just think it’s cool, others have an agenda; it’s all a part of this revolving door city. Some people relate to me and we get closer because of the similar experiences…it always depends on the person.
TITL: To what extent would you say the entertainment and media industries of which you’re a part of have changed over the years and how big of a part do you think social media has played? Are you a keen social media user or do you prefer to interact more personally with people?
PF: It’s so important to be on social media. Period. If you have been an indie actor your whole life, and then a top 10 agency signs you because you’re going to be in a franchise film, you have to think well-what if my popularity dies with the franchise? That shiny agency will drop you. How do you prevent that? Be awesome to the people that go and buy the tickets to see you and all of the other cool actors. Interact, be human even if it is on the internet. Human interaction is of course ideal, but I love being creative and reaching out to people that I might not get to meet in my own neighborhood. It’s so rad!
TITL: Finally, then, are there any career goals you’ve yet to achieve and what would you have to do in order to feel completely fulfilled?
PF: I’m not even getting started yet, I’m so excited and happy for the future. I love my path and understand it. I wasn’t a Disney Channel star at 12 years old, there was a different plan for me. I’m going to embrace that.