Up Close And Personal With Vicki Marie Taylor
Before we begin, Congrats on your recent work in "Silicon Assassins", your volunteer work for Little Rock Film Festival and your other recent projects. Tell us more about these projects and what you did to prepare for them ...
When did you know without any doubt that you wanted to act?
I have always loved movies and I would watch tv as a young girl and go someday I will be on one of those and I was right. I have been. I have done that a few times.
I was excited to finally donate time to the Little Rock Film Festival. I think it's great what they are doing for those with an interest in the industry in my hometown. I'm always glad to help out with causes that are important to me. I think that it's great a thing what they are doing for the community. The arts in general are just so incredibly important . It's an outlet and a form of escapism and that's part of what makes the arts so incredibly important.
On Silicon Assassins, I will say that those who feel disgruntled so to speak with the current Healthcare policies in this nation should check out Silicon Assassin epi. 5 " Window of Opportunity" it parallels Obamacare when a character goes to the hospital for treatment and is told that his money can not help him and he's handed a stack of papers. Money is no longer an acceptable form of currency under the dictator and he finds this out when seeking medical care . It is available on the Silicon Assassin LLC channel now for those who wish to view it and watch the parallels and the Libertarian/Conservative take on Obamacare through the Silicon Assassin project. It's fun to be a part of a project that is also like a movement in a sense and that has a message for viewers. I am not at all saying that it was directly the Obamacare that we were speaking out against but it does have what some could say were parallels that could be drawn in some of the scenes . It was created by Mondo Cult creator Brad Linaweaver and I'm also a minor contributor to the pop culture website as well.
In college I took 12 hours of Political Science and Foreign Relations and one of my required texts was a book by Sen. Tom Daschle titled "Getting It Done" How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform. I guess that you could say that I was well prepared for the scenes in Window of Opportunity as Lady Twilight. Hehe. I would also like to say that what I believed was presented in the Healthcare policies and what actually rolled out were two different things. My opinion. I could be wrong.
I work with those directly affected by these Affordable Care Act healthcare policies on a daily basis in my real job. The Silicon Assassin project was actually filmed four years prior to my job that I am working now. A little Twilight Zone appeal for you. Talk about a little bit of sci-fi. Fast forward "Lady Twilight "four years and I would really be working with the healthcare polices that we kind of spoke out against in character in that project. It's quite entertaining. Life imitating art.....Really!
What inspires you to act?
Right now I'm being inspired to sing .
When did you realize you had reached your goals as an actor?
I have more goals in mind to reach. Right now I am focused on my music project. I hope that the original artist doesn't hate my version. We will have to see. My fingers are crossed for a positive reaction. The project is something that I have wanted to do for a while! My partner right now supports what I'm trying to do musically and thinks that it's a fun idea for me because it is so different from everything that I have done so far. He doesn't want me to be wronged in business and this has happened to me a lot lately. So when I venture out on ideas of my own he gets behind that. There's less of a chance of being wronged. I can pretty much only do that to myself if I am in control of my project or what I have in mind.
What was your favorite role to date and why?
I am hoping to gain more roles so that I have more to choose from when I'm asked this question.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I am not sure that I would call it a career . At what point is it safe to call it a career? But I love to travel and meet talented people. Even though I am a mild celeb and I say that with total humor , I certainly get awful star struck by true celebs or people that I grew up watching in films and on television. So it is always fun being able to work with seasoned actors or when I'm so new and just getting my feet wet in this side of entertainment. I have worked with horror and sci fi legends already and I'm new.
Can we expect a book from you?
You can. Soon. It will be everything that a good bio book entails. It will be both honest and juicy. I was asked if I would change names to protect certain individuals and I said absolutely not. That would ruin it. They warned me of potential lawsuits and I simply said whatever it takes. The truth should never be altered. I will take a risk because people believe what they are going to believe regardless if I were to change names around or not. That is just how it is.
What is the best way for your fans to know what you're working on? Facebook/Twitter? Do you post for your own sites or do you have your assistants do the posts?
The best way is to continue following my Facebook page that I have set up at www.facebook.com/vickimarieunloaded or by checking out my website www.vickimarietaylor.com. My twitter is @thevickitaylor. I do not really use much of the social media platform. I understand that it is a part of this new media wave but I do not use much of it. I have an assistant/pr rep that does my website and she is @schwartzentertainmentmediagr. I told her that I wanted a cute and poignant splash page with a few photos and she did a very cute job.
Tell us something new, something bold that you've never told any other magazine.
I have a message. A very real message about some of the actions that have been done to me or enabled by others . There is a real war on women that allows the types of things done to me to go unnoticed. There's been too much focus on the wrong things and not enough focus on the right things. When someone is treated like a third rate citizen because others do not have the same views or values as you do that's a real problem that needs to be addressed. My mother worked in Private Investigations and Securities growing up. I was raised to respect law enforcement officials. I have been victim of very real assaults and they get swept under a rug. I believe it is due to the most part a stigma. People think that I deserve it because I got my start in adult magazines and that is not the case or because I am female meaning that I asked for it. I was even told by an actual detective that " if I was hurt by a man that I went out with that it was my fault because I chose to go out with that person and that they didn't force me" . The word "they "meaning the cop didn't make that choice for me. Those were actual words spoken directly to me by an actual law enforcement official. That is wrong. That is so wrong. The stigma that is placed on women like myself or just women in general needs to be addressed.
I was raised Catholic. I am a very spiritual person and mystical person. I have had experiences anytime that I put my Faith into question that reminded me that God was real. I believe in God. What is morally wrong with my situation is that I am continuously being shamed or thrown under a bus not just for for my choices in life but for the fact that I am a woman , including by local law enforcement officials in my hometown. When an assault type of situation happens especially one sexual in nature, we live in a society that it so quick to place blame on the woman. Oh , it's the woman's fault let's not treat this seriously and let's sweep it under a rug. It's the default mindset. Look at her past, look at what she does for work, look at her clothes, look at her makeup, look at that face that plain and simple she is a woman so she must have called for it. I know first hand that this happens and not just to me. Discrimination of any kind is what is immoral and should stop. I have the same constitutional rights' that everyone else does. We need to stop drifting away from our Constitution because that is what is there to protect us as citizens. I am a beautiful woman and I'm proud to say that. I am not at all ashamed of that. Women should never be made to feel ashamed for being women and standing up for themselves and their rights' as women.
I am a strong college educated woman. I am a mom to a beautiful little girl who has to grow up during times in which there isn't much value based on the foundations and principles that even I was raised under . I worry greatly about her future as a woman as well.
Yes , I love movies and I love music but there's been so many interviews repeating that over and over again. Everyone knows that about me already. But some focus on some of the real matters and real concerns should also be talked about as well. I care about the future of my daughter and I care about what is going on in the world around me. So many get so wrapped in the wrong things and people need to focus on what is going on in the world around them.
Thank you for your time and for allowing me to speak with you and share all of this today. God Bless!