Candace Rice @thisiscandacerenee
Photography Maries Danlia @maries.photography.la
Mua by Jan Degillo @jd.makeupartistry
Hair by Michael livesy @michaelivsey
Styled by Quentin Fears @mrqfears repped @scoutcreatives
Assistant Stylist by Asia Lee @byasialee
Interview by Samantha Strick @f0rsakens
Do you get used to being a celebrity?/ Do you consider yourself a celebrity?
I dont really consider myself a “celebrity” like that. I consider myself a regular homegirl that happens to be on television. Life has changed a bit, but I'll always stay the same regardless of followers, the ratings of the show, and everything else that goes into being apart of a television platform. I just be myself, and hope that all the desires of my heart can come from this opportunity.
Was this your actual aim in life? Do you feel you've accomplished it?
This was not my actual aim in life and success is relative so I consider myself still very unsuccessful in comparison to the things I pray to be able to accomplish everyday. I am diligently working towards bigger goals, and I thank God to be able to have the platform I have to assist in doing major things.
Ten years from now what do you see yourself doing?
In 10 years I will be a successful actress/tv host, producer, writer, author, business owner, dedicated humanitarian, mommy, and a wife if I can find someone that likes me more than two weeks lol.
What is your greatest strength and weakness when it comes to your career? What is something that you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out as an actor?
My greatest strength is my natural creative membrane that consistently regurgitates ideas. The things I can come up with from just imagination and solitude is amazing and sometimes scary. My biggest weakness is overthinking. So many things in life are it's best in its primal form. I tend to overthink and hyper analyze to the point where I talk myself out of things or create these limits that I don't even know for sure exists. I am getting better with that every day.
What is something that you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out as an actor?
I wish I knew the importance of generating a stream of income outside of your artistic craft/passion first; then transition into pursuing what you really want to do. It takes money to invest in your talents to ensure you're always getting better, no matter what your artistic niche is. It is not always easy to make money in the things you love doing AT FIRST. It WILL come, but focusing on self development is a world of easier when you don't have to snap into survival mode to worry about food and rent as much if you have a business or service you can provide that can supplement in the beginning stages of whatever you're pursing creatively.
If you could go back in time and tell your younger self what you were currently doing how do you think she’d react?
Well, I said I'd never do reality tv.... and here I am. I'd tell my younger self, to never EVER... say never.
Any new and exciting things that you would like to share?
Part 2 of the 2nd season of Floribama Shore airs on November 29th on MTV and I am very excited about it. The first half had alot of petty fights, but this time around, we just live, enjoy, and experience things we've never experienced before. I also have a wholistic body skincare line entitled Whip Appeal that will be launching in the next 3 weeks. I have worked so hard on it and have spent a year formulating the recipe for all skin types. The line will start with an organic body butter, body frosting, turmeric and neem salt scrub, and an organic sugar scrub we've titled Derma Polish. The products are handmade, hand packaged, and hand distributed. I am also finishing up a script for a feature movie I will be shooting in my hometown of Memphis in the next few months. I am so excited!
What is a question you’ve never been asked but always wanted to answer?
I've never been asked why my toes are so ugly. Blame my mama.
If you were to wake up tomorrow with everything gone career wise what would be the first thing you would do?
I would get down on my knees, thank God that I was able to see another day, and get to hustling to get everything back and more. :) (I'd also call my father and ask to borrow a $100 so I can flip it lol)
When people think of you what do you want them to think?
I just want people to know I am authentically myself, can't change and won't change. I want people to understand that every woman of color is not married to ratchet behavior just because they're on reality television. Black women are loving, nurturing, feminine, excellent communicators, passionate, and enjoyable spirits the same as woman of other ethnicities and cultures.