Every day I’m hustling. Female entrepreneurs know that motto. I love women who create and Vivica A. Fox is one of them. I’ve been a fan of the actress, producer and television host for quite a while. Yes, she has a long-standing television and film career that dates back to the 1980s and she’s been a part of film classics like “Kill Bill” and “Set it Off,” but a few years ago, I started paying attention to Fox’s entrepreneurial pursuits. Her hair collection was growing, she was being honored for her contributions to the arts, business and as Woman of the Year by Sheen Magazine.
She’s a Lioness. I wanted to talk to her, hear her story. My timing was off and I didn’t land the interview. Fast forward a few years and Fox is adding author to her resumé with her new book, “Every Day I’m Hustling.” This time, the stars aligned. St. Martin’s Press shot me over an advanced copy of the book and I read it from cover to cover before my interview with Fox.
We touched on her book, the themes in her life and more.
NATASHA: Hi, Vivica! It’s so great to be able to steal this time with you during your busy schedule. There’s so much to talk about, so I am going to dive right in. I’ve been following your career for years. One of the things that I admire about it is that it is so well-rounded — you’re an actress, entrepreneur, and now, author. With all that you’ve experienced, you could have written about anything. Why this book and why now?
VIVICA: I decided to write, “Every Day I’m Hustling,” to be a motivational memoir for all to enjoy. I’ve been through many chapters in my life and learned to embrace each challenge and chapter with grace and honesty. So, my fans will get to know me better and I also share secrets to my success.
NATASHA: There were three underlining themes for me when reading your book: faith, family and being true to yourself. Have you consciously used those three factors to make decisions in your professional and personal life? Or, were you unaware of it at the time?
VIVICA: Thanks for noticing those three important factors. As I’ve grown into becoming the woman I am today, my faith, family and learning to love my true self has helped me to shine and really enjoy life. I have a theme for this year and that’s to live, love, laugh.
NATASHA: You know, I really commend your honesty in this book. I want to ask you about something your father said that connected with me. “Don’t always be doing. Sometimes you gotta be done for.” You’re a Leo. I am, too – heeey!
VIVICA: HA! HA! HA!
NATASHA: We have fire. We have drive. We also like to be in control. However, we can’t control everything. There’s a vulnerability that comes with letting someone else take care of you – in whatever that capacity is. Have you gotten better at being “done for” rather than being the doer?
VIVICA: I sooo miss my daddy who passed away last July, because he was my guy who always kept it real. Yes, I’ve definitely gotten better at letting others do for me and enjoy saying thank you instead of, I got it.
NATASHA: There’s a great transformation that comes with following our dreams. I believe life refines us to be the version of ourselves we need to be to complete those big dreams. What are two things you’ve discovered about yourself that you would have never guessed would turn out to be true?