Miranda Parham: “ At the end of my life, I would like to look back and be really proud of the bodies of work that I have created and helped others create”
20 mar, 2016
I am an actress, producer, and model, currently living in Los Angeles, CA. I’m from Knoxville, TN – home of the UT Vols and the International Biscuit Festival!
I started acting when I was in elementary school, or maybe even earlier. I have these weird home videos of me pretending to be a punky pop singer with the chart-topping single “What’s My Favorite Color? Black” and improvising Jerry Springer episodes with my cousins in our basement.
What I love about that kind of nonsense is that you learn something about yourself from doing it – you learn your own sense of humor, as well as what gets you excited or what makes you angry.
It’s reflective in that way, but it’s also the best way I’ve found of sharing my most deeply personal opinions with others. I always tell my boyfriend Carson that my dream role is a swamp monster…he thinks I’m joking.
Miranda on show business
I do not buy into the “show BUSINESS” mentality. I do not act for the money; quite the opposite. I work constantly so that I can afford to take creative risks, often funding my own projects, and so that I can say no to any projects that I don’t believe in, even if they pay well.
My good friend Steve once told me, “The only power that you have as an actor is the power of no.” He was right.
At the end of my life, I would like to look back and be really proud of the bodies of work that I have created and helped others create.
Actors and Actresses on the magazine covers
More and more, you see magazines putting actors and actresses on magazine covers rather than nameless faces (models). I think they do that because actors are very familiar faces, and people want to see and hear more about the real people behind the characters that they watch in films and TV shows.
The model Miranda
That said, I started out with a modeling agency before I ever signed with a talent agency, so I do understand the benefit of modeling just to be seen and start a conversation. I have been in a few runway shows, even though I’m only 5’7, and they were wild! I almost had a nip-slip in my first runway show when I stepped on the bottom of the dress.
I have modeled clothing for The Pin Show, Edgar Gomez, and Moneyline Tees; hair for Halo Salon, Toni & Guy, and Oribe; hands for TGI Fridays, etc., but what I enjoy most is editorial shoots. Some of my favorite photoshoots have been inspired by vintage photographs, nature, and monsters.
Modeling collides with acting organically; casting directors need to know what I look like, so it only makes sense to keep updating my modeling portfolio for those CDs. Dating a wonderful photographer helps me do that. Everyone should look up Carson’s work on www.nicelymademedia.com or @NicelyMadeMedi – he’s great!
The beauty and the career
Beauty is entirely subjective. If someone finds you beautiful, then yes, you might have an easier time getting what you want, but it’s really important not to place your entire self-worth in your appearance because everyone has a different opinion of what’s beautiful.
So do what makes YOU feel beautiful. For me, that’s stretching and letting my hair air-dry.
Imagine u a famous actress surrounded by a huge crowd!
I would exhaust that crowd. Guaranteed they would all walk away with their selfies and autographs, and I would be standing there going, “Wait? Aren’t there more of you? Does anyone want to grab a drink?”
Dating X Loving: I’ve been in a relationship for over three years with my wonderful boyfriend Carson, who I’ve known for almost seven years now. We support each other in everything we do, even if that means spending time apart while one of us is on set or traveling for shoots. Trust is the most important thing for us.
Sports: Women’s volleyball is sexy.
Fav body part and why: Hands. A person’s life story shows in their hands.
Music and Food
That’s a hard one! Both of my parents were radio deejays, so I grew up with a lot of musical influences: Fleetwood Mac, The Police, Tom Petty, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding…and as I went through high school and college I fell in love with Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Incubus, Cake, and Death Cab for Cutie, just to name a few.
Apples! People are shocked when I eat an apple because I eat everything but the seeds and stem.
Atracting someone´s attention
Having fun, enjoying life
Go outside, meet new people, try new foods, play with puppies
Super powers and Superheroes
I’m not well-versed on the superhero world, but I’d love to Hulk-smash something…Donald Trump’s face, in particular.
Earliest childhood memory
My kindergarten teacher telling me that I drew monkeys wrong.
Nickname in school: Randi, Muncho, Unicorn, Dragon
Fav booking so far and why
JC Penney industrials because we’ve been shooting once a month for over 2 years, and we’re all family at this point
An unforgettable moment
Seeing my sister get married last year. I cried like a baby during the ceremony.
Yourself in 10 years
On set, showrunning my own comedy series!
If u weren´t an actress….
Current and upcoming projects
Sketches and live shows with my improv team Invasion of Privacy – look us up on YouTube!
Also you guys can watch my new web series on Funny Or Die at: www.funnyordie.com/weneedtotalk/webseries
Full name: Miranda Parham
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter/Instagram: @panda_parham Age: 24
Interview by Ed, the brazilian editor