Impromptu Promo Photoshoot for Live With Ford and Vida!

I recently attended the Taurus birthday party of celebrity photographers Uncle Bob and Jenna Urban as well as Angela Downey of Downey’s Desserts at the W Hotel Hollywood. I usually run on “Persian time,” but got there early, so I took advantage of the extra time and had an impromptu promo photo shoot for a new show I am co-hosting with my friend actor Ford Austin, called “Facebook Live with Ford and Vida.” Luckily Ford is on point and always arrives to his destinations early (as opposed to yours truly), so we had a lot of time to spare.

Ford is one of the most accomplished people I’ve ever known. Not only is he an amazing actor, but he’s also a SAG convention delegate and lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio. I’m honored to be collaborating with him on this show. And interestingly enough, he’s really on the pulse of pop culture. Even more so than I am and I am an infotainment junkie. Not what I expected from a straight, married dude from the south, but I guess life is full of surprises? Big thanks to talented designer Sai Suman for my gown and for Ford’s great smoking jacket. Many thanks to Guillermo Proano for the pictures.

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Normally when posing for photos, I’d like to think that I can usually carry my own. Ford was a model in his teen years and could have signed contracts in Japan and Italy (pretty cool huh?), so he was beyond being comfortable with a still camera (many of my actor guy friends actually aren’t), while I felt a bit clunky especially with the heels. I did pick up some good pointers from him though.

The tag line for “Live with Ford and Vida” is “We never sleep, ’cause the internet is always on!”  Ever on the bleeding edge of media, Ford and Vida star in the world’s first red carpet interview show to be shot entirely on an iPhone airing onfacebook live with almost a 1,000,000 viewers in 25 countries across the globe. They bring their knowledge, wit and candor to this show and even did live streaming on the red carpet of the Nollywood awards.


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Jewelry: #TheMitraCollection

Hair and Makeup: Leila at

Photos courtesy of Guillermo Proano

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