Cocktails with - Victoria Rickham
We're chilling with UK-based Victoria Rickham at her family home, Sussex Great House. It's postcard-perfect, the temperature is just right, the food comforting and the wines chilled just right. Rickham, who works in production accounting for film and televison and is currently working on producing some of her own projects, has lots to share...
What are you sipping?
A glass of Whispering Angel Rose.
What kind of week are you having?
It's been very busy. I have been helping my parents set up the great house lunches they are now doing out of my childhood home, as well as working on a few personal projects.
How's the film industry?
The way movies are made, where they are made and of course, the amount of money available, has all changed dramatically in the last decade. It's a lot harder in many ways but it challenges you to be a more creative problem solver.
You left Hollywood for the UK. How come?
Like everything else in the film industry it was all timing and a lucky break. I was offered an internship with the BBC. The eight-month internship snowballed into me being offered positions in several projects including most recently The Iron Lady and WWZ, a Brad Pitt post-apocalyptic zombie thriller that will be out summer 2013. I love LA and I go back between work, so it's like having the best of both worlds.
How did you get into such a competitive field?
My aunt gave me my first break as a craft service PA and I caught the bug, went to NYU Film School, moved to LA and worked on all the big shows: Grey's Anatomy, CSI and Desperate Housewives, and the rest is history. It's not glamorous...it's a hustle and very hard work.
What are your survival tools?
I cannot live without my passports, my computer, my BlackBerry (it's unlocked for travel), a copy of the book Yoga for Prosperity, my iPod, mascara and a nude colour lipgloss.
Who's your celebrity crush?
OMG! So many men, do I have to pick one? Historically it has always been Benicio Del Toro, but I saw Lenny Kravitz recently in The Hunger Games and fell in love with him all over again.
What's your all-time favourite movie?
I have two: Dr Zhivago, the greatest love story ever told, in my opinion, and The Big Lebowski, one of the most intelligent comedies ever written. Every time I watch I see something else I missed the 57 times I have seen it before -- I love the Coen brothers.
Socialite or homebody?
I am essentially a homebody; however, I have little what I call "benders" when I am out every night and all day. Being a woman about town, this invariably involves a bunch of live music... I love a good concert.
Flats or stilettos?
Heels, but I am not allowed to wear them on most working sets.
Jeans or LBD?
Nothing beats finding a pair of jeans that fit perfectly that you're able to dress up or down.
Who does your hair?
A friend introduced me to Gregory Yap Sam in Kingston who I will definitely be going back to. He's a hair magician.
And your nails?
Clover Hamilton. She comes to the house in St Ann's Bay and the whole family and any guests in residence join in the party.
In a sentence, how would you describe yourself?
A hardworking, fun loving, loyal individual.
What's the best piece of advice you have ever given?
It's not Show Friends, it's Show Business. Always treat it that way, and if you make friends along the way it's a bonus.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Always find a way to have some fun...if you can't, it's not worth it.
What's your idea of the perfect man?
I call him HIW -- Humourous Intelligent and Well Travelled. Looks aren't everything and they do fade for most. If he looks good in a suit for the occasional dress-up...that's Bonus Points!
And of the perfect date?
Being taken to a great concert is always top of my list, but I am willing to do almost anything with someone interesting and special.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My final BBC evaluation had me plan six months, one year, three years, five years and 10-year milestones. I wrote: "Run the world" in the 10- year slot and though my manager knew I was being facetious he said, "Well, if anyone can, it's you." So even though it's a bit of a joke, it's the 10-year plan I am sticking to!