Vixens: The Dynamic Evita

“But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”
― Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

1: What’s your name and where are you from?My name is Evita M. Castine and I grew up in Naperville, IL and Scotia, NY.

2: How has being natural affected your life? How do you feel about this natural hair “movement”?
Being natural has freed up a lot of my time, energy, money and peace of mind.  Letting my hair do what it naturally does and learning how to work with what I have has given me a sense of freedom and pride.  Honestly, it took some time to find out how my hair works and to discover how to wear it. I tested a lot of products and tried different hair dressers. And talk to a lot of friends. I am happy I went through all of the trial and error. There are so many activities I can do without worrying about my hair - I can go workout without worrying about sweating my hair out and because I do a lot of physical activity, I feel great. I can’t imagine not working out because of my hair. I can’t imagine not going swimming with my friends because of my hair. Also I realized I am pretty unique – everyone has a different curl pattern and once you discover it, it’s like Wow, I am the only one who has hair like this and you get decide what you look like. It’s way different than when you are a kid and you get dropped off at the salon and you either getting a press and curl or a roller set, but you yourself can decide your style and how you want to wear it because you will know your hair better than anyone. You don’t have to force it to “behave.” It’s allowed me to embrace more of how I cam into this world, and when I see myself in the mirror, I think, wow, there is no one else that looks like me, and I think that’s pretty cool.

3: Do you have staple hair products? If so what are they?
I really lean on Crème of Nature’s “Argan Oil – Intensive Conditioning Treatment” an
d my heating cap. I will put some of that conditioner in my hair and put my heating cap on while I am doing work or watching a movie and it restores the moisture to my hair. It’s really amazing. I also love Tressme 4 +4 Glaze – it’s great at holding your curls without making it crispy. Both products are pretty inexpensive – 6 dollars at the most each.  I also love anything made by Razac!

4: Hard as it may seem how would you describe your hair and the regime you use to maintain it?  My hair is fine and curly, and there is a lot of it.  I wash my hair everyday because I workout and I can’t stand walking around with sweat in my hair, so I wash it with Uplifting Shampoo by Organic Root Stimulator, then I put my Crème of Nature conditioner in and I comb it out with a wide tooth comb. After I rinse out my conditioner, I spray in leave in conditioner from Mane N. Tail. Then I put in a little 4+4 glaze. I’ve been advised to only dry it with a cotton t-shirt, but that’s a little too much maintenance for me – I dry it with a tower. I am usually in a rush, and I need to let it air dry. But when I have time, I will sit underneath my hair dryer for about 20 minutes. When it’s dry, sometimes I add a little moisturizing crème – Razac’s perfect for perms (It’s great for natural hair and it smells good) whenever you see this – stock up because the lady at the Beauty supply store told me they discontinued it.

5: Here at The Vixen Box we love NAILS. What is your nail pic for this season? What is a go-to nail look for you? My nails, I usually keep square round and with a neutral color – light pink, or white. I try to keep things kind of low maintenance because I am always using my hands.

6: From our point of view it looks like “Big 
Tings A Gwan” are in the works for you…. Care to talk about your upcoming projects?
I have a film, “Saudade” that’s been making it’s way around the festival circuit – it will be shown at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival. Also the first short I completed my first year of film school “Crown and Glory” will be shown on Magic Johnson’s network “Aspire TV.”  I was also cast in an independent film shooting in San Francisco later this year called “The Postwoman” a story of a woman who embraces her sexuality later in life. The writer/director J.D. Walker won the Sundance Pitch Fest for this script so I am excited to be part of it. Another movie, I had the pleasure of being in “H4” is the first Black Shakespearean Film adaption, produced by Harry Lennix is coming out this year as well and I play a character based on Mistress Quickly one of my favorite characters from the Shakespeare Cannon, so I was really ecstatic to be part of the wonderful production and cast. This year I am developing and shooting my thesis, and preparing to make a feature, I wrote as well.  

7: How would you describe your personality?
I am pretty goofy, sweet natured, and laid back. I am pretty expressive, curious and inquisitive.  I have also trained as a clown, so I do a lot of physical comedy - I am always singing songs, laughing and performing skits for them.  I love deep conversations and getting to know people, so I can be pretty extroverted at times and other times very contemplative and introverted

8: Here at The Vixen Box, health and fitness is major. I know for me I am working on getting myself right physically and emotionally by eating clean and incorporating exercise into my life. What do you do as far as health and fitness to stay or reach a level of good health?
I workout probably 5 days a week or as much as possible when my schedule gets crazy, I lift heavy weights, and I do a lot of mixed martial arts. I have a nutri-bullet, it’s been a life saver - it’s allowed me to incorporate a lot of vegetables quickly and make up new recipes. I use a lot of spinach. I will put spinach in anything. I feel energetic and happier when I am eating healthy, so for me, it has become a habit. I also discovered that I like vegan and vegetarian food, so I pick a lot of those options when I am out. I am anemic, but with my nutri-bullet, I mix in a lot of Kale and other leafy greens so I don’t have to rely on red meat anymore even when I am lifting weights.  My diet makes a huge impact on how I feel on a daily basis so I try to pay attention to how I am feeling and what I ate.

9: Do you meditate? If so, do you mind sharing how often and what the benefits have been for

I always considered myself a spiritual person, but I didn’t really have a meditation practice. Until two of my professors at school insisted  (I am a graduate student in film at the University of Southern California)- I think they could tell I was going to explode.  One of them took me to a yoga class, and I am really grateful for that – mentors are amazing! Now, I meditate every day! My thoughts were always racing and I was always trying to make sense of my emotions and how I wanted to express them in my work and it made me very stressed. I worried about things I had no control over, I am a work in progress. Once I started meditating, I relaxed more. I started opening up myself more to other people, and being okay with stillness. I think it made me more present – I listen better, I can be a better friend, sister, daughter and performer just by being still and listening. love this quote by Zora Neale Hurston – “ “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” A Meditation practice can help you focus your questions and allow you to listen. If that makes sense. Whatever your spiritual beliefs are – I think you find a deeper connection to a higher power and you realize there is something bigger going on. Now I am inspired all the time,  I am not so busy worrying about little things  - I am way more mindful of my surroundings, people, I just feel more deeply connected to others and it’s a very peaceful thing – I think everyone should give it a chance.

10: How did you get into directing? What drove you into that particular profession?
I have always been a performer/musician from a young age and I come from a very expressive family.  In my family, we always told stories, imitated each other and played games.  I am also a photographer, so I am always looking for the story that is being unraveled before my eyes . Plus as an actress, I realized that if I wanted to do the kind of stories, I was interested in, I would have to learn how to tell them how I want to tell them – so I decided to pursue directing. I love how the little things we do are bigger expressions of how we are, and I am interested in how people love, what people do for love and how people learn to love. There is something really exhilarating about taking an idea you had in your head and getting it to an audience – it’s like birthing a baby – it demands to come out whether you are ready or not and I find that very liberating.
11: Describe Spirituality to you…
Wow this is a great question, I have a lot of thoughts about this, but I will say that
Spirituality to me is Awareness  - an awareness of a higher power, an awareness that one has a life purpose and a duty to be in service to helping others.

12: Where can The Vixen Box readers see some of your work?
For right now, please follow me on;
Instagram – I post my photography, and news about film screenings either a director or an actor.

13. What makes you a Vixen:

I am a vixen because I appreciate everything about myself, I appreciate the beauty in others and I am not afraid to show it or let you know how I am feeling – what you see is what you get! 

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