We had the good fortune of connecting with Margo Roykhman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Margo, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
It is definitely the competition and luck. The film industry might sound like a peaceful and fun job, but it is very hard in reality. I have noticed that in Los Angeles every third person wants to become an actor and only a few of them truly succeed. People who come to Hollywood tend to think that a prominent director will notice them on the first day and offer the lead role in their new movie. But that never happens. Unfortunately, we actors, have to go to many castings before getting a role. At some point, I even think that it is easier to just make my own movie and be a lead actor in it rather than hope to be picked out of millions of talented people who are out there. Although, castings are also a good way to meet new people who might help you out in the future of your career. That is why I always say “You need to be at the right place, at the right time”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Apart from acting, my other passion is makeup. I finished a makeup school in Odesa, Ukraine in 2018 and have officially become an MUA. Ever since I started working with people and doing their makeup, I’ve realized that I never transform their faces to the point where you cannot recognize them. Instead, I truly believe in highlighting the beauty of an individual, showing the world the uniqueness of one’s face, instead of hiding it with tons of makeup products.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles is a big tourist city, however, places like “Walk Of Fame” or DTLA might scare away people. That is why I would definitely take my friend to the most “Instagram” places in LA starting with Melrose and Fairfax. All the shops and little cafes will inspire us for the day. After shopping at some memorable places, we would hit the all-time favorite “Urth Cafe”, a spot with a long line but delicious food (wouldn’t be a surprise if we meet one or two celebrities there). After lunch, I would take my friend to Rodeo Drive, as it is one of the wealthiest places in Los Angeles and a very good location for pictures. And to start the night, good places for dinner would be “Laurel Hardware”, “Ysabel”, “Nusr-et”, “Castaway Burbank” or “Tesse”. Perhaps after, I’d show the LA nightlife at “Night-in-Gale”. Once I took my friend to all the popular LA locations, it is important to show them the beach. My favorite is either Venice or Malibu. Venice beach would show small local shops and bike rides, whereas in Malibu we could see surfers hitting grand ocean waves.
The other spots in the area where I have to take my friend are local flea markets as they bring all the chaotic LA life together. We might even find some true gems or perhaps good organic fruits.
The final stop would have to be Hollywood Sign, though I don’t like hiking, I find the view near the sign very mesmerizing. To see the whole city exposed just like that is breathtaking.
I think that after covering that many local spots in just a week, my friend would be very exhausted but happy from all the beautiful places they went to.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Andrii, has been my biggest support throughout my career. I have never received so much help from anyone else in my life. Not only does he believe in me, but he also inspires me to create. He moved to Los Angeles from Ukraine back in 2018, leaving all his life behind to be with me. His family stayed in Ukraine, expecting him to come back one day, but with all the insane things happening in the world in the past few years, he still didn’t get a chance to see them. When I started my acting career, Andrii always helped me with everything that came along the way, starting with line memorization, to filming my self-tapes. What surprised me the most, is that after watching me perform, I noticed that spark in his eyes, which I once had too. Andrii started falling in love with acting too and though he didn’t have any training, he managed to get on the same web series that I did. Together, we worked on both of our roles, and with each other’s help, we finished filming last year. I truly appreciate what we have been through and I think it is amazing that Andrii is now a part of this industry.
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Vlad Larvin Zach Goodwin DK Films Magazine