By: Michael McKoy
Roudie is an actress and model based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from south
Florida this sultry beauty decided to make the move to Atlanta to follow her passion
in acting. Roudie graduated cum lade from Florida A&M University with her Bachelors
of Science Degree in Health Information Management. While in college Roudie dreamt
of a modeling career and began researching just how to do that. She studied the
industry inside and out on the internet, reading books on TV, and talking with several
other models an actors and learning their experiences and knowledge of the industry.
Although versatile, dedicated, sociable, intelligent, and extremely attractive,
she knew the odds were against her. The mainstream modeling industry uses outdated
standards based around extremely thin, impressionable, and un-normally tall women.
Roudie has a figure that J-Lo would be envious of and her character portrays intelligence
and business savvy. Like most innovative women her real talent is she’s marketable
in more then one area of the industry. She’s an avid actress with featured roles
in more than one independent film. Her Improv skills not only help her land roles
in films but also give her a chance to refine her creativity. “I never depended
on anyone for anything. I’ve been through quite a few managers because they weren’t
really interested about my well being, or casting me for what I wanted. They sent
me to castings and auditions they found ‘fit’. It's my career, my life, and I don't
plan to get the short end of the stick.”
Once she moved to Atlanta, Roudie built her website (www.RoudieOnline.com) and then
took up several projects including “Real Life with Roudie”, an online reality series
created by Black Men in America CEO Gary Johnson. The series details everything
the model encounters from arduous castings to hard work on movie sets. Hilarious,
serious, and inspiring, it is a detailed view of the entertainment life from the
viewpoint of a hard working and often exhausted model. It’s unique in the way that
it shows models to be more then just objects of desire.
Roudie isn’t all about her own glamour. Alongside creating forums to help other
models get started, she is very active in the local community. Roudie was instrumental
in getting “Real life with Roudie” creator, Gary Johnson, to send her several huge
boxes of clothing for the hurricane Katrina victims. Roudie and several of her friends
donated clothing as well. She also wrote and co-sponsored a letter that was distributed
to various congressmen to get them to pressure the Bush administration to respond.
Currently Roudie is co-hosting alongside Loubert Vernot on “Haitian Vibes” TV show
in Atlanta. The show focuses on Haitian history along with music videos and live
interviews of prominent Haitians. A warm smile develops whenever the show is mentioned.
With a serious look she points out that her career was the last thing on her mind
when she accepted the co-host position. “Haiti’s distress contributes to a negative
public view in America of Haitians. It really is a beautiful place. This show gave
me the opportunity to educate people about Haiti and our culture.” Video of Roudie
in her fashion career and on “Haitian Vibes” can be seen by visiting her website.