Interview by Uriah Young
QFTD: Tell us about yourself. Who is Lauren Pappas, and who is V-Trixx?
Lauren: Lauren Pappas is a down-to-earth family girl. This part of me is also driven, serious, and into fitness. V-Trixx is, I guess you could say, my fun side or my hobby side. My dual persona is kind of like Beyoncé and Sasha Fierce. By day, I'm like a tomboy, and at night, after putting on my make-up and a nice outfit, I become a girly-girl. When the stage lights come on, and the cameras come on, my transformation allows me to adapt to my surroundings.
QFTD: You were rooted in Philly for a long time, but your journey landed you in Los Angeles. How did that transition take place, and how has it benefited your career?
Lauren: It was a gradual transition. I grew up in the suburbs of Philly and then moved there during college. While in the city, I was able to take advantage of the acting and print work jobs available. Then, when I moved to New York City, everything went up another notch. After a while, I knew I had to be in the mecca of entertainment, so I came out to LA. Since I got here, I've grown a lot and learned so much about myself. Being in the industry was humbling at first because you find yourself among people who are established celebrities. Yet, it's cool because you get to learn how they think. LA is like its own little bubble; it's a very unique place.
QFTD: What was it like being in the Miss USA Pageant?
Lauren: Even though I had to step out of my comfort zone, I'm glad I did it. I wasn't super comfortable, but it was fun, and I got to learn so much! I found myself as a spectator during the event, observing how things worked behind the scenes. I absorbed the whole experience.
QFTD: You've done a ton of television and movie work. What experience in front of the camera stands out most in your mind?
Lauren: It would have to be the Good Morning America health segment I did. On the show, I was a personal trainer, and I was very proud because health and fitness have been a huge part of my life. I was also happy because it made my parents proud. My dad is a nutritionist and owns a health food store. He always taught me to treat my body as my temple.
QFTD: How often do you DJ? What satisfies you most about getting on those turn tables and rocking a party?
Lauren: I usually DJ two or three times a week. I honestly just love the energy from the crowd. Being able to make people feel a certain way is really satisfying. The way a person reacts when you play an old song they love is so cool. I love just vibing with a crowd and being aware of what they want. DJing music allows me to be creative and puts me in a zone that makes me happy.
QFTD: Your dad was a musician, and you loved listening to music growing up. In what ways have these two experiences helped you mold your DJing career?
Lauren: As a child, I would always love hearing my dad play guitar. I was his biggest fan because he was so passionate about it. It was cool seeing him in his element. Then, I remember being little and listening to classic rock of the 60's, 70's, and 80's. I would sit for hours in front of the television watching MTV as music videos played. Today, all of this helps me recognize songs from different eras, making me more versatile as a DJ. It makes me confident, having that range of musical knowledge. I also do some singing, but I am a little shy.
QFTD: What do you have in the works? Any projects coming up?
Lauren: At the end of the year I will be in a fitness apparel competition, so I am really training hard for that experience. Also, I am in the process of getting a fitness production off the ground. I am really excited about both!
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