Navji Dixon to appear in Lifetime’s next move, hoping to inspire young artists

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Originally from Owensboro, Navji Dixon has loved the theater since she was very young. Her journey has provided her with many opportunities to succeed in the arts, most recently landing a role in A glass of revengepremiering on The Lifetime Movie Network in May 2022.

“My family lived overseas in Europe for the first part of my childhood and had little access to normal extracurricular activities,” Dixon said. “My mother always knew that I would thrive in a creative outlet. She took me to auditions for a production of The jungle Book with Missoula Children’s Theater. I was hooked.

Dixon joined her school’s drama club on the military base, and a love of performing followed her when she returned to Owensboro.

“I did whatever I could get my hands on: school musicals, an acting workshop, talent shows, etc.,” she said. “When I made the decision to join the Rose Curtain Players at (Owensboro High School), it was the first time I explored the possibility of making it a career after high school.”

Another first for Dixon was entering the world of competitive theater, an opportunity where high schools across the state perform one-act plays in hopes of advancing to the Southeastern Theater Conference to compete against the best Southeast schools.

“It was like the Final Four of March Madness in the theater world. It was exhilarating, she said. “I think I spent more hours rehearsing in our dark room than I did. in class.”

Dixon went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in theater at the University of Kentucky, which she says only cemented her dream of a career in show business.

“It seems like shooting my first movie went so quickly because it was my first real professional job that I booked,” she said. “Looking back, it was the accomplishment of years and years of hard work.”

A glass of revenge tells the story of wine blogger Emily (Lynn Kim Do) who applies to join a competitive wine academy, just like her late mother did years ago. Emily is thrilled to be accepted into the prestigious program and hopes it will be an opportunity to save her family restaurant. With her father’s reluctant blessing, Emily travels to Napa Valley to begin the sommelier program where she befriends Lucia (Navji Dixon) and other members, uncovering the dark secrets of the academy and its family.

“It’s a mystery for life, what more could you ask for?” said Dixon. “I look forward to the work that I will continue to do in the future. I want to tell more stories on screen and share that experience with other artists and audiences. However, I really want to soak in the present and be grateful for this incredible, life-changing opportunity.

Although she loves the thrill of acting, what keeps Dixon going is the opportunity to tell stories in ways she’s never explored and to audiences she’s never before. met.

“Someone somewhere is going to say, ‘This is my favorite movie,’ even if it’s just my grandmother. I was once a young artist who looked in awe at artists much older and more experienced than me, and I’d like to imagine there’s maybe a little me that’s just as inspired by my performances as I was at that age,” Dixon said.

Embracing storytelling as a reflection of something every person on earth shares, Dixon feels blessed to have the platform she now holds.

“I want this film and any work I do, past or present, to serve as a beacon for other up-and-coming artists in Owensboro. Kentucky has so much talent and I’m excited to see more representation in the industry,” Dixon said.

After her upcoming role was announced on social media, Dixon said the support has been amazing.

“I was blown away by the support from Owensboro, and couldn’t be happier to represent my hometown,” she said. “I really wouldn’t be in my position if I hadn’t been lucky enough to have supportive parents who never questioned my passion for the arts and always encouraged me to pursue my dreams.”

Corina C. Butler