Candace Cameron - An Enduring and Unstoppable Force of Authenticity

When this interview opportunity found it’s way into my inbox, I jumped at the chance to talk with someone I had admired for being themselves because I had struggled in my younger years with being a people pleaser. I grew up watching Candace Cameron on TV and even though she was playing a character, the real Candace was always shining through. Her essence was inspiring and considering I was in the same age bracket, it really hit home to watch a girl my age comfortable with being herself. She was definitely one of the first people to influence my belief in the importance of living your truth.

Pudgy-Cheeked DJ Tanner

I was even 15 minutes late for the interview (thanks to technical challenges) and I was nervous I had forfeited my chance to interview her but Candace was very understanding and not at all a diva as some celebrities might have been in that situation. 

When you hear the name Candace Cameron, you think “real girl next door”. Candace has been one of the rare celebrities who has managed to achieve enduring success in Hollywood while remaining true to her own authenticity. She’s been such a role model for women of all ages. 

Starting at the tender age of 5, Candace entered show business alongside her brother, Kirk Cameron and has done everything from national TV commercials, prime-time hits, made for TV movies to feature films

Best known for her character as the pudgy-cheeked “D.J. Tanner” on the popular sitcom “Full House” which aired for an incredible 8 seasons, Candace has grown into a sleek, sophisticated woman, appearing on shows like “Dancing with the Stars”, and a new series A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, which is making Hallmark history. This is the first movie to premiere on both Hallmark networks, at the same time! Candace plays the role of Aurora Teagarden who is a librarian who belongs to a club called the “Real Murders Club” in which they study unsolved crimes. This role is much different than her days on Full House but no matter what role or project Candace has taken on, she’s always kept her own style, image and beliefs intact which makes her a shining example of authenticity.

Full House Family

Training for Dancing with the Stars

Candace on Dancing with the Stars

A Bone To Pick

Candace’s current resume includes, actress, producer, New York Times’ bestselling author and inspirational speaker. She’s both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Her three books are a reflection of her own personal journey and are written from a grounded and authentic perspective. “Balancing It All” and “Reshaping It All” are Candace’s first two published books and her third book, “Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction” will be on the shelves late summer 2015 and is based on her journey of self-discovery and the lessons she learned while stepping way outside her comfort zone as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars”.

Reshaping It All (book)

While continuing to remain active in the Hollywood arena, Candace has managed to maintain a sense of normalcy in her life. She married her husband Valeri Bure, a former NHL hockey player in June 1996, and the couple are now parents to daughter Natasha, 15, and sons Lev, 14, and Maksim, 12. Having met Bure through co-star Dave Coulier, Candace said it was “love at first sight” when she and Valeri met.

Bure Family

Her most recent project is a partnership with Ziploc for the Tough Mudder obstacle course in celebration of tough mothers everywhere on March 28, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. Candace says “life as a mother is like an obstacle course to navigate.” The Tough Mudder Race is a 12 mile event, with 25 obstacles included. Although the Tough Mudder event sounds ultra challenging, Candace is no stranger to physical challenges. Being healthy, fit and staying in shape are important to her. She was inspired by Andrea Barber (aka Kimmy Gibbler, her pal on Full House) when Candace discovered Andrea had started running half marathons - this was the girl she knew who didn’t even like to exercise! After catching the “running bug” when she completed a 6 mile event with Andrea, she was hooked but wanted something more challenging than just running. She found the challenge she was looking for in the Spartan Race, a 3 mile “Spartan Sprint” with hard-core obstacles like fire, barbed wire, ice cold water and lots of deep, thick mud.

DJ and Best Pal Kimmy

Mud Run with Andrea Barber (Kimmy)

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - MARCH 28: Actress Candace Cameron Bure takes on the Tough Mudder obstacle course in celebration of tough mothers everywhere on March 28, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Ziploc® brand)

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - MARCH 28: Actress Candace Cameron Bure takes on the Tough Mudder obstacle course in celebration of tough mothers everywhere on March 28, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Ziploc® brand)

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - MARCH 28: Actress Candace Cameron Bure takes on the Tough Mudder obstacle course in celebration of tough mothers everywhere on March 28, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Ziploc® brand)

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - MARCH 28: Actress Candace Cameron Bure takes on the Tough Mudder obstacle course in celebration of tough mothers everywhere on March 28, 2015 in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Ziploc® brand)

Rumors have been swirling thatNetflix is one step closer to ordering a new season of the ABC sitcom, “Full House,”According toTVLine.com, which broke the news, the new show would be called Fuller House and the focus would be on Candace Cameron Bure’s character as D.J. Tanner and her best pal, Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber). A Netflix rep said it’s all “just a rumor,” without elaborating further.

DJ Tanner

Candace’s faith is a pivotal factor in her life. She grew up in a house where there was no focus on religion until the age of 12 when she was first introduced to the Christian faith. However, it wasn’t until reading a book her brother gave to her, “The Way of the Master”, it changed her walk with God forever. She says of her experiences, ”God has changed me in ways that words can't describe. He has transformed the way I think and live my life."

One of the things that really stood out in my interview with Candace is that although she had several of her “people” on the call, she was still the one in charge of what she wanted to say and how she wanted to express it. I’ve interviewed many celebrities and a good portion of them have such a rehearsed interview script, it’s like they’re reading from a piece of paper. Candace was still the one holding the reigns and wasn’t afraid to speak for herself.

With so many projects on the go, my time with Candace was limited but I wanted to end the interview by asking her what one piece of advice she would give to others as her legacy or take-away from the lessons she’s learned through her own life’s journey.

Candace chuckled at my question but didn’t hesitate with her response. “It’s really simple for me and it’s three words: Know Jesus Christ.” Her faith is the epicenter of both her personal and professional life and she credits her success both on and off camera to her unwavering faith in God and Christianity.

Candace on the Red Carpet

I enjoyed my time chatting with Candace and she was even very gracious about my lateness. Her positivity is contagious and she’s definitely one of the “real” celebrity role models who remains grounded and centered in real life and focused on what truly matters most. 

Michelle Arbeau is an internationally recognized Celebrity Numerologist, author, inspirational speaker and radio/tv host. 

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