Amy Vitale is a busy woman. Best known as a professional wrestling manager, Vitale also models, acts in commercials and music videos, and she appears in this month’s Playboy Magazine. On top of that, she’s featured as a character in the Red Skye Comics book, "Aurora Stone." Oh, and she devotes a significant portion of her time working with Patriot Girls for the Troops, a group that raises money for the troops through sexy photos, calendars and fun events like car washes.
After getting involved with the wrestling industry when she was just 16-years-old, Vitale has spent the last 14 years working towards the recognition she is finally receiving now. A few days ago, the sweet and extremely friendly Vitale took a few minutes out of her day to chat with Blast over the phone. Turns out the hectic schedule won’t slow Vitale down. In fact, she’s just gearing up for all the opportunities that lie ahead.
BLAST: Could you explain what you do with wrestling a little bit for those who don’t know much about it?
AMY VITALE: I come out by ringside with the wrestlers. I play the sidekick. My character is an Italian spoiled princess. It’s a lot of girl power but also a lot of comedy too because I always want my own way and it never goes my way. It’s a lot of fun. It’s a great, great way to take out your aggression if you’ve had a bad day.
BLAST: I bet. How did you get involved with wrestling?
AV: Basically, I started out as a fan. I grew up watching Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Eddie Gilbert. I really liked it a lot, especially the girls. The girls were gorgeous, like Miss Elizabeth and Missy Hyatt. They came out like Barbie dolls, dressed up and with make-up and hair and everything, and I said, "That’s something I would like to be." I liked the story lines. It was just like a male soap opera. I first started writing about it for newsletters in high school, giving my opinions and comments. I got to know a lot of people that way, and I started going to local shows around Florida. I started working at some promotions and the rest is history.
BLAST: That sounds pretty awesome.
AV: Yeah, it’s a lot of hard work though.
BLAST: How does it feel to be recognized for your hard work with all this press now?
AV: It’s great. I can’t explain it better than that. I’ve been doing this for quite a while now and it’s a really nice feeling that all my hard work is paying off and that people are getting what I do and people are actually spreading the word about me. I’m really excited because I know everyone is enjoying what I do out there with my modeling and wrestling and acting, and it’s just a wonderful thing. I hope more opportunities come my way. I’m staying positive, because I have accomplished so much, but there’s just so much more that I can do. So I’m really excited about the future.
BLAST: Along those lines, do you have a dream job or a particular goal with your career?
AV: I just want to continue being successful with what I’m doing. I know that wrestling has a shelf life. I can only do it for so long. But acting and modeling, I can keep doing forever. I mean, look at Clint Eastwood and Julia Roberts and everyone like that. I think I can broaden my horizons to a lot of unique things, so I’m hoping a lot of different opportunities come my way. I just want to continue to grow and continue to get my name and face out there.
BLAST: Can you tell me a little bit about your work with Patriot Girls for the Troops?
AV: I am one of the spokesmodels for Patriot Girls. We’re basically a modeling group that represents pride in America and support for our troops. What we basically do is we help raise awareness and money for the troops â€¦ It’s really been catching on, actually. At the wrestling shows I’ve worked at, I’ve had families come up and say, "Thank you for all the work you’ve been doing with the Patriot Girls." We’re not affiliated with any political party or anything. We’re just out there to raise awareness for the troopsâ€¦I’m kind-of the new kid on the block with the Patriot Girls. I’ve been there about a year. I’m really, really proud of what we’re doing.
BLAST: What’s next for you? Do you have projects lined up or are you waiting to see what comes your way?
AV: I’m basically waiting to see what comes my way but I do have shows coming up with the wrestling. I have a couple modeling projects coming up. I also have a comic book out. I’m really excited about it. I love comic books. I’m trying to branch out and do all kinds of different things that people normally don’t do. I’m trying to branch out to everything. I’m a Gemini, so I’m a little crazy. I like a little bit of everything. We can’t make up our minds.
BLAST: Well, it seems like it is working out for you, especially after 14 years of different activities.
AV: Yeah, it’s been a lot of hard work. No matter what anybody says, it takes time, it takes hard work. Anybody who says "Oh yeah, I was just lucky," they’re lying. They worked their butt off too. You have to really work hard to get somewhere.