Victoria was born in Chesapeake, Va and raised in northern Virginia until she moved with her family to Muskegon, Michigan in the 7th grade. After graduating from high school, she joined the US Navy looking for a career and adventure. She traveled all over the United States and oversees to places such Portugal, France, Turkey, the UAE and Bahrain. Hitting her 5 1/2 year mark in the military, she decided a military career was not the path for her, left in search of a new one and in a small Muskegon community theater, in a small Muskegon community college, she did. After graduating college, she applied and was accepted to the American Academy of Dramatic arts in LA where she spent 3 years beginning the journey of learning her craft. Her favorite performances to date include Kate Keller in All My Sons, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Mrs. Muller in Doubt. She is excited to now be a member of ECT's company and is ready to take on the season and share her love of acting with everyone in her life including you.
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
It was my first year at The Academy, and I was working on my second scene in acting class. Up to that point, I had a very logical approach to acting, so before working the scene acting teacher had me do a "place" exercise where you take an event that evokes an extreme emotional response that is either positive or negative and describe the location and event to the class while being guided through by the teacher. I picked an event that I though was appropriate for the scene work, something that I knew was strong. That exercise took me to a whole other level and my teacher immediately had us go through the scene. It was the first time I had real, raw emotions while working a scene. Had actions and voice changes that were not planned, but that came out of something deep within myself. When the scene was over, I had never felt so drained yet so exhilarated.
What about transformative professional experiences?
My first audition for a co-star role on a series was enlightening. I had been taught to feel and be the character and have moments and make bold choices, and here I was trying to do all of that with two 4 word lines of dialogue, when all the casting director wanted to see my look. When she said, "less acting" all of a sudden I was in over my head. After years of being told to be bigger and bolder, all of a sudden it was way to much, and I had to learn how to adapt to film very quickly.
Why I do what I do...
In this day and age I honestly feel that theater, film, television, all forms of acting is the best way to reach someone and connect them to the person next to them. Actors give people permission to cry and scream, to be desperate and love and hate. All of those feelings that the world tells us are too strong, that we need to temper, people can vicariously have those feelings through us. We show people who and what they are as honestly as we can, and I want to feel that connection to those people around me.
What about ECT inspires you?
Just the attitude of fearlessness. That it is okay to not have all the answers, that it is ok to not even know the questions yet, but that yearning, and that hunger to find them is where truth is. Being fearless isn't just doing regardless, it's not knowing what to do and doing regardless.
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?
France, Dubai, Baharan, Spain, Portugal, Turkey. I'd love to visit South Korea, Australia, all over Europe, Nigeria and Brazil.
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
My mom, my sister and my brother literally spend the whole day together at a theme/water park, eating out for lunch, going to watch a movie at the theater then going home and cooking dinner together.
If I had one million dollars I would...
Pay off my debt, $50,000 for each of my siblings, and nieces and nephews for use as a college fund, give all of my parents (I have a couple sets) $20,000. For the rest, half would go into an interest building saving account, the other half would be for using however I wish.
Did you know...
I am absolutely terrified of spiders.
I am obsessed with international television and ...
I own more books than clothing items.