Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Wallace.
Hi Victoria, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Ahh! I always say my interest into acting was an accident haha… I was school-aged, in D.C. and my mother was looking for a summer youth camp in this church. She entered the wrong room, finding a performing arts camp instead, and took a chance and left me with there, haha. I happened to like it and remained in the camp from that day on.
I would return for many summers learning the basics of dance, music and acting while we prepared for the end-of-program musical. I continued my performing arts interests into high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. I landed my first role outside of school in an indie film. My time at Ellington led me to believe I could both pursue and maintain the stamina for a career in acting. I felt so prepared. After being waitlisted for Juilliard and SUNY Purchase, I enrolled in my fallback school, a private liberal arts college in upper Manhattan. After a brief stint in college, despite the many struggles, I’ve managed to continue immersing and committing myself into the world of entertainment.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Definitely not! I left college early because of financial hardship and could not fathom not Acting. I thugged it out and was pretty much thrown into the NYC fire from there. At that time, my greatest concern was finding a home whilst unemployed and keeping the faith. Another struggle has been maintaining a decent job while auditioning. It’s hard finding jobs that support your artistic dreams. They want you there everyday, all day lol.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an enthusiastic and committed trained Actress. I specialize in both Comedic and Dramatic styles and have many years of experience On-Stage, in Film, and in radio plays. I am probably most known for my roles as Cherry in BET’s The Christmas Lottery (2020), as Robin in YouTube’s Pillow Talk (2019), as Flora in DC Noir (2019), as Quincy in The Tale of Four (2016) and as Braids in Money Matters (2011). I am most proud of my most recent film, “The Christmas Lottery”. I booked it during summer of 2020 during what seemed to be a very hopeless year. I am proud that I was able to, through the strength of God, maintain my faith and keep my eyes on the prize despite what “reality” looked like. I am also so very proud of the first play I lead, “Glass Cord”. It was the first role I booked when I left college. I remember feeling so directionless but also feeling like I needed to continue on with my passion. What sets me apart from others is my genuine love for people and learning. I love to learn about people and their stories. That is probably what draws me into acting and performance so much. The idea that I can learn more about someone’s life and the makings of them by doing my research. I like connecting dots like that.
What matters most to you? Why?
What matters most to me is truly making the most of my life. I never want to feel like I should have went for something I truly wanted. Every interest of mine, I explore.
- Website: https://www.victoriawallaceworldwide.com/
- Instagram: @queenvicnyc
Personal Photo by Harry Aaron ( Harryaaron.com )