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Meet Veronica Burgess

Today we’d like to introduce you to Veronica Burgess.

Hi Veronica, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started performing at the age of 6 when I began dancing, mostly ballet and jazz; I fell instantly in love with the rush of being on stage and being able to have an effect on the audience.

However, after 12 years, I was hungry for an adventure so I decided to join the Navy, which is undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have ever made. I served onboard the USS Bataan for 4 years and was a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 & 2 and Hurricane Katrina relief.

After being honorably discharged, I started college at California State University Fullerton and while earning my degree in Kinesiology, I began modeling. Mostly print work for clothing and beauty companies, but it led me to my first film job, and here I am, 11 years later, still loving this crazy industry and this insanely rewarding process of being an actor.

I have been fortunate enough to work on some of my favorite TV shows and be a part of some incredible films and live productions over the years. But the road hasn’t been easy. Its been filled with disappointments, challenges, and hard days… but it has also been full of exhilarating moments, successes, amazing people, and the gift of creating some very special art.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
As I mentioned before, my journey hasn’t been “easy.” But anything worth doing will never be easy. I imagine some of my struggles are similar to other actors or artists in general. I have struggled with fear and doubt and that “not good enough” feeling.

I have fallen victim to the all too familiar scams of the industry – you know the ones where you go to a school who promises to get you to work, an agent, etc, or the agent who needs to see you in a bikini during the meeting… shady stuff like that.

But in the beginning, I just didn’t know, I was completely ignorant of what the industry was and how real professionals conducted themselves. It didn’t take me long to learn, and thankfully I found a great school and some amazing mentors along the way that helped me navigate this business and really establish myself, but it definitely started out as a very bumpy road.

And I still have bumps along my journey, they just look different now. Now my bumps are not booking a role that I was perfect for or having a “bad” meeting, which happens to everyone along the way. No business is perfect, but what keeps me coming back is the work itself, the people, and the stories we get to tell.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As actors we get to bring people to life and tell their stories – some are fun, some are scary, some are sad, etc. But what I love about this career is that we can be anyone or anything.

We are conduits of shedding light on current issues, telling stories of people who haven’t been able to share their story until this moment, for whatever reason. That is a big responsibility and something very powerful, so I treat it as such. As a result, I am proud of the majority of my work, which is so important, especially when things get slow.

This actually happened to me not too long ago, in the fall of last year. I was feeling really excited because the episode of Lucifer I was in had recently aired so I thought I would be super busy. Well, I was auditioning but I was not busy working and that sort of got me in an artistic rut.

A couple of weeks into my rut, I had an opportunity to start working with Diavolo, an acrobatic modern movement company that does a 6-week intensive veterans program every year. I said yes, and got to work and we just finished 8 amazing performances here in LA, some of which were at the Wallis Annenberg performing arts center in Beverly Hills.

It was an incredible experience that used a part of my military story, acrobatic movements, and precarious structures to create a truly visceral, emotional, exciting, and dangerous experience for the audience. It is probably the project I am the most connected to and proud of at this point in my career.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
I see the industry expanding to other areas of the world. I see film studios continuing to be built in other states and other countries in an effort to expand production to other places beyond just the main cities it’s in now.

And this shift is already happening, which is exciting. Since Covid, most auditions are still being done via self-tape which makes sense for a number of reasons, and I don’t see that changing. This is great, because then, as an artist, you truly can be anywhere and still do what you love.

I also see more and more female-driven stories being told, by female directors, and that is exciting and long overdue. We have definitely made a lot of progress over the last 10 years, but we still have a long way to go. But I truly believe this shift is coming, and soon.

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Cheryl Mann, Shane Russek, Paul Smith, Warner Brothers, Kyle Hausmann, Logan Cross Diavolo, George Simian, and Veronica Burgess

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