Today we’d like to introduce you to Bevin Victoria.
Hi Bevin, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a deep love for storytelling, performing and world-building. I recall vividly thinking about what I wanted to be when I grew up and it, like most kids, cycled through the standards – dancer, doctor, astronaut, teacher, Olympian, entrepreneur, marine biologist. I realized at some point that I felt pretty strongly about all of my desired potential careers and that it would be impossible to choose so I decided I would be all of them or, at the very least, play them as characters, and that’s when I discovered acting. I got involved with musical theater at the age of 6 and fell completely in love with being on the stage. After that point, I began intensive studies in gymnastics, vocal training, martial arts and dance, the latter leading me to working onscreen. 13 years ago, I began working in film and tv and I love how different but similar it is to theatre.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road to this point in my life has been a very interesting one and I am truly lucky to be alive, honestly. I had a pretty standard childhood up until age three and then things changed pretty dramatically. Growing up in a pretty tough and nightmarish environment was difficult but I’m grateful for what it has taught me. Aside from those early years, it has been one wild adventure after another. I’ve come a long way from surviving on Clif Bars and living in my car in Culver City 10 years ago!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
As a performer, I’ve devoted myself to being as well-rounded as possible. To me, growing up on classic musicals with idols like Gene Kelly, I always thought that you weren’t really an actor unless you are an equally strong dancer and singer. My perspective has broadened on that a little and in more recent years, I’ve been really excited about exploring how my years of athletic training support my work. Acting is so physical, more than most people think, and I love that I have a battery of movement vocabularies to support and ground whatever character I’m playing and whatever story I’m telling. At this point in my career, I think I’m best known for my versatility and the level of complexity I bring to characters. I come from a super diverse ethnic background and I love that it gives me so much to draw on to access different types of characters. I often jokingly say, I’ve already lived a couple of lifetimes worth of experiences, and that brings a richness and depth to my work that I’m really proud of.
I also love that if it’s on my resume, you can be assured that I’ve spent years of focused study on it. I throw myself into things whole-heartedly with a level of intensity that I find to be rare.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
My favorite quotes are words I live by on the daily – “Steel yourself and press on”
“Only the gentle are ever really strong” – James Dean
“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one” –
“Fortune favors the bold” – Virgil
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