We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Faith Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria Faith, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Simple answer: It’s what I love to do and what I feel called to do! Anyone who is an artist or an actor knows that it’s not an easy career path, as there are a lot of instabilities and unknowns. I believe it’s one of those career paths that you have to be so passionate about it that you couldn’t stand not doing it. Personally, I was inspired to follow an artistic path from a young age because of my love for music. I started dancing when I was 4 and singing when I was about 8 years old. Then I started doing theatre when I was 9 years old. So choosing an artistic and creative career followed a very natural progression for me, as I found myself falling more and more in love with all aspects of the performing arts!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I recently found a journal entry from when I was 10 years old. In it, I wrote about the careers I was interested in pursuing. I talked about wanting to be a lawyer or a singer but that I had a dream about being an actor. Before I had that dream, I had just been accepted into an after-school acting program at Baltimore School for the Arts. That was a super exciting moment for when and one of those moments that really sparked my desire to pursue acting professionally. As an adult now, I have allowed my childhood dreams and ambitions to prosper. I truly believe that we can accomplish anything if we believe in ourselves, trust God, and put in the work. One of the major lessons that I’ve learned along the way is the importance of remaining grounded in your support systems and experiencing life to the fullest. I’ve often gotten very wrapped up in the rejection and desire to please others that come with a people-focused career. Beyond that, as actors, we are storytellers. But in order to tell stories, we need to have stories to tell. Much of our inspiration comes from our own lives. So I just think its so important for artists to have many different interests and hobbies to allow them to keep creating no matter where they are in their professional careers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am an avid outdoors enthusiast so hiking would be my top activity! The Griffith Observatory is visually stunning and overlooks the city. And of course, you’d want to do the hike to the Hollywood sign. Maybe even add in a nice mountain-top picnic or stargazing in the evening. I’d also go thrifting! LA is known to have a really great thrifting scene so that would be super fun paired with a nice brunch at a cute cafe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people and organizations that I could thank! The first that comes to mind is my high school performing arts program. I attended an all-girls Catholic school, where I was given the opportunity to excel in the performing arts, in a close-knit environment. Because it was an all-girls school, I got to expand my horizons as an actor and even play lots of boy characters which was a fun challenge 🙂 I’d also like to thank the instructors at the Hippodrome Theatre camp, specifically, Becky Mossing. She has believed in me from the beginning. The example of her career as a performer in productions on Broadway and across the world, helped me realize that I could make a career out of what I love to do.
Roy Cox Studio, Drexel University Theatre