We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Pierce and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
This is the question I dread the most…but it’s also a big part of who I am. I am what’s called a “Third Culture Kid”. This means that I spent part of my formative years growing up in cities and countries that my parents are not from. My dad is American from AZ, and my mom is French. I was born in Paris, and moved across the world: France, East & West Coast of the U.S, Senegal, Mexico, Hungary, etc… This had a huge impact on who I am today. As a teenager, I had a really hard time growing up this way. I was resentful, angry, and sad. I was forced to leave my friends and make new friends every two years, which I was struggling with. I also had this sense of being “rootless”. I’ve never been able to answer the question “where are you from” simply, and I was jealous of my peers when they could trace back years of memories from one place. However, I am able to see the positive impact this has had on me as a person, and on my career today. Not only am I very adaptable in new environments, but growing up around so many different cultures made me more empathetic and understanding. I now work at a company that works with people all over the world, and am able to speak to clients & crew members that come from different countries, fully understanding how they work and how they see things. Sometimes, we think that the only thing that changes from country to country is language, but culture also has a huge impact on how we have conversations, and how we interact with one another. In my personal life, I love traveling (well.. not during covid), and I love learning about new cultures. I have friends all over the world, with whom I can discuss a variety of topics. With my French friends, we can get deep into French Cinema, with my American friends, I actually get to learn more and more history, and with my TCK friends, we share different unique struggles and usually talk in much more philosophical ways. I’d say that my background, upbringing and experiences have made me who I am and had a huge impact on what I do and how I do it!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am currently a Producer at MediaMonks, which is a global company! I have worked very hard to get to where I am!
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?
In a non-covid world, the first night in, I would take them to the bar called Harvard & Stone. The next day, I would drive up to Sequoia and show them the magnificent trees. We would stay there for a night and come back down that day, stopping for a few pictures in the desert. The next day, we would go for a big brunch at Millie’s, on Sunset. We would then go hiking in Griffith Park, and see the Observatory. The next day, I would take them for a beach day in Laguna, and bring a full picnic of course! At night, we’d go back to Echo Park, and go to Sage and have their house made beers along with delicious food. The rest of our week would be a variety of delicious foods spots (Speranza for example), and local shops (like Bestie’s Vegan Paradise). Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to mention my group of friends from Senegal, who have been by my side for over 12 years! Celia, Melanie, Yasso & Jane. I’d like to mention my Uncle Tai, and my Brother Charlie, who have literally been there for me since birth. An organization that has helped me so much is Peace Over Violence, in Los Angeles. And I’d like to mention one of the best mentors I’ve had in Los Angeles, Oz Ozmen!
On set stills were for a brand called Imayla.