What’s your full name/artist name and where are you from?
My name is Victoria Pousada Kreindler, although I also go by Vicki and Kikki, and I am from New York.
What makes you different as a person/artist?
I noticed from a very young age that I viewed the world differently from everyone else, and it has been a major reason for why I am so often alone despite being what we call “a people person”. It is not that I am difficult to get along with or anything like that. I just have strong, passionate opinions.
I not only tend to have a very romanticized and sometime black and white viewpoint, especially when it comes to issues of morality. But I also, truly believe that anything is possible and that where there is a will there is a way. I know it is idealistic but my skepticism was tossed aside by the unstoppable female figures in my life who have acted as my pillars of support and role models. I have quite literally met wonderwomen in my life who grew out of poverty, war, crossed borders, breached barriers, waited tables, cleaned houses, started businesses, built conglomerates while raising children, and who somehow also manage to enjoy comfortability and/or riches and happy marriages. Women are and have always been told that they cannot have it all. I want to smash that belief to smithereens. Women can be intelligent, in love, in fashion, and not in debt. I want to become an inspiration, to women and to all those who identify differently as well.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
My future plans are a bit complex. First off, acting has and will always be a passion of mine. And as Theatre Major, I see myself continuing to audition for on-camera work as well as more voice-over jobs well into the future. But, acting is also an invaluable skill with a much wider range of applications than people realize, it even applies to modeling, so I also intend to continue taking courses to keep my skills sharp.
My aim is to establish myself, at least to a degree, within the world of on-camera acting within the next five years, through any acting sub-field that I can.
However, I admit that it seems that with how well things are developing for me with regards to Costume/Fashion design that I would not be surprised if it became my main career title in the future.
I am excited about all of my current and possible design collaborations and thankfully, I already have established good relations with fellow designers/dressmakers.
One of these said designers and I desire to put on the art-fashion collaborative show sometime in the near future. This is a long-term collaboration and venture that we see as a major end goal that we wish to accomplish within the next five years at the latest.
I also hope to augment my skills enough so that I can either apprentice or intern under my renowned and incredibly skilled costume design teacher from Rutgers University, David Murin, sometime in the future once the COVID-19 crisis has settled.
In addition, I was able to network with Howard Kaplan the head designer at The Sarasota Opera who I aim to further develop my relationship with as well. He gave me invaluable advice on my designs for La Bohème and encouraged me to apply to The Sarasota Opera summer design program. But, even though it goes without saying that unfortunately this will not come to pass this summer, I have remained in contact with him. It is also a real possibility that I will go to Sarasota in the coming years, to either partake in their summer program or to intern under him.
I also intend to continue modeling because I not only have already established myself as a professional in this field and generated a small income, but because it facilitates showcasing my designs and marketing myself. This was reinforced for me when it became clear that, like acting, it is another profession that has for the most part remained afloat during this taxing time and fueled other creative outlets. For example, there has been a trend to do virtual or FaceTime photoshoots and fashion shows which have created jobs for designers, photographers, models and companies, and marketers alike. And the fact that magazines are accepting photo submissions from these kinds of photoshoots foreshadows how common virtual photoshoots and fashion shows may become in the future. Ironically, as the years go by, I am discovering that career paths that were traditionally considered unstable and unreliable and becoming more solidified with the help of technological advancement and changing perspectives. Furthermore, through it, I have been able to network with countless other creatives who have multiple careers as actors, musicians, designers, and dressmakers. I want to follow my passions, but I also don’t want to shy away from any possible income sources. The starving artist is already a cliché so the need to master multiple fields was already ever present before the pandemic and I feel strongly that it will persist with the continued development of modern tech which makes this task more feasible.