#artistinthespotlight: Victoria Rose

Are you ready for a new artist in the spotlight? This time:  model and performer Victoria Rose!

Photo & Post-Processing: Damona-Art | Make-up & Hair: Victoria Rose

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Tell us a bit about your style as an artist.

I find it very hard to stick to one style, as I appreciate elements from so many different clothing styles, musical genres, cultural backgrounds, etcetera. The main thing that connects all of my artistic efforts is an element of elegance and femininity. Whether it be as a model, a burlesque performer or a fire artist, whether I’m going for classic pin-up or tribal warrior, this seems to be a constant in my work. I love channeling femininity because it combines power with softness and mystery. Another thing that defines me very much is a certain quirkiness. I love all things strange and unusual, and therefore I like combining elements from different arts or adding danger or horror to an act. 

Photo & Post-Processing: Gunther Frans | Make-up, Hair and Styling: Victoria Rose

How do you feel you have grown since you

started?
I don’t think I would recognize myself. I was much more naive back then, and pretty much started all of my arts “by accident”. By meeting certain people, or being in the right place in the right time, I just rolled into new worlds, picked up new skills and new passions. I would never have suspected 10 years ago what I would be doing right now. I’ve become much more critical, mostly of myself but also of the people I choose to work with. I’ve also become much more selective and thoughtful in what I do; I don’t take just any gig or invitation anymore, I want to make sure that what I do resonates with who I am and what I can offer.

What were some of the hardest obstacles to overcome, especially when starting out?
When I first started out I just wanted to be an amateur model. The hardest part was when the nastiness of the modelling industry hit me: I couldn’t get into any decent agencies because I was always too small and too fat (I was thinner than I am now, even) and not commercial enough. Many photographers weren’t just artists like I was, but turned out to want more than just pretty pictures. There was also so much jealousy, hatred, competition, backstabbing,… It really got me down. The best decision I made was to stop trying to get somewhere and start making art just for me. I started working only with photographers I knew and trusted on concepts that we both liked and that usually weren’t too commercial anymore. 

When I started performing, the thing I really had to learn was that I couldn’t just be an artist: you have to be your own agent, you have to build

Photo and Post-Processing: Daniel Doyen | Make-up, Hair and Styling: Citty Van Aart

your personal brand, scout for gigs, … Essentially, I was busy with marketing, sales, branding, graphic design, etc. more than I was actually dancing or performing. And even then, it’s nigh impossible to survive financially as an artist. 
Now, I’ve learned to find more balance in it. I have a day job to make a living, so I had to cut down on my artist activities to get some sleep anyway 🙂


Tell me one of your worst and best experiences so far.

Worst: That would probably be one of my very first photoshoots. I had very naively agreed to go to an abandoned factory for an urbex shoot. The photographer proceeded to touch me inappopriately under the guise of “correcting my posture” or “arranging my outfit”. I was about 14, but he really pushed me for nude photographs, manipulating me into believing that I was a prude for refusing. Since I was all alone with him in that factory, I was really scared and didn’t really dare to stand up to him for fear he might get angry. Luckily, I wasn’t assaulted, but the experience left me pretty shaken. It wasn’t until years later that I fully realised what had happened, I somehow repressed it for some time until another model dropped this guy’s name and everything came back. I take precautions now, when meeting someone I haven’t worked with before. I’m also much more resilient and assertive after years of working with all kinds of people in the industry.
For Little Noirise

Best: I would go for the creation of our Bombshell Boudoir show with my troupe Candy Coated Circus. It was a big burlesque and variety show that we organised all by ourselves and it ended up being a huge succes. We had great guest performers, little shops on the side, the full experience. We worked so very hard for it, making the best acts we had up until then, having loads of fun and emotional moments and really getting closer as a troupe. I am still proud we pulled it off on our own, with a full house of nearly 500 people. I think that night, when we were on stage taking our last bow and shooting some glitter confetti in the air, that would be the best moment.


Who do you look up to as an artist?
I look up to a LOT of people. There’s great fire artists, amazing burlesque gals, costume designers that create awesome pieces, superb photographers,… I wouldn’t know where to start. 
I think most of all I look up to my troupe members, my burlesque girls as well as my fire tribe and my model colleagues. There’s so many great people I work
with, who make amazing things and just put their whole heart and soul in their art. They work so very hard to bring their talent to the world. I love and admire all of them more than they realize. Shout out to my artist friends! 

What is the best advice someone has ever given to you about the industry?
Fake it ’till you make it! Even if your knees are weak and you’re feeling like a schmuck. As long as you can make your audience believe that you own that stage/photoshoot , that you are a goddess on earth, they will make you feel that way in return.

What would you like to say to the readers of this blog?
Pour your heart out into your life. Follow your passion and your talent – there’s always likeminded people who will appreciate your art, who will support you and enrich your life.
Don’t be stuck in a cage made by other people who tell you what is possible and what is not. It is possible to be yourself in a dull and grey world that doesn’t seem to accomodate free spirits, you just need to find a way to make it fit.

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