Director, Animation Films Production Management, Netflix
VES Member: 8 Years
VES benefit most enjoyed: Networking events
Born and raised in Simi Valley, California, Victoria was about six years old when she went on the King Kong ride at Universal Studios in Florida and was stunned by “the combination of mechanics, artistry and animation that created the illusion. I immediately wondered how it all worked and how people could create that type of magic. I feel like I have been chasing that feeling of awe ever since.”
Animated projects such as Rugrats (1991), Sailor Moon (1992), Pocahontas (1995) and Anastasia (1997) ignited her passion to seek out and ultimately be employed within the industry. She is most proud of her work on Back to the Outback (2021), as well as her move in 2014 to Cinesite, Montreal, where she built their animation division. There she supported many new artists early in their careers, growing their confidence and abilities.
Victoria offers encouragement to young women hoping to become part of the industry. “You have something absolutely incredible to bring to this industry and your perspective is needed,” she states. “It can be difficult at first to jump in when everyone around you seems to have so much experience, but there are many mentorship opportunities out there through organizations such as Women in Animation, Rise Up Animation and the Visual Effects Society to help you find the network you will need to support you.”
Her advice to others: “Keep an open mind about the industry because the parts that intrigue you and bring you joy might surprise you and can change over time. If you follow your excitement, it will keep the work feeling fresh and propel you through the tricky parts of production.”
Victoria says that her four-year-old daughter keeps her on her toes and provides her with a welcome change of outlooks.