While some 10-year-olds arent quite sure what they want to be when they grow up, Victoria Fouch has already begun building a career, aiming for stardom.
This 10-year-old from Carolina Forest has appeared in two commercials, has been involved with four films, including having a speaking role in a film due out in October, and has completed a fashion show as a runway model. She aspires to write fantasy and adventure films.
My favorite part is being in front of the camera, Victoria said recently during an interview in her home shortly before Christmas. I like to act, sing and dance.
This is a child who knows what she wants. She has big dreams, and her agent, Gay Logg with Brio Agency International, has no doubt Victoria will realize her dreams.
We adore her, Logg said. The way she handles herself, there is just a way about her that is just unlike other children. She has an innate characteristic. Just look at her. Look at that smile. She has a permanent smile. I just fell in love with Victoria.
Ever since Victoria could read and write, shes been writing scripts from some of her favorite books, her mother Leah said. Victoria and her cousin, Makenzie Cupp, who also is 10, would team up to perform the scripts in front of the family.
Her cousin really helped bring her out of her shell, Leah said.
Victoria, a fifth-grader at Carolina Forest Elementary, was born in Kirksville, Mo., and moved to the Grand Strand from northern Wisconsin nearly four years ago so her father could attend the Golf Academy of America to earn a degree in golf management.
She has her father, Toby Frisch, to thank for her interest in acting. Her father learned about a casting call in Wilmington for an HBO show and was hired as an extra. Victoria decided she wanted to follow in her dads footsteps. When a television show filming in Myrtle Beach made a call for extras, Victoria responded. Although Victoria was not chosen, she was eager for more opportunities.
The family starting searching for casting calls in the region. Victoria put together a video audition and got busy going to casting calls, which is where Victoria met Logg, who ultimately signed her with the agency. Casting calls took her to Atlanta and Wilmington. Her first real brush with acting was in a short film at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington called Emergence. She later worked as a stand-in for Mary-Charles Jones in the up and coming comedy, Identity Thief, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman.
Working with McCarthy and Bateman ranks as one of her happiest experiences, she said.
She hugged me, said a beaming Victoria. They practiced lines with us. When she came and hugged us, that is something I will always remember.
Most recently, Victoria landed a speaking role as Ashley Fisher in a dark comedy called A Short History of Decay. The film is about a struggling Brooklyn writer who moves in with his parents to help care for his mother, stricken with Alzheimers, and his father, who suffers a stroke. Victoria plays the writers daughter.
The part called for Victorias character to portray depth, sadness and solemnity, which can be difficult for a 10-year-old actor. But Victoria has a technique for getting into character, something she learned from admiring one of her favorite actors, Dakota Fanning.
Dakota said she thinks of her goldfish dying, Victoria said. I think of my loved ones getting hurt to get sad.
When shes not acting, modeling or attending acting classes, this rising starlet, nicknamed Tori by her friends, enjoys playing with her 4-year-old sister Olivia and her 2-year-old sister, Vera.
Her friends think its pretty cool shes into acting, she said, but what they may not realize is that Victoria also enjoys playing volleyball and is a child triathlete, having recently competed locally in the swimming, biking and running event that earned her a fifth-place standing. It was her second triathlon.
Like most 10-year-old girls, Victoria was anticipating the holidays on this recent Saturday afternoon just before Christmas, excited to open presents and visit her family up north. The one gift she was most looking forward to was a music CD by One Direction, a boy band popular among younger girls. In the coming months, Victoria plans to resume her search for more work.
I plan to get into movies more, she said. I want to write my own movies and direct one day.
No doubt, this little ambitious and vivacious, dark-haired and dark-eyed youngster will be busy chasing her dreams.
What I envision for Victoria in 2013 is for her to fulfill her goals in the industry that she so loves, Logg said. Although her career is still in the initial stages, with the abilities she has, this could be her time for a breakout role. Her poise, grace and talent are a winning combination, and she is well on her way to proving that she has what it takes to succeed in the entertainment industry.
While the entertainment industry can be challenging for the family having to travel for projects and auditions, Leah said it has all been worth it to watch her daughters drive and passion.
She has been very lucky so far and we hope that continues, Leah said. She absolutely loves acting and has met some amazing actors and crews. I think seeing your child succeed in something that they have such a passion for is the biggest reward a parent can get. She truly does love any form of art and she works very hard to be the best she can be.
ELAINE VELTRI is a freelance writer for The Sun News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.