I realized that I have a lot of cool friends and know a lot of interesting people, so I thought I'd introduce you to some of them. I'm gearing up to promote "Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage" coming in February (with free contest giveways like books and chocolates) but until then...I have a little down time. What better time to share with you some of the wonderfully talented people I know. First up, artist and actor Victoria Mullen.
Victoria, you're a working artist. When did you know that you were an artist?
Ha! Trick question. I've always been creative. Or insane. That much I knew from a very early age. My mom gave me this fox tail when I was around 4 or 5, and from then on until I lost it (the fox tail, that is), I wore it everywhere, tucked into the waistband of my pants. Well, OK. Just around the house. My mom refused to go anywhere with me wearing the tail, most probably because I crawled around on all fours 'being a fox.' But when I meowed at a librarian, my mom knew she had a mental case on her hands. Takes one to know one, I always say. My mom was very creative as well.
For a long time, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I LOVE animals. I used to cut up my stuffed animals, sew them back together, and then bandage them. I had this down to a science. Then I'd force my younger brother to visit my 'clinic' to see how his 'pet' was doing. I also tried to 'sell' the family cat, Cleo at my 'pet store,' which happened to be my brother's closet. Cleo put an end to that by trying to scratch out my eye. Well, who can blame her? But soon thereafter, she went on 'vacation' and I never saw her again. Years later, the truth came out: because of my irresponsibility, my parents had given her away. Talk about feeling guilty.
As for bona fide art, over the years, I expressed myself through various mediums: piano and violin in the 1960s; stained glass, writing, and photography in the 1970s and ‘80s; painting and collage since the mid-1990s. I came late to drawing and painting because I believed that using an eraser constituted cheating. Because it was impossible to create anything that was perfect, it was safer to do nothing at all. But I'm all better now. I have no qualms about using an eraser. At. All.
Another form of expression reared its head two years ago when I discovered acting. I can't remember the impetus to take an acting class at GRCC, but I auditioned for and got a role in Summer and Smoke, directed by Paul Dreher. It was the first time I had ever auditioned for a role. I was hooked and began acting in student and indie films. In one of my first film roles, I acted opposite Mark Boone Junior, a character actor who has been in countless films, including Batman Begins and Memento. It was a fluke, but it showed me that anything is possible. Right now, I'm training with Kurt Dreyer, and I am learning many, many good things about the craft. I highly recommend his class.
TANYA: What kind of work do you create?
My paintings are constructed of acrylic and mixed media, including paper, gemstones, and other random gewgaws that happen along the way. Because I live with two, very furry cats, there is a very good chance that there some cat hair in my art as well. I'm still not sure how to classify my work. It's very bright, that much I can safely say. I like to make fun pieces. Most feature cats for some reason.
What is important to you in your work and life?
Freedom of expression. My cats, Bobby and Frankie. Financial security (which I don't have right now). Continuous learning. A fresh supply of paints. Privacy (I'm a hermit). Acting. Dear friends. Food is kind of important. So, too, is the ability to dream lucidly. If only I wrote them down.
TANYA: Anything you'd like to share about your bio?
VICTORIA: From 2003-2008, I put my art on hold because I was in law school. I'm an attorney licensed to practice in the state of Michigan. I'm interested in medical malpractice, entertainment law, and animal rights law.
Is your work available for purchase, and if so, where?
Yes, absolutely, it's available for purchase. Many of my pieces may be seen at MP Talent Agency at MoBevy, 40 Monroe Center NW, Second Floor. I also do commissions.
Huge thanks to Malinda Petersen, my agent, for believing in me. She is awesome.
Anything else you want to share?
Someday, I'd like to create a children's book. I would also like to act with Viggo Mortensen in an indie film. Plus, I really wish that Michael Hutchence wasn't dead. I am on the lookout for a man in my age group who looks like Michael Hutchence, is gifted, sensitive, nice, funny, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and who is also very stable. He must be willing to do all the cooking. I've been told that finding such a creature is an impossibility, but I still hold out a shred of hope.
Also, in my next life, I would like to be a singer and dancer. I believe that music is the highest form of expression.
Oh, and one more thing: people can view my work--art, acting, and writing--on my website at www.victoriamullen.com.