Published On: Wed, Feb 16th, 2011

Van Vicker: I Don’t See Myself Doing Porn

Van Vicker

It has been up and down chase with star Actor Van Vicker as a result of his busy schedule. I nearly gave up on this interview but couldn’t disappoint GC readers and the numerous Van Vicker fans so had to keep pressing for it.

It took time to get it done but it is worth the hustle. I think this is one of the best and in-depth interviews I have come across from Van Vicker on the issue of how it all began for him, his career future and direction. Special thanks to Van Vicker and Big Sam Media for making this possible.

GhanaCelebrities.Com: Let’s start with this, how did you get into movies?

Van Vicker: It started way back in 1997 when I went for an audition for the post of a presenter in a newly opened T.V. station, TV3 Network, still TV3 Network till date. She saw the advert in the newspaper and told me about it.

I did the first audition, the second, the third and I was hired. That was the genesis. I did presentation, production work, then I resigned and moved on to a radio station, Groove FM, I was hired to do the drive time program.

That TV station was changed to a local station and because I don’t speak the local language, I had to move on, then I went to another TV station, Metropolitan Television, MTV for short where I started producing and presenting programs.

As a staff, I did uncountable programs, from live to recorded, what have you. I presented and produced a lot that was where I rose to be the assistant head of entertainment.

And while I was still there, I went to another radio station, Vibe 91.9 Fm, and then I was presenting a night program, so I was doing the radio work and the TV as well. Then I had it on Television series, I was star in it.

I started over in Sun City and then it moved on to … and that was when I thought about doing movie.

The first one I did was Divine Love; I did that with Majid and Jackie around 2004. I actually stopped radio before I started the film because the series was not giving me time.

I later resigned from TV and started doing my own advertising agency. I worked with one of the biggest advertising agency and then I started my own advertising agency.

I opened my own agency, Sky Orange; I did it for a while. Then, the movie thing started getting bigger and bigger and I had to let my pattern run Sky Orange while I did other stuff.

GhanaCelebrities.Com: Have you had any formal education or training in Drama, Theatre, Acting in the movie field?

Van Vicker: I did do several courses, I did one in marketing, I did another in accounting but I didn’t really like it, then I did stuff in production.

So, am looking at upgrading myself. I went to the New York film academy because I wanted to upgrade myself. The things you learn in school many times is not the same thing you learn on the ground.

I thought that I have been practicing acting; I need to learn the book side of it and truly, it has being really helpful. It has opened my eyes to see the things I have been overlooking or things I didn’t even know, or that I have gotten to know how to apply it.

It has been really helpful to me; I also intend to do courses in directing, producing and script writing.

GhanaCelebrities.Com: It is obvious that you are currently focused on working and starring more in Nigeria movies compared to Ghanaian movies and you seem to be residing in Nigeria , what is the rational behind this move?

Van Vicker: I am an actor, I love my job; if it requires me to be anywhere, I won’t hesitate and sometimes that demands me to be in Nigeria.

GhanaCelebrities.Com: What is your take on the current emergence of “soft porn movies” in the African Movie industry especially the Ghanaian movie industry?

Van Vicker: I’m a morally focused person, though that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to those doing it, on their part, it is a sign of professionalism but for me, I don’t see myself doing it.

GhanaCelebrities.Com: You are a “character” who has worked a lot in both Ghana and Nigeria , what are some of the things that make these two industries unique and what also do they have in common?

Van Vicker: The two industries have come a long way and it is interesting to know that they are moving at a very fast pace though we still have more things to learn.

GhanaCelebrities.Com: Apart from movies, are you also working on any other project?

Van Vicker: I have always had the passion for being behind the cameras; actually that’s where my career began. I worked with a TV station for so many years and I was trained as a production assistant as far as directing and then I went as far as being the assistant head of entertainment.

I very much know how TV works and how camera works. When I started acting it didn’t take away that passion, it was just more of something I wanted to explore so I decided to direct and produce.

I did my first in 2007, my second production in 2008 and I am doing my third and fourth this year. It’s more of a passion like the way acting is to me and that way it gives me control of the product I’m putting out there, who I want to be in the movie, what message I want to send out there and not be at the beck and call of the producer all the time.

I want to have my own say in what people see and how they get entertained. I also run a foundation at the moment that seeks to help young people with their talents and also provide for the less privileged.

GhanaCelebrities.Com: What should your fans expect from you in the coming year?

Van Vicker: I expect to boost my foundation some more because I think I have gotten to a stage where a lot of youth look up to me as a model and I will love to encourage them in the best way that I can.

I am going to boost my foundation some more and I am going to reach out to more youth and helping them attain what is possible. I will produce more movies this year than last year because I also want to also push my directing and production career, it doesn’t mean I will not direct any other person’s movie, I will if I am approached.

GhanaCelebrities.Com: What would you tell all the young people out there wanting to become Actors and Actresses and achieve what you have accomplished in your Acting career?

Van Vicker: Basically, I will tell them to stay focused at what they are doing, they have to pay their dues in the industry, success is not achieved over night; if they can keep the I-can-do-it spirit, then the sky will be their limit.

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  1. LADY DIANA says:

    U ARE SWEET THANKS—MAY GOD BLESS U´R HOME.

  2. nelson says:

    Thank God, Vick I’m proud of u…don’t fall for the nasty degrading porn scenes…”The fear of the Lord is the begining of wisdom”

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