In this interview with GhanaCelebrities, Van Vicker tells his fans how it all began for him, his career future and direction. Special thanks Big Sam Media for making this possible.
GhanaCelebrities: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
A remarkable part of the this interview is when Van Vicker told his fans that:
“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.”
-Van Vicker Fans/Van Vicker Foundation (VVF)