Victoria G Interviews Montana Jacobowitz - Victoria G
What inspired you to become an actress?
I don’t know exactly what set me off to become an actress, but growing up I was obsessed with watching the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. In pre-school, I would always play dress up with my friends and we would act in the outfits we had on; my parents and teachers would always laugh because we would always put on a show. My parents knew that I liked acting and signed me up for a play in my elementary school and I got the supporting role and the rest is history.
Who are your acting inspirations?
I would have to say Emma Watson, Melissa Gilbert, and Leonardo Dicaprio. I loved Emma Watson’s acting ever since I watched Harry Potter and her UN Women Rights Speech. I also loved watching Little House on the Prairie when I was younger and appreciated Melissa Sue Gilbert in her character as Laura. I feel that she has taught me a few acting techniques just by watching her. I’m obsessed with 80’s and 90’s films so I loved watching Leonardo Dicario’s acting grow every film he was in, especially his performance in the Titanic. I loved him so much, I had to write about him in my recent song, Reckless, which song can be found on all music platforms as well as the lyric video on VEVO and a music video being released the beginning of May.
What is your favorite thing about acting?
I would definitely say learning new things from different movie directors, as well as, connecting with different actors and making new friends and connections. I also love the fun of reading different scripts, memorizing them, and turning them into my own character.
What is your favorite project you have ever done?
That’s a hard one because I love all the projects I have done so far. But I would have to say probably the film adapted movie of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life because I got to travel to Atlanta and I love to travel, so that was a bonus. I also had an amazing time on set with the cast and crew because most of the cast were middle schoolers and we would always play games, basketball, and dance battles. It was also amazing that I got to film the day before either my birthday.
What is a typical day on set like for you?
Well usually it first starts with me waking up really early in the morning about either 5am or 6am, which I have to admit, I’m not usually an early morning person lol 😂 Then I head to set and sometimes I may stop for breakfast before set and sometimes I wait till I get to set. When I arrive on set, I usually head to hair and make-up which lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. Then I head to the wardrobe which lasts about 30 minutes. I find wardrobe to be the fastest and easiest part of my day. Then I head to the set and we start filming. First, we do a quick run through everyone's lines and spacing run, then we jump right into filming. During the afternoon, we take a lunch break and sometimes I take that time to either take a nap or run my lines. We continue filming till dinner time and may finish filming between 8pm and 2am in the morning. But again my days vary and can be more hectic than this. lol 😂
What inspired you to become a singer?
When I was about 6 years old, I heard my brother Arizona, who is autistic, play piano for the first time and he sounded amazing. I decided after that day, I would learn music for him because he has trouble speaking. I decided I wanted to do music for him and be a voice for him. He is the true reason why I became a singer, songwriter, and musician.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I would have to say definitely Alicia Keys, Emeli Sandé, Alessia Cara, Arlissa, and Andra Day because they are all very empowering and impacting women who support Worldwide issues either through their music or activism. They inspire me to do well and are in a way like my mentors. I also like Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeren, Sam Smith, and Justin Bieber.
What is your favorite thing about singing?
My brother because he’s not able to do all the things I’m able to do. So when I am performing, I feel like I am doing it for him as well as for other children who do not have a voice.
Do you play any instruments?
Yes, I have played 10+ instruments, including, Cello, Violin, Recorder, Alto Saxophone, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, and Chimes in my 18 years. I am currently working on adding the Drums and Trumpet.
You are an activist for many causes, can you describe which causes you are an activist for and what you do for those causes?
I support causes which focus on quality education for all, including special education. This is a very important focus because children are our future and they need the tools to navigate the system. It is equally important that children with special needs are provided the opportunity to participate in activities and sports that they might not be able to be a part of on a regular basis. I am very passionate about my own organization called, Children’s Voice. My brothers and I created this organization to advocate for many children that don’t have a voice and to help them speak up. For example, we speak out on issues, such as, bullying, foster care, homelessness, etc. I am a part of an organization that gives children of all ages & disabilities the opportunity to come together and have a nice, energetic, and happy environment to play baseball together, every weekend. Homelessness an issue that is dear to me because I experienced it. My organization assists the homeless by giving out food,blankets and boots in the winter, and other items. Another cause that I support is women empowerment. My music videos are usually geared towards social issues, such as, my music video, Reckless, which focuses on women empowerment.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Assertive, Enthusiastic, and Multi-talented.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can do the worm, which is a bit retro.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I’m hoping that I get a chance to at least travel halfway across the World either on a tour or individually. I’m also hoping to land a couple of roles in big movies and/or tv shows by then.