Victoria Duffield is on her way to pop stardom. The Abbotsford, BC singer was discovered in 2010 and has since signed to Warner Music Canada (you may have heard her hit song “Shut Up and Dance“). She was a Top 6 finalist on YTV’s The Next Star, has had acting appearances on shows like Smallville and Supernatural, and does amazing charity work with Free The Children. Talk about an inspiration!
PLUS she has a song with Aussie heartthrob Cody Simpson that is SO. CATCHY. (Do you recognize where the music video was shot? Yes, that’s the Royal Ontario Museum! Dinosaurs never seemed so glam! Just kidding, dinosaurs are always glam.)
We caught up with Duffield to discuss her music, her charity work, and you, her amazing fans.
Shedoesthecity: With your singing and acting chops, academic prowess, and commitment to not only your career but also charity, you could definitely be called a great role model. How does that make you feel? Who did you grow up looking up to?
Victoria Duffield: It’s a great feeling knowing that kids look up to me, and it’s amazing hearing my fans refer to me as their “role model” on social media. It is very flattering, and I always want to leave a positive impression on my incredible fans. If I can influence them to go after their dreams, work hard, and have a positive attitude along the way, it would make me feel really, really good. Growing up, I’ve always looked up to my mom and admired her amazing qualities.
SDTC: Tell us about your work with Free the Children. Why is that so important to you? How would you recommend teens get involved?
VD: I am so proud to support such an admirable organization like Free The Children. I performed at one of their We Days last year, and was recently invited to accompany them in Kenya to see the programs they have set up. To actually get to see the happiness that Free The Children brings to the people there, and how they changed their lives, was incredible. I definitely look forward to continuing to support this organization, as it is important to me to give back and share my encouragement and love of music with others.
It is so easy for other teens to get involved! Free The Children encourages kids to develop ideas on how they can help their community and country, as well as aiding people internationally. There are many creative ways to raise money and awareness. Check out the Free The Children website for details on their programs!
SDTC: What’s your favourite part of the process of making an album?
VD: Well, I love being a part of the writing process, as it allows me to express ideas, thoughts, and feelings right into my own music—and I’m able to really connect with my songs when recording them and eventually performing them for my fans. It’s a really fun, creative process. I’m not saying it’s not a lot of work and stressful at times, but in the end, I’m able to work with talented writers and producers to come up with some great music.
SDTC: What can fans expect from the Big Ticket Summer Show?
VD: I’m really excited to perform at Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert with my amazing band and dancers! My fans can expect a high-energy set that’s gonna make them want to get up and dance and sing along! I’m looking forward to having a party with my fans by having lots of fun and connecting with them while I entertain them on stage.
SDTC: You’ve accomplished so much at such a young age. What’s next?
VD: Thank you! I have always been one to work really hard, push myself, and look for ways I can improve and accomplish more. My question is always, “Okay that was awesome—what’s next?”
I’m currently working on my second album. I’ve been doing lots of songwriting over these past months and am highly anticipating the release. I can’t wait to share my new music with my amazing fans!
Don’t miss Victoria when she performs at Family Channel’s Big Ticket Summer Concert on Sunday, August 25 in Toronto!