Profiles of Color: Camila Vergasta

Gianna Principe

Hey all! So last time I got to interview the lovely Taty this time around you'll get to meet the wonderful Camila Vergasta from Brazil! 

What made you want to come to America?

I wanted to have a deep training in the three areas of Musical Theatre - acting, singing and dancing - in one place, and I knew New York had programs that would give me that! I also wanted the opportunity to work as a performer here, where the biggest Musical Theatre industry is. I knew I would have a lot of good opportunities in NYC, with such a big variety of shows.

What do you love most about working as an actress/the theatre business?

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I love that it is such an exciting career and that you get to play so many different roles all the time! It’s a constantly learning profession and you are always challenging yourself, which is something that makes me feel alive and active! In these years of performing I have played princesses, villains, dancers, a gypsy, even a witch - and each one of those experiences was very special.

What made you want to be an actress? 

I really love the feeling of being on a stage. I have been singing and dancing since I was 5 and the moment when my performance is over and I hear the applause is always a moment that gives me the feeling of “this is what I want to do for the rest of my life”. I also love to be able to touch people with my art.

Your favorite show on Broadway and why?

I love so many of them, but if I have to choose, Wicked will always be a special one to me. It was the reason I became obsessed with Musical Theatre many years ago, so it has a strong meaning. Also, I think the music is just brilliant and the plot really moves me.

What do you love most about where you live now?

The opportunity to work with so many talented and renowned people. I’ve worked with a Grammy Award winner, a Broadway star, and a Tony Award nominee - I wouldn’t have that in Brazil! I also really love to live in big cities (even in Brazil I lived in a big one), because I just love the variety of things that they offer - restaurants, bars, cultural life, etc. 

Any advice for people who don't live in America but want to come and work as an actor! 

If you want and can come, don’t hesitate, follow your dreams! They do come true! Living and working abroad is a very unique and amazing experience, and it’s totally worth it!

Thank you for sharing your story Camila!