Leading Lady Number 4

In participation of National Women’s Month and the National Women’s History Project’s Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives, C4 Atlanta would like to share the next story from our Leading Ladies series.

Everyone meet Vanessa Bamber!

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Where/who do you work for and what is your role?
Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta GA September 2012-present
Professor of Arts Administration
Writer and instructor for all art administration coursework including Principles of Arts Administration, Finance and Money Management, Legal Issues in the Arts, Raising Funds for the Arts, Promoting the Arts, Arts Leadership and Governance, Events Planning, and Final Project Thesis.Serve as graduate faculty advisor for all Atlanta-based studentsPrincipal and CEO of Spellcast Entertainment LLC.
Spellcast Entertainment LLC is dedicated to spurring the imagination and captivating the senses of its audiences by creating unique, immersive theatrical experiences across multiple mediums.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An actress, a producer, rich and famous
Who was your favorite artist/writer/performer growing up?
Madonna was my favorite artist; she was a girl being who she wanted to be.
Who has been/had the the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did the person teach you?
I cannot say that I have had just one. I find influence in those overlooked heroes who blazed their own trail, did what they wanted, improved lives, and through it all (all the ups and downs) kept going. I’ve had to learn many lessons in my life but the biggest is that no matter how tough the path or how many times you fall down, you just keep going until you reach your goal. I give credit to my father, the best man I know, who taught me that attitude is key to success.
When and how did you first become interested in the arts? How long have you been in your line of work?
Birth. I saw the light and took my place on the stage. It really has been that long! Whether I was performing for my parents, their friends, or paying guests at professional theatre shows, I have always been a part of the arts.
How is art a passion for you?
I couldn’t image my life without my passion for the arts in it. I’m always wishing to create, shape, or perform something. My home is in that collective space where artists go to make their imagination reality.
What are your thoughts on equality and representation of women in the arts?
I believe it is our responsibility as women to take our place at the table. The environment is changing for the better but we as women must be diligent and keep working, keep shaping, and keep doing and we’ll all get there, together.
What in your profession has given you the greatest satisfaction or fulfillment? Looking back, what would you have done differently? What would you do again?
Wow, good questions. I would have to say teaching and mentoring on the job. I have and continue to really enjoy working one-on-one with others to improve their knowledge of tasks and thinking about arts administration/management. Plus I always learn something.I wouldn’t do anything differently. I dig my scars and would do it all again just to ensure I would be the person I am today.
What most excites you about the arts in Atlanta?
Possibilities for growth. I believe Atlanta is entering a strong period of growth and the arts just need to find new ways to capture the incoming audiences, plus find ways to work together and help each other out.
What do you hope to contribute to the Atlanta arts community?
Great thinkers, administrators, and art enthusiasts (particularly theatre).
Where can we go to find out more?
https://www.scad.edu/academics/programs/arts-administrationhttps://www.facebook.com/spellcastentertainment (official website coming in a few short weeks)

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