From his role on Logo’s hit series Noah’s Arc to his time dancing for Madonna on her Drowned World Tour, Christian Vincent seems to make sure he is the best at everything he does. Now a contestant on the Canadian reality show Canada Sings, NewNowNext took some time to catch up with Christian.
Can you talk about when you first wanted to be a dancer? When you first realized you had a unique ability?
Music has always inspired me to move. Movement is my natural response to music. My mom said that when I was 3 she took me took an Earth, Wind And Fire concert and I danced in the aisle the entire time as she and my aunt just laughed. I always liked watching music videos as a kid. I decided after attending a dance convention at the age of 12 that I wanted to be a dancer. It was so clear to me then, being a dancer was what I was going to be.
What was your earliest childhood dream and goal?
As a teenager my goal was to move to Los Angeles and dance for artists like Janet Jackson, Madonna, Prince and Paula Abdul. I was so mesmerized by dancers in videos and award shows that doing those things became my goal. Since I was inspired to dance on a dance convention I knew when I got old enough that I wanted to teach on one as well. I also thought that starting with dancing would also segue into me singing or acting. I knew then that I didn’t want to remain behind somebody my entire career.
When did you decide to move into acting? Was that always the goal?
After seeing many of my goals as a dancer realized, I wanted more. Dance is my first love but I soon realized that as a dancer I would remain glorified background or secondary on many jobs. I wanted to, I guess, have more of a voice in my work. I had always taken acting and soon decided not too long after moving to LA that I wanted to pursue it. It was not a quick transition and not the easiest.
What was your best and worst experience as a dancer?
I have a lot of great experiences as a dancer. To narrow it down to one is hard. I have to say that seeing a childhood dream realized like dancing for Madonna was one. There were certain things as a kid I just knew I would do because I was very determined and that was one of them. One of my worst experiences as a dancer was, I don’t know that I had a worst experience, dance has been good to me. I will say that realizing dancers careers seem limited unless we venture into other areas was an eye opener. Realizing that choreographers and people in the business can be very fickle was an eye opener.
Can you talk about your proudest moment so far in your career?
I think the proudest moment thus far in my career is that I am still doing it. I look at what I wanted to do as a kid and I am doing those things. As corny as it may sound, I am glad that my passion became my career. It is not always the easiest but I am proud that I have found a way to continue.
What are you working on currently?
Currently I do many things. I choreograph, act, teach dance at a dance convention and I still dance. Currently I am on a TV series in Canada called Canada Sings, I think it is one of my most fulfilling jobs to date. I act as a key character on the show, choreographer and also as a creative. The show takes regular people that work together (eg, firemen, hospital workers) and has them create a glee club. These co workers create a glee club to compete against another team for a charity of their choice. My job as choreographer is to work with my partner the musical director Sharron Mathews to create the glee number. I will usually come up with a concept for the number, draw sketches for costumes, hair, make- up and the set. My partner will create a mash up or medley based on the concept we have created. I wear many hats on the show, I work behind the scenes as a creative but I am also on camera talent helping to guide the audience through the process.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
Where do I see myself in 5-10 years? I see myself doing more, I hope to consolidate my talents. I want to have the opportunity to use all of my talents on a single project at some point. And I want some little kids running around at some point too.
What is your ultimate goal?
People often ask what is my ultimate goal. My ultimate goal now is to have longevity with the work I do. Stardom is not my concern because that is fleeting and seems exhausting. I really want to continue to do great jobs in the industry I like, being creative, and continue to grow.