With a career as colorfully varied as the Inca textiles from his native country, Victor Rojas’ emergence as one of Peru’s most valuable exports isn’t a question of possibility, but rather a matter of inevitability.
While the discovery and nurturing of his talents can be traced back to his early childhood in Lima, Victor’s move to America proved to be a pivotal moment in his ongoing development as a multifaceted artist.
The first half of the 90s gave us grunge music, the internet and the debut of a young Victor Rojas as a leading actor with his starring role as Juanito in 1995’s Max Is Missing. Set in Peru, the film provided an opportunity for Victor to return to his birthplace as an early achiever of the proverbial American Dream.
Later film roles would include It Could Happen To You, Prince Of Central Park and Die Hard With A Vengeance, which were projects that found Victor starring alongside Tinsletown titans such as Nicolas Cage, Kathleen Turner, Rosie Perez and Bruce Willis. Getting bitten by the acting bug turned out to be rewarding for a now teenaged Victor, but it was the bite from the world of dance that would ultimately leave a deeper impression.
Peru is a country where music is a vital component of the country’s DNA, so Victor’s transition into becoming a trained professional dancer was a natural progression that lead to him sharing stages and/or video sets where he flawlessly navigated the pop and R&B worlds inhabited by the likes of Alicia Keys, Brandy, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lopez, The Spice Girls and Janet Jackson. A cursory glance at Victor’s complete dancer credits reveals an impressive assemblage of performers whose work was enhanced by his stellar artistry.
The early 2000s also afforded Victor the opportunity marry his two main career choices as an actor and dancer when he was cast in Honey, the Jessica Alba vehicle that helped spark the current popular trend of dance-themed movies. His acting career continued to flourish with his participation in the Montana Meth Project antidrug ads and a guest starring role on CBS-TV’s sitcom Still Standing.
2004’s monster pop hit “Milkshake” famously brought the boys to the yard, but the video brought Victor Rojas to the role of choreographer. He has since gone on to lend his talents as a choreographer not only to recording artists but to television series as well having created Hip Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical pieces for both seasons of the Lifetime Network’s Dance Moms spin-off, Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.
His most recent career turn was as a dancer for Lady Gaga and it was an affiliation that spanned five years, three world tours, several music videos, countless special performances and one unique opportunity to perform in his home country where he was greeted with a fevered welcome from crowds who were overcome with pride that one of their own had “made it”.
The young dreamer from Lima is all grown up now and there is a string of achievements --- starring in movies, performing at Super Bowl XXXVIII with Janet Jackson and the MTV Awards tribute to Michael Jackson, appearing on the cover of Dance Magazine and choreographing videos for Grammy nominated songs
--- and each of these wish list goals have hard earned check marks next to them. He has come a long way since those early days, but he will be the first to tell you that he still has miles to go.
Impressive accomplishments aside, Victor continues to be an inspiration with his pursuit of new artistic endeavors and much like his first ever job as an extra in a RuPaul video, Victor has recently stated that he is going “Back To My Roots.” --- a curious declaration indeed. Is he going back to acting? Is he going back to Peru? While his intentions aren’t yet explicitly clear, you can be sure that he will excel in his efforts. It isn’t a question of possibility, but rather a matter of inevitability.