Although Goud was raised in Zwartewaal, a small town outside of Rotterdam, Holland, it was a lot different than the Canadian equivalent. The people there are quite progressive - stylish and open minded - and even young teens are allowed to go to clubs and bars to hear progressive music. He was always curious and as a "tween" began to head into Rotterdam to explore. He remembers, "I always wanted to know about life outside my immediate surroundings. I'm a keen observer of people, trends and society in general. Nothing fascinates me more than why people or societies do the things they do even though most of it is opposite of how I do, like or see things. I am the nosiest person I know. This curiosity is where I differed from most of the kids my age and it has never left me." The time spent in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, also expanded his horizons. Many an afternoon found him gazing out at the Persian Gulf in the distance, "...thinking and dreaming, mesmerized by the desert and camels between myself and the sea."
|Zwartewaal, Holland Dhahran, Saudi Arabia|
After high school, it was back to Holland for six months and then in 1987 Goud returned to Vancouver and entered the film industry. Initially working as a stand-in and photo double, the jobs offered him an opportunity to explore acting as a career as well as to hook up with a large number of people in the industry including his future wife - Julia. Living downtown during this time provided that stimulating environment he craved. "The city has always been a great teacher. Nowhere else can one meet so many different people from all different backgrounds and cultures."
|With Raphael Mazzucco at the Lancome Event|
|With DJ Lady Starlight, Lady Gaga's best friend and tour DJ|
|With Any Chu of Arc 2 Intertainment|
|With wife Julia - photo by Neil Pelman|
For more information on LuvnGrace events you can visit the website at www.luvngraceaffair.com. Vernard Goud can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vernardluvngrace.goud.