Vanessa plays roles of acting and singing. Playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series helped her to get prominence. Disney channel telecasted various films and television series where Vanessa appeared.
The film Thirteen, a teenage drama which was her feature film debut in which she had a supporting role in 2003. Following the release of release of the High School Musical trilogy, she got mainstream success.
Songs sung by Vanessa in films received fullest welcome all over the world. The song “Breaking Free” received the rank of the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. This encouraged her to work more to release her debut album, V, in 2006 which became the rank of 24 at Billboard 200 and was later received certification as Gold. In 2008, she released her 2nd album called Identified in the United States.