Why did you want to become a model?
I love the rush of it all, the non-stop go-go- go lifestyle. you never know where your next casting/audition will be. I love the photoshoots, I can just let go in front of the camera and be whoever the designer - photographer wants me to be. It is my job afterall to be able to transform. then of course I love the traveling and meeting new people. There are so many amazing talented people in the fashion industry.
How did you get started in modeling?
I was about 17 years old and was discovered in my hometown of Baltimore, MD. by a scout for a small boutique agency. I booked a few jobs in Baltimore and then quickly spent most of my time in nyc, then LA, then it was off to London & Paris, back to nyc, to LA, back to nyc. you get the picture? :)
How has your life changed after you involved?
oh wow, i used to be extremely shy. I am still a private person but modeling has definitely helped me push myself and let me express myself in many ways. Afterall, you can not be shy in front of camera. There have been so many challenges and it has been a long tough road but it allowed me to become so confident and powerful in a sense. I love it. ( and this is just the beginning)
What is your favorite part about being a model?
The fast pace lifestyle, meeting great people, traveling. It can open so many doors for you. i like that you can show up to a photoshoot in jeans and a t-shirt, no makeup. and within in an hour you have a fancy designer gown on , 6inch heels, full hair and makeup done and you are ready to rock and roll.
What dislikes about modeling?
I am usually always exhausted because I try to always keep busy. but even though i am so tired I am happy inside :)
What are the qualities for you to be model?
I am always told nice things about my skin and eyes. I am ukrainian, cherokee indian, and german. I think it is a perfect mix. but I feel it is so much about your personality too, I love to laugh and be silly. To have a great sense of humor is very important .
Who are your influences?
My parents. they are my best friends. I love them so much, they are always there when I need them and always offering their guidance and support. Gisele Bundchen is one of my favorite models and biggest influence, she is such an amazing model and has such a beautiful spirit. I have learned a lot from her.
What types of assignments are you attracted most?
I am not very picky. i love a good challenge, each job can be so different. i never want to pass anything up.
What was the hardest challenge for you?
I think it continues to be a challenge to hear the harsh feedback sometimes from castings or agents. but that comes along with the job. you learn quickly to just brush it off. I love this quote, " Take only what you need from it." and with modeling you are alone a lot. traveling by yourself, going to castings/shoots by yourself, so it can be pretty lonely.
What are your most memorable modeling experiences? It could be good or bad...
I have so many! :) The most memorable was traveling to London& Paris by myself when I was 17. I felt like I had to grow up so quickly.
What would bring a smile to your face?
good music! and chocolate :)
What would be your "dream job" in life?
I'm not sure I have a dream job? I am the kind of person that wants to do it all, haha. I always reach high. I would love to continue modeling and now that I am living in LA, I am pursuing my commerical & acting dreams.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am signed with CESD Talent Agency in LA now, modeling and I am working on acting with my acting coach, and commericals with my commerical acting coach. I am also a TV Host for RealTVFilms.
What are your future plans ?
just keep going after my goals and dreams !
What's the best advice ever given to you?
my mother always gives me the best uplifting advice but I love to take advice and knowledge from everyone I meet. you can learn so much from others
What are some Do's and Don'ts in the business that you have learned?
don't let them get into your head :) and Do keep pushing because one day it will happen for you, one day you will make it. i promise.
What sort of tips or advice would you give somebody who is looking to modeling?
It starts with yourself, only strong girls survive. Good photos are very important, keep shooting to gain experience. Knowledge is power, study agencies before you go visit with them. study photographers, models, designers.
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