Model of the Month – Josh Ford

We’re so happy to have the handsome and versatile Josh Ford as our November Model of the Month! Not only is he a trained actor, but he is recently starting his Fit career along with keeping up with his commercial and print castings/bookings – continue reading to learn about this Ohio native and how he’s taking NYC by storm!

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1. Where you are from?

Cleveland, Oh

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2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

Sports, food, mountain biking, weight lifting, ocean conservation, martial arts (black belt in tae kwon do)

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

Discovery ID, history channel are two networks I loved being on! I’ve also started fitting recently at Express which is has been so much fun, being a part of the design process has been rewarding and a really cool experience.

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

To produce and star in my own works on the big screen has been my long term goal since I can remember. I’d also love to get some more steady fit gigs here in the city – Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, American Eagle are all some of my favorite brands I’d love to fit for.

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5. Career highlights?

Acting as a doctor on “All My Children”. Also had a Napolian solo on a feature fan film for “The Man from Uncle” (in production) – the pilot got picked up to film overseas next year.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting? 

I did acting when I was younger, got out of it cause of sports, when to to school for marketing and finance at Miami university. Went into corporate world. Always wanted to get back into acting, so quit the corporate world and move to NYC to pursue my dream to act and model. That was 10yrs ago.

 

 

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#MeToo ft. Merideth Morgan

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No matter how you feel about the #MeToo movement, you definitely can’t miss it. It’s clear that the current climate has made it possible for people to come forward with what they consider shameful secrets, and place the shame where it rightfully belongs. But one also has to wonder if the more we hear about it, the more we become desensitized and consider it a norm, and then take it for granted that it’ll never change.

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We are all feminists here, don’t get us wrong! Humanists, actually. We just hope the movement creates respect, not apathy. We’re so proud of our models who shared their stories for their bravery and support to the movement.

Check out our plus model/blogger new-sign, Merideth, who incorporated this into her blog recently. We loved it so much, we had to share – she touches on her experience and how it affects her day to day life, read about it here (click!).

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Also check out the rest of her blog which touches on plus fashion, health, and more. We’re so happy to have the gorgeous (inside and out) Merideth on our boards!

Model of the Month – Cat Cabral

We’re so excited to have the multi-talented,  petite fit model star on the rise, Cat Cabral as our October Model of the Month. Not only is she a great “fit” for many top brands, but is also seasoned in theatre + film productions. If she’s not being flown across the country for fittings, you can find Cat studying her role for an upcoming film/commercial! Continue reading to learn more about Cat!

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1. Where you are from?
Long Island but moved to NYC proper when I was 17.

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2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I’m fascinated by the history of Old Hollywood and all aspects of film-making. An ideal weekend would include shopping for vintage clothes, records and seeing live music! Fun fact, I used to work in NYC’s oldest witchcraft store and have a life-long love of Halloween, the supernatural and of course, cats!

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
I had the amazing opportunity to fit model for a secret celebrity client at Alexander Wang. As a huge fan of his designs, I was even more impressed by how welcoming and warm the entire team was during this very particular fitting that involved lots of leather bodysuits!  Also, One Jeanswear Group, Belk and MGF are great brands that I’ve been lucky to work with. I love the versatility, comfort and style; they truly have something for everyone!

4. Dreams/goals, any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
One of my biggest dreams would be cast in a period piece either TV or Film, something along the lines of Downtown Abbey or a BBC drama! There are countless amazing shows on TV right now and to be cast on Transparent, Orange is the New Black or This Is Us would be a dream come true! Also, I’d love to own a beach cottage in Mexico one day.

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I feel so lucky to have worked in lots of indie films, and theater productions but one of the biggest highlights was a play I did called Love At Home for both the NYC and San Francisco Fringe Festivals. Also getting to play a lead for Shadow of Doubt, a show on Investigation Discovery where I was running through the woods chasing after my sister’s killer was super fun!

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
As a child, I would stay up late watching old movies and would practice famous scenes in my parent’s basement over and over again. I loved the world of pretend and being able to express different facets and emotions through theater games. I never thought I could be a model and as someone who grew up in the 90’s I was obsessed with the glamorous supermodels of the era so getting to be a fit model now feels surreal!

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BICOASTAL X PROJECT RUNWAY

Project Runway has returned for it’s 16th season – but this time, with some Bicoastal MGMT models under their belt! So far this season, Janine T. has taken the runway by storm – see below for some highlights!

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Make sure to tune in to see some of our other gorgeous models in the finale!

Model of the Month: Karina Bik

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Check out the super experienced and gorgeous Karina Bik, as our September Model of the Month! From fit modeling, to parts modeling, to showroom, to print, to now acting – Karina really does it all! Continue reading to learn more about Karina….

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1. Where you are from?
I’m from Ufa, Russia

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I studied law in college and I love detective stories and investigations. I’m also a big foodie, and I love food tourism with my friends and family in New York. I spend a lot of time thinking about all of the tasty food that I can’t eat 🙂

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
I love clients who share my artistic vision and encourage models to participate in defining what that means. I really enjoy working with ready to wear and sports brands, beauty, jewelry and bridal clients!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
Right now, I’m concentrating on improving my acting skills. I’ve been attending classes and doing music videos, commercials and even small roles on TV series.

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I feel very grateful to all the opportunities my life has given me! Starting from a small town and moving to NYC, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with major brands including Estée Lauder, Marc Jacobs, L’oreal, Johnson&Johnson, Converse, HTC, Unilever, Vera Bradley, Bumble&Bumble, Marchesa, Jonathan Simkai, Ted Baker, Harley Davidson black label, Neiman Marcus, Make Up For Ever, Manhattan Portage, Pepsi and The Knot, among others.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I started my career at the age of 13. Because I was already relatively tall (5’9″) at that time, I was noticed by a local modeling agency and the rest is history.

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TALENT SPOTLIGHT: Christen Marucci

We’re so happy to have been able to chat a little bit with the multi-talented and stunning curve model, Christen Marucci! Coming from a background in entertainment, this beauty has finally found herself in the modeling industry – read more to learn more about how she started, her dreams, and some career highlights!

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How did you get into modeling?
Ashley Graham! I always wanted to be a model but with my clothing size I never thought it was possible. When I started following Ashley Graham’s career I realized that it was possible! The industry had finally made room. I searched out every agency that offered a curve division and finally found the right fit for me at Bicoastal!

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Tell us about a recent career highlight!
Since being signed there have been many exciting opportunities. The most exciting to date however was appearing on the Today Show modeling for the Macy’s Fall Fashion Show! There is nothing quite like seeing yourself on television especially on such a known network. It was a pleasure working with the staff and so fun modeling the clothing!

Any dream clients?
My dream is to be a Victoria Secret Angel! I always loved their line it’s the only undergarments I wear! To be featured in the magazine and walk in their iconic fashion show would be an absolute dream come true.

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We noticed you also sing, tell us more about that! (A project you’re most proud of, a song that’s special to you, etc)
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I come from a very musical family. I was signed to an indie label my senior year of high school. It was an exciting time! I stayed with my label One Mind Music Inc for ten years. I wrote countless songs and sang on countless tracks. My most exciting project was “Damsel” and EP single that I wrote and released. Every song was written from personal experience, my favorite being “Masquerade”. Because of that album I received my own Pandora, iHeart Radio and Spotify station and was able to have it sold on iTunes!

What inspires you?
I am inspired by many things. I am most inspired by those closest to me, my family. Their differences and likeness inspire me. I was raised to be true to who I am, to love who I am. They love and support me and that is the best inspiration.

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To keep up with Christen, check out her IG page, (also available for influencing!)

Model of the Month – Linda Gulati

We are elated to have pro missy fit model, Linda, as our August Model of the Month! Continue reading to learn more about how Linda’s career started and how it’s only getting brighter!

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headshot.jpg1. Where are you from?
Bergen County, N.J.

2. What are you into… studies, hobbies, special skills, etc?
Cooking Indian cuisine, baking, tennis, power walking, traveling abroad, reading, gardening, studying the German language, Soccer mom, dog lover and advocate…

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
Tracey Reese, Talbots, Land& Sea, Bass, Philip Van Heusen, Chaus and JC Penney.

4. Dreams/goals anything of interest?
A print or ad work would be a new area I would like to pursue when the opportunity knocks!

5. Any career highlights?
Reinventing myself as a fit model in my late 40’s and being a part of a fashion process that will inevitably result in a product suitable for the targeted customer.

6. How did you get into modeling?
With a Marketing degree from the Fashion Institute of technology I pursued jobs in the sales, mail order and manufacturing fields of the garment industry.IMG_3832-2 After taking a hiatus to raise my two children my friend encouraged me to go for a missy fit casting at Dressbarn’s corporate offices. In 2011 the company was in the initial stages of creating a technical design dept and needed a missy fit model. I was their missy fit

model from March 2011 thru May 2017 . This opportunity enabled me to gain a lot of valuable experience and as a result I was ready to expand my horizon in this field. I joined Bicoastal fit Mgmt in February 2013 and I haven’t looked back since….they have been very instrumental in giving me the exposure I need to succeed! Thanks Bicoastal!!!

NEW LA BLOG

With growth comes exciting change! As you all may know, we opened our Los Angeles office at the beginning of the year and things have snowballed. We’re so happy to be rapidly expanding our LA clients and boards for commercial, legit, fit, print, and more.

Our models are especially loving the convenience of being able to truly be “Bicoastal” by being able to cast/book on both coasts! Make sure to check out our LA blog to keep up with our exciting updates!

Model of the Month: John Strand

We are so excited to have the charming, handsome, and talented John Strand as our June Model of the Month! Continue reading to learn some more about John, his favorite clients, his experience as a print, commercial, fit, and runway model, (and musician!) and it all started!

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1. Where you are from?IMG_3407.JPG
Los Angeles, California

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Clancy novels..I was a gymnast as a young child and enjoyed playing many sports growing up, from swimming and tennis to varsity high school basketball. I was classically trained on the piano and vocals since I was 10 years old, and I actually fronted a touring indie rock band as a lead singer/keyboardist and songwriter/band manager from 15 into my early 20s. Music is still the magic that fuels my creative ethos.

3. Favorite clients from the biz? 
Fave clients..Armani, Burberry, John Varvatos are a few of my all time favorite designers, and working for them is always an honor.. Trina

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Turk / Mr Turk are personal friends and I’ve modeled for their men’s collection for years, and actually love the pieces!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
I am a consummate dreamer…I’ve been enticed and empowered by many forms of creative expression, and my goals are as broad as they are bold. As an enthusiastic lover of fashion and a working model, a major goal is an international campaign for an elite designer like Dolce & Gabbana..which ironically was the brand that launched one of my career heroes David Gandy, who broke barriers in the field, which I also aspire to do. I also hope to return to the music industry as a performer and songwriter, in tandem with my expanding work as a model and actor.

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I’ve been blessed with a number of amazing experiences in multiple disciplines of the creative/media industries, from being the first male model to walk for Project Runway’s Michael Costello in Fashion Week, to leading a band performance in front of almost 10,000 people, to filming lead roles for Nicki Minaj, Uniqlo, the Discovery Channel, and more. Shadowing Kevin Spacey was also pretty rad.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I was scouted into modeling by a talent agency that obtained a few promo images I had taken as a teenager while fronting my rock band..within a few weeks I was published in a regional magazine and booked a runway show, and the rest, as they say, is history…

 

Couples Who Create Together, Stay Together!

 

Check out the cool and talented couple, Valéry and Bryan, whose love for each other and love for creating has produced some wonderful, innovative content! Keep reading to learn more about their journey as partners!

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How did you two meet? Did your craft bring you together?Valery_Lessard_EDIT_Andreanne_Gauhier_2.jpeg Acting class at Anthony Meindl Actor’s Workshop in NYC. We first met in 2012, and started dating and co-producing the following year.

What is it like to work with your significant other?
We found that we are a great balance. Bryan’s tedious preparation and Valéry’s creative instincts complement each other wonderfully. By being able to trust and rely on one another, it allows every project we work on to grow stronger, together.

What project are you most proud of?
We’ve completed two short films together. The first is UNDER WATER, and the second was soon after, called AFTER MIDNIGHT, which is a short tribute

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Do you collectively have a dream project?
UNDER WATER the feature film is our next big endeavor. It will be a full-length film based on the short we did. We’re currently distributing the script to competitions, labs, and agents, and seeking funding and co-production opportunities.

Our dream project is a love story based on Valéry’s grandparents, and about how love and war cannot coexist.