NEW SIGN SPOTLIGHT: SARAH MOLISKI

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We are so excited to welcome the vivacious and multi-talented Sarah Moliski to our boards! Not only is she a comedian (and hilarious to be around) but she was running around all NYFW interviewing designers for Richard Magazine where she’s a host!

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Where are you from?
I am from East Hampton, New York where I transitioned into a career in film, tv, modeling and theatrical arts.

Where did you study?
I attended Hunter College for film and media studies and then trained professionally at the Maggie Flannigan acting conservatory in Manhattan.

Where can we find you?
I am known as a stand up comedian in NYC and LA and have appeared at comedy clubs including Gotham Comedy club, Greenwich Comedy club, Broadway Comedy club, Comedy Cellar and is highly trained in improv and sketch Comedian and writer.sarah3.jpg

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I am a corespondent for Disney Japan. I also had a reoccurring role on the Michael J Fox show. I just finished shooting a feature film called “Out of State – a Gothic Romance” where I played the lead. I also produce and host a new innovative fashion series focusing on all aspects of the fashion / beauty industry! It’s called RICHARD MAGAZINE. While working on all these productions I am also in intensive rehearsals and breaking down my character for a new feature film starting production this winter, a Lou Di Giorgio original film we will be shooting in Portugal starting in January.

 

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Model of the Month- Alora-Rose

We are very excited to have the gorgeous and talented BICOASTAL MGMT model (+more!) Alora-Rose as our Model of the Month! See our interview with her below:

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1. Where you are from?
I am from Groton, Connecticut but growing up I also lived in Hawaii and Georgia.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I am a dancer, Barre fitness instructor, and fitness enthusiast. I love to exercise outdoors, get my blood pumping, and pushing myself to new limits.MHS9_JessicaN_0224_AloraR_688_WEB.jpg

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
So far a few of my favorite clients in this industry would be European Wax Center, Royal Asscher, and Elie Tahari. All wonderful companies and very nice people to work with.

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
Being a dancer, I dream of becoming a Radio City Rockette.
As for modeling it would be wonderful to hopefully one day work with Lululemon or Athleta, both companies that fit my dancer-athletic background. Also, Aerie with American Eagle. Lately I’ve really admired their no touch up, “the real you is beautiful” campaign going on.

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5. Career highlights?
A few career highlights would be when I walked in Italian Vogue’s Fashion For Development runway show, I was featured in a 6 page spread for Fashion Magazine, and I was in a national ad campaign for Wal-Mart’s Jewelry section.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I first began modeling at the young age of 14. My mom was very supportive of me and took me to just about every casting and go see there was. At the age of 18 I moved to NYC and continued to work on my career. Shortly after moving to New York I was very fortunate to sign with the amazing agency I am with today, Bicoastal Management!

BICOASTAL x CHENOA MAXWELL

We were fortunate to meet this dynamic photographer, life coach, and TV personality when she was looking for models to test!
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We are so happy we got to sit and chat with her, see our interview below!
BICOASTAL: How did you get into photography?
CHENOA: I’ve always been into photography-as a little girl my father was a photographer and I was always captivated by his work. My original goal was to be a cinematographer and then acting took off.  After being an actress, I realized I was not authentically fulfilled with it. NY had been a great hub for acting-it was really about the craft and being an actor, but when I went into film in LA the culture was so different. My intention was to be an actor, not a product… it took some of the joy out of it.  I realized what I wanted in my heart was to study photography.  I wanted a fresh start, so I moved to London and studied at St. Martin Central College of Art.
BICOASTAL: What inspires you in a model?
CHENOA: Obviously beauty. But a lot of models are really beautiful but they don’t have body confidence or body knowledge.  But when a women really knows her body and is confident and knows how to move that is inspiring.  It is really frustrating to work with models with no body awareness.  You have to know how it feels to shift from pose to pose-you need to know your self, and be confident and bring that to a shoot.
BICOASTAL: How do you feel about the plus model movement?
CHENOA: I think it is very important to show women of every size-it’s important for our culture.  Everyone has a bad angle and a good angle. You need to have a photographer who can focus on your good angle. We should celebrate women of all sizes-we are all beautiful.
BICOASTAL: You have great diversity in your work! Do you find inspiration every where?
CHENOA: My inspiration comes from people. I have a real interest in people. When I sit and watch them, I understand how I can make them feel great in front of my lens. Most people don’t really love themselves, they pretend that they do, but when you get below the mask, they don’t really.  I find that as I travel the world, and from culture to culture; I like to inspire them to see and feel their beauty, and bring it out, and make them comfortable being photographed.
There is a shift in society now; it’s powerful but also dangerous.  People have their own camera-they can take a selfie, use a filter, make the image they want. But when they walk out in the street, and have to really connect, or be a model, people are more timid I find then they used to be because they are not in control of their image.
Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 11.08.59 AMBICOASTAL: You are no stranger to being in front of the camera-how does that shape who you are as a photographer? What advice would you give someone starting out with modeling or acting?
CHENOA: It gives me an edge-anything in life that you can talk from experience from helps the person in front of you feel more confident.  I understand what it is like to be the model-so I want to help people feel comfortable.  To me that is how you get the best image. Let’s get you feeling great about yourself!  As an actor, I wanted the director to direct me-I was wondering- “am I giving you what you want?”  It’s a collaboration.  You continue to help the person evolve-don’t leave them feeling bad or with their confidence shattered. I don’t ever want to do that to my models or subjects.  Everyone has an off day.
BICOASTAL: You are no stranger to being in front of the camera-how does that shape who you are as a photographer? What advice would you give someone starting out with modeling or acting?
CHENOA: With modeling, the advice I would give is make sure you have your self confidence and self love all the way up high.  If you are going to be your best self, and kill the game, you have to be self aware, sexy, present, mindful, and connected. If you don’t have that inside yourself you can’t project that.  You need to start with it-self love and self confidence. If you don’t have it you have to find it. That is why I teach classes-often beautiful women can be the most shattered because they are expected to be beautiful and perfect so one flaw (which is not really a flaw) can weigh more heavily.  Or people don’t take your feelings or negative self worth emotions seriously because you are perceived as perfect. You have to have self confidence and self love to counter that.
With acting, I always tell people to make sure this is what you want to do forever, and get your business game up. It is not personal, you are a product, get your business game up and hone in on that.
BICOASTAL: Tell me about Live Limitlessly?  What were the first steps to creating this?
CHENOA: Live limitlessly came from being on the O channel doing a show called Love in the City.  It came at a time when I was most challenged as an adult, trying to have a child for 3 years, in and out of surgeries, spending thousands of dollars, and my marriage was crumbling. And I had to show up every day doing a Docuseries about my life.  I felt sad and alone, and I didn’t have an opportunity to do anything but show up every day and do my job. When I finished I realized I had built up an immunity-I had to show up and activate, instead of really deal with my pain.  I had a really, really bad childhood… at 15 I tried to kill myself and it brought me to a 2 month program to determine what I needed.  I was paired with an incredible doctor who loved me like I had never been loved before and she helped ChenoaMaxwell_ThePhotographer.jpgme build my confidence, realize nothing was my fault, and I went from being suicidal to a star.  So I remembered those tools, like when things are bad, shut everything down, quiet the world, and get into your own personal power.  I call it dating yourself. When you take control of yourself and your life, and hone in on yourself, take a personal journey, you can transform.  I took 30 days to date myself-and within 2 weeks, people I would see just bumping into on the street would say “wow, what have you been doing!?” There was a physical difference.  If I could go from a suicidal teenager with an abusive home to a star, I believe anyone can do it-you have to live limitlessly. I posted a challenge on Instagram- asking who wanted to join me in my self love experience?  Over 3,000 people joined me from Germany to South Africa and I saw that people needed this.  I knew people needed it but I didn’t realize how many people needed it.  So now I want to focus on helping others; it is woman focused but it is a people project.  It grew organically-it just naturally developed.  I built myself with these fundamental tools that I know work; and it doesn’t take a lot of time to transform.  It is why I do these sessions.  People go to therapy for years and years, but this can work quickly.
BICOASTAL: How do bring love into your work and your every day life-and how has that awareness changed your life?
CHENOA: That’s a great question, I make sure I am surrounded by things I love. You have to cut the crap, cut the negativity, take away everything that takes away your power.  You have to be committed to love- love is a spiritual groove. If you want to be in the presence of your spiritual power-than you have to be that. Be love in every single aspect of your life. Give an argument love, it changes it.  Every way you can apply it, it changes your life.  I teach kids every month; as a young girl I was reminded to smile.  That smile is a piece of love, it attracts people, it changes your life.  Be a magnet of love, by being love in every single part of your life.  I was at the top of my game, with the best agent, competing with Halle Berry and I chose to walk away from that because it was not built on love.  And if someone does not love you in the way you need to be loved, you need to be able to walk away.  You have to chose what you need-and you have to know it.
To keep up with Chenoa, make sure to check out her website here!

BICOASTAL X RNG

So excited to share that one of our gorgeous #BICOASTALMGMT plus models, Laura Lee, has graced the cover and a spread for plus French magazine, Ronde Et Glamour! These were shot by Bicoastal MGMT approved photographer (and former Bicoastal MGMT booker!), Nikki Gomez, who managed to truly capture the vibrance and energy that matches Laura Lee’s spark- we are delighted to share these! Enjoy below.

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Model of the Month-Axilleas Gregory

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Where you are from?
You know, I grew up on Long Island, a place that made me infatuated with two entities: the city and the beach. The beach was simple. I recognized from an early age that a day spent sitting by the ocean was a gift from the universe. The older I became, the more I learned how hard my parents worked for what we had, and if sitting on the sand in the sun was an option, then life wasn’t too bad at all. The beach was a place for peace of mind, meditation, fun, rest, relaxation, socializing; it’s the island life; it’s paradise. The city called my name with the same lure but for completely contrasting reasons. The city represented a challenge and an opportunity; in my young mind I imagined it as both a place of danger and risk but also what I envisioned as a meeting of the minds; the greatest artists and scientists and workers collectively changing the world.
What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I’d say what interests me most are some things that truly vary from each other. For example, I have a long history with grappling and kick-boxing, but I also am extremely dedicated to reading and writing poetry. I spent this past summer reconnecting with the surf and skate culture that was so important to me growing up. I’m extremely competitive and hate losing more than I like winning; my efforts as an amateur and semi-professional MMA fighter, which I ended up undefeated with all 1st round finishes, was a result of not accomplishing my goal to win the state qualifier as a high school wrestler in my senior year. However, surfing and skating are parts of my life that I’ve never been competitive about simply because they have always offered me solitude and tranquil time to think. Earlier this year I was a bit frustrated and confused with how I was expressing myself as an artist and floating on a surfboard alone in the ocean gave me the space I needed to rediscover why I have dedicated so much time to being a “creative-type.”
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 How did you get into modeling?
My first photo shoot was for a college magazine (Emerson College) just after I won my bout in the World Fight League. I was studying poetry, performance, and minoring in journalism at Emerson while I was giving most of my energy and time to kick-boxing and jiu-jitsu at a gym not too far from campus. My fighting abilities were unique to the Emerson student body and so I was asked to be a feature story in “Em Mag.” Around that same time, Emerson was producing its first year of “Emerson’s Next Top Male Model.” The photo shoot was experience enough for me to consider entering the competition. So I entered. I didn’t win. I hate not winning. It made me thirsty for more. Soon after, I discontinued my studies at Emerson and moved back home to Long Island. After a summer spent digging graves as a groundskeeper at the Long Island National Cemetery, I saved enough money to move into Manhattan with a friend and pursue all things acting and modeling. I dove in head first with no real connections or understanding of how it all worked but I was young and believed, as I do now, that I was smart enough to learn quickly.
Favorite experiences from the biz?
Very early experiences: When I first moved into Manhattan, I started doing a lot of background work for the tv shows shooting in the city and I nearly lost all of my enthusiasm within a short time. I was extremely excited and anxious to make a name for myself and when I found I was being treated like cattle on big shoots for shows like ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Blue Bloods,’ watching the principal actors perform right in front me was extremely tantalizing. However, after sharing an elevator with Blake Lively after shooting, and seeing her eat an orange and litter the peel on the floor, it made me realize that like everyone else, these actors were real people who must have put their time in when the camera was off. While I believed, perhaps, I could act on their level, I knew I didn’t have the knowledge about the business side that would be necessary to move forward. I also got to play hangman with Donnie Wahlberg on ‘Blue Bloods;’ he ended up stumping me, but he signed my notepad wishing me good luck. He thought it was noteworthy that I brought my own notepad prop to be a detective in the background of the show
 Career highlights
Last year I worked as a principal actor and then a featured actor on a couple of commercial spots that aired on the ESPN networks. I’ll never forget when my cousin Zach texted my brother Jay a screenshot of me on tv with a note that said, “It’s my birthday and I’m drinking with my buddies and they don’t believe that Greg is my cousin!” It wasn’t a huge milestone but it was certainly encouraging when I heard how excited my family was for me about any success. I also got a taste of the “viral” world last year when a director I had worked with for an industrial ad, asked me if I was available to shoot for a sketch that Lorne Michael’s (SNL) digital content company (Above Average) was shooting – “If Sex Was Like Call of Duty.” The video, now viewed over 7 million times, was a satire for video game nerds fantasizing about hooking up in a world based on the “Call of Duty” video game. The shoot was absolutely hilarious to work on from start to finish and definitely made me appreciate the possibilities I could stumble upon in the commercial world. An additional personal highlight would be all of the Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway work I’ve done over the years; the camera world is amazing because “Hollywood Magic” allows you to do anything imaginable, but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for being in front of a live, engaged audience.
Dreams/goals any thing else of interest-feel free to tell the world about?
Six or seven years ago, just about when I was turning 21 and pursuing this lifestyle, I thought I was invincible. I thought that the partying from late into dawn would connect me with the eccentric artists I was supposed to meet. Granted, I had a lot of fun and did meet a lot of interesting people, but watching a lot of those people take it too far and lose their focus forced me to become more responsible and accountable for myself. My dream hasn’t changed in many years; I want to change the world. I don’t care if it sounds crazy. I think the people that change the world are the ones that believe they can change the world. I’m not science minded, so I won’t do anything as special as cure disease or perform life-saving surgery, but I do believe in the power of art. Art is a symbol or a message that expresses relative thoughts and there’s nothing more powerful than communication. I live by three principles: 1. Love your family unconditionally. 2. Treat your friends like your family. and 3. Know that anyone can be a friend. Acting and modeling has taught me as much about myself as it has the world around me. My future will not just be the life of an artist, but of an activist. The more work I book modeling and acting, the more time I have for writing and performing poetry and music. The more I write, the more I read, and the more I read, the more I see struggle and confusion for something so simple as getting along with the people beside us. I am very grateful for all that I am blessed with and I won’t stop sharing the love that the universe gives me.
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Talent Polaroids… by popular demand!

You asked for it, you got it! While all of our models and actors are stunning in professional photos, we know it’s important for our clients to see them un-retouched and natural. We have heard your requests and are actively taking polaroids of all of our models and actors for you!

Here are just a few stand outs…

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James Reese Polaroids

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For inquiries and booking information email: bookings@bicoastalmodels.com

Special Thank you to our very own Nikki Gomez for photographing all of our talent.

Featured Photographer of the Month-Lisa Houlgrave

Here at Bicoastal, we want to make sure our talent always has the best images to take their portfolios and careers to the next level.

We make sure to recommend exceptional photographers to our models. This month we are featuring esteemed photographer and former model, Lisa Houlgrave!

“A successful portrait or fashion shoot is always a collaboration between the photographer and the subject- a dance if you will. I was a model for many years and know what it is like to be “them”-  I love the moment when my subject realizes that I am going to give 100% and that they are safe with me… That is when the magic happens.-Lisa Houlgrave

Model: Madison Rae

Photographer: Lisa Houlgrave

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Plus Night Out 2014

Our stunning plus size models walked the runway at this years Plus Night Out. We were honored to sponsor such a great event and welcome Model Search Winner Wema Enofe to the Bicoastal Models Family!

 

For full coverage go to Curvysta Magazine

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Model Musings and More!

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Not only do we have some stunning models but our models aren’t all looks, they are brains and talent too!  This month, inspirational Bicoastal Model,  Joselyn Martinez has contributed a book review of the motivational book “The Artist Way” by: Julia Cameron.

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“We like to pretend it is hard to follow our heart’s dreams. The truth is, it is difficult to avoid walking through the many doors that will open. Turn aside your dream and it will come back to you again and a second mysterious door will swing open.” -Julia Cameron.

Yay. I am reading the Artist’s Way again! Written by Julia Cameron; it is one of my favorite books. I first heard about this book through my writer friend, Erasmo Guerra. We met at an office job I had way back during college years.He told me how much he liked the book and I purchased it in in May of 2004. I just realized that was ten years ago. It changed my life. Many times between college classes, work and unfortunately TV, I caught myself saying things like: “I want to take Salsa Lessons” (I think everyone says that one) or, I want to “try Yoga one day….

 

Bicoastal Models + Print Division is Officially Open!

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This year has been a year of growth for Bicoastal. One of our main goals has been to grow our plus division and provide clients with professional models of all sizes to fulfill the growing need in the industry.  We are proud to announce the official launch of our Plus Size Print Division. We have a great mix of models of varying sizes, height and ethnicities.

Please take a moment and check out or video and photos of the models!

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Here are some of our + Beauties… 

Models from left to right: Angel, Alex F, Jennifer, Lea, Malinda, Hailey, Rachel D, Rachel C., Jaylah, Annoula, Lizzie, Ronnie, Krista, Stephanie, Vanessa, & Laura Lee

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Photography: Mayah Stone

Videography: Matt Ramirez 

Makeup Artist: Eve Chen of Melange NYC

See our complete Plus Size Print Board Here! 

Please contact us at bookings@bicoastalmodels.com for rates and booking info