Model of the Month-Leah Heifferon!

We are thrilled to have pro fit model, Leah H, as our November Model of the Month!  From being one of our very first signs, to now being one of our top models, we are so happy to see how much she’s taken off and we’re so excited to see what future brings her! Read more to learn a bit about her story, and her “stroke of luck” for stumbling across the fit industry-talk about genetic lottery!

1. Where you are from?
I’m from Tucson, Arizona. A cruel place to raise such a pale person!

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I’m a big reader, having worked for many years in publishing before transitioning to fit lisahoulgrave_photography_0312_rtfmodeling full time. I’m also an avid cook, am obsessed with spin class, and love meeting up with friends all over my favorite borough, Brooklyn!

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
Ralph Lauren Collection is just as classy as you’d imagine, and Rag & Bone is just as cool. I’ve worked for Diane Von Furstenberg for over five years, so their fit room really feels like my home away from home. Another favorite client where I log a ton of hours is Tory Burch. Coincidentally, Diane Von Furstenberg and Tory Burch are the only two fashion designers on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. I’m honored to work for such inspiring women!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest?
I’m planning to take patternmaking classes at FIT this January just to nerd out a bit with my job. The best fit models are able to visualize the changes techs are making to the pattern as they’re fitting, and I want to go deeper into my understanding of their work so that I can be even more valuable to my clients.leah-retouched-hand

5. Career highlights?
I love getting to travel with clients: to Milan with Ralph Lauren and Hong Kong with DVF. What’s dreamier than that?

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I was looking for a way to supplement my publishing income when a friend recommend I try fit modeling. I’d never heard of a fit model, but went to an open call at an agency where they told me I have the perfect measurements and offered me a contract. It was an incredible stroke of luck!

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MODEL OF THE MONTH- ADAM LUNDBERG

We are delighted to feature the awesome and talented Adam Lundberg as our September Model of the Month! Read below to learn more about him:

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Songzio3.jpg1. Where you are from?
Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
Surfing is my passion. I’ve set most of my goals around having a life that involves me surfing as much as possible. I have made sacrifices with my work demands being high (not complaining haha), I see it as building my future to having the things I want in life 🙂
3. Favorite clients from the biz?
A wise person told me that one of the most important things in business is to be able to maintain great relationships and trust with people. I’ve taken that advice with all clients and relationships I’ve built over my career and it’s worked so far. I really look for and find the good in people and situations and have found that to be helpful in creating and building on those relationships.
4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?forward
Surfing every day and having my house back home in Hawaii, that’s my dream. When I get to that point there isn’t much beyond that I want in life. Traveling is fun, maybe go on a boat trip to the Maldives, check out Greece, visit all the little parts of the US that I haven’t been to yet, I want to see the northern lights, bioluminescent water at night… Yea that’s it really haha
5. Career highlights?
Shooting with David Sims, Bruce Weber, living in NYC and being in the hustle and actually surviving it all haha. I’ve watched a lot of friends and people I’ve met move or get spit out of NYC in a year or two or less and mostly because they can’t handle it. I’m very fortunate I stuck it out and was able to find my way to be successful and do well for myself. NYC is not easy to live in and become a part of. So to me, being able to call NYC one of my homes is probably one of the biggest highlights of my career.
6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
My dad and I made fun of Andrew Keegan’s character from a scene in that movie “10 Things I Hate About You” after standing in a pose with his hands on his hips turning his face camera left side-profile with a semi-serious face….
“You see what I did there?”
Girl pauses unsure… ‘Uhuh…?’
adam“That was underwear…. Alright! I’ll show you the bathing suit pose.” *goes back into the same exact position as before*
“You see the difference?”

What started out as a joke about the audacity and shameless character in the movie, has now become somewhat of a running internal joke between my father and I because I don’t think I am, and definitely try not to be, at all like that character in the movie.

To answer the question, I was discovered a few years after that that movie came out when I was in high school by a photographer from Italy 🙂

 

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.

 

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!

Model of the Month-Katie Nolan

We are so excited to have the gorgeous and charming #BICOASTALMGMT model, Katie Nolan, as our Model of the Month! Having Katie has been such a great addition to our fashion board, we only see bright things for her modeling career. See below to learn more about this beauty:

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1. Where you are from?
I was born and raised in Virginia. Little known fact, the first Thanksgiving in North KatieNleather.jpgAmerica was held in Virginia. But now I think of New York City as my home.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
While I study Accounting by night, my true talent is in making balloon animals. Before modeling I worked for the Parks and Recreation Department and would help run free activities for kids around NYC, which is where I got into the balloon artist trade. I’d love to make you a balloon animal, just let me know!

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
I’ve honestly been so lucky. Everyone I have worked for has been so gracious and personable. Rag and Bone is really wonderful as is KAUFMANFRANCO.

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
I’d love to appear in Vogue, mostly just to show my parents! Aside from my current *very dreamy* clients, some of the dream designers I would love the opportunity to work for IMG_4845include DVF, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang and Donna Karen! As I learn more about fashion, this list gets longer 🙂

5. Career highlights?
Paris with KAUFMANFRANCO this past fashion cycle was really exciting. Not only was it fun to be with the team in a different country, the clothes were gorgeous, and I got to see how a successful market week is made! I also ate tartare for the first time, that was really tasty.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
Great question! Malissa and Josh actually spotted me in my Parks and Rec uniform walking around the UES. I owe everything to them and the Bicoastal family.

To keep up with Katie, make sure to follow her here!
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MILITARY MODEL

#BICOASTALMGMT model/actor, Hadasa Isolino, shot an advertising campaign with casting director Donna Grossman, for her project with Andy Batt’s Northrop/Gruman: The Pilot and the Student.

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We are happy to be able to sit down with Hadasa and ask her a few questions about herself and her experience on set.

BICOASTAL: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

HADASA: I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic of a multicultural family. My mother is Dominican and my father of Italian and Argentinean descent. Currently I’m living the dream in NYC pursuing an acting career. I enjoy cooking, painting, writing songs and going to the beach-especially the ones in my country!

BICOASTAL: How did you feel shooting as someone in the military?

HADASA: The only contact I’ve had with someone in the military was on this shoot, a former pilot on set. I recall with respect and admiration his character, pride and passion to every single detail to the uniform and our performance. His presence encouraged me to do my very best.

BICOASTAL: What was your favorite thing about shooting that day?

HADASA: One of my favorite things about the shoot was that the team, clients and crew where so great to work with and made the shoot go smooth and fun and when I say fun they had a DJ playing…

Thank you Hadasa for taking the time to chat for a few-to keep up with Hadasa, make sure to follow her here! To keep up with Donna Grossman and team, click here!

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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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PMM x BICOASTAL MGMT+

It has been a very exciting month for the BICOASTAL MGMT plus board! We have two models in Plus Model Magazine this month, with Desiree J. on the cover and fresh face Kristin G. as the Spotlight model, we are ecstatic!

Check out some tears below from this month’s PMM issue!

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…read the rest of the article here!

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…and a link to her interview here!

Thank you PMM for featuring two of our curvy beauties this month! To keep up with them, you can follow them at @desireejenkins and @kristingallina on Instagram.

 

 

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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