Model of the Month – Chelsea B!

Check out the awesome Bicoastal MGMT model/talent, Chelsea, as our March Model of the Month! Not only is she one of our newest fit model stars, but she also entirely versatile when it comes to her talent and artistic expression – keep reading to learn some more about Chelsea!

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1. Where you are from?

I am originally from Rochester, NY but frequented the city a lot while growing up, and have been here for 12 years.

Chelsea B lingerie2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

I am a professional dancer – Performing in the immersive show, ‘ Sleep No More’ for about 4 years. I also work with my collaborative dance partner Adam Barruch, traveling nationally/ internationally performing, creating films and assisting him set works on companies. I recently did a site specific dance film with Sarah Elgart of Arrogant Elbow that was outfitted by Issey Miyake and was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival. Currently I am working on presenting my first ever solo show to premiere in June.
In addition to this, I’m an active AIDS activist, volunteering for God’s Love We Deliver, Dancers Responding to AIDS, and am starting an education in post conflict transformation work – using movement to promote healing with legend dance Margie Gillis.
So, in a nutshell I’m a dancer / performance artist, activist, feminist, coffee addict, Hitchcock blonde, who loves the ocean 😉

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

By favorite clients by far are MM LAFLEUR- working with them is to watch brilliant artists and minds at work. They are a strong, supportive group of creatives, who enjoy what they do and have a strong energy that makes it beyond enjoyable to be around. I am also astounded to watch them create, fix, tweak, and improve.

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 I have dreams of owning a juice stand on the beach someday… and between now and then I am committed to living a present and honest life of art and adventure.

5. What are some of your career highlights?

I’ve been very blessed in my career, and it’s not over yet 😉
Some highlights over the past few years would be: when I spent time in Japan shooting 2 dance films- it was an epic and once in a lifetime experience…. being asked to be part of the Margie Gillis Legacy Project… Joining Sleep No More (after auditioning 3 times!), spending residency at The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbra with Adam Barruch , and working with Pavel Zustiak and Gabrielle Lamb on LUNA ( my solo show).
Not to mention the brilliant artists and humans I have met!
6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I used to model when I was little- mainly for Kodak- but when I was 9 I decided to go to a ballet training school, and that became my life’s goal. Any expression of art keeps my interest and I continued to stay involved with as many areas of the art world as possible, including my modeling. In a weird way, fit modeling reaffirms for me that I am enough- something we as artists forget sometimes. I value the team that has my back, to remind me of that when I lose my way.
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TALENT SPOTLIGHT: GILLIAN TODD

We’re so excited to feature Bicoastal MGMT model/talent, Gillian Todd, on our blog this month! We’ve loved having her over the years and watching her talents grow and spread into different paths like developing and producing film, starting her own company (theBlox), and more! Continue reading to learn more about Gillian…
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How long have you been with Bicoastal as a fit model, print model and actor?
I  am very happy to say I’ve been a part of the Bicoastal family for going on 6 years.
Tell us about your background?
I’m originally from Montana, where I studied acting & modern dance, before coming to New York to pursue a career in acting. I had a multitude of supplemental jobs when I first moved here- everything from teaching pre-school, to working events to running my own private chef business. I have always been creative and entrepreneurial and I think that’s one of the reasons I connected with Marco, my business partner and new fiancé! His background is in writing, directing, producing, but business as well. We actually started working together and creating more quickly than we developed our romantic relationship and that’s when I got more involved in producing, in addition to acting.
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I joined Marco in the Bronx about 5 years ago, shortly after we began our  company, Round Seven, where we develop and produce film, TV and branded content. While we were working on a Bronx-based documentary, we started to see that our Borough is portrayed very negatively in the media and on Google. Being marketing and social media savvy, we joked that we should use our skills as content creators to blow up the internet with positive SEOs about the Bronx. The notion became a more serious conversation when we started to see our area changing. We decided now was the perfect time to use content to protect and elevate the identity of the Bronx. Here at theBLOX, we like to say: Brooklyn has Vice, Manhattan has everything, the Bronx needs theBLOX.
What, in a nutshell, is it?
TheBLOX is the only new-media platform in the Bronx. It is made up of a community of media professionals, committed to amplifying and Bronx-centric, entertaining content that celebrates culture and diversity. Stylistically, think Buzzfeed, Complex, Vice, Vox…
Where and how can people watch?
Our website is www.theblox.tv and we are on all social media platforms @thebloxtv. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest videos!GILLIAN_TODD_381.jpg
Do you have any favorite episodes?
It’s hard to pick my favorite segments, because there really is something for everyone. Of course I have to shamelessly self promote my sports segment! Check out my recent videos highlighting NYCFC and Yankees. I am very excited about and think the Bicoastal family will appreciate a couple style-based segments we have coming up. One is with Men’s Style Blogger Dandy in the Bronx and the other with Designer and Influencer Jerome LaMaar, called Stylin’ Out.
What’s your future vision?  
My vision for theBLOX is to continue to create opportunities for young, talented creators in the Bronx and to produce content that will be consumed by everyone. I really think we are on the path to compete with the new-media big boys… not naming names 😉

Alexandra Ferrara-Fstop’s “Rising Star”!

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We are so excited to share this awesome interview of one of our commercial, legit, fit, and plus print talent-Alexandra F. She was featured on fstop.fm‘s blog as their “Rising Star”, and we couldn’t agree more! Continue reading to see our personal favorite parts of the interview…click here to read the full post!

Upon graduating with her BFA in Musical Theatre, Alexandra moved to the Big Apple in pursuit of her dreams. Whether she’s on stage or in front of the camera, she commands a strong presence through her talent, vivacity, and charm. Check her out below.

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When I moved to New York, I started noticing healthy, curvy, size 8-10 models like Myla Dalbesio in ads and magazines, and it really excited me. I definitely struggled with my body image growing up (as most girls do), and maybe if there had been move curvy models around when I was younger, I would have felt differently!


What was your most embarrassing situation while modeling?

I have SO many it’s hard to choose! You HAVE to be able to laugh at yourself in this business because some of the situations you find yourself in are completely absurd. Here are some highlights from just the past few weeks…I went to a casting for a music video where they turned on some music and told me to just dance as if I were at a club while they taped it (there is now video somewhere of my solo dance performance to “Ghetto Superstar”). Once, I had an entire casting where they had to shoot JUST my butt wearing different outfits and walking around. And most recently, I found myself being measured in my underwear in a room full of people, while the Hamilton soundtrack played in the background.


Modeling is very competitive.  How do you stand out?

I’m always early, prepared, and show up with a good attitude. Whether or not I’m the best for the job, if someone works with me once, they are very likely to want to work with me again.alexandria-ferrara-812


What’s been the most challenging part of modeling, and how did you overcome those challenges?

The most challenging part is fighting the urge to compare yourself to other people. Every time I walk into a casting, every SINGLE girl is drop dead gorgeous and probably just finished working on an incredible job. I have to block all of that out and remember that casting decisions at the end of the day are about hair color and measurements. They aren’t personal.

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What is the best thing a photographer can do to bring out your personality?

Play great music!


What was your most memorable photoshoot?

I was shooting swimwear in the summer just to add to my portfolio, and it was about 101 degrees. I do NOT hold up well in the heat! I was a total mess. My makeup was dripping off – I felt faint. It was terrible. The makeup artist was an angel and found a frozen pack of peas to stick down the back of my suit in an attempt to cool me down. So there I was, trying to look sexy in a swimsuit with sweat and pea juice dripping down my back. The whole thing was just so comical!


What do you like most about modeling?

It opened up an entirely new creative network for me. I jump at any chance to create something new.

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  1. Don’t be a jerk! Meaning, don’t talk badly about people, show up on time, and smile once in a while.
  2. You can’t make everyone happy.
  3. Laugh at yourself.

What do you want people to remember about you after a shoot?

I hope that people remember me as open, honest, creative, and willing to work to get the job done.


What advice about modeling do you wish you had when you first started?

There’s no right or wrong. It’s all a matter of opinion.

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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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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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….