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 😉

Model of the Month – Greg B!

Check out Greg – long time actor and now rising fit model super star – as our February Model of the Month! This Iowa native is taking the Big Apple by storm – and we’re excited to go along for the ride! Continue reading to learn a bit more about him…

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1. Where you are from?

I’m from a small town in Iowa called Newton, went to college in the Chicago area, and graduate Greg#72.jpgschool in Kansas City. Currently living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and loving it!

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

Hobbies include reading, biking, theatre, and poker. I’m a warm-weather lover, so if I can be outside in a park or on the beach I’m having a good day.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

Love working with Arctix Bottoms. Everyone that I’ve meet there, from photographers to designers to factory workers to management is so friendly and hard-working. There’s always a fun vibe in the room with them. Plus I’ve had the privilege of doing both ecomm and fit with them, and I’ve learned so much working in different facets of the process.

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

I’d really like to work with Tahari, I had a go see there when I first started working with Bicoastal that went really well, and I just loved the energy of the place.
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Print work also holds a fascination for me, I think I’ve got a unique look and wouldn’t mind holding a glass of whiskey in a magazine someday. 🙂

5. Career highlights?

My primary work is in theatre and film, so acting with Toni Collette in the tv show Hostages has got to be a lifetime favorite. Other favorite roles include Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Leontes in A Winter’s Tale, and an upcoming role on the Starz network show Power!

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

I’ve been acting and in front of audiences my whole life. Started in church and community theatre as a kid and just never stopped through high school and college and grad school and now professionally. I think the only way you can fail is to quit. And now because I didn’t quit, I’m working with amazing people modeling and acting. It’s what I love to do and I don’t intend to stop. Onwards and upwards.

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Model of the Month-Chrisandra W!

We are delighted to feature gorgeous plus model (and STAR size 18 fit model!) Chrisandra W! See below to learn more!

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1. Where you are from?

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. I moved to NYC to attend college, and currently reside in Brooklyn.

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

A great interest of mine is foreign language study. I previously worked as a certified Spanish Teacher and I have some proficiency in Italian and German.

Another area that I am currently developing is Commercial Voiceover. I am taking another round of Voiceover classes at Actor’s Connection with Paul Liberti, and plan to begin seeking work in that field as well.

Speaking of fashion, I have loved it since childhood! Matter of fact, I used to be late to school because I was changing my outfit so many times. It’s funny that I’m making a living now doing just that. I am also a self-taught makeup artist, proficient in beauty makeup and face & body painting.

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3. Favorite clients from the biz?

They are all my favorites! I’ve loved fitting for Eloquii, Kohls, and Oceanfront swimwear with Trimera Brands! All have been such a pleasure to work with. Additionally, I recently enjoyed shooting e-comm for Change Fashions-so much fun!

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

I would love to be a part of more print campaigns, especially mainstream companies invested in showcasing diversity like Gap, Slink Jeans, Target . . . and many others. I also need Nubian Skin the London-based lingerie company to get in touch with me so I can show off these curvy legs for their plus size line! I love that they specialize in undergarments and hosiery for the many brown shades of people.

Expanding my fit client list is also something I’m really looking to do in 2017! I’ve really enjoyed being apart of the process and seeing companies like Eloquii grow while I’ve been their fit model.

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5. Career highlights?

I have been actively modeling for the past 6 years. The top highlights include being a part of BET Experience in Los Angeles with Goo Goo Atkins, being selected as the Face of ‘Fro Fashion Week-Atlanta in 2013, and definitely traveling to different factories internationally (China) multiple times with Eloquii for fit work!

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

I used to frequent a website plusmodels.com which provided good information for people starting out. I networked and submitted myself to different projects and tested with photographers. Then, when I was seeking agency representation I just sent in my measurements and snapshots of myself in jeans/tank top to several agencies. I was called into four agencies, that’s when Bicoastal signed me!

 

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New-Sign Spotlight: Robert B

We are so excited for one of the newest additions to the Bicoastal team-Robert Brace! Not only is Robert a perfect size Large, but he’s been named a “New York Top Fitness Guru” by the New York Daily News, and a “Top Celebrity Trainer” by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Robert Brace is a celebrity fitness trainer, television personality, former soloist ballet dancer with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and star of the Food Network’s weight- loss reality show “Fat Chef.” He is also the on-air fitness expert for WBLS radio show “Quakes House.”

Robert has shared his extensive knowledge as a featured guest on media outlets including: Good Morning America, The View, New York Live (NBC), The Food Network, PIX 11 News, NYTV, EOnline.com, Shape.com, Self.com, Foxnews.com, PopSugar.com, Essence.com, B.E.T.com, Teenvogue.com, New York Daily News, Bloomberg Businessweek, amNew York, Juicy Magazine, Gotham Magazine and Uptown Magazine.

Robert trains his clients in his exclusive fitness studio in Soho, New York . His clients include; Victoria Secret Models, A-List actors, and television/radio personalities

Welcome to the Bicoastal family, Robert!

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To keep up with Robert, here is a link to his website!

Model of the Month- Stacie J!

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We are so excited to have Stacie J as our Model of the Month! Within the first 3 weeks of signing with us, Stacie picked up her first fit account and has been steadily on the rise since, fitting now for several great brands within her first year!  Continue reading for more on Stacie and her modeling journey…

LisaHoulgrave_05311. Where you are from?
I’m originally from Chicago, IL. I’ve always wanted to live in NYC, and 2 years ago I moved here on a whim!

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
When I’m not modeling, I’m doing makeup. I’ve been a freelance makeup artist for 7 years.
Makeup trick: hold a folded issue under your eye when applying eye shadow. It will create a clean line and catch any extra shadow that falls.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
My favorite clients are Alexander Wang, Intermix and Theory because I love their clothing. Trying on beautiful clothes all day doesn’t feel like “work”.
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4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest-feel free to tell the world about (any other dream clients?)?
My dream client would be Tom Ford (huge fan)! His style is cool but classic; I love that.

5. Career highlights?
One highlight in my career was when I booked my first-ever fitting casting. It was such a surprise which made it even more rewarding..

6. How did you get into modeling?
I really got into modeling when I won a beauty pageant at age 17. The experience taught me a lot about being in front of the camera.

To keep up with Stacie, you can follow her on Instagram here!

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