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

BRYANFITZGERALD051611678R.jpgfilm to Linklater’s BEFORE… series (starring Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy) and how it brought us together. Watch AFTER MIDNIGHT at https://youtu.be/znT1oiYCSiU.

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.

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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 😉

Model of the Month-Katie Ward Mason!

Check out our Model of the Month and fit model superstar, Katie Ward Mason! Not only have millions of garments been based off of her body, but she is a super athlete on top of being a mom-read a bit here about how she juggles it all!

Where you are from?

I grew up in a very small town on the Jersey Shore called Spring Lake.  After HS I moved to Manhattan and received a bachelors in Business focussing in Fashion Merchandising/Marketing from Parsons School of Design.  In my first year at Parson’s, the entire freshman class took foundations which exposed me to Life Drawing, Pattern Making and many more things beyond the business side.  Who knew how handy pattern making would come into play in my career!
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I’m from an active family. While attending Parson’s, I didn’t get that athletic college experience.  Pretty soon afterward graduating , I got into the sport of triathlon and never looked back.  While at a tri-camp I had the opportunity to try Nordic Skiing. My husband and I now chase snow on weekends and vacations to enjoy some “fresh corduroy”.  We are also avid SUPers and body surfers.  Our passion to live an active lifestyle has taken us around the world from Brazil, Kona to the waves on the Portugal coast.  This helps keep up with my Portuguese and French!
Favorite clients from the biz?

I’ve had some absolutely wonderful and diverse clients in the fit world.  From junior accounts like Delia’s and and Target, to contemporary at Theory and couture with Narciso Rodriguez, Kaufman Franco and Donna Karan. This experience has taken me to China, HK, Vietnam, Italy, Jakarta, Dominican Republic, as well as some awesome domestic factories.
Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

As I continue on this awesome journey fitting, my goal is to fully incorporate my diverse skill set into an Innovations position in the athletic apparel world. With my degree, my knowledge of fit, fabric, construction, to the high uncompromising standards I hold for all gear I test.  Whether racing in the Hawaii heat,  -10 degrees in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks or in downward dog there is no excuse to not be dry, comfortable as well as being on trend and looking good.

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Katie winning her first race after having her baby, Lucy. She was the first place woman and 10th overall.

How did you get into modeling or acting?

After Parson’s I went on to open a business.  I was young, overwhelmed and knew it was to much to soon; I was looking for a change.  One of my regular clients turned out to be the Creative Director at Theory.  She asked me to come up and try some things on. I had fit during my days at Parson’s for free clothes and never thought of making it my career.  I made comments on the samples and she had my measurements taken.  I stared fitting the next day!img_6261

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….