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What is your field in the industry? (You can select more than 1)
Model, Actor, Influencer

Tell me something about yourself.
Sometimes it feels like I belong everywhere and sometimes it feels like I can’t fit nowhere.
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What are your hobbies, passions and interests outside of modeling and acting?
I love all the creativity and fun. I love creating videos and edit them. I love traveling and I really, really do love swimming. In the water, I feel like I’m free and I enjoy the feeling. I also love camping with friends.

What made you decide to become a model, actor or influencer?
I have always been creative. I’ve been trying all possible jobs but it always came down to being a model, actress and artist basically. So it’s not what made me decide but it’s just how I created opportunities for myself and jumped right in.

Tell me about your biggest modeling or acting accomplishment.
We’re all unique and for someone, these accomplishments might be big, but for me it is small. I was featured in a series of music videos. I’ve done fashion shows, campaigns and commercials but is it big for me? No. I’m not quite satisfied yet—I’m waiting for that big modeling or acting moment.

What type of modeling or acting are you hoping to do?
I definitely hope to be featured as a main character in a Hollywood movie. My dream is to play a spy and I want to be featured on the cover of a magazine—nothing too special, haha!

Are there any type of modeling or acting jobs you wish to avoid?
Yes. I don’t like to be put in a box. For example, I played a lot of characters of “fat and sad ladies” or “cute and chubby”—I feel like my body shouldn’t define my mood or whether I’m a main character or not.

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What are the benefits and challenges (pros and cons) of your job as a model or actor?
Benefit is to do what you love and to stay creative; have some influence and have people looking up to you. Biggest challenge for me personally is self-esteem—to not let myself feel bad when my job depends on someone’s opinion because I often deal with these emotional swings of feeling up when I get the job and feeling down when I don’t have jobs for a while or don’t get chosen for the job that I hoped for.

How do you handle constructive feedback from the industry experts you work with on projects?
I am a creator and I am a vessel for creators so I get both sides. I can share my view if I disagree with what is being said and we can discuss it; or I just do what I’m asked if it doesn’t bother my morals.

What was the most challenging project, photoshoot or video shoot you have done?
I love challenges so I can’t really say. Physically-wise, it’s challenging if it’s a night shoot but I am still the most energetic one during those times.

How do you handle work under pressure in the industry?
It depends what kind of pressure. If someone openly dislike me, it can be hard on me because I see myself as a nice person and I don’t see a reason why someone would be rude or something so this can be challenging. Sometimes things like this can get in my head.

Who inspires you (actor, model, etc.) and why?
I can say who I like but I am not fan-girling over no one. I would say, the industry itself inspires me. I like to pick small pieces from everywhere and to improve myself with it. I love Leslie Sidora, Ashley Graham and Stefanja Ferrario. I also love the whole [Will] Smith family. There’s a lot of actors and actresses that I admire as well.

What are the major events that made a huge impact on your career as a model, actor or influencer?
When I was working in China as a singer and someone told me I could be a model, that changed my mindset a bit because I had this 90-60-90 cm standard [size] for models in my head and I could never imagine I could be a model.

What was the latest project that you worked on?
I did a campaign for Isla&Evie Lingerie and all the e-commerce always counts for me—it’s fun!

What is the best advice you would like to share to anyone who wants to become a model, actor or influencer?
If that’s what you want, just start and do. Make a first step and believe in yourself so much that no one would have a choice but believe in you too.

What do you like about working with MMG Talent?
I like how easy it is to apply and choose jobs; and I love the nice projects that I get.

Interview by Jose Ramon.  06/06/2022