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

Tell me something about yourself.
I’m Italian and French. I am a professional actress (theatre, cinema, TV, commercials) and model, based in Dubai for almost 4 years. I’m lucky enough to also have an Arabic/Mediterranean look and I’m learning Arabic because I dream of acting in an Arabic-speaking movie or TV series soon! I recently resigned from Emirates Airlines, where I worked as a cabin crew, to go all in with my acting career—brave decision but zero regrets! I’m way more aligned now with myself and my life goals. I’m staying in Dubai because I love the multi-cultural working environment we have here and the loads of opportunities for everyone. Now, it’s the time for me to reach out to all the professionals in the industry so they can get to know me better. Thank you for the opportunity!
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What are your hobbies, passions and interests outside of modeling and acting?
I enjoy doing Pilates and yoga, I’m interested in languages and love coffee and breakfasts.

What made you decide to become a model, actor or influencer?
Since I was a kid, I loved stories—telling them and listening to them. Ultimately, that’s what we actors are: storytellers! Also, this life is not enough to experience everything. As an actor, you get to live so many lives and do so many cool things! I love it!

Tell me about your biggest modeling or acting accomplishment.
My biggest acting accomplishment is yet to come! I, however recently played an Arab immigrant woman in a pilot episode for a TV series as a featured role. To win that audition as a non-Arab was sooooo exciting! I did a cool campaign for women empowerment with a brand, Vatika during Ramadan and I loved it so much! Back in Europe, I did a film about Alzheimer’s disease and I was invited at the European Parliament to present it. Once, I played another Arab woman fleeing from Iraq on a private jet, that was awesome too!—there were so many.....

What type of modeling or acting are you hoping to do?
I enjoy commercials but I hope I can get back more and more into Cinema and TV acting. I’d like to also do more modeling too—and get back to theatre. I hope to play Juliet before I turn 40 and then I have to play the mom!

Are there any type of modeling or acting jobs you wish to avoid?
I always try to find the good in every situation. Maybe projects that don’t align with my moral and political beliefs.

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What are the benefits and challenges (pros and cons) of your job as a model or actor?
Pros: I get to do what I love! It’s ever changing. I’m always learning and growing and improving my craft. It’s exciting, unpredictable and never boring.
Cons: It’s not stable—seasonal. It takes a toll on self confidence. It’s a very competitive environment.
How do you handle constructive feedback from the industry experts you work with on projects?
I handle it with positivity. It’s rare to get feedback so it’s a blessing to get these notes so I can work on my weaker points for next time!

What was the most challenging project, photoshoot or video shoot you have done?
The ones where the children are not happy to be on-set. Recently, a child actor who clearly was forced to be there punched me (I was acting as his “mom” for the shoot) and no, that wasn’t fun!

How do you handle work under pressure in the industry?
That comes with the job. I always get that I’m very patient as a feedback. Plus, I was cabin crew for years. No on-set shoot can compare to the pressure of working overnight on a turnaround flight!

Who inspires you (actor, model, etc.) and why?
Kate Winslet. She’s such an amazing actor and so unapologetic! I hope one day I can have her charisma and influence!

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What are the major events that made a huge impact on your career as a model, actor or influencer?
One is being accepted at the Academy of Dramatic Arts—best three years of my life.
Another is accepting the job with Emirates: I was so scared that I would have to quit acting but to actually experience so much through traveling made me such a better actor!
And lastly, to recently quit Emirates as soon as I felt that this chapter was coming to an end in my life and to give myself another chance to make it not in my home countries but here in Dubai—different but exciting challenges ahead.

What was the latest project that you worked on?
I just filmed a commercial for an Oncology Care Center in Abu Dhabi. I played a woman who goes through cancer treatment. It was a big responsibility to play her with respect and care.

What is the best advice you would like to share to anyone who wants to become a model, actor or influencer?
Be patient. Work hard on yourself but make sure you still enjoy the job. The moment you start feeling miserable about yourself, quit!

What do you like about working with MMG Talent?
Ideas like this one (getting to know the talent) really shows how you guys are personal and one step ahead! Thank you!

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