Model of the Month – Jason Steel

We’re so happy to have the versatile Jason as our September Model of the Month. From being the perfect 32/M fit model, to booking editorials, commercials, and print, there’s not much Jason can’t do! Continue reading to learn more about Jason:

1. Where you are from?

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I’m from Westchester, New York.

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

I’m into art. I love to sketch on my iPad or paper – mostly portraits. I also love anything fitness-related – the beach, swimming, training, skateboarding, snow boarding, all of it!

3. Favorite clients from the biz?

My favorite client has been Versace they booked me really often – sometimes twice a day – and they always had a full kitchen 😍

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

I would love to work with Diesel or H&M, something where my face would be everywhere for a while – that would be dope.

5. Career highlights?

Being featured in Paper magazine was definitely a career highlight. Love their style and the article they wrote.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

I had a lot of friends who were modeling at the time and they kept saying I could do it too, so I submitted everywhere and Elite Miami signed me and got me signed in New York.

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BICOASTAL MGMT // NYFW

So proud of our models and to participate in NYFW again – check out a few highlights below!

Model of the Month – Rick F.

Introducing Rick – our expert sports/fitness fit model and also talented, and versatile Print, Runway, and Commerical model – as our July Model of the Month! Read below to see how he got started and how his background in athletics has turned out to be useful in his modeling career!

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1. Where you are from?
Boston, Massachussetts

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I have an athletic background and always had a love for sports. I lettered in basketball and football in high school and even played a little college football. After college, I still had the urge to stay in athletics so I coached. It was a great experience and I loved every moment of it.

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
DICK’S Sporting Goods, Reebok, New Balance, Converse and Puma.

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

A goal and dream of mine is to shoot a national campaign/commercial for Macy’s or Nike.

5. Career highlights?
Shooting for DICK’S Sporting Goods, fitting withReebok, New Balance, Converse and Puma.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
Kind of fell into modeling as a side gig as I was finishing college. The head Photographer at Karmaloop spotted me while I was at work. Karmaloop ultimately became my first gig and the rest is history.

 

Hannah Berner: Model, Actor + Producer

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We are so happy we got to chat with Hannah, the multi-talented fit, commercial, print, and fitness model – and most recently – video producer and comedian for the infamous Betches Instagram account. Continue reading to learn more about Hannah and how she got started!

We love watching you on Betches! How did you fall into this?

Thanks so much! I was at a desk job questioning my life purpose and crying in the bathroom when I decided I needed to quit and reevaluate my career path. I asked myself what I would do if money wasn’t an issue and it was to create funny videos. I had no idea how I could do this, but I applied to a video internship and started to hone my video editing skills. Out of nowhere, a model I had met at an Adidas photoshoot (that Bicoastal booked for me) reached out to me saying that he was working for a brand called Betches who was looking for a video producer with 5 years experience. I laughed and said I’m not a good fit, but I submitted a funny video anyway. They called me into their office and said that they will start me as a freelancer. 7 months later, I was officially hired as the first video producer at Betches. Since starting the video department, I’ve increased video views from 2.2 million views in Q3 2016 to 155 million views in Q3 2017. I love creating new ideas to make my friends and family laugh everyday.

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Tell us a little bit about your other talents – sports, hosting, improv? What do you enjoy most?

I grew up around sports including basketball, golf, softball, and tennis. At 12 years old I decided to focus on tennis and ended up playing for the University of Wisconsin and playing professionally for a bit. After tennis, I worked as a sports broadcaster for the University of Wisconsin Athletics, so I would interview basketball, soccer, and track teams and then edit their highlight reels. Since I’ve been little, I’ve always been very silly and outgoing, so comedy was a natural step for me to use my experience in video and hard work ethic from sports to create funny content. Sports, hosting, and comedy are all different ways for me to express myself, whether it is physically or verbally. I think it’s healthy to find a lot of different hobbies and never define yourself by just one thing. Everyone is multifaceted and you can surprise yourself by finding out you are passionate about a new hobby or skill.

Tell us about your experience as a fit model with Bicoastal – what are some highlights/favorite clients?

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As a fit model, I’ve worked for Hanes, Urban Outfitters, Elie Tahari, MM La Fleur, One Jeans Group. I love fit modeling because I really enjoy being a part of the creative process. I feel like a fly on the wall while serious decisions are being made about the length of a dress that will be sold in thousands of stores or something as little as the color of a button. It’s also pretty cool to go around and brag to my friends that my body has perfect proportions and then they tell me to shut up.

Do you have any particular favorite sketches? And why? 

I do! I love to expose the reality behind social media and make fun of the fake personas that can make people feel insecure with online. During this time of social media, it’s important not to compare yourselves to someone else’s highlight reel. Let’s be serious, we are all in yoga pants with no makeup on scrolling our Instagram feed majority of the time. I made this video joking about fitness influencers:

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Love my fit fam! #motivationmonday

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To see more of Hannah’s great posts and videos, make sure to follow @betches!

SPOTLIGHT NEW-SIGN: Gilbert Costache

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1. Where you are from?

I am from Romania though I have worked in this industry for the past 10 years in some of the main fashion capitals of the world such as: Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, Istanbul and New York.

2. How did you start modeling?

When I was 16, a scout discovered me in Bucharest, Romania. I was in Madrid, Spain when I really started modeling, so at 19 I quit soccer to commit to being signed to multiple fashion agencies.

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I am an actor. I am a licensed life-coach and I believe that it is very important to have the resources, the context and to find the right path to follow for the rest of our lives. I consider myself a simple, honest human being who appreciates quality in life. My hobbies include reading, dancing and generally having a sense of humor (I love stand-up comedy and jokes). I play soccer often and I practice yoga. I have also written novels and I enjoy philosophy.

4. Favorite clients you have worked with?

Dsquared, Dior, Adidas, Zara, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Guess, Armani, Calvin Klein.

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

To spend my time writing books. I also dream of acting for the movie I am writing. More fashion campaigns.

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6. Career highlights?

Music clips in Romania and Spain with the best singers there. Catalogs in Turkey , Istanbul. Catalogs in Spain. Catwalks for Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry. Tv commercial for Nike. Tv commercial for Heineken. Walking runway for some great designers internationally.

7. Awesome! Do you have any notable Fashion Week experiences?

When I was in Europe, I walked in shows for Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and when I was in Romania I worked with some of their best designers.

To keep up with Gilbert make sure to check out his website and follow him on Instagram!

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Model of the Month: John Strand

We are so excited to have the charming, handsome, and talented John Strand as our June Model of the Month! Continue reading to learn some more about John, his favorite clients, his experience as a print, commercial, fit, and runway model, (and musician!) and it all started!

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1. Where you are from?IMG_3407.JPG
Los Angeles, California

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Tom Clancy novels..I was a gymnast as a young child and enjoyed playing many sports growing up, from swimming and tennis to varsity high school basketball. I was classically trained on the piano and vocals since I was 10 years old, and I actually fronted a touring indie rock band as a lead singer/keyboardist and songwriter/band manager from 15 into my early 20s. Music is still the magic that fuels my creative ethos.

3. Favorite clients from the biz? 
Fave clients..Armani, Burberry, John Varvatos are a few of my all time favorite designers, and working for them is always an honor.. Trina

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Turk / Mr Turk are personal friends and I’ve modeled for their men’s collection for years, and actually love the pieces!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
I am a consummate dreamer…I’ve been enticed and empowered by many forms of creative expression, and my goals are as broad as they are bold. As an enthusiastic lover of fashion and a working model, a major goal is an international campaign for an elite designer like Dolce & Gabbana..which ironically was the brand that launched one of my career heroes David Gandy, who broke barriers in the field, which I also aspire to do. I also hope to return to the music industry as a performer and songwriter, in tandem with my expanding work as a model and actor.

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I’ve been blessed with a number of amazing experiences in multiple disciplines of the creative/media industries, from being the first male model to walk for Project Runway’s Michael Costello in Fashion Week, to leading a band performance in front of almost 10,000 people, to filming lead roles for Nicki Minaj, Uniqlo, the Discovery Channel, and more. Shadowing Kevin Spacey was also pretty rad.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I was scouted into modeling by a talent agency that obtained a few promo images I had taken as a teenager while fronting my rock band..within a few weeks I was published in a regional magazine and booked a runway show, and the rest, as they say, is history…

 

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

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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.

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-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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Model of the Month-Leah Heifferon!

We are thrilled to have pro fit model, Leah H, as our November Model of the Month!  From being one of our very first signs, to now being one of our top models, we are so happy to see how much she’s taken off and we’re so excited to see what future brings her! Read more to learn a bit about her story, and her “stroke of luck” for stumbling across the fit industry-talk about genetic lottery!

1. Where you are from?
I’m from Tucson, Arizona. A cruel place to raise such a pale person!

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I’m a big reader, having worked for many years in publishing before transitioning to fit lisahoulgrave_photography_0312_rtfmodeling full time. I’m also an avid cook, am obsessed with spin class, and love meeting up with friends all over my favorite borough, Brooklyn!

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
Ralph Lauren Collection is just as classy as you’d imagine, and Rag & Bone is just as cool. I’ve worked for Diane Von Furstenberg for over five years, so their fit room really feels like my home away from home. Another favorite client where I log a ton of hours is Tory Burch. Coincidentally, Diane Von Furstenberg and Tory Burch are the only two fashion designers on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. I’m honored to work for such inspiring women!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest?
I’m planning to take patternmaking classes at FIT this January just to nerd out a bit with my job. The best fit models are able to visualize the changes techs are making to the pattern as they’re fitting, and I want to go deeper into my understanding of their work so that I can be even more valuable to my clients.leah-retouched-hand

5. Career highlights?
I love getting to travel with clients: to Milan with Ralph Lauren and Hong Kong with DVF. What’s dreamier than that?

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I was looking for a way to supplement my publishing income when a friend recommend I try fit modeling. I’d never heard of a fit model, but went to an open call at an agency where they told me I have the perfect measurements and offered me a contract. It was an incredible stroke of luck!