Privet! I’m Tanya Gervasi, ½ Belarusian ½ Italian model, based between Milan and New York. I am writing you from the sunny Italian city today and wishing to come be in New York soon.
It’s been a long journey since I started modeling at the age of thirteen. Oh my! Whenever I think about it, I get a weird feeling. I was so young indeed, but I never really looked my age. Now I’m 26, and I must admit it feels good! I left lots of insecurities along my path and collected many ideas and dreams.
Privet means “hello” in Russian. I speak four languages. Because I started to model at an early age, I always had a plan B in mind. Modeling is great, but really you can’t rely solely on it as a career. Hence, two years ago I graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. No, I’m not a chef, but I do love to cook and am pretty good. I’m a gastronome, which means “an expert of food”. My biggest passion is food culture, so if you don’t mind, from time to time I’ll give you some good food for thought.
So, I guess it’s time for my bio and first post come to an end, I’d rather you get to know me through my posts than from a list of facts. Hopefully it’ll be an enjoyable journey for you. Who knows where I’ll be next and what I’ll be doing!
Photo by Shannon Bray
So as you know, I’m stuck in Florida for the time being. This means that my modeling career isn’t too exciting at the moment. However, I have had the chance to shoot with some amazing native Floridian photographers! I feel like these months at home should be spent learning and enhancing my skills as a model. Also, I think it’s really important to work with local artists! Supporting your local photographers keeps the states industry thriving and developing. I often shoot with one person and that leads to a shoot with someone else, everyone benefits! I highly suggest working with newer and younger photographers. They usually have fresh ideas and are on trend with their photos. Plus, most of them are looking to build they’re portfolio and may do a trade shoot with you. A trade shoot is exactly what it sounds like, a model gets digital copies for her book and so does the photographer at no cost to either person (minus gas and other things of that nature.) If they aren’t looking to trade they may have a great deal on test shooting! If you think their photos will book you more jobs I highly suggest paying for the shoot if you have the money. If not, always keep in touch with the photographer through social media because they may want to use you for a project someday! I have some suggestions for photographers that are based in the Central Florida area or space coast area. I’ve worked with quite a few here and even some that I haven’t worked with I will list because they’re work is amazing! (more…)
So at 18, I have already come to appreciate those “do nothing days”. Things have became intensely busy and I am being pulled in many directions. But i love it. My poor new car now has 6200 miles on it in a little over a month. I think it can drive by itself to Miami and back. I have been very lucky and have made a new friend with another modeling agency in Miami, I swear we are soul sisters, and I have been staying with her a lot. Even though she is with Next Model Management, we still go on a lot of the same castings and this work out so good. I am surprised how many great friendships I have made with other models in Miami, it truly is one big family. It is very rewarding to listen and learn about others adventures, disappointments, and accomplishments, you can truly learn from others. Never think you are too big or too small to learn from others. (more…)
I’m so excited to be this week’s featured model for #ModelMonday with my amazing mother agency Page Parkes! I wanted to share the full interview from the Page Parkes blog http://www.pageparkes.com/corporate/ with you all below:
#ModelMonday: Ally Ertel!
From Florida living to California dreaming, #ModelMonday goes out to one of the sweetest and talented girls here at Page Parkes: Ally Ertel! Click read more below to meet her and get a glimpse of her journey.
1. How were you scouted and why did you choose Page Parkes when you first started?
I was scouted while volunteering at a Tony Robbins conference by a fellow crew member, an amazing photographer Danny Cardozo. He connected me with Page Parkes and I decided to sign with the agency because I knew that they saw me as more than just a model. From day one, both Danny and Page have believed in my potential within the industry while supporting my personal goals. They have also pushed me to grow in ways I could have never imagined. (more…)
Click here to view the South Moon Under Lookbook 2014 video filmed in Puerto Rico.
This entry may seem a bit chaotic in terms of content, and I do apologize in advance. Working in this industry, I have learned to be in three places at once and multi task beyond all logical reason. Although, I will admit the three places at once is a bit of an exaggeration but honestly speaking, not by much.
But I digress; this was a heavenly-paced week compared to the previous one. The madness of fashion week castings, which at its most intense included 10-15 castings a day, left me at my whit’s end in one particular case. I was on the phone with my mother agent crying because I was so overwhelmed. Oh yes, I still do that!! Calling one of my “moms” is one of my finer points because it gives me that proverbial kick in the behind that, let’s be honest, I need (sometimes).
Jade Willoughby | South Moon Under | Spring 2014 Lookbook Video
Being a model is, in my belief, one of the greatest storytelling jobs in the world. It is a transformation that occurs the moment you walk through the doors. It is my job to become the literal translations of a dream brought to life by an entire team. My mother came to a shoot with me once, and when we wrapped she told me I “became a different person”.
This was the first time I became aware of my craft and how, perhaps due to the life my illness gave me, I was better able to change myself. Growing up with the conditions of my illness, I was very isolated because I had to be for my own protection. I grew up watching and observing people. Movies, stories and books were my constant companions. (more…)