Interviews

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This interview originally featured on Modellist-ID.com.

INTERVIEW WITH FASHION MODEL AMY BRACCO BIDEN

Amy Bracco Biden is an American sweetheart making the world more beautiful by saving dogs, singing, writing and with her presence. Boy, she’s something, isn’t she? No wonder she’s living in airplanes most of the time; everyone wants a piece of her.

Nationality: American

Profession: Fashion Model, Show Creator, Writer, Actress, Animal Rescue Activist.

Agencies: Nous, LA. Trump, NY. Supreme, Paris. Mega, Germany. Select, London.

Milestones: Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, Pantene, Garnier, Diesel, Guess?, Coach, and having billboards in Times Square.

Current location: New York City

 First off tell us how you were discovered and how your modeling career all started?
I was a tall, awkward teenager that played soccer and didn’t think much about fashion. I was discovered while shopping at my local mall when The Elite Model Look of the Year competition happened in my hometown of Walnut Creek, CA. and they asked if I’d compete. I still had my braces on and almost fell off the runway because I’d never worn heels before.linebreak

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There are so many, but one that comes to mind is a commercial I shot in Patagonia for Garnier. It was such a beautiful area of Argentina. I ate the freshest trout for dinner every night and shot in the mountains every day. Bariloche is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.

Do you ever get shy in front of the camera?
No. One of my first shoots, when I was maybe 14, the client asked me to jump up and down and ribbit like a frog. You can’t really be embarrassed or shy or take yourself very seriously in this business. The things clients and art directors ask you to do are so varied, you have to be ready for anything!

Tell us a bit about your mother agency and what you like most about them.
I’ve been with my booker Kenya Knight at Nous since I was 14. She is a strong, fierce businesswoman with a very kind heart. I probably wouldn’t still be modeling if it wasn’t for her guidance.linebreak

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When I first started modeling you had to build a really strong portfolio and hustle every day going on castings and go-sees in all the major fashion cities to get ahead. Clients would book you based on the work you’d done and whether you were right for the job. Now a lot of times clients book girls based on how many Instagram followers they have and what their social media presence is like. It’s challenging because you have to do a lot more self-promotion in general now. So, in addition to attending castings and go-sees and submitting video castings for International jobs, getting new images for your portfolio, eating healthy, working out, traveling to and from bookings, and modeling/working on set you also have to post on FB, Instagram and Twitter and have your own blog and website. It takes a lot of time! Also, major beauty brands use actresses, singers and social media celebrities more now, so there is less work out there for fashion models.

What is your favorite healthy snack?
I usually have a Kind bar in my bag at all times! When I travel for work I always have almonds and dried fruit with me.

What’s your beauty regimen like?
I wash my face every night and use organic oils that my friend Hollie Witchey@witcheyhandmade makes by hand upstate. I catch up on sleep on my days off which is a necessity since call times can be pretty early and the days are long on set. I practically live on airplanes so hydrating is important. And catching up with friends over a glass of wine and laughing is also key to staying beautiful!linebreak

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1. I am a dog lover. I have rescued every dog I’ve owned and think it’s important for others to do the same. There are so many dogs that need homes. Adopt!

2. I love to sing. My favorite times are Upstate at my cabin around the bon fire jamming with friends.

3. I don’t believe in dieting, but I work out a lot and love hiking.

4. I got married 2 years ago and planned the whole wedding myself. I think I would be a great wedding planner!

5. I am an avid writer. I’m currently working on a web series with my friend and fellow model Alyssa Miller about what it’s like to be a model on a day-to-day basis. It’s called “Models Wrote This” and it’s based on all of our real life experiences in the business. Stay tuned!

What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?
I love the recipes and the travel tips for traveling to foreign cities. So smart!

Do you have any model friend you would like to see presented on Modellist-ID?

Alyssa Miller. Hollie Witchey. Donna Hemmingsen.linebreak

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I’m going to keep writing and working on “Models Wrote This”. It’s a really fun, creative outlet for me and it’s going to be a great show to watch! @modelswrotethis on Insta.

Where can we follow you?
@amybracco on Insta, FB and Twitter and amybracco.com…but I’m not great at posting 😉

Check out Amy’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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This feature originally posted on Abookof.us. 

MAGRUDER SISTERS

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Name: Madeline and Olivia Magruder
Agency/Agencies: Nous Model Management
Hometown: Grasonville MD
Current Location: MD
Nickname: Liv and Maddie
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TELL US YOUR STORY? WHO ARE THE MAGRUDER TWINS?

We are identical twins who grew up sailing and cruising on the Chesapeake bay. We have horses and over the years we have competed in English hunter/jumper shows.

 WHERE ARE YOU GIRLS FROM? 

Olivia and I are from Maryland.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN.

We grew up in the Annapolis area on the Chesapeake bay.space-right-size

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WHERE ARE YOU BASED? WHICH CITY DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN? 

This is our senior year so while we are still in school we live in Maryland. Olivia and I see ourselves working in New York in the near future.

HOW DID YOU GET DISCOVERED AS MODELS?

While on Vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we stopped into a McDonalds for breakfast. A model scout from DNA models NYC approached us.space-right-size

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A MODEL?

My father was a model in his younger years. After we were discovered, everything happened so fast.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MODELING?

We have been modeling for about a year now.space-right-size

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART IN BEING A MODEL?

Traveling and meeting such artistic people!space-right-size

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YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE IN MODELING SO FAR.

This past summer Olivia and I spent a month living in LA. We met a lot of incredibly talented people in the industry and gained a tremendous amount of experience.space-right-size

HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR TIME AS A MODEL?

We have a workout schedule and are prepared at any moment for a job.

IF YOU CAN COMPARE YOUR MODELING EXPERIENCES WITH YOUR FAVORITE FOOD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Lobster!space-right-size

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YOUR FAVORITE FOOD.

We love all seafood, especially lobster!

BOOK THAT YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING.

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MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT SO FAR.

Modeling on top of a building in a little red convertible with two other models.

WHAT ELSE KEEPS YOU BUSY ASIDE FROM MODELING?

We are equestrians. If we are not modeling, you can find us at the barn with our horses.

WHAT COMES NEXT AFTER MODELING?

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ANY ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE TO ANY ASPIRING MODELS OUT THERE?

Be confident of yourself and don’t let others stand in your way of accomplishing your dreams.

DREAM PROJECT?

Being on the cover of Vogue.space-right-size

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DREAM CLIENT?

Calvin Klein or Victoria Secret

TELL US A SECRET.

We used to switch classes in school without anyone knowing.space-right-size


CURRENTLY BINGE WATCHING _____.

We do not watch a lot of television.


IF YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A BOOK WHAT TITLE WOULD IT BE?

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IF YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE CHANCE AND OPPORTUNITY TO HELP A SPECIFIC CHARITY, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

I would help out with WWF ( World Wildlife Fund). Animals are becoming endangered and only we can help.space-right-size

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Photographer – Irvin Rivera Website / Instagram

Styling – Tyler McDaniel Website / Instagram

Makeup – Alexa N Hernandez @ Wilhelmina Artists Website / Instagram

Hair – Preston Wada  Website / Instagram

Photo Asst – Phill Limprasertwong Website / Instagram

Styling Asst – Alexa Molinaro Website / Instagram

Check out Madeline and Olivia‘s portfolios and follow them on Instagram.

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This post originally featured in Oystermag.com.

Meet The Model: Grace Lynn @ Nous Shot By Darren Ankenman

Grace Kull is a model and dancer who got discovered at a One Direction concert and wishes she could live in a world with less homework (same). If that sentence didn’t make you love her enough the below examples of her street smarts and good tastes should do the trick. Take it away, Grace.

space-right-sizeName: Grace Kull

Nickname: Gracie-poo (but I hate being called that, haha).

Star sign: Capricorn

Where did you grow up and where are you living now?
South Pasadena, CA to both.

What were you into in high school?
My favourite subject is definitely math.

In what ways have you changed since then?
I’m actually still in high school, but I think I’m a lot more outgoing and sure of what I want to do in life than I was in freshman year.

Describe your current mood in emojis:

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always be nice to everyone you meet because you never know when you might see them again. Also because it’s good to make an excellent impression on everyone you meet, and to maintain good relationships with others.

What are you most excited about atm?
I’m excited for college apps to be over, tbh.

How did you get ~discovered~?
I was at a One Direction concert in Pasadena two years ago on 9/11, and one of One Direction’s drivers pointed me out to a scout from Nous that he had been talking with. She came up to me and asked if I’d be interested in modelling, and gave me her card. After doing extensive research, I decided to try modelling, and I’ve been at it ever since.

space-right-sizeWhat would be your last meal?
I’d want my last meal to be anywhere in Germany because the food is so amazing there!

How did you get into dancing?
After watching many ballet children’s shows when I was five, my parents signed me up for lessons. I’ve been dancing ever since.

What would be your dream job in that field?
I’d like to one day try out for a company, but it would be cool to model for a dancewear line such as Discount Dance.

How do you feel when you’re dancing, how does that differ from how you feel when modelling?
When I dance, I feel expressive and graceful in my movements. When I model, I feel different because depending on what I’m wearing, I could either feel cheerful, serious, or anywhere in between. But I think it’s cool how I get to model different looks because each one has a unique aspect to it.

Best dance video on the internet?
It would have to be Sergei Polunin dancing to ‘Take Me to Church’ by Hozier.

Best dance movie?
First Position, a documentary following young dancers competing in the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP).

What causes or issues are important to you?
Some important causes to me are promoting women’s rights and making sure rescued animals get loving homes.

What’s your idea of utopia?
My idea of utopia would be a world where no one is judged for who they are, and where everyone can express themselves and succeed in whatever they enjoy doing.

If you were Supreme Leader of the world for a day what rules would you implement?
I would pass a law that limits the amount of homework students have per night because I feel that at times, especially last year, some homework doesn’t really benefit me.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I definitely want to continue modelling and dancing, but I’d also like to do something in the field of mathematics.

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Written by Lucy Jones

Check out Grace’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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This interview originally featured on Jute Magazine.com.

SYDNEY PHOTOGRAPHED BY JENN COLLINS

Meet Sydney Schafer @ Nous Models!

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Agency: Nous Models

Location: Los Angeles

Height: 5’8”

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Favorite Designer: Gucci

How did you get your start in modeling? Being an actress in LA, I was looking for a stable work that still let me have a creative outlook.

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You might know Alyssa Miller as the girl who rose to supermodel fame through modeling for Guess, Victoria’s Secret, and SI Swimsuit Edition, but at heart, she is a laid-back country girl who loves to ride horses. Boho fashion powerhouse For Love and Lemons recently teamed up with Alyssa to get an inside look at her life in Texas, where she works on writing music and taking life at a new, slower pace.  In addition to modeling, Alyssa did all the styling and photography in the shots below. We’ll be watching closely to see where her creativity takes her, and as she records her first album we expect it will be amazing new places! Keep scrolling to experience a day in the life of Alyssa Miller.

This post was originally featured on For Love and Lemons.com

Days Off with: Alyssa Miller

If you’re like us, you’re welcoming Fall with open arms. And what better way to kick off the season than by exploring Austin, Texas with model, musician and animal lover Alyssa Miller. An Austin resident for just over a year, Alyssa gives us a glimpse into her surreal new life, away from LA and NY, the bustling cities she used to call home.

Read her full story to learn about her evolving career and to get a glimpse into a perfect Fall day in Austin. And let us just say – if the cooler autumn weather doesn’t give you the chills, Alyssa’s “Days Off With” story, complete with wide open ranch spaces and impromptu swims in her neighboring lake, will. 

All photos were taken by Alyssa herself.

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I usually wake pretty early to feed the chickens and the dogs, make my self a cup of tea, crawl back into bed and read the news/catch up on emails. I’ll play a bit of guitar, I love singing and writing songs everyday, it feeds my soul. I’m working on recording my first EP at the moment.  I try to get in a work out everyday I have off, I’ll do a spin class or Pilates. I love going for a little swim at Barton Springs after for a cool down.  I usually try to get some writing done for my Web Series I am working on with my partner Amy Bracco, called Models Wrote This. A comedic take on the everyday lives of models, stay tuned. Ultimately my perfect days off consist of a little rest and relaxation, a little productivity and creativity on some of my projects and a little activity. Perfect balance.

 We see you’re an animal lover from all your furry friends you’ve featured on IG -Can you give us the name of your pets and one word to describe their personality? 

My dogs:

Charlie my Boston Terrier – Gregarious

Tennessee my Mixed Breed – Lover

My chickens:

Loretta – Loud

Dolly – Sweet

Tammy – Rebellious

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I’ve lived in Austin just over a year. I was burnt out on NY, I was pushing myself too hard with work and travel. A few friends had just bought a place in Texas so I started coming down for the weekends and just completely fell in love. I haven’t really fallen out of love either, it’s still the honeymoon phase for me. I love the people here, I love being able to just jump in the river for a quick swim anytime I want, seeing amazing live music on a whim, having chickens roam free in my yard, it’s just a higher quality of life.

We hear that you just moved into a new place – can you tell us a little bit about your new home, the aesthetic, your favorite part of the house?

It’s a bit more modern than I imagined a house of mine being, but it just had the best energy. It’s very special, so many amazing details. The space is very open and airy as well, which I love.

What are you looking for (furniture pieces, design inspiration, other decor) to decorate your new space?

I have such a love of furniture, typically Mid Century Modern, and interior design. I have collected so many amazing pieces over the years. I LOVE chairs, collect them like a mad woman. So I haven’t had to do much, but as a collector I always have my eye out for special pieces.linebreak

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To be honest, I’ve taken a major step back. But by choice, I was burnt out after years of flying non-stop and not really taking a break. Now I’m lucky enough to choose the jobs I want to take and do my own projects on the side. I’ve changed my whole approach, and my life is more about what makes me happy and keeps me healthy. Now when I am on the road, I am so happy to be there and can be fully present in the moment.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I like to think of my self as a story teller, whether that’s through modeling or through music, through my photography or through my show. Telling a story is what I love to do.linebreak

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Fall in Austin is amazing, it stays quite warm year round so it’s almost as if we get Fall twice, instead of Winter. The leaves turn and I get to cozy up in all my favorite sweaters, drink tea, and write, it’s my personal heaven.

On my day off, I’d wear: 

An easy dress, or Jeans and a tee.

My favorite styling piece(s) for Fall are: 

A good square toe ankle boot, obsessing on this shape at the moment.linebreak

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I couldn’t do with out singing for a day, my living room has these amazing high ceilings and it makes for some nice acoustics, I just walk around singing all day long.

The song/album I’m playing on repeat this season: 

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Josephine House for brunch and bloody Mary’s.

Perla’s for lobster rolls.

Barton Springs for a dip and the best people watching.

The white horse for a dance, a drink, and tacos from the truck out back.

Continental club for the best live music.

In your next life you will be…?

An elephant ️<3

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When I decided to move to Texas, I was really nervous to tell my agent, and she was so lovely and understanding. She said, “Babe, you only live once. Live it all the way up.” So simple, but it struck me because here I was after doing the same thing for so many years, afraid to take a chance and try something new. It was just the encouragement I needed, and I’ve never been happier.

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Check out Alyssa’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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Ashley Moore

Meet Ashley Moore, the 23-year-old North Carolina-raised model currently dominating our Instagram feed. Naturally gorgeous, camera-ready or just lounging around in her sweats, here’s why the widely vivacious model is the latest girl on our mind.

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If you weren’t modelling what career would you be pursuing?
Acting, which I am doing at the moment in addition to modelling. Who says you can’t have more than one career?

What is your idea of the perfect date?
Something simple and classic, someone to come pick me up, open the door, and take me to dinner, or something exciting and unforgettable like skydiving! Either way, showing respect and manners are non-negotiable.

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What gets your attention?

Intelligent guys who know who they are, and know what they want.

What should a guy not wear on a first date?
Flip flops. Too soon to see your feet!

How do you spend your downtime?
When I get downtime, I just relax, whatever that feels like at the time. I love to watch movies, read, lay by the pool and try new restaurants out.

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How would you describe your personal style?
My style changes every day, everything from girly-girl to tomboy or even just sweats. It just depends on my mood.

What impresses you when it comes to men’s style?
Anyone who doesn’t try too hard, but I’m definitely a sucker for guys in their workout gear!linebreak

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Photographer – Trevor King Website /Instagram 

Stylist – Lizzy Seguin Website / Instagram 

Hair & MU –  Brendan Robertson Website / Instagram      

Check out Ashley’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

 How old are you?

I am 21 years young.

Where are you from?

I am a proud Iowan girl from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

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This is going to sound sooooo nerdy but I absolutely love to read. It’s probably my favorite thing to do, and has been since I was just a little girl. In my senior year of college, we were assigned a book called “The Difference Maker” By John Maxwell. No one actually read any of the books we got assigned, but I am a huge nerd so I read every single one! This book, in particular, changed my life because it gave me a whole new perspective on how the simplest thing like having a good attitude can have an immensely positive impact on how successful you are in life. Since then, I follow so many tips the book gave me and I swear by it, I am such a happier person.

What inspires you the most?

Family. I have five siblings and they are all much younger than I am. They motivate me to be the best that I can be because I want to set an amazing example for them. I also look up to my mom and my grandmother. They are the strongest women I have ever met and they inspire me to be the same.

What’s been your greatest achievement (so far)?

Education is so important to me and will continue to be, so I would have to say my biggest achievement (so far) is getting my associates degree two weeks before my high school diploma. I was only 16 at the time when I made the decision to make that a goal of mine. It was one of the first big goals I worked really hard over a long period of time to accomplish, and it was extremely difficult to achieve because of my life situation at the time. SO many times I asked myself why I was doing it and wanted to just give up, but I stuck with it and it served me very well because now I am 21 and I already have two degrees!

What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

Definitely the !!!! I use it all the time when I’m messaging or emailing people. I feel like if you know me it just makes sense because I’m pretty out there. If not, I’ve often wondered if people think I’m yelling at them all the time…Lol!

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Can you hula hoop?

Yes I can! But to be completely honest, I am kind of dysfunctional when it comes to any sport involving objects, so let’s just say I can and keep it at that.

If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

That’s hard to choose because I believe in being passionate about everything you do. If you’re not passionate about it… Then why are you doing it? But if I had to pick, I’d say I’m really passionate about traveling. I feel like it’s important to travel the world and see all that’s out there! There’s so much of it and so little time!

Are your feet the same size?

No they are not and it infuriates me! My right is almost a half size bigger than my left, so I buy shoes that fit perfectly on the left foot, and my toes are left to suffer on the right because I secretly want to punish that foot for being bigger.

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Clothes… Lots and lots of clothes.

How many bones have you broken?

TOO MANY!! I was a competitive cheerleader for over 14 years and between the flipping and the stunting (I was the flyer) I’ve had my fair share of broken arms, fingers, and even fractured my neck once!

What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

I am not a picky eater at all! But for some reason, my taste buds do not like seafood. Even the smell makes my stomach turn!

Which emoji would best capture your essence?

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What’s the most embarrassing trend you gave in to?

I try not to do trends because I think it is so much cooler when you just do you, and it ends up being a trend– because after all, that is how they start! But I’ll admit when I was in middle school (7th grade) I cared a lot about what others thought, and I got bullied pretty badly. I have really bushy eyebrows (bordering on uni-brow when I don’t maintain them), and back in the day pencil-thin eyebrows were the “cool” and “beautiful” thing. So one day I went home and shaved off my eyebrows. Let’s just say the results were much worse than just putting up with the bullies ! AND OMG THEY DID NOT GROW BACK IN PRETTY.

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Polina & world-famous producer Norman Lear

Polina & world-famous producer Norman Lear

To say I was excited I was to work with Norman Lear on the reboot of his famous show One Day at a Time would be an understatement. Norman is arguably one of the greatest comedy creators of all time– All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Who’s the Boss are his shows! One Day at a Time is a sitcom (that’s short for situational comedy). The show is filmed in front of a live audience, and the laugh track you hear on shows like Friends is coming from people in the audience watching the scene. As a result, sitcoms are filmed very differently than other television genres. For example: if a joke doesn’t land or something doesn’t quite work, the producers and writers can change it on the spot. They might walk up to an actor and say “instead of saying your line, say this joke instead”, and watch the crowd react to gauge whether the joke worked. It’s a hybrid of theater and television that’s really fascinating– especially if you’re a comedy nerd like me and get to watch it unfold in front of your eyes.

I was surprised to find out that unlike most TV shows, where you only show up on the day of filming and do your scenes, sitcoms involve a full week of rehearsals. Each scene is rehearsed separately and the episode is then performed chronologically from beginning to end for the producers, and again later for the Network and Studio that are backing the show. It’s like a mini play! There is such a great sense of community because you get to watch everyone else do their scene and be present for the entire script.

Polina and Rita Moreno

Tuesdays are when the show is filmed in front of the live audience. If there are a lot of extras in the scene or the scene takes place on a set that’s not directly in front of the audience (as was the case with me) these scenes will be pre-taped the day before, and played for the audience. It was so much fun to watch my scene with amazing actress Justina Machado, and hear the audience laugh and react to it in real time.

 And did I mention that Rita Moreno plays Justina’s mom on the show? Rita Moreno has an EGOT! (That’s an Emmy, a Grammy, and Oscar and a Tony). There are only 12 people who have received all four. You’ve probably seen Rita as Anita in the original West Side Story among the countless outstanding films she’s been in.

Needless to say, I could not have had a more amazing time. I feel like I need to go back and watch all those Friends episodes again. Now that I know all the behind the scenes action I can watch it with a new understanding. BRB– I’m pulling up my Netflix account. And speaking of, One Day at a Time will be released by Netflix early next year!”

The cast and crew applaud each other for a successful episode wrap.

Check out Polina’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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Where are you from?

I’m from Irvine, California.

Do you have a book that changed your life?

I recently read The Catcher in the Rye for the first time and I think it was really important for me to read, especially at this point in my life. The main character displays so many different aspects of the teenage experience.

What inspires you the most?

I think mornings inspire me the most. I have these really tall east-facing windows in my living room and sometimes I sit and drink coffee there for a few minutes after getting up (which is getting later and later now that summer is here!). Those moments always provide me with inspiration for my day, whether it’s artistic, academic, or just an idea of how I want to spend the time.

What’s been your greatest achievement (so far)?

I think it’s a tie. When I was 11, I was solo piano accompanist for my honors choir in front of a sold-out audience of 2000 people at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts – it was very nerve-racking and took lots of preparation, but in the end it was an amazing experience! Also, photos I posted on National Geographic were selected for display in VP Biden’s official residence in Washington, D.C. two times – in December, 2015, and January, 2016. It felt great to be recognized for my interests, and I am so grateful for it.

If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?

I am most passionate about art, in any form. My main focus has been in the photographic and digital arts. I have found that my life is a lot better if there is some artistic element to every day.

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What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?

I have a rule: no ham, no lamb, no spam.

Where would you take your dream vacation?

I have always wanted to go to France or Italy. I suppose my dream vacation would be visiting both!

When you eat a pack of Skittles, do you save the best flavors for last? Or do they go first?

My system is in rainbow-order. Eat all of the red Skittles, then orange, yellow, green, and purple. Trust me, it will change your life.

Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?

I love listening to Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings soundtrack. It makes me feel like I’m going on a journey through New Zealand.

Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?

If my wardrobe was full of the costumes from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, I would be a happy camper.

What’s one goal you definitely plan on achieving this year?

This year, my goal is to find balance in school, work, and creativity.

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Check out Lily’s portfolio and follow her on Instagram.

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Yes, the rumors are true… we’ve caught twin-fever here at Nous. And who could blame us? The lovely Magruder sisters aren’t truly identical, but with just one small beauty mark to tell them apart, they might as well be! Standing tall at a true 5′ 9″, Olivia (below left) and Madeline (below right) are 17 and hail from Maryland. The girls are attached at the hip on and off set, and their bond translates to some seriously stunning photos – but don’t worry – from Olivia’s playful sense of humor to Madeline’s secret celeb crush, there’s plenty that sets them apart. Scroll down to find out for yourself. We are thrilled to introduce to you: The Magruder Twins!linebreak

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Photo Credit: Jentrie Bentley @jentrie.aaron

Photo Credit: Matthew Priestley @matthewtylerpriestley

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Take a look at Olivia and Madeline’s portfolios and follow them on Instagram.

Olivia Madeline