I recently graduated from The University of Worcester, United Kingdom. I studied Drama & performance. I have more than eight years experience as an actress, producer and director. I have also worked backstage. I have created theatrical performances. I also have a Modeling experience. I started my Modeling career when I was younger. I started with catwalks, now I more suitable for photoshoots and commercials.
I like to experiment with different styles. I like avant-garde and modern as well. I aim not only to be a model but to create different concepts in my work.
I am very organised, and I am a good team worker. My acting skill and experience are really helpful for modeling jobs as I can improvise and be creative.
I am currently based in Toronto, Canada, but I am often traveling to the United Kingdom and whole Europe as well.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Eliya. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am 23 years old. I am an actress and aspiring model. I know few languages, and I am a very communicative person. I like to have the opportunity to express myself at my workplace. I draw, I write poetry, I used to train ice skating. I love reading, and every kind of arts. My biggest passion is traveling. I have been to a lot of places I am love to keep exploring the world. I think traveling helps you develop yourself and also grow as a person. Traveling makes you find yourself and know more about your personality.
My other biggest passion is Theatre. I have more than eight years experience on a stage. Except acting, i love directing and producing as well. I love to create performances. I like to improvise, and the stage gives me self-confidence which I believe its great to have a modeling work. I have many different interests.
Eliya, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I started when I was a child for the first time. I remember enjoying it. It was real magic for me, and since then I am very passionate about modeling.
Who is your inspiration in life Eliya? How do you keep inspired?
My biggest inspiration is my mother. She is very strong, totally independent woman, who keeps developing herself every day.
I keep myself inspired by listening to music. I think a world without music would be impossible. Music makes you believe in your dreams and inspires you to keep going to create the best version of yourself.
We all make mistakes Eliya; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
It wasn’t with a colleague, but with a dog. It was a long time ago. I had a catwalk and few moments before me walking; I played with a puppy, that was a part of the show. However the puppy scratched my legs and destroyed my outfit, I was lucky that the manager was understanding and changed my outfit with a new one. I am an animal lover, and I couldn’t resist the puppy. However, i do realise it was very unprofessional to risk my outfit to be destroyed. Since then I am putting my work duties as a priority always.
Eliya , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
In general, i am a very organised person. I like to schedule my time and to follow my plan to be on time and to fitt all my work or clients in my schedule. I organise my time, and my priority is trying to satisfy my clients.
Please tell us Eliya, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I don’t have a particular strategy, however, is helpful waking up early in the morning to fitt everything in one day. I do organise my time trying to be productive and professional.
Eliya, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I always have managed to make people around me to listen to my ideas. I do have experience as a director and manager on the stage, so I do know how to keep the attention on my ideas and plans. Also as a model, i had the opportunity to improvise on the set/ Photoshoot and that a way I could express my ideas and made everyone around me noticing them.
Eliya, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I think I have a lot more to do professionally to feel proud. However I do, whenever I manage to include my ideas in my work, or when I suggest something to the team and they like it. I did that on a photoshoot with a bit of improvisation with poses and slightly changing my outfit, which ended very successful.
Eliya, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I have always been creative. As a model and actress, i do need to be. It is always exiting, sometimes is difficult because you don’t have enough time to detail your ideas and you need to present them roughly. However, in a modeling work to be creative is highly needed.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
The advice that always worked for me in just be aware of what you want be focused to achieve it no matter what. Also is very important to be confident and to feel comfortable in your body. Shame has no place in this kind of work so people who want to do it have to be prepared. A smile is a strong weapon!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I will love to collaborate with other models, also to participate in brand campaigns. I would like to do commercials, but also I am open to different kinds of work. I would like to be considered for a
Music videos etc.