Thursday, December 31, 2009

About me

I completely forgot to introduce myself. I guess it is important to know whos blogs you are reading. And who the person is that you are learning random information from.
Ok, so I don't think it's right to talk about what I'm like because everytime I predict my behaviour it always changes. Because it all depends on the situation of course. Anyway, so I will blog a little bit about my history and about the things that I do. Because I think that you cannot judge a person by what they say, but you can about the decisions they make in life.
I was born in Yerevan, Armenia...thus I am Armenian. But I am also part Russian, I guess my grandparents on my mom's side both had Russian blood in them. My mom was a weird Armenian, not because she acted all weird but because she looked different. Those of you who have seen Armenians know that they come in pretty much the same color tones and heights. They usually have dark eyes and hair, and tanned skin. They are medium height. Well my mom was a tall Armenian with lighter hair and very blue eyes and pale skin. All of my three sisters inherited the dominant genes of my dad, but I am the odd one out I guess because I have green eyes, im short and im super white (or at least in comparison to Armenian people).
I lived in Armenia for five years and then moved through Russia and lived in Prague, Czech Republic. My circumstances have always been good because I was always with family and I knew that my family always got my back, but I guess in comparison to rich folks we were always pretty badly off. Still, I do not think it was that evident. I mean ok, we had to take apart a few old sweaters to make new ones and maybe happiness was found in drawing on the walls of my room in crayons, but life was good. Later we moved to the northwest and still live here in the Seattle area.
Life here is awesome. I got my AA in General Business Management the day I graduated from High School. Now I am studying fashion design and hope to get my BA in a year and a few. It was strange for me to get involved in the fashion industry to this extent, because I originally wanted to be a historian and then I wanted to get a degree in diagnostic sciences or major in economics. My problem as a student was that my grades and my aknowledgments were great, so I could go into any field that I wanted to. So I decided that while I was in high school I would get a business degree that way regardless of what I chose I would always have something backing me up. So business it was. I think today I still wake up sometimes and think that I would have made an amazing economist or historian....but then I realize how much I love fashion and that all goes away. I have always been an artist and so I guess that is part of the reason that I chose to become a fashion designer. Either way it is too hard to explain my brain processes.
In my career field I work in a lot of fields. By hire I work as a seamstress, a make-up artist for photoshoots and as a stylist. But more seriously I have worked in tailoring with an amazing woman in a hair salon that brought about the most fun and interesting group of clients. It was next to a french bakery so the lunch was always fantastic, but the Russian music was hard to work through. I also work as a fashion show director and modeling coach. I have directed many shows for local designers. Rita Gruzman was the latest designer that I have worked with. Directing and coaching is fantastic and a part of my life that I love. I teach in a modeling agency, John Casablancas to be exact, and I instruct the models how to walk ramp, how to pose, how to apply make-up for photoshoots, communications, and dieting and nutrition. Pretty much everything. I have to say the modeling and acting school at John Casablancas is really good (partly because I teach there and John Fantasia does too). All this is fun, but at some times I end up working three to four jobs with school and then I wonder why my phone doesn't stop ringing until 4am.
I also work jobs as a model and an actress when I can. It's as much fun booking jobs as it is instructing students in this field. I have been modeling and acting since I was 16 and have done print, ramp and hair modeling. I have been mostly in short movie clips. I love this very much and hope that I continue to get involved in it. I think part of my problem is a lak of focus because I can and want to do so many things that I forget that it is physically impossible to do everything at once. Still I try relentlessly.
Anyways...on top of that I also work in fashion design. I know my life as a fashion designer is just starting, but I have already had my second fashion show this September. And if I had not received the recognition that I got, I probably would have quit this field and picked up history again. But in my first show I got four first palce awards and one second place award and was pictured in the West Seattle Herald Newspaper. I was also a featured artist in the Jibsheet and in my last show I got an award for people's choice best clubwear. I also got a recommendation to Project Runway and a small photo of my collection in DList magazine the October issue. If I had not gotten this attention I would feel like fashion design was a hobby to me and it was not a serious career choice for me. But I thank everyone for the support because it means that I can be succesful in it. So thats good. Many more events coming up.
This was fun and I think someday I should write an autobiography, I don't think anyone would want to read it but it would definately be an entertaining waste of time for me.

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