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Meet Professional Model & Actress Andrea Bordeaux!


Andrea Bordeaux moved to New York City to pursue an acting career in 2005. She studied theater at Pace University for one year before realizing that she was more suited for an intimate, private environment. She transferred to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and has continued to study in small, private classes. After leaving NYCDA, she began doing test shoots with photographers and within a few months, was working with a very well known commercial print agency and had booked her first professional job for Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. Modeling was never something that Andrea had really considered pursuing, but once the ball got rolling, she realized just how much she enjoys it. She has since appeared in print ads for Sprite, Verizon, Caress, Gerber, Rosetta Stone, Yaz, Gardasil and countless others. In between photo shoots, Andrea shot several indie films, including a feature length in which she had a lead role. Over the next couple of years, Andrea worked steadily, booking print job after print job, and adding small film and television promo credits along the way. In 2009, she was signed by Christopher Silveri of Prestige Management Group. She has since booked two SAG national commercials that are currently airing on television (Dove Chocolate & Citi Card). You may have seen her on the Dove Chocolate commercials, or on Law & Order: SVU! I recently got a chance to communicate with Ms. Andrea and she let me know all about her inspirations and aspirations involving her career as a prominent print and commercial model.

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Meet Actress/Model Andrea Bordeaux

Charli >> Where are you from? Born and raised.

Andrea >> I’m from a small army town in central Texas. My mom was in the Army for about 7 years, I was born during the end of her military career. Other than living in Germany for a few years when I was a kid, I lived my whole life in that small town. It’s where I grew up and many of the people that I grew up with still live there or nearby.

Charli >> You’re currently a print model for so many companies, so tell us your story on how you got started.

Andrea >> I’ve been modeling professionally for about 4 years now. People have been telling me that I should model since I was about 13 years old. I never took it seriously because I didn’t understand at the time that there were other types of modeling besides fashion modeling. I’m 5’3″, so I always assumed that modeling was out of reach. When I moved to NYC, I would get approached regularly by photographers who wanted to work with me. But, I’m super cautious and would usually just say “no thanks”. I ended up meeting this one photographer that didn’t seem weird and I liked his work. We did a shoot and he told me to start a Model Mayhem page.

I did a few trade shoots (horrible stuff!) and put together a Model Mayhem page using my then-headshot and few of those trade photos. I started out doing hair shoots (weaves, wigs, etc.) back in 2007 when one of the companies contacted me via ModelMayhem. Those were my first paid jobs. I started working with my first print agency about a year later. Now I’m signed with a manager, a commercial agency, a legit (tv/film) agency, and I work with 3 print agencies.

Charli >> Wow! So what did you do to prepare yourself for the model and commercial industry?

Andrea >> I guess doing those early trade shoots and setting up my Model Mayhem page was my first preparation. That’s what got the ball rolling.

From an emotional standpoint, I didn’t really do anything. I just kind of let it happen the way it did. Commercial print is very easy and low key. It’s not all crazy and cut throat the way fashion modeling is.

Charli >> I have seen a few of your print ads and commercials, specifically the Dove Chocolate commercial, and you definitely have the face and attitude for the camera. I’ve also seen the Law & Order: SVU scene as well, but do you have any interests on strictly becoming an actress for TV or film?

Andrea >> First off, thank you! Acting is my main focus, but at this point, modeling is the main source of my income. I moved to NYC in order to become an actress. Modeling just sort of happened. I love film and TV and I’d love to work in both mediums at the same time. If I had my way, I would star in a TV show and do movies between seasons.

Law & Order: SVU Scene

Dove Chocolate Commercial

Charli >> You’re welcome! What has been your biggest challenge thus far?

Andrea >> I guess I would say maintaining confidence is my biggest struggle. This business if rife with rejection. Many times, the rejection has nothing to do with you as casting is very arbitrary. But at the same time, it can have a tremendous effect on how you feel about yourself, both as a performer, and as an individual. It’s important to always trust in your talent and your abilities.

Charli >> How would you describe your modeling style? Are you just interested in commercial and print? Or do you also do run way and everything else involving modeling?

Andrea >> I don’t have a style, per se. When I’m on set, I do what’s asked of me. The clients typically want you to emote something very specific in order to sell their product, usually something positive. Every photo shoot is different. I’m a commercial print model. Commercial modeling and print modeling is the same thing, but it’s generally referred to as ‘commercial print’. I don’t do runway or fashion modeling. I’m very petite so fashion modeling is not a niche that I would be able to compete in.

 

Charli >> What are your upcoming projects and what can your fans/audience look forward to?

Andrea >> In the last couple of months, I’ve shot print ads for Dr. Miracle’s Relaxer, Morgan Stanley, and Citi Financial. I’ve also shot a co-star role on HBO’s “How To Make It In America”. That episode will air this fall. Other than that, I’m just taking a break because casting slows down during the summer. Things will start to pick up again in August.

Charli >> Does anyone in particular influence your talent?

Andrea  >> Not anyone in particular. I just love watching great performances, whether it’s in a film, a TV show, or my weekly acting class. I love becoming immersed in great storytelling. Seeing great performances inspires me to to be better and work harder.

Charli >> Do you have any other interests or talents?

Andrea >> I’ve always been interested in producing and directing projects. I don’t think it’s something that I’ll pursue for a few years though. I still have a lot to learn from being on set and watching true professionals work. I hope to own my own production company some day.

Charli >> I thank you so much Ms. Andrea Bordeaux for letting MediaBlvd as well as fans get the inside scoop on your modeling career and we wish you the very best in getting closer to your dreams! Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

Andrea >> Thank you for having me! I just want to thank everyone for reading and I hope that I’ve inspired someone to pursue something they love.

To connect with Andrea:

http://www.andreabordeaux.com

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