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Interview: Model Tetiana Khrapach (Ukraine)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Tetiana. I was born in beautiful country - Ukraine. I did 68 TV commercials worldwide. I was booked for such brands as Grand's, Ohhio, Google, Nutella, Lipton, Zarina, Stream Soda, Danone, Yakult, Huggies, Master card, Credit Agricole, Pepsi etc. And worked with such famous directors as Eli Sverdlov, Frank Borin, Reynalds Gresset, MC Culloch Edvard, Loren Denis, Ivo Mostertman etc.

The last 3 years I am working also as Directors Assistant and Production coordinator. I am so proud that I had an opportunity to work in Radioaktive film crew with HBO “Chernobyl” as Costume / Make-up Coordinator. I studied broadsword in British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, have CMAS diving certificate, was working as a TV HOST and have titles. Model of the year - the Best commercial model – 2013 Miss Teen Ukraine World 2012. Miss Golden Crown of Ukraine 2009. Miss Tourism Ukraine 2007

If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

Nothing. Otherwise I will not be me. It is so important to love in yourself everything you have. For sure there were lots of moments when I was not happy about the length of my hair or some extra kilos on my hips. But it is all my mind games. I stop such thoughts at the very beginning. The Universe creating every person so perfect! We need just to be thankful, love and accept ourselves.

How did you start modeling?

It was a dream. Once I saw one billboard and said to myself I want to see my face in commercial on billboard! I had no idea how to start being model so I started to send my pictures to agencies and casting directors. I received many “no”, many “no answers” but I kept trying. I analyzed why that girl who was on casting call got that job but I did not. I was discovering which my skills I need to improve. How I need to enter the audition room. What is the best way of presentation for camera etc. What should I were. What kind of make-up should I do for audition. And after some period I have started to receive calls from managers. Clients and directors wanted me for their jobs. Every time even now after all amount jobs I had I am so happy being booked.

What do you think of the work as a model?

It is a hard job. You always need to look good, be in a good mood. I always so surprised when director is asking my opinion about style or make up because as a model I need to love every look that glam team did. The most interesting is that every job is different and it is making you asmodel look and feel different. Sometimes model tasks are so crazy like deep dive in the sea which is just +4C or keep running in a very beautiful way for 17 takes.. or turning around and look up in the camera and keep staying at one place. Actually if you try you realize it is not so easy as you think. But I love what I do. I love all modeling and filming processes. I love to work with camera, crew and doing all these crazy directors tasks.

What is your beauty regimen?

Positive thinking, personal development and loving life. Beauty is coming from your heart.

What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?

I am open minded person. I do not afraid of hard tasks and always make them as my challenge. On set I listen to Director, DOP and ADs talks. When they discuss what they want to shoot and what kind of scene they want to have it is very important to keep an eye on the process. Because when the director or AD is coming and giving a task to me I already know exactly what they want. And the most important thing is to love what you do. Even if you have a disaster on your head or strange cloth you just look at you in a new role and have fun! Enjoy! Modeling is a cool possibility to be different every shoot. It is amazing!

What are your plans for the future?

I wish to help the world. At least every day I can do some little steps to my community so in the future it will make big changes. I also dream to lead big social worldwide project. I had such experience and I love it! I did Danone Nations Cup in Ukraine for kids under 12 and it is unbelievable feeling to manage events, national final and represent Ukraine with our team on the World Finals. So proud of being part of it!

What are some of your favorite experiences so far?

I love all my commercials. Every experience is very different. The most touch full was social one to the Victory Day of Ukraine. I was acting as a nurse in hospital who is calling her grandma and saying how I am proud of her and thanking her for everything she did during World War II. That year my grandgrandmother passed away. She was 94 and very wise lady. On set when we did voice over I was sending my words to my grandgrandma. She went trough World War II and i have heard lot of stories about that time. So that shoot was for me very personal and emotional. I also was awarded for this commercial - Bronze for Acting/ Dialogue or monologue in Kyiv International Advertising Festival please find the video here

Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?

Dream big, Never give up, every day improve your skills and love every moment!

What do you think of the magazine?

This magazine is great opportunity for everyone for worldwide networking, to see new faces, find new partners and develop your business. I like it! You rock!

Model: Tetiana Khrapach

Photo: Ulia Batiuk

Style: Yaryna Rozhenova

MUA: Katherine Tokareva

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