NINA POLLUTRI

Today, social media is extremely important whether we want to admit it or not. No matter how confident you are, everyone has insecurities, and no matter how many people support you, people will also hate on you and disagree with what you're doing. For me, keeping confident is a little bit challenging and, just like everyone else, I also have insecurities and doubts sometimes. It's hard to always keep a positive attitude 24/7 when people are always bashing you. For confidence, I really just try to stay focused on what my goals are and what it is exactly that I'm trying to do. Also remembering that not everyone has the same goals, morals, and mindset as I do so not everyone will understand my decisions and that's ok. For a booster, when I'm feeling low, dance is a really important part of my life and it's helped me through so much. It really helps me release any stress and negative vibes that I have to deal with, so dance is always my go to. Also, the support of my friends and family is huge for me and they help remind me to keep my head up and that no matter what no one can do what I do even if it's in the same industry and that's the beauty of being you. As cliche as it sounds, there is only one of you! That's pretty damn special if you ask me.

 

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The pressure to always look perfect is very stressful and no, I wasn't 100% comfortable in my own skin so that part was gradual. But again, dance has taught me so much; it's given me a lot of awareness of my body and the different angles of it. I feel like that really helped me move in front of the camera easily, I got the hang of it pretty quickly. Being a performer, I learned a lot about what needs to happen and how you need to conduct yourself in front of a camera while filming something. I would definitely say for me, dance and modeling go hand-in-hand!

 

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I was always really out going and friendly as a kid. I would dance around the house constantly. Up until 8th grade, I actually wanted to sing so I focused on that as well. So being comfortable with dance never came as a surprise but modeling did. I kinda just fell into it.

 

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While shooting, I've worn all types of things. I've even somehow made clothes by cutting up things on set, which is always nerve wracking but luckily nothing ever too terrible came out of it! I do enjoy shooting super sexy things like lingerie and swimwear but also really chill things like a pair of boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt. I love seeing what dynamics I can play with to make the shot interesting when the wardrobe is minimal.

 

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One of the most challenging aspects of my work is putting it out there to share with everyone. Like we talked about earlier in the interview, it's sometimes difficult but I am ultimately grateful for the opportunities I am presented with. --Especially ones where maybe I am put a little bit out of my comfort zone because I truly believe that's when you grow the most! Also, putting my work out and hearing all types of comments makes my skin thicker which is super important to have in both the dance and modeling worlds.

 

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I am most definitely optimistic about the future. I look at how far I have come with everything that I dabble in and that keeps me going. I am seriously extremely grateful for every single person and photographer who has believed in me and helped me this far. Also, all of my teachers that have trained me throughout the years in dance who continue to push me to grow to be a better person and artist. I really try to cherish the relationships I have with those people because I could never thank them enough.

 

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On the flip side, the end of civilization will be caused by: Zombies (laughing). Maybe I'm a little biased because I'm obsessed with The Walking Dead!

 
























Nina Pollutri // ninapollutrixo

John Ellis // john___ellis // johnellisnyc.com // junnnktank.com/johnellis

 

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