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Check Out Natalie Vulevic’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Vulevic.

Hi Natalie, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Throughout my life, I always had a desire to do more, be more. Not to be a product of my environment but instead an example of it. Growing up and going through hardships like mine, it’s hard to imagine dreams coming true, but I always knew it was possible. When I was 21, I finally decided to pursue a career in modeling. Starting from ground zero- I reached out to local photographers in my home state of Connecticut where I started my journey. I knew I needed to practice in front of a camera and build my portfolio. Through one of these random photoshoots I had set up, the Photograher named Emily was also the camera girl for a network called Fashion News Lifestyle. Her boss who ran the show saw my photos on her Instagram, offered me a job as a TV host. With zero hosting and very little modeling experience, I found myself interviewing top designers and celebrities at New York Fashion Week. It was incredible to me that I had dreamt of being a part of the industry all my life and it was finally unfolding for me. Don’t let that fool you however. I had just dipped my toes into the beginning of the groundwork. For years I was doing free shoots, getting my name out there, networking, taking the train from CT to NYC, building my own portfolio with my own resources, all while working a bartending job so I could continue living in my apartment and fund my dream. After a year or two, I found myself finally starting to get paid gigs, walking in fashion shows, and finally getting some recognition after being rejected what felt like 100 times. Once the pandemic happened, I was unsure what to do. I wasn’t working my regular job and there was no work in entertainment… I always knew moving to Los Angeles was the goal to further my career. So while the whole world was upside down- I decided to risk it all. I sold all of my stuff, bought a one way plane ticket, said goodbye to my family, my hometown where I had lived all my life… and moved to LA. I’ve been a full-time model and TV host ever since….. it’s still not easy! But I’m truly blessed.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth? That’s funny! The greatest success stories always have hardships, struggles, pain and low points. I’ve had my fair share of struggles throughout my entire life. In regards to my career… I was told no by so many agencies in New York because I had too much of a body, too curvy, not skinny enough, not tall enough. Rejection can be discouraging. Especially when you know, you’re beautiful on the outside and more importantly on the inside. Not only rejection but society or even your family planting doubts in your head because you’re doing something that is foreign to most. I had to fight what agencies said, what my family and peers thought, balancing my “regular” life, researching and learning my craft all by myself with no help. And when I moved to LA?! Forget it! That’s when the real struggles started. I was in the most expensive city in the U.S. knowing little to no one, basically starting over. But I wasn’t starting over, I was starting with experience. Anytime I’ve faced a struggle and I wanted to give up – God blessed me with the opportunity to be great. That’s why I keep going.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a model TV host and now starting my acting journey. I model for fashion brands and also other companies. TV hosting and being a personality is really where my passion lies. I go to different events such as Fashion Week, movie premieres, pop ups, etc. I interview people on camera and get coverage of the event.

What I specialize in and what I’m most proud of is my personality. My ability to engage with individuals and share my light through my passions is my greatest asset. A lot of people think being a model or on TV is just about being pretty. And sometimes, that’s true. However, I’ve found that what sets you apart from being good and being great is all about who you are as a person. I take a lot of pride in being an example of a woman who wasn’t afraid to go after everything she wanted, making her dreams come true, and hopefully being an inspiration to others along the way.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I’m not sure if I believe in good luck or bad luck. I think I believe in lessons and purpose. “Bad luck” to me is actually things that are meant to be thrown in your path so you can overcome and learn. “Good luck” isn’t luck at all… it’s the universe aligning for you because you’re walking in your purpose. I believe both of these are key to a success story. Especially mine. I’ve had a lot of “bad luck” on my journey but I needed those things to learn the lessons I’ve learned… to help me grow and keep pushing. And the “good luck” well…. That’s just my hard work, belief in myself, and faith paying off!

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