Today we’d like to introduce you to Daisy Marchesi.
Daisy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Switzerland and moved to the states when I was a kid. I did a lot of modeling when I was still in Europe so naturally, I thought I would be pursuing that as well in LA. As we all know, it’s not quite that easy in an oversaturated industry like Hollywood. Fast forward to the age of 21 where I started bartending at a club where we had circus performers and badass women/men who were doing incredible things and looking sexy while doing it. I saw them everyday and thought what the heck is this and how do I get into it? I started training aerial hoop a little here and there and before I knew it I was full-on addicted to the art. I ended up joining Cirque School to work on my skills in aerial and contortion. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my skills but I did know I wanted to keep getting better.
Last year, I met Arsenic. That changed everything. Arsenic is a community of models, photographers, and generally just people in our community that do dope shit. I had been following them for years but last year they sent me an email and asked me to meet them at a community happy hour. I rushed in straight from cirque, sweaty and probably not as cute as I thought I was. Arsenic was intrigued by what I was doing with contortion and aerial and before I knew it I was part of the community that I had been following and hoping to get to know. Initially, I was recruited to live-stream aerial and contortion through another platform Arsenic was working with at the time, which opened up a super unique avenue for me to perform in. Arsenic introduced me to a ton of super talented and well-known photographers in the industry and I started linking up with them and shooting. What set me apart from the other models was my unique skill set which I wanted to showcase, especially flexibility/contortion. Now, I’m consistently training and shooting. My social media presence has grown a lot, I absolutely love sharing my passion and the art I create with it to the world.
Great, 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?
This absolutely has not been an easy road and it’s still very much an active road. Just like anything else, training and performing/modeling on social media is a 24/7 job. What’s important is to keep pursuing your passion and be dedicated to it. Sometimes, the road may seem endless and you may wonder why you’re on it but if you keep doing what you love people that are interested will show that. My following has grown immensely and continues to do so, it feels so good because people who follow me genuinely care about the work that I am creating. In a sense it makes you feel like everything you’ve been doing and all the sacrifices you’ve made have paid off.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
In short, I create art by expressing the human form with flexibility, contortion, and aerial. Some of my work is nude fine art, others are more fun and cheeky photos. I also do a lot of underwater shoots, especially underwater aerial. I post this content that I creat under “dazedbabe” on Instagram. I try to incorporate flexibility into my shoots because I think it really emphasizes the human form.
Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
I’m lucky- because of the nature of what I do I’ve worked with a lot of coaches and other amazingly talented people. They have a lot of knowledge not only in their areas of training but also in the industry. Instagram has opened up a world of connections and information. I dm people all the time that I haven’t met because I see they are involved in something I want to know about or may be able to point me in the right direction. Don’t underestimate the power of reaching out- the worst thing that will happen is you won’t get a response or get a negative one which is rare.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: dazedbabe
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