Today we’d like to introduce you to Gia Zinovoy.
Hi Gia, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I found my love for the arts at a really young age. My parents put me in dance classes when I was two, I started competing at age eight and continued until around 19 years old. I couldn’t pursue it professionally due to a back injury, but dance will always be one of my biggest passions. After graduating from UF in Telecommunications, I became a video editor. I worked at a commercial studio in Tampa for two years before I decided to switch to being in front of camera. I modeled for a few years in Florida before making the jump to LA in March of this year.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Oh man, definitely has been a rollercoaster! But that’s how life goes, especially for anyone on an unconventional path. Honestly, I think most of the struggles came from my own self. I had experienced some heavy traumas in a relatively short span of time, and I really needed to learn to love myself and learn to hold space for myself in every phase – regardless of the outside circumstances. My spiritual practice, meditation and therapy really keep me grounded. There are endless distractions, so we have to work on being present and enjoy the journey. Investing in mental health is so important, especially as an artist.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I think most artists can relate to wearing multiple hats. I am a model, but also style and edit. In general, I’m proud of myself for driving cross-country to LA barely knowing anyone. In my work, I’m proud of the editorial that I was recently a part of for mobjournal. I’m so grateful to have worked with such a killer team who inspired me, pushed me as a model, and really put a lot of careful planning and detail into the shoot. I feel what sets me apart from others is my background in a lot of different styles of dance, combined with my video production experience. Being a dancer for so long makes you connected to your body and movement in a different way. Working a 9-5 for a few years as a video editor really sharpened my eye on attention to detail within every single frame. When I’m shooting, I’m not just thinking about what I need to focus on as a model, I’m also thinking about everything that’s going on behind the camera from a technical standpoint.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success, to me, is waking up everyday doing what you love. Being (and feeling) free. Completely walking in your truth feeling grounded, guided, connected and in flow with your path. Success is experiencing balance within your mental, physical and emotional states. Success is the feeling of abundance.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: giazi.com
- Instagram: @gia_zi
Photo 1: Photographer: Vivian Kim, Brand: Sun and Loom Photo 2: Editorial: Mob Journal, Photographer: Olesia Stoliar, Creative Direction: Selvar Nguyen, MUA: Asia Park, Hair: Chatwaka Jackson Photo 3: Photographer: Sentido Velocioni, Styling: Risky Vintage Photo 4: Editorial: Mob Journal, Photographer: Olesia Stoliar, Creative Direction: Selvar Nguyen, MUA: Asia Park, Hair: Chatwaka Jackson Photo 5: Photographer: Yungbld, Brand: Harklinikken Photo 6: Photographer: Adrienne Andersen, MUA: Caylin McDonie Photo 7: Photographer: Gabby Santos, MUA: Millimisa