The Interview

Bitmap: Where are you originally from? 

Olga:

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, to be exact. I’m one of the rare “LA Natives.” I can’t picture myself ever moving out of Los Angeles permanently. I spent most of my childhood growing up in Brentwood. My parents weren’t born here though, so I feel pretty lucky.

 

Bitmap: What is your nationality? 

Olga:

My mother is Russian and my father is Persian, so I’m half and half. Hence why my name is Olga Safari. I know… it’s a strange combination. I actually haven’t met any other people that have the same exact mix as me. 

 

Bitmap: What are your stats? 

Olga:

My height is 5 feet, and 7 and half inches. My bust is 34C. My waist is 26 inches. 

 

 

Bitmap: You’re a "Taurus", how would you describe your personality in that regard? 

Olga: 

I’m a Taurus, in other words, I’m one stubborn chick. My zodiac sign also says I’m a hard-worker. I couldn’t agree more; I’m definitely a workaholic. Honestly, I think that the reason why I’m so persistent is because I’m a Taurus. I didn’t used to care about zodiac signs until just a few years ago. It’s scary how accurate they can be!

 

Bitmap: What would you say is your best asset?

Olga:

I would say that my best asset is my motivation. Being in the entertainment and fashion industry requires a lot of self-discipline and self-motivation. There’s nobody to wake you up in the morning to tell you to go to your auditions, practice your craft, and try to improve daily. A lot of people just give up too easily before they make it.

 

Bitmap: What do others compliment you on the most? 

Olga: 

 A lot of people tell me that I have a great smile. I think they say that because it’s kind of contagious. That’s one thing about me, I always have a big smile on my face.

 

Bitmap: How did you get started in modeling? 

Olga: 

My best friend in high school, Emma, asked me to model for her photo project when I was 17. I never really modeled before, so I was kind of nervous. The photos came out better than I expected, so she told me to put them up on Model Mayhem. Just a few weeks into having an account, I was offered a modeling contract with an agency in Beverly Hills when I was 17 and it took off from there.

 

 

Bitmap: Are you signed with an agency? 

Olga:

Yes, I’m signed to The Osbrink Agency for Print and Commercial. They’re located in Universal City, right next to Universal Studios. My agency has helped me a lot by sending me to the right acting classes and opening the door for new opportunities.

 

Bitmap: What do you enjoy most about acting? 

Olga:

In my experience, I think the best part about acting and modeling is that every single day is always different. I could be on set for a music video, and then the next day I’m on set for a commercial. It keeps my daily life really exciting.

 

Bitmap: What are the top three things you like to shoot?

Olga:

I love shooting beauty shots because I get to really focus and play with different types of angles, emotions, and facial expressions.

My second favorite would be shooting different outfits for different clothing companies because it’s like playing dress-up. Shooting commercials is always such a great experience and the hours go by so quickly.

 

Bitmap: Do you enjoy the constant attention and adoration that comes with being an actress/ model? 

Olga:  

Attention is what gives a model a lot of confidence. The more attention a model gets, the more confident she becomes of her craft. Adoration is what motivates me to become the best person I can as a role model for others.

 

Bitmap: As a model, what would you say has been your biggest obstacle?

Olga: 

As much as I love acting and modeling, it’s sad to say that your life is never stable. My schedule changes daily, multiple times. It drives my friends and loved ones crazy. I’ve had to cancel on attending birthdays and important events because of work. Sometimes, my friends that aren’t in the industry find it hard to believe. Everything is always really last minute.

Feature: Olga Safari

Make Up: Alicia Wheeler

Photographer: Isaac Alvarez

Bitmap: Where do you want your career to be in two years? 

Olga:

I see myself on a popular TV series, or in a few feature films. I inspire to work with a non-profit organization that eradicates poverty and homelessness in America. I would also love to co-write or co-produce a short film in the near future. 

 

Bitmap: What is the funniest thing to ever happen to you on a shoot? 

Olga: 

I was shooting with a photographer a few weeks ago, and he was looking for some good props to shoot with in his studio. He came back with a blow-up dinosaur head, so I started posing with it and I couldn’t stop laughing. The pictures turned out hilarious. That’s one shoot I’ll never forget.

 

Bitmap: Give us 5 words that you think best describes you? 

Olga: 

I would say I’m outgoing, spontaneous, kind, funny, and caring. I’m the type of person to walk up to you, introduce myself, and start a conversation. Making people laugh makes me really happy. It’s one of the best feelings in the world.

 

Bitmap: What are some of your hidden talents other than acting? 

Olga:  

This may sound silly, but I can touch my tongue to my nose! I’m also trilingual. I speak English, Russian, and French. My mother used to speak to me in Russian when I was a baby, and she still does till this day. I also love acting, and I use my acting skills towards when I model to show different emotions.

 

Bitmap: Take us through your getting ready to model routine. 

Olga:

Before I shoot, I clear my mind of any thoughts not related to my shoot. That way, I’m in a good mood and ready to work. It’s really important to come to a shoot completely focused and well rested.

 

Bitmap: What is the best info you can give to a new talents? 

Olga:  

I’ve always believed in going after something that you can’t go a day without thinking about it. I can’t remember the last time I went a day without thinking about acting or modeling. The very first thing I think about when I wake up everyday is my career. It’s more than just a career; it’s a passion. People should choose a job they love doing.

 

Bitmap: If you had to walk away from acting today, what memory would you take from it? 

Olga: 

The one-day I will never forget about was the short movie I filmed. It was also my very first time getting lines. The camera was focused on my scene and everything I was saying. It was really weird having an entire crew of people making sure the takes went right and working with a group of actors. I really loved every single moment of it.

 

Bitmap: If you had to walk away, what would you like to be remembered most for?

Olga:  

If I had to walk away, I would like to be remembered most for my personality. Hopefully, by the time that happens, I would be happy knowing that I have affected people in a positive way. In the end, I just want people to be able to really relate to me, even if they’ve never met me before.