Maria Feist

I've had the pleasure of shooting with Maria twice. Once was at an abandoned zoo in Los Angeles, and then she booked me for a fun shoot at a botanical garden. Both shoots had their own vibes, but she is always amazing to work with! We actually met because I shot one of her friends, and she reached out asking to shoot. I hope you enjoy the shots we took, as well as the interview!



OTC: What is your name?

MF: Maria Vasconcelos Feist, but my friends call me Mary or Mia


OTC: How old are you?

MF: A lady never tells


OTC: How tall are you?

MF: 5'8"


OTC: How did you get into modeling?

MF: I'm surrounded by very creative people on a daily basis. Some started getting into photography and that sparked my curiosity, however, it wasn't until I was signed that I started doing it more consistently 


OTC: What would you change about your personality & look?

MF: why change perfection? (just kidding)


OTC: Where are you from originally?

MF: I was born and raised in Cascais, a small beach town in Portugal.


OTC: Where, that you’ve visited, is your favorite country?

MF: Sydney Australia or Dubai for sure. 


OTC: Where would you love to visit, and what would you do there?

MF: Next on my bucket list is Iceland to see the Northern lights 


OTC: What is the one place in the world you wish you lived in?

MF: I'm too impatient to stay in one place for too long, I love traveling to new places and take in new cultures 


OTC: What is the one thing you want to experience before you die?

MF: Falling in love (who said that?) 



OTC: Describe your dream vacation

MF: Closest friends on a tropical destination with places for adventure and exploring 


OTC: What makes you feel sexy?

MF: I find confidence and humor very sexy, not sure if that answers the question


OTC: Which makeup product couldn’t you live without?

MF: I'm a beach girl so I don't really wear make up when I'm not on set 


OTC: If you were stuck on an island, which 5 items would you NEED to have with you?

MF: Assuming it's a tropical island: Sunscreen, a satellite phone to call for help, a lighter, a hammock and a boat (to get off the island??) 


OTC: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on a shoot?

MF: Sneaked into a private rooftop bar during "Golden hour" by pretending to know the host 


OTC: What is the scariest experience you’ve ever had?

MF: Being told I might not be able to walk again after a sports injury 


OTC: What did you dream about last night?

MF: That I was on a broadway show and didn't know the lines or songs 



OTC: Would you travel to another galaxy? And for what reason?

MF: Yes I'm always down for an adventure 


OTC: Who is your celebrity crush?

MF: Tom Hiddleston


OTC: What’s your favorite song at the moment?

MF: Anything Vanessa Mae or Lindsey Sterling 


OTC: What kind of music do you mostly listen to?

MF: Instrumental 


OTC: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

MF: Hit the snooze button


OTC: What is something you have tried, but will never do again?

MF: Pretend to be someone else to fit in


OTC: What quirky habit do you have?

MF: I trip and fall a lot does that count?


OTC: What’s your favorite season?

MF: Summer


OTC: What kinds of things really make you laugh?

MF: My friends and family, behind the scenes pranks and quick witty banter 



OTC: What would you do on your last day on earth?

MF: Whatever I'm most afraid of at that time 


OTC: What is the one thing you did in your past you wish you could undo?

MF: No regrets just lessons learned 


OTC: What is your biggest fear?

MF: Spiders 


OTC: What is your most prized possession?

MF: My family necklace, i have not taken it off in over a decade


OTC: What is the happiest memory from your childhood?

MF: My first gold medal, my entire family was there with me


OTC: What is the most embarrassing moment of your life?

MF: I'm a clumsy person so you can draw your own conclusions on that one


OTC: Who has influenced you the most in your life?

MF: My parents


OTC: What is something you used to do as a child that you wish you could still do?

MF: Get away with things because I'm cute 


OTC: What is the one movie that influenced your life the most?

MF: Good will hunting


OTC: How would you describe your version of a perfect home?

MF: Where my loved ones are 



OTC: Describe your diet and workout routine

MF: Trust me you don't want to know


OTC: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

MF: Night owl mostly, but can be both


OTC: Which question do you hate answering?

MF: If you're an actor, does that mean you're a good liar?


OTC: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

MF: Cliché as it sounds, wherever life takes me


OTC: Professionally, what’s your goal?

MF: Live entirely off my chosen career and travel the world for it 


OTC: What is your ultimate goal in life?

MF: To be happy at the end of the day no matter what 


OTC: What’s your current passion in life?

MF: Anything creative that I can learn and grow from


OTC: What advice would you give your younger self?

MF: It's hard because it's worth it so trust your inner voice 



OTC: What is something you will never forget?

MF: Where I come from and where I want to go


OTC: What’s your go-to Snapchat filter?

MF: I dont have a snap chat account


OTC: What do you do when you’re Off The Clock?

MF: Meet someone or take a nap


OTC: What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

MF: Beach day/Pool barbecue with the gang 


OTC: Would you rather model swimsuits or lingerie?

MF: Both


OTC: What should I know about you that I’d never think to ask you?

MF: All languages I currently speak were learnt through dubbed TV shows when I was a kid 


OTC: Do you have any tattoos? If so, tell me the stories behind them

MF: Yes I have two, one is a family symbol my brothers and I share, the other is the arts symbol I got when I did my 10th stage production.


OTC: What’s your zodiac sign?

MF: Virgo 



OTC: Do you believe in astrology?

MF: I'm curious about it but believe might be a strong word


OTC: Cats or dogs? Why?

MF: Dogs, always had them


OTC: What is your favorite animal?

MF: Dog


OTC: If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would you wear?

MF: My Pjs 


OTC: What do you wear on girl’s night out?

MF: Probably something borrowed since all our wardrobes are in each other's houses 


OTC: Smoker or a drinker?

MF: Neither


OTC: Tell me about your craziest night out

MF: Started in Portugal and ended in Spain, neither of us were drunk, just felt like going on a spontaneous adventure, does that count?


OTC: Are you single?

MF: Yes


OTC: Have you ever used a dating app? Which ones?

MF: Never


OTC: Describe your dream man

MF: Someone who challenges me, brings out my better self and allows me to do the same for him. Someone who is my best friend first and foremost  


OTC: What is the worst thing about dating?

MF: The early awkward stages 


OTC: Where can people find you? (your socials)

Instagram: @mariafeist - Maria Vasconcelos Feist