A girl who wears many hats, Mindee Aviva, is an actress living in New York City, among all the others. But, she’s got an attitude that makes a difference in the industry, and a company, The Wardrobe Girls, that helps to costume actors on stage. Aviva recently landed a gig on MTV, and has a love for styling musicians in particular.
With a degree in event planning, Aviva still has not swayed from her true love for the stage. When asked what brought her to New York, she admits, “I always knew I wanted to be an actress and always knew New York was the place for me.” Originally from Baltimore, and with a debut to the University of Central Florida into the Musical Theater program, it wasn’t long before she “freaked out about a back-up plan” and decided to study event planning. But, life took another turn when she came to New York, “I knew I had to get back into the acting groove but didn’t know how to do it with the demand of a full time job. So, I left after two and a half years (with the greatest support from everyone around me) and embarked on this crazy journey.”
Tell us about the MTV gig you recently landed.
I was recently on an MTV special called MTV Sleepover with MTV’s 10 on Top Host, Lenay Dunn! We basically had a sleepover while watching the movie FAME (the new one, not the original) and it was one of the most fun on-camera experiences I’ve had. We interviewed some of the stars of the movie, had a talent show (in which I put on my makeup sans mirror- a talent I have always been super proud of, haha), jumped on the bed, had pillow fights, you know- the usual sleepover stuff; only America was watching!
What other shows/gigs have you done in your acting career?
I am consistently working on many different independent films and commercials and shot a pilot this past year. I haven’t landed my big break just yet, but I’m persistent. I’ll totally make it happen! I work part time at a rock ‘n’ roll play space in Brooklyn where I am always dressed up as a princess, a rockstar or just plain me. I read stories to the kids and dance, sing and play. I also live in that neighborhood so whenever I leave my apartment, I hear “It’s the princess” or “Princess Mindee” all the time. I like to joke that I’m a local celebrity with the 2-5 year old set. It’s pretty awesome.
So what is The Wardrobe Girls?
The Wardrobe Girls is a costume design and styling company I started with a few friends of mine; Karina Velez Torres was the costume designer on the first movie I ever worked on in front of the camera, and we became fast friends right away. She immediately took me under her wing and taught me everything she knew, so that I could still be on sets working while I was trying to pursue my career as an actress. Once we started working together more and more we realized we should go into business together, and we started getting hired as a team for different feature films and commercial projects, as well as personal styling clients.
Who are some of your clients?
On your website bio, you are described as an actress, stylist, and social media guru in NYC. Explain what you do for each.
The social media biz is another side project. I work with a few companies and help them get their Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., set up and kept up. To toot my own horn, I’m kind of a branding whiz with a ton of social media know-how, an event background, costuming and styling knowledge, a love for music and I’ve got performing in my blood- so I am constantly looking for other ways to branch out and do more with it all.
What do you find to be most in inspiring about developing your career in NYC?
Every artist in NYC inspires me. There are days when I feel so defeated, but I can walk down the street and see the two actors on the bench rehearsing their scene, or the street artist painting his/her mural, or the busker singing for your change and I feel a kin to them; it pushes me to do greater and be greater. To keep going. To shine.
What does your own personal style look like?
I’m a mix of boho and baby doll. I love tights and fringe and headbands and sparkles. Bright colors are a must and a high waisted flowy skirt is typically my everyday go-to. A friend of mine calls me “Sunshine and Flowers” and I think that fits.