Photography & Creative Direction: IRVIN RIVERA




Agency/Agencies: Niya Model Management
Hometown: Lehi, Utah
Instagram: @dana.moore
Twitter: @dana_moore13

Tell us about your story.

I grew up doing theater and soccer. I decided to quit soccer in 10th grade and just focus on acting.

I always thought modeling sounded fun but never thought I could actually do it, until I turned about 15. I had friends who liked to take pictures and I would occasionally model for them for fun. Every now and then we would get a good shot and I would post it on Instagram.

Soon enough more and more photographers started to notice me and wanted to take pictures.

I did freelance work for about a year, until Niya discovered me. Long story short I recently signed with her and here I am today! I still act and along with modeling. I love working with Niya, and I love all the great connections I've made through modeling this past year. I look forward to meeting new people and doing more work in the industry! 

Tell us more about your hometown.

I was born in California and moved to Utah when I was little. I grew up in a not-so-little town called Lehi, Utah.

It's a very beautiful place in a valley surrounded by canyons and mountains. I often go on hikes and explore nature with my friends when I'm free.

My love for acting started in a little theater known as the Lehi Arts Center. If I wasn't at school I was there rehearsing, that's where I spent most of my time. 

Where are you currently based? Which city do you see yourself in?

I am still currently in Utah, but once I graduate I hope to move to LA to continue working on my modeling and acting.

How did modeling start for you? How were you scouted?

I did a year of freelance work before Niya discovered me on Instagram. 

What inspired you to be a model?

I actually grew up watching Americas Next Top Model and always wanted to try modeling. I just didn't really know where to start, but that show is what really sparked my interest. 

How long have you been modeling?

A little over a year

What's the best part of being a model?

For me I love the art form of it more than anything else. I love being able to tell a story with a single picture. You can express yourself in lots of different ways, and create whatever you want. You can use it to send a powerful message or just show art in its purest form, I find it quite beautiful.

What's your most memorable experience in modeling so far?

One of my most memorable experiences happened a little over a year ago when I was first starting out. Me and some friends planned a Halloween photoshoot. We had a set makeup artist and everything, we were so excited. When we showed up to the shoot the makeup artist wasn't there and none of us had brought any makeup, how were we supposed to look scary with no makeup? We ended up finding a few things and making it work. To me that showed that you don't need all these big extravagant things to do a photoshoot, all you need is people willing to work though challenges and still make it work.

How do you manage your time as a model?

I am still a full time student so I try to limit my work to afternoons, but if not I make sure to tell my teachers beforehand so I don't get behind. 

Top 3 songs on your playlist right now.

1. Anything from Hamilton (I'm a huge drama nerd, I know)

2. Honestly anything from any musical, I've been listening to a lot of Evita and In the Heights, I love it all

3. If I have to choose a "normal" thing to listen to it would be anything from the artist Ryan O'Neal aka "Sleeping At Last", the music is very well written and beautifully played, I think everyone should hear his music at least once in their life, it's beautiful.

Early Bird or Night Owl?


What is your dream project?

cting would to be a part of a big blockbuster film, behind or in front of the camera it doesn't matter to me, just to be a part of something that big would be the dream. Modeling would to be on Americas Next Top Model, I watched that show growing up and it's what inspired me to model.

Dream client?

Acting wise I've always wanted to work with someone like Johnny Depp or Eddie Redmayne, they are both such talented actors and portray every character so beautifully. Modeling wise I've always wanted to meet Tyra Banks and one day work with her, she is such an icon and it would be a dream to stand in her presence. 

What comes next after modeling?

When modeling dies out I hope to still continue acting, that's always been my dream ever since I was little.

Advice to any aspiring models out there?

Don't compare yourself to other models or get caught up in any drama. Focus on being the best you that you can be. If anything is stopping you or holding you down cut it out of your life or find a way to balance it out. Don't get discouraged by failure, there is no success without loss.

Book that you're currently reading

Zodiac by Romina Russell. I am a HUGE astrology nerd! I also love science fiction and anything dystopian-like. The book just combines all of my favorite genera's into one. 

If you are going to have a book title, what would it be and why?

Probably something like "Dana Moore: A novel" I honestly have no idea that's a good question. 

If you will be given the chance and opportunity to help a specific charity, what would it be and why? 

One Child's Hope Foundation, it's a humanitarian program that I've been involved in myself. We currently go to Mexico and build orphanages for orphans.