A veteran of the entertainment industry for over a decade, Anja is driven by her passion to immerse herself in art, whether it’s in performing or visual arts.
She has modelled for fashion e-commerce, catalogues, and lifestyle brands, including MacLeods Scottish Shop, Sheertex Pantyhose, Lug Bags, Ukiyo Co yoga clothing, Singapore Airlines and many more. She also had appearances in music videos from artists like Kaur B or Andy Grammer, movies like Hawaa or the Navigator. Anja acted in TV series in Singapore and in Australian theatre productions on stage. The majority of her expertise is in numerous videos and commercials, for brands like Siemens, HP laptops, Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma, Pinkberry, and Sabra Canada. As hairstyling model she worked at various hair education events for ghd hair and Oribe hair, with celebrity hair artists including Michael Beel, Alan White, or Joey George. Further she was a model for a few artistic projects, for example “The edge of the clouds” videoart by Simin Keramati being showcased in galleries in Tehran, Iran in August 2019. Also she enjoys working with photography students and has been a model in various photography workshops with established photography teachers like Matt Granger or Peter Coulson. She’s been featured across a plethora of media such as: Glady’s Magazine, Medium, Daily Style Entertainment, Moviegalleri, Thrive Global and more.
She received her formal art training at University in Germany graduating with a Bachelors degree in Art and Design. There she studied a myriad of disciplines to include: illustration, drawing, advertising art, and design. In addition, she spent 6 months at Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost in Breda, Netherlands. Following art school, she used to work part time in floor plan graphic illustrations but mainly focused on modeling and acting. For a year in 2009 she studied Acting for Film&TV at William Davis Centre for Actors Study in Vancouver, Canada. Well travelled she lived for 7 years in Australia, 6 months in Singapore and is currently based in Toronto, Canada as a Canadian permanent resident. Anja also completed a 3 year diploma in Sports Coaching graduating in Sydney, Australia in 2016. She is artistic and creative expressing it while modelling internationally.
Anja just recently started drawing again. Most of her artworks are realistic, whereas some are layered with symbolism, often provoking a deeper meaning and message, while exploring the themes of nature, environmental issues, animals, imagination, consciousness and the human condition through the medium of art. She often finds inspiration from her imagination she has when she is meditating. “I draw my imagination, and feelings. I love it when viewers express different emotional reactions and perceptions for each work.” One-of-a-kind original artwork prints from her handmade paintings and drawings are available in the shop. Anja also accepts enquiries for custom painting/drawing requests.
She is also starting to work on promoting several brands as a brand ambassador and is planning to feature all the things she recommends on her online store in the shop section. For example she was a model for a tumbler bottle in Singapore and now plans to spread the word about the product. She is really passionate about our environment and encouraging to reduce plastic waste to at least not worsen marine plastic pollution and to save our oceans. A reusable bottle does not only look prettier, but also creates less plastic waste.
A FEW SELECTED WORDS FROM OVER 40 RECOMMENDATIONS ANJA HAS RECEIVED.
"Thank you so much for your wonderful performance and presence on set yesterday. We just locked the fine cut for VFX, sound and colour minutes ago, and now that things are settling down I wanted to take a moment to thank you personally. You did a great job, and I honestly couldn’t believe how great you were, often nailing your actions on the first take! Unbelievable! Fortunately you took ownership of the roles, made them your own, and mostly only needed me for marks. A director’s dream come true. Can’t wait to work with you again!"
DIRECTOR GAVIN SEAL MEDIA CANADA
"Fantastic job on site at the Condor Security video shoot! Our client was absolutely thrilled with the performance of the entire team and had extremely positive things to say. We are so grateful for the energy and professionalism that you brought to the shoot!"
SAVANNA TOLJAGIC, TIGRIS EVENTS IN CANADA
"One of the few models that actually does their homework and really works hard to achieve the look for the shoot! Would work with her again!"
WILBUR WONG, PHOTOGRAPHER IN TORONTO
"Anja was able to play three different roles for our production, including one involving still life acting. Fast with wardrobe and styling change she comes highly recommended."
MATT KNAPPICK, PHOTOGRAPHER IN SYDNEY
"Very professional model, great to work with. She is relaxed in front of the camera and looks great on images. We had a lot of fun on our sport / couple photo shoot."
AZMAN LUKA, PHOTOGRAPHER IN SLOWENIA
"Anja played the role of Lady Jedburg in Bondi & Eastern Suburbs Theatre Company's production of "Lady Windermere's Fan". She was stunning in costume, and learnt her lines quickly and delivered perfectly every time. A real professional, she was an asset to the production."
MELISSA THOMPSON, DIRECTOR BONDI & EASTERN SUBURBS THEATRE COMPANY IN SYDNEY
"Took direction really well! Reliable and great to work with! Thank you!"
LINDA UNG, PRODUCER MUSICVIDEO ‘HARD LOVE’ FROM ELLIE DRENNAN BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC
"Not many models can jump off an aeroplane on a stop over, do a busy 3 hour shoot and jump back on the next flight and make it seem easy. I recommend Anja; she is organised, professional, friendly, down to earth and the camera really likes her."
CLAYTON BLUE, PHOTOGRAPHER IN PERTH
"Anja was extremely professional and a delight to have on set."
JOSEF BER, ACTOR AND DIRECTOR IN SYDNEY
"Nice, professional and a pleasure to work with. I really enjoyed working with Anja, as she is listening to the concept and works to make it happen. I recommend her for any modelling job, as I know she will put the effort in."
ALASDAIR DOUGALL, PHOTOGRAPHER IN SYDNEY
"Anja had great energy and a good attitude - a pleasure to work with. She also brought along a great selection of clothes on short notice. Recommended!"
VINCENT DE ANGELIS, PHOTOGRAPHER IN SYDNEY
"Annalise had a great time working with Anja as her "daughter" in a real estate video shoot. Anja was fun and professional both on and off set. Annalise looks forward to the next opportunity to work with Anja again.""
ANNALISE HAYES, ACTRESS IN SYDNEY
"Anja is a great actress and she has a big motivation and a great smile. If I were you, I would look two times at her profile."
FRANCK BOSSIE, ACTOR AND DIRECTOR IN SYDNEY
"Anja was professional and fun to work with. She has high energy levels and follow instructions well. It showed in her photos."
RIAAN CILLIERS, PHOTOGRAPHER IN SYDNEY
"Anja is a great asset to any agency, she is a very good communicater and arrives on time! She is friendly and outgoing and great for promotional events or any event that you have!"
ASHLEA BREWER, BOOKER JOYCE MODELS IN AUSTRALIA
"Anja was great to work with. She has a great smile and enjoyed having her picture taken."
KATE BRANCH, PHOTOGRAPHER IN SYDNEY
"Professional and great to work with."