New York – Musician & Actress Tres Hanley-Millman

Tres, please introduce yourself so our group gets to know you a bit more.

My name is Tres Hanley-Millman. I guess like most involved with EuroCircle I call more than one country home. I was born in NJ – just outside NYC, I grew up between there and London. For me London and NY are the two greatest cities in the world and I am blessed to call them both home. My career as an actress has primarily been in the UK but I’ve worked pretty much internationally. My first professional TV job was on soap. I had just dropped out of the Julliard School where I was a voice major. I was being pushed into doing Opera -which was not where my heart was. So I jumped ship when I had the opportunity. I did do many musicals though, which I enjoyed but the touring got to be a bit draining. I went over to London for a break and I was cast in 2 hr TV Drama. Pretty much then decided I was going to stay and my career really blossomed from there.

Your bio says that you were a protegee of Leonard Bernstein. What was it like working with him?

I was very lucky to be chosen by him to sing the role of Cunegonde in “Candide” in concert. It was one of the last Great Composer series at Lincoln Center. He conducted. It was not long before he passed away. I think at the time I was too young to understand him or comprehend the grandness of what I was involved in. I just knew he was very encouraging to us all. When I think back on it I can’t believe that I wasn’t terrified! There is an arrogance that comes with youth. I get nervous now just thinking about it! I wonder… how did I do that?

What are your biggest musical achievements in your career?

Probably that, working with Lenny. I sort of stepped away from music when my acting career took off. Though I did some film work with some big names, for the most part, my success/fame really grew from TV. I also had a big fan base in other parts of Europe for a Bacardi campaign that I had done. I never really made a mark as a singer as I did as an actress. But then I had sort of left that behind. Though I continued to do a few musicals and concerts in Europe now and then. I only got back involved in music after getting married. In 2005 I did a Broadway compilation album called TRES BROADWAY. Which did very well. After that I teamed up with an Asian rapper named BURCH to record a European dance single called “Dance of the Euro Diva”. That was a pretty cool thing. Talk about an international project. You had me singing with an Asian rapper with music was by Eric Serra who is French (who originally wrote the piece for the film “The 5th Element”). It was never released in the USA. It was pretty much everywhere else though. It did really well in some countries – not so well in others. It’s interesting thing how some things will fly in one country but not another.

Outside of music what are your passions?

Well my husband of course! And dark chocolate!
Other than that it would be animals. I’m what most would call an animal activist. I’m a big supporter of closing down puppy mills, adopting instead of breeding. If people want a specific breed, check with pure breed rescue instead of buying. I loved that Oprah did a show a few years back on how all pet stores sell mill or back yard bred pups. But still it’s not been enough and these stores still exist. Even here in NYC. It’s horrible. We need to stop it. I’m passionate about that, along rescue and ending animal testing. I also run an all info website which shares info on food, vaccines and more. I have a few friends who are vets who spill the beans on what you really should and should not do for your pets. Our facebook page lists recalls and more as they happen. I hope people with pets will check it out.

We see that you have a new album out congratulations! Can you tell us more about this album?

Yes! It’s called A SIREN’S ODYSSEY. It’s an autobiographical song cycle. The orchestrations by Daniel Moctezuma are magical. If you like soundtracks and musicals, you will love this. Some new twists on covers as well as some great original material from international composers.


What was your inspiration for it?

So many people are out there looking for their forever love. I used my own journey as a base to tell the story. That’s why we call it A SIREN’S ODYSSEY. It’s based on the theory we all have 3 loves in our life. Our 1st love, the one we think is love that nearly destroys us and then our destiny – true love. I think it’s something most can identify with more or less.

What are your favorite places in the New York City and why?

I hate to say this but all my favorite places are all in London!
But if I had to say what place I like most in NYC – well I think, as an artist, Lincoln Center Library is amazing. I can spend a whole day there. Also the idea that you also can see an old Broadway Musical there on tape for free is amazing to me. As to my favorite place for dinner, well being a vegetarian, I love Candle Café West and Candle 79. And a treat is having Banofee Pie at Bubby’s in Tribeca. It’s a British treat and it’s the best I’ve ever had. If they are out of it, their Banana Cream Pie is a fabulous back up! And I have to say Central Park cause our dogs love it so much.

Outside of music what do you like to do for fun?

My husband Paul Millman (who is an architect and engineer) and I are renovating our weekend retreat. It was once the weekend home Sergei Rachmaninoff. Right now our focus is on the renovation. It’s a 9 acre farm on a river. Though it’s only an hour from NYC when we are there we feel a million miles away. The original 2 rooms of the house were built in 1760 and it was expanded in 1856. It’s what we do for fun right now! Though when it’s done – then we’ll finally get to really enjoy it’s as it’s a bit stressful as well as fun. It’s actually got an amazing history. Ties to George Washington as well as Rachmaninoff. And of course we love to travel. It’s so wonderful to have friends in all parts of the world as many EuroCircle members know.

Other than London and NY what is your favorite European City?

Wow that’s a tough one. We love Paris and go often. We just got back from Nerja in the Costa Del Sol which I fell in love with But that’s not really a city. I have too many places I love! Ravello, Italy – again not really a city, is up there along with Prague, Copenhagen, Vienna… I just can’t pick one. Pretty much every place I’ve been, I fell in love with something about it. Probably one of the most amazing places is Azure Window in Malta. Then there are so many magical places, Lake Bled. So much of Slovenia and Switzerland is gorgeous. And there is a restaurant in Tallinn that I dream about going back to. I wish that wasn’t so far! And Budapest at this time of year, well, I think about their Kürtőskalács aka Chimney Cakes. OMG they are so amazing! The world is full of so many amazing places- my list could go on and on. And that’s just Europe!

How long have you been a EuroCircle member?

I was introduced to EuroCirle through my husband, when we were first dating back in Dec 2001. He hosted a wine event for the group. I was so excited to know about it. So great for all of us who are truly international citizens!

How can our members get in touch with you, buy your album?

Through my website or through my facebook page which you can find through my website. All profits for my music go to animal rescue groups as well as charities for HIV and the visually impaired.

Tres Hanley website:

Valentina Ciardi, Italy – Las Vegas Based Model Agency Glam Model Management Owner & Model

Would you please introduce yourself to the readers, you name, country of origin – and what do you do/where?

Hello! My name is Valentina Ciardi and I moved to the USA from Italy. I own a modeling agency in Las Vegas.

What has been the most exciting “thing” or role that you’ve covered during your career or should we say careers?

Before I owned a modeling agency I worked as a model. Walking the runway is the most exciting thing I have experienced, it’s live, you can’t make mistakes, and I always ended up with butterflies in my stomach.

Is there any particular story, moment, an award or an achievement throughout your career that you are particularly proud of?

My modeling agency was given the 2012 Best of Indianapolis award.

What would you say is the biggest misconception that people have about your profession?

That you can only work as a model if you are 5’10, a size 0, and under 22 years old. There are lots of different types of modeling that one can do and they all have different requirements. For example, my agency specializes in trade show models and trade show modeling has completely different requirements compared to runway modeling.

What do you enjoy most about being a modeling agency owner vs. your previous life? What is the worst about owning a modeling agency?

My favorite part about owning a modeling agency is receiving thank you emails from my clients when I help them execute successful events and get a return on their investment. It always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I also enjoy the flexibility that my job allows. Most of the time I can work from anywhere in the United States as long as I have my laptop, cell phone, and internet connection. The worst part is having to hire new models. Even though my company has a great screening process in place, you never fully know how a model will work and how reliable she will be until she actually gets booked. I don’t enjoy the uncertainty and lack of control that at times I have over the situation.

What have you found to be the biggest difference between working or studying in Italy and USA?

I was still in school when I moved to the USA so I never experienced having a real job there. Italian high school is much harder than in the USA. You have to study many subjects at once and students are given a lot more homework. It worked out well in my favor since I didn’t speak English when I first moved to the USA and attended high school here. I think the level of high school education is much more advanced in Italy than in the USA but universities are more advanced and have a better system in place in the USA than in Italy.

What kind of people survive and do well in your field of work in your opinion?

There’s tons of pretty girls out there so it’s easy to replace someone if they don’t do a good job. The ones that make it and continue getting bookings are the ones that are easy to get a hold of, show up on time, act professionally, and never cancel on confirmed booking. Models should also have a tough skin and not get their feelings hurt easily as rejection is part of the job.

Are there any roles/jobs that you would hate to cover?

I can’t think of any.

What advice would you give to other aspiring European models aiming for the stars in Las Vegas?

My #1 advice for all models is to never pay an agency upfront for anything. If an agency asks you for money, they are trying to scam you. Agencies should make money from work that they book you for, not from selling you a spot on their website or professional photos. Also, make sure that the agencies you select to work with are licensed in the state in which they are based out of. Last but not least, do not allow sleezy photographers to talk you into taking lingerie or implied photos. They will not help you book paid work and your booking agent will not be able to submit those photos to most clients anyways.

What and who captivate you in the world of the celebrities – and why?

To be honest with you I’m not at all into celebrities. I don’t own a TV by choice and have no idea who most celebrities are.

Since you are Italian – must ask what do you miss most from Italy– think you ever return to live back there? And how is the Italian community in Las Vegas…

My family is sill in Europe so they are what I miss the most. I also miss the food, but that is also a blessing at the same time. I would probably be really out of shape if I still lived in Italy because of all the pasta and other carbs that I would be eating every day! I have not had the pleasure to meet any Italians in Las Vegas yet. I have been really busy with work since I moved here this summer and when not working I enjoy traveling. I don’t see myself returning to live in Italy because I have lived my entire adult life in the USA. It would be like going to live in a foreign country and I would have to relearn how everything works.

What do you see the best about the Italian culture/people vs. American?

The best trait about Italians is how close they are with family and being able to slow down to enjoy life. The best trait about Americans is being hard working and entrepreneurial.

What places have you lived in the USA – and which one do you like best/least and why??

I lived a little bit everywhere: Northern California, Kansas City, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Indianapolis, and now Las Vegas. With the exception of Indianapolis, they were all nice places to live in for different reasons. The main reason I did not enjoy Indianapolis is because the weather was a nightmare. It gets too cold in the winter, too hot and humid in the summer, and I was terrified of all the tornado warnings. I’m also used to cities that offer more activities and more culture. My favorite one is Las Vegas. I enjoy living in a large city, there is always something to do, and it’s the perfect location for my business. I also like how easy it is to fly in and out of

Glam Model Management:

Atlanta – Dec 04 2013

Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. We will have our December Get-together on Wednesday, December 4th at CINEBISTRO, located in Town Brookhaven. We have had our event there a few times in the past so we anticipate another great turn-out. Free appetizers and drink specials will be offered and start time will be 7:30 pm as usual.

Please be sure to RSVP – a Facebook invite will also follow later this week…

Wishing all a Great Thanksgiving and looking forward to seeing everyone at our December event next week!!!

Atlanta Eurocircle

Houston – December 04 2013

Let’s Celebrate the Holidays in style!

Our last 2013 event is on Wednesday December 4th at BRASSERIE 19, Houston dining destination from Clark Cooper Concepts – where French classicism meets modern luxury, simple hearty French fare is thoughtfully presented.

So dress up for the occasion and gather to dine, drink and converse with your globally minded friends. Don’t forget to RSVP!

Your EuroCircle Team
Shahla, Mary Beth, Juliana and Venere

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