actress/model/set photographer/casting director
Los Angeles, CA
“Believe nothing just because a so-called wise
person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held.
Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe
nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing
just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself
test and judge to be true.”
Tiiu (pronounced Tea-You).
Native Californian with an Estonian name, Tiiu was born and raised in Tustin until the age of 9. When she was in her first fashion show at the age of 5 years, this is when her passion for modeling and acting began. Her family moved from Orange County to San Diego county. Growing up, she was very involved in school, the community, sports, drama and theater productions. In junior high school, she entered her first beauty pageant. later reigned Miss Fallbrook and placed in several other pageants throughout Southern California.
Tiiu entered Elegance School of Modeling in Carlsbad, CA and continued her love for the entertainment business. She attended San Diego State University and pursued a Major in Interior Design and a Minor in Theater. Tiiu moved to Los Angeles and became a member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild) after being cast in a movie called Layover. She gained film experience working on sets as a featured background actor, stand-in and body double. Tiiu studied acting at John Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica, where she mastered the Meisner technique and also took acting classes at Santa Monica College. Her most recent works, include the role of Older Becky in KIX BROOKS - NEW TO THIS TOWN and LeeRoy the Goat (voice) in SAVING SANTA. In 2013, Tiiu cast her first feature movie filmed in Tucson, Arizona called HOT BATH AN A STIFF DRINK and was the set/still photographer taking more than 20,000 images (www.fotosbytiiu.com). Recently, she was casting director for an industrial video for VISTA SYSTEMS and credited casting director and set photographer on country music artist, RANDY HOUSER, 'LIKE A COWBOY' Music Video. Tiiu continues to follow her path as an artist and is very optimistic for future projects whether in front or behind the camera.
In her spare time, she spends time with her dogs, Tucker, French Bulldog, and Raider, Pug. They teach her a lot about unconditional love and the true meaning of life. She enjoys riding bikes to the beach, listening to all genres of music, playing golf, working out, cooking, entertaining, interior design and creating beautiful memories with her family and friends.
Tiiu believes that what it truly takes to be successful in this industry, or any other thing you do, is passion, desire, dedication, creativity, talent and a few people to believe in you other than yourself. "This is when doors open for you", she says, "especially when you least expect it!" As her acting coach, John Ruskin, said, "It's when preparation meets opportunity." Tiiu feels strongly that life is finite and one must be grateful, be loving, accepting, work hard, be prepared, be open minded and allow for the energy of life to take you on a magic carpet ride and be ready to rock it!
"Thank you for all of your support and encouragement..........Life is beautiful!!! Live, Laugh and Love!"