Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Interview: Sarodj Bertin talks Haiti, Life, Modeling on Living Out Loud

Sarodj Bertin studied law and became a lawyer, but she placed that aside to follow another dream.

Bertin, 27, is a beautiful and articulate 5-fee, 9-inch tall Haitian woman who won Miss Haiti in 2010 before going on to compete in Miss Universe. She’s now a retired lawyer who speaks five languages: English, Spanish, French, Creole, and Mandarin. She’s currently an actress, model and humanitarian.

Her 2014 calendar showcases another side of Haiti. People can order it for free online and donate as they see fit. All profits go to building an orphanage in Haiti through her charity “Sarodj for a Purpose.”

All of the pictures in the calendar were taken in Haiti.

While doing promo for her 2014 calendar in Los Angeles, Bertin spoke to Living Out Loud exclusively about her calendar photo shoot, giving back to Haiti, work relationship with acclaimed actor Sean Penn, acting, and the passing of her mother, among many other things.

Living Out Loud: How long did it take to shoot the calendar?
Sarodj Bertin: To shoot the pictures, it took between 5 and 6 days. For all the costumes and stylish things and to find locations to shoot, we spent 2 months. After that, for post-production of the calendar, and choosing and editing the pictures, we spent another 2 months. So overall, a calendar is a 6-month job. It’s very pretty, but it’s a tough job.

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