A modern renaissance woman - actress, creature performer, alt model, MUA, scientist and a multi-faceted neurodiverse creative with a linguist and STEM background. Born-and-raised in Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia), Néa Dune is splitting her time between Europe and USA (Los Angeles). She first moved overseas as an extraordinary abilities alien in the fall of 2015. After arriving in Hollywood, it took less than 2 weeks to land her first feature film role and hair modeling campaigns, ultimately earning her a greencard in record time.
Néa speaks 8 languages with an ear for dialect/accents and nurtures a rich skillset, breaking glass ceilings and reaping awards in every field she immerses herself into. She has worked with renowned film directors and creators over the years, appeared in various film and television productions, both mainstream and indie; modeled for a plethora of brands and projects with 45+ magazine covers worldwide thus far. Néa first gained recognition through international publications worldwide and vixen roles over a decade ago, and now works as a represented local hire in the US/EU/UK/AU.
Before her move overseas, Néa studied acting at the only English-language acting school in Zagreb - International Arts Center, and continued honing her craft through L.A. workshops with respected teachers and industry coaches. Before starting her on-camera career, she earned two Master degrees in linguistics and STEM fields, won a Rector's Award for her work and continued with a ph.D, before escaping to pursue her career in entertainment full-time. She's been implementing her linguist skills as a Voice-Over actress and translator for over a decade for primarily Croatian, English and Spanish. Now SAG-Core, Néa directed, wrote, cast and produced 2 projects in festival circuit gathering over a dozen laurels, including winning a Best International Short Film award for her debut "SlavInLA" that she is developing into a full project. When not in front of the camera, she creates looks as a certified Make-Up/Hair/SFX celebrity artist.
Néa has been a dedicated volunteer and humanitarian for the majority of her life, both directly hands-on (i.e. from environmental work in Croatia and Iceland, or training low-income dancers competitions in Croatia, to US ambassadorships and events with a cause) and online to bring awareness to various causes she advocates for: invisible illnesses, Earth conservation and innovation, equality, alt subcultures and her native culture to help remove stigmas.
She served in the European Youth Parliament for a full decade, which also enabled her to master fluency in English language, and recently brought back the world's biggest hackathon NSAC to Croatia with her ph.D bestie. Néa offers her expertise to fellow foreigners to the USA as a certified life/career coach specializing in O1 and EB1 visas, with all success stories - pulling from her teacher experiences (university in STEM & linguistics, languages, dance/cirque and makeup).
Ever since early childhood she has been creative, always crafting and bringing her ideas to life as a true neurodivergent polymath. As such, Néa achieved a lot of firsts - including recognition as the first Croatian alt model and the most successful to this day (while also being crowned Top5 US Alt Models in 2018); the first Croatian mermaid (mersona SireNea) and creator of MerAdria (Croatia's first mermaid retreat benefitting her native Adriatic Sea); the youngest academic researcher at the time, as well the first regional alternative aerialist at the time.
Néa is always on the hunt for new skills and abilities, thriving on intertwining them. She enjoys meaningful content production; as a trained ballroom dancer and aerialist with 20+ years of experience specializes in stunts of such nature; is a professional mermaid and a certified PSS freediver; seasoned creature performer and stilt-walker, archer, lover of extreme sports, an avid globetrotter and linguistic aficionada (native Croatian; native level in Balkan languages Serbian and Bosnian; fluent English and Master degree in Spanish; proficient in German, French and Latin, also Slovenian etc.).