Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Petite Modeling Tips Videos Isobella Jade

Enjoy these videos that I made this week on modeling tips for petites:

What is Commercial Print Modeling:




No Modeling Contract Needed:



Getting a Modeling Agency Tips for a Shorter girl:

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

No Such thing as Petite Modeling-it's Print Modeling

it is called Print Modeling

Research and use the words Print modeling when trying to find an agency.

There is work for a print model, of many heights, sizes and ethnicities, but photos are key, the RIGHT photos. For the commercial PRINT world.

Whats next after an Internet Modeling Competition?

Nothing.

My thoughts on internet modeling contests:

Many girls submit to these internet modeling competitions, thinking something great will happen after the contest, but the question you should ask yourself is:

"Who is going to care if I win this contest?"

An agency? A brand? a magazine? -The answer is no one. Just you for five minutes.

Put your effort in more productive ways and mail your photos to a modeling agency or get a headshot and submit it to a casting director. Do your homework and research. Research, trying to find the right agencies, and the real people you should be working with, is more important towards being a model, than some internet contest.

-Isobella

Monday, December 29, 2008

Petite Models: not just being a hot girl


Short girls have to try harder but not just because of their lack of height, it also has to do with the fact that the challenge to work in the modeling business is also a pursuit based on how you market yourself and a short girl has to really think about this.

She has to target herself to agencies, the right agencies and do-it-herself, and the biggest mistake short girls make is settling to just being a hot girl on the web and really modeling. Really working with legit brands and being pickier about the way they represent themselves as women and models.

It doesn't take much effort to show your body on the internet and get some "your hot" comments, but the difference between a wanna-be and a girl who is really working as a model is the list of brands she has worked with and ad campaigns she has been involved with and magazines she has been in.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Teenage Modeling tips- 14 year old girl model advice

Many younger girls are interested in modeling, when they write me I like to give them advice on what NOT to do.

A 14 year old girl recently wrote me and said, "I think you are a very pretty and talented model and I hope I grow up to be just like you. I am 14 and have done a bit of modeling myself but I hope oneday I'll get to do more and I just wanted to wish you good luck with everything you do."

My reply might also help you. I wrote her back saying:

Thanks for writing, my best advice to you is: Don't rely on the Internet to make your a model, it can be decieving, also don't think showing your photos on the internet makes you a model.--too many girls do this and don't really end up modeling for brands and magazines but just become a tease thing for guys, and THAT is not modeling. The best thing to do is to get a nice headshot of yourself, make a compcard or headshot -get it printed- and mail it to commercial print modeling agencies in your town. For a shorter model, and a teenage model it is a good thing to remember the hands on effort it takes to work with good agencies and brands and to really model. Mailing photos to agencies could take up to 3-4 tries before you get a call, and just like anything else you might want in life to pursue, you have to have the will to try and take it upon yourself to make it happen and be smart about it. Being attractive doesn't make you a model, being a certain height doesn't, it takes the will to want to do it. And, I speak for a shorter girl perspective, -you have to market yourself the right way, to the right agencies. Forget fashion and focus on where you can find opportunities within print modeling. Other suggestions can be found here on my blog, I have made three blogs which you will find helpful towards your pursuits. They offer free lived through advice:

petitemodelingtips.blogspot.competitemodelingsource.blogspot.comisobellajade.blogspot.com

Here are some posts that might give you insight into being a model:

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2008/10/improve-your-model-marketing-for-small.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2008/10/creating-your-modeling-comp-cards.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2008/12/commercial-print-modeling-tips.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2008/10/submit-to-magazine-tearsheet-modeling.html

I also have some helpful videos on Youtube on modeling,

how to submit to a magazine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8ZxaGMD9zY

Teenage modeling tips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcpUE0fkyaI

goodluck- isobella

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Posing in Lingerie- Model Posing Tips

Isobella shares the photos you need for lingerie modeling, and how it isn't just about you, but the product you are wearing when you pose. Agencies want to see that you can "work" a product, so forget flaunting it for no reason, if you want to model for brands and be more than just another wanna be model, then you have to get serious about your images and photos and shape them in ways that will intrigue an agency or lingerie brand.

Friday, December 26, 2008

CoverGirl and Olay-Anti-Age for all ages- start now


Covergirl and Olay are coming together to create ageless makeup that is for anti-aging. Thinking of Covergirl's target audience, -teenagers and young adults- and Olays,-older twenties to forty +, it makes me think that their partnership is also suggesting skin should be something all ages should be thinking about at all stages of your skins life.

Well, I don't think there is anything wrong with aging, I think lines on an older person's face show experience, wisdom, memories within them, I think they are actually pretty, because laugh lines, only come from good thing.

I think the main thing a girl should think about it dry skin.

If you skin is moisturized it will look younger, fresher, prettier. No matter your age.

I have been using cream on my face since I was teenager. I think it is important to use face creams, wrinkle creams even before the wrinkles come.

When you smile your face changes, and you can notice where wrinkles will be later in life if you look in the mirror while you do.

When I smile I see where a crease might form at the outer corner of my eye. So when I use face cream, I moisturize that area. I also make sure to mositurize my chin, my forehead, my cheeks, the sides of my nose, the skin above my lips.

Dry skin can make your face look older and remember… what you eat also effects your face and skin tone.

I don't have any wrinkles yet, but I think taking care of your skin isn't just for when you have acne or wrinkles, it is an every day thing and for all ages.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Petite Models and Nude Mistakes


A girl recently asked me about getting nude offers when it comes to modeling.

My first thought was..."she is talking about amatuer stuff because professional photographer's don't offer you nude opportunities, they are just too busy for that stuff/waste of time amatuer crap."

This was my answer to her:

.....the offers you get do not matter, what matters is what YOU choose to DO. Just because someone says, I will pay you a certain amount to come over and get naked, doesn't mean you should do it, and it doesn't mean it will lead you anywhere towards your modeling pursuits. I do not suggest a model poses nude unless it is for something SHE WANTS to do, and she is comfortable with it. It is a bad idea to pose nude for some random guy with a camera, and trust me...being a hot-chick--on -the -web, is not really modeling. It is just being a tease. I made my mistakes with that shit and it is a waste of time. Alot of girls who want attention whip off their clothing and say "i am a model," my question to them is: "What are you modeling??" A model models something. Not just her ass. Unless it is for an underwear catalog, or something, or for some skincare or lotion. Many short girls do not see that there is more for them than just being a show off tease on the web. They forget about commercial print modeling, ads, commercials, and the products they could work with if they pursued it. Today I still use my body to model, but not for a man...I do it for big ad campaigns.I do body part modeling and I do use my "parts" for ad campaigns and I recently worked with Easy Spirit shoes for their Spring ad campaign, and using your body can be for something legit, but YOU have to want that. You have to be able to market yourself, pursue the right commercial print modeling agencies and want more for yourself. There is more for a short girl than sexy stuff, a shorter girl CAN model with brands, but her photos need to target her in that direction. Playboy style modeling leads your pursuits to be limited. A girl that had a headshot, a smile shot, a more commercial print appeal will have a better chance working with modeling agencies. Despite her height. Getting the agency:The old fashion way of modeling is still the legit way. No matter what technology makes you assume. Modeling websites, social sites, are for amatuers, real modeling happens when you mail an agency your photos and they call you for a casting or meeting.You need a headshot ,compcard, and you have to mail it to the agents and casting directors, you have to research and hunt down the right agencies, and addresses. Barnes and Noble pick up a Ross Reports ($10) a little booklet that has names of casting directors and agencies in NYC. Also just google commercial print modeling agencies + your city. It might sound weird, but actually the LESS overly sexy and flaunting you are, the better for a shorter girl to get a chance in commercial print modeling. An agent that works with art directors, editors, ad agencies, doesn't want to see your Myspace or Model Mayhem page. It is corny and not respected in the real modeling business. Of course when I started I was niave and made some bad mistakes, but I overcame them by understanding that REAL modeling, really being a model, involves a product, an ad campaign, a brand, and a professional photographer. Many girls are so desperate to CALL themselves a model they forget what they have to DO to really get work as one. So, yes, of course I have met some jerks along the way, but it doesn't matter what people are offering you...it comes down to YOU chasing what YOU want.-Isobella

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Petite Models- mailing Modeling Agencies


The effort you put in is what you get when it comes to getting a modeling agency to work with you.

Representation seems to always be the most popular question among girls who want to be models. Here are some suggestions.

1. Keep the mailings going. Alot of girls give up after the first try.

2. Do you have any experience at all? Make sure you tell the agency in a letter, that you have some experience. Unlike fashion, commercial print modeling agencies will not mold you and create for you your modeling career, a commercial print model can actually get in the door with a commercial print modeling agency by showing she DOES have some experience. Experience is not a modeling school, it is not a modeling contest, experience is working with a brand, could be a small jewerly company, but something that shows the agent that you have worked in a professional environment before.

3. Target yourself with the right photos. Many girls create the wrong photos, too many photos and not enough of the ones they need to get a modeling agency. If you do not have a modeling agency working with you then ask yourself, "am I marketing myself the wrong way."

A modeling agency submission should include your photo, compcard, or headshot, or all, and information about you, your modeling interested, something like this

"Hi, I recently working with an aspiring handbag designer for her online catalog, I would like to be considered for print and editorial opportunities at your agency, you can contact me at (your number)646-XXX-XXXX."

You should also put your phone number on your compcard and on the back of the photos you send. Don't make the agency hunt for your phone number. Don't put your Myspace account, website, or online portfolio site. Ironically this stuff doesn't matter to a modeling agent. Agencies want to see physical photos. Your online presence is not meaningful to a modeling agency, they want to see physical photos in their hands. So mail them directly.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Petite Modeling Do's and Don't

Here is some insight on the Do's and Don't of modeling if you are shorter than 5'8" and interested in the modeling business.


A commercial print modeling agency if very different than a fashion agency.


Do's.
1. Do get a headshot, so many girls do not give enough attention to the headshot and beauty shot. If you are not a fashion model, then bring a focus to what you do have, do you have nice eyes, a nice friendly smile ( your teeth don't have to be perfect, but the smile has to look realistic.), do you have personality and energy? A commercial print modeling agency wants to see this and you should have a nice headshot. Can be color or black and white.

2. Only submit to Print modeling agencies, don't waste your time with fashion modeling agencies. If you are wondering why you don't have an agency it could be you have the wrong photos and you are submitting them to the wrong agencies.

3.It is ok to print a headshot and compcard but be selective about the photos and remember the more happy you look in the photo the better.

4. Other photos you need and a portfolio. Remember you need a headshot, beauty shot, energy shot that shows you doing something and your personality, and a full body shot, should be in a bathingsuit, dress, or fitness clothing and should NOT be too sexy. You will need to buy a modeling portfolio for modeling castings. Do not expect the agency to provide this, but you do not have to get the portfolio until you have representation, unless you want to.

5. Remember it might take a few times before an agency calls you back. Stay ambitious, if you want something you will make it happen and keep trying.

Don't:

1. Don't think Glamour modeling and internet modeling is all you can do.

2. Don't settle for just calling yourself a model...really try to be one.

3. Don't pay for photos unless you really, really like the photographers work.

4. Don't go to a modeling school or modeling convention.

5. Don't rely on the internet and social sites to make you a model.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Petite Models for Print Modeling

I think being proportioned is more important than being a certain height or weight in modeling. But the type of modeling I do involves more than height and weight, it also involves personality and using what you DO have to get ahead.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Too short to model, too old to model, Wrong!

Now is the best time for an older woman, or a commercial print model to pursue. Most ads and commercials these days are targeted for the woman 26-40 which means for models there is opportunity out there, but it all comes down to how you chase it. And your perception.

A girl on Myspace recently asked me::
"How did you start? I feel like everyone starts mad young, which is why they all roll their eyes at me when I walk in on their "scene" at 26."

This was my sort of long novel email back:

Dear ____,

Your perception of modeling is what is wrong.
Remember modeling is not just fashion and playboy.

Have you watched any commercials lately? Spent some time in the magazine section at Barnes and Noble? There are more magazines, products, and brands targeted for women 25 and older than any other product catagory. Just go to Target, everything is for a woman, not just a young toothpick girl.

Now put this thought towards your modeling. Woman of all ages are working, even 35 and up are working more than ever.

Maybe the way you are thinking of modeling is what is wrong. Maybe you think it is just fashion? maybe you think it is just for a certain age? Well you are wrong. Models are needed for so many things, jewelry, tide commercials, McDonalds commercials, nail polish ads, hotel ads, resort ads, technology ads, dipers, tampons. Lenscrafters, ....there is more to modeling than fashion.

If you want to be a fashion model and think modeling is just fashion then you might not ever really start modeling after-all. But if you see that print modeling, commercial print modeling is what a girl who is older can approach and find opportunities then you could try.

When it comes to photos:

No overly sexy photos!

Tame down your sexy photos and make your shots look more commercial. Stop making your shots look so fashiony and start making them look commercial print like.

Your photos have a lot to do with the modeling you might be able to do. You also need to understand that fashion modeling and commercial print modeling are totally different world. A commercial print model has alot more work than a fashion model when it comes to marketing. Meaning: A commercial print model has to make her compcards, mail them out and be a marketer, where as a fashion model goes to an open call, or mails a snap shot in and then the agency directs her in the direction they want to market her. See the difference.

A commercial print model, models for lifestyle products, products most people use, like hair color, or Dove, or cleaning products, or skincare, like Aveeno. A fashion model models for brands that are for a higher end market usually. (runway fashion).

You see commercial print models in Glamour, Marie Claire, Redbook magazine, You see fashion models in Vogue, Elle, etc.

For examples of what a commercial print model looks like, the photos she needs then Google: Gilla Roos, or FFT Models.

As for small towner modeling check out these blogs I have already written on the topic which might inspire you on what you can do:

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2008/10/improve-your-model-marketing-for-small.html


http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2008/10/creating-your-modeling-comp-cards. html

petitemodelingsource.blogspot.com/2008/04/older-models-modeling-agencies-for.html

I think it is your perception of modeling that needs a change if you wanted to pursue it.

Modeling is not doing a photoshoot, it is working with brands, and until you do you are not a model, but even in a small town, maybe there is a local hairsalon, a local resturant chain that wants to put out a commercial, a real estate company, a car company, a student at a local college that needs a model for his photography class, (a good idea to get a headshot), maybe there are tradeshows, and things you could be involved with....thnk unconventionally.

In a small town there are probably only a few modeling agencies...if that. So don't be narrow minded, what about ad agencies, newspapers, local magazines, marketing companies, pr companies? Why not get a compcard, or put some of your photos together and mail them out to art directors, and photo editors? Sometimes to get an agent working with you you have to show that you can indeed model and that you have a little experience. When I started modeling after I got a few tearsheets in magazines on my own, an agent was more receptive. Even though I am short/petite.

Also consider shoe modeling, accesories modeling, where the shot isn't so focused on your height. There are many shorter models working with brands for haircare, jewelry, and shoes.

I leg modeled for top brands, I am basically the shortest model out there, using my legs to model! (of course I have had photos that are marketable to do this and market myself and I work with great agencies because of it.)

There is plenty you can chase. But change up your perception, the photos you are using to market yourself, and how you are going about it. And do it in a realistic way.

Time to get back to my own work and hustling, :)
isobella jade

Monday, December 15, 2008

petite models are print models

If you are wondering why you do not have an agent it might be because you are trying too hard to be sexy and not giving enough attention to "becoming a real model."

Petite models are not just meant to be internet models or glamour models, they can be print models.

A petite model can find modeling opportunities as a print model and she should start with a simple beauty shot and headshot. And a nice full body show, could be in a dress, sportswear, fitness gear, a bathingsuit. Get these three shots moving.

That's it!

Get your photos together that will actually benefit you. You have to be savvy about the photographs you take and also the people who you let photograph you.

Do you have your beauty shots? Headshots? If not...get on it!

If you want to model you can find print work, but you have to ask yourself, "are your photos working for you? Are they marketable? Are they going to work for a commercial print modeling agent?"

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Manicure tips on recession beauty by Isobella Jade

Don't let the recession hold you back from having nice looking hands. You can view other videos on beauty advice I have made on Stylelist.com here.


Recession Manicure Tips from Styledash on Vimeo.

A Model finding a good Photographer- the journey

It is a hard thing. The web doesn't make it easier. It can make it harder sometimes. Finding a good photographer for an aspiring model has gotten harder. So many girls email me with questions about “how can I find a good photographer.” I do not think the web is the best place to find a photographer. There are so many scumbags, and so many weird people out there trying to mingle with girls and saying they are a photographer on social modeling sites… . It is Sick. Yet as a model you have to DO THE WORK to find a good photographer, so here are some tips:

1.Are you working with photographers who are as serious as you? That is number 1. Focus on working with photographers that are serious and ambitious, professional and quality. This will mean not just using the internet to find a photographer but
A.Stopping by photography schools
B.Photo labs and asking if they can refer a photographer
C.The yellow pages. It might sound old school but photographer’s that shoot headshots, weddings, and have a photography business are less likely to be a jerk, and more likely to want to work with a girl who has a professional mindset.

2. Remember Money alone doesn’t always make you a model: getting paid as an amateur model by amateur photographer doesn't make you a model. Focus more on the quality of your photographs than how much money per hour you are getting. Being an internet model is corny. It does take work to find a good photographer. It takes more than just downloading your photo on a social site and waiting for a photographer to contact you. Usually you will only meet wanna be, amateurs this way. Those people are NOT who you want to work with if you REALLY want to model. You need photos that will benefit you. Headshot, beauty shot, commercial print modeling shots.

3. What do you NEED: You need to KNOW what photos you need as a model, not just sit in front of the camera clueless. So do your homework on what a model needs photography wise and what modeling agencies want to see. Go to commercial print modeling websites such as Flaunt models, FFT models, R&L models, and start noticing what the photos of the models there have photo wise.

4.Before you work with the photographer: Use technology and Google the name of the person you want to work with. See if any models have put warnings out on the photographer, be a smart model and don’t just work with someone because you think they seem nice and have quality work.


There are many scams, jerks, and perverts out there. Even when you might think someone is professional they are not. Fraud happens all over. This is an article about a hedge fund fraud recently in the Wall Street Journal. No matter your pursuits there are scams everywhere.

It is up to you to be smart about your pursuits, be skeptical and do the work to get quality.

“New potential victims emerged of Wall Street veteran Bernard Madoff's alleged giant Ponzi scheme, with international banks, hedge funds and wealthy private investors among those sorting out what could amount to tens of billions of dollars in losses.”

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Modeling and Myspace as your Professional Outlet?

Just a heads up.

I would not use Myspace as your professional outlet. It is not professional. Honestly it is amatuer to do that. Real models, are not promoting themselves as a model on their Myspace. I don't even do that. I use it to talk about modeling not say "hire me to model". For my modeling pursuits I use my agents. And the internet has made it where any girl that can download her photo can call herself a model. But that is not modeling or being a model at all. I would not use Myspace to marketing yourself. You will not be taken seriously to agents and the real professional people in the business. 99.9% real photographers, agents, and casting people DO NOT cast and find talent on the web. It is too amatuer and the risk for them is that the girl is "just another wanna be" and not serious. If you want to seriously model and act, you need to understand that the web (google) can be and should be used as your marketing tool, but it should not be your professional outlet because you will not be taken seriously.

I would never say to my agent, "go to my Myspace page and see my photos." I mail them a compcard. Also once the agent started working with me I have emailed them my photos, jpegs which they show to their clients. But they do not tell their clients. Go to her Myspace account. It just isn't how it works.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Acting in Small Cities, Casting Directors, Agents

A girl recently asked me " How do you start acting in a small city like Detroit or Chicago area?"



My answer:When you live in a city that is not LA or NYC, there is still film and television and commercial work you can do.

Commercial work can mean commercial print work or commercials.

First, you must have a headshot. Without it you will not be taken seriously.

Second, you need to have a resume. If you have no experience you can list your skills, education, and any awards you have won or accomplishments, such as “top ten track runner at (your high school name)" or any clubs and organizations you are involved in for now. You want to do this to show that you are personable, you are an active person, and that you have personality.

Now here is some advice if you live in a smaller scale city. Cities like Detroit or Chicago and Philly are still markets you can get acting work in. Because these are small cities you can actually use it towards your advantage. In smaller cities models and actors tend not to be over crowding the population, which means if you hustle and work hard and show you are professional you could book some really nice work and pieces for your portfolio, acting reel, and resume.

Here is what you can do:

Google "the city name" + production companies
Google "the city name" + casting agent
Google "the city name" + casting agency
Google “the city name" + Talent agency
Google "the city name" + ad agencies
Google “the city name" + marketing companies or marketing


In smaller cities you might find success mailing also ad agencies, marketing companies and those who produce commercials and ad campaigns for small companies or local brands. You can mail your headshot to art directors, production companies, directors, and those on the creative end of production. The same with striving in any city, there will be work you have to do. It is also a good idea to write a short cover letter saying why you are contacting them and ask for them to consider you for future commercials, ads, etc. Leave your number and email. I would NOT direct them to your Myspace or modeling profile, it is not professional, especially if it shows images that can turn them off.

Always be skeptical, and go with your gut when meeting an agency and person who might offer you an opportunity. Yes there are many scams out there. But once you have your headshot, you should be mailing it out to the results of these searches.

You can go to compcard.com print up like 30-50 headshots, test them out, mail them out, and see. If you do not hear back, try again, up date your headshot, try a different one, print again and keep trying.

isobella

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Does height really matter for Acting jobs?

I received this question today on my Myspace:

----------------- Original Message -----------------
From: Date: Dec 9, 2008 8:38 PM

I think maybe I may not have what it takes to model as the taller girls, however I do have a question regarding acting. Does height really matter when you are going to auditions for acting jobs. Once again your response would be greatly appreciated.


My answer:
Height isn't such an issue with acting. You do need a headshot though. It is best to think of the roles you want to get and target your headshot in that style. Also doing background work is a good start to getting experience on set and you get paid for it. Not a high rate but 75 dollars a day, to work on a film set, and you can grow your resume and perhaps get bigger roles.

When it comes to modeling don't be totally discouraged I mean, if you can handle that you will not be a fashion model and that you will have to market yourself as a commercial print model you can still try. You will have to submit photos to commercial print modeling agencies, print modeling agencies and target yourself in a lifestyle manner, think target ads, mc Donald’s commercials, and more life style products, cell phone ads, etc.

Commercial print models are for advertising products that are meant for every day people to use. Conair hair ads, skincare, cooking, computers..

So your photos need to show your personality because personality, a good smile and energy is needed to represent the brand, and thinking of the product perspective is important...most lifestyle products want people to model them who have a girl next door or positive or happy look.

There is so much more out there than just high fashion but you have to understand how to market yourself properly to agencies. Watch commercials, and notice ads that are not so fashion like, you will notice, there is a lot of work out there, and models of all heights are working, but it is not for fashion.

For acting I would check out backstage and pick up a Ross Reports and mail your headshot to casting agents, and casting directors, casting agencies.

isobella

Forever 21 in Times Square



I like Forever 21, I can usually always go in and find something and even panties. I recently bought a really cute black and lace panty there for like 4 bucks. Love that. I read in WWD that the retail chain that I discovered after my cousin told me about it 5 years ago, is preparing for a store opening in Times Square. The Levi store is always busy when I pass it, and even with a low Xmas season, the store was very active. Could it be the location or the brand? I think both.

Forever 21, is aiming for more growth and placing a store in Times Square aside Toys R Us, and Sephora, Billabong and many others could be a good move.

I wish Forever 21 would make suits, and more business, casual like attire, pants, blazers, etc. I have a few from them and feel they do a good job with their clothing.

Also as a petite young woman, I can find something there and not feel like a 13 year old. Isn't that Velvet Blazer hot! It is less than $30 bucks!

Walden Velvet Blazer

$27.80

Feel vivacious in velvet with this chic long sleeve velvet blazer featuring 4 front flap pockets, a 2-button closure, a small back slit, and a removable self-tie waist sash.
- 22" approx length from shoulder to hem
- Shell 100% cotton, lining 60% poly, 40% rayon; Dry clean only

You can find it here.

Playboy Magazine news

Wanted to share some magazine news. No matter what magazine you are submitting to, you should keep track of who is working where. And whose not.

Playboy Chief Christie Hefner to Step Down Next Month
By James Callan

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Playboy Enterprises Inc. Chief Executive Officer Christie Hefner will resign next month after two decades running the magazine company her father founded.

Hefner, 56, will remain on the board until her replacement is found, the Chicago-based company said today in a statement. Jerome Kern, who joined Playboy’s board of directors in 2002, will serve as interim non-executive chairman.

Hefner joined Playboy in 1975 and rose to CEO in 1988, shepherding the men’s magazine publisher into television, video and the Internet. The recession and a decline in ad spending led the company to a $5.2 million loss in the third quarter. Ad revenue in the magazine unit fell 14 percent to $5.5 million.

In an appearance on CNBC today, Hefner said she “wouldn’t be able to step down if the company weren’t in such strong shape.” The election of Barack Obama also inspired her to become involved in public service, Hefner told the business channel, which is owned by General Electric Co.

In October, Playboy quit the declining DVD market and announced plans to increase Internet programming. It said it was seeking annual savings of $12 million and announced plans to fire 55 people. The company also suspended profit-sharing payments for management

Playboy, founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953, rose 19 cents to $1.94 at 10:19 a.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares had plunged 81 percent this year before today.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Bargain Hair Cut Tips


Recession Hair Cut Tips from Styledash on Vimeo.

Enjoy this video on my bargain hair cut tips.

Modeling for Elite and print modeling work

A girl on Myspace recently wrote me:



----------------- Original Message -----------------
From:
Date: Dec 8, 2008 6:53 PM

I was wondering if it is difficult for a petite model of 5'5 to get signed with Elite modeling agency and also what is the height requirement to do print work for Victoria's Secret. Your knowledge will be greatly appreciated


My answer:It all comes down to what they are looking for. Many fashion agencies such as Ford, Elite, etc want a girl 5'8" at least because most of their clients are fashion clients.

So it is really not normal or typical for a girl shorter than that to get signed. It is very difficult for a shorter girl to get signed with a fashion agency because the agency will not be able to work with her, her measurements, because the agency has very strict clients and fashion clients who want, ask for a girl who is 5'7" and 5'8" so the agency is only going to provide girls of that height...cause they got to market what their clients ask for and cause they want money too you know!

Sometimes getting signed isn't the best thing for a shorter model anyways. I think a new model a shorter model should be freelancing with commercial print modeling agencies, and for a new model the main goal should not be to be signed. Instead it should be to build her portfolio. Especially if you are shorter than 5'7".

Also instead of only thinking of Victoria's Secret and fashion you should put on a full sweater and fitted coat and think more lifestyle products and ads and commercials. Watch TV and you will see, many models of all types are working, and for the shorter girl, actually you will get more opportunities if you tame down the sex appeal and be yourself. There is a lot of work right now for the happy go lucky girl, for hair brands, cell phone commercials, and lifestyle brands.

Maybe the goals you have are not realistic? There is still modeling work out there but you have to be realistic and smart about your pursuits.

I would never try to get with Elite. I would focus on agencies that deal with commercial print models. Yes in print there is a height requirement sometimes, but if you have good beauty shots, headshots, you could get represented.

Also another way a shorter girl can find modeling opportunities is through parts modeling. Modeling her hands, feet, legs, etc for ad campaigns. I have worked with Victoria's Secret leg modeling, Marshalls, Nine West, and many others.

Most girls working with top brands like Victoria's Secret are 5'7" or taller. But a girl who is shorter could be parts modeling, leg modeling, etc and get some great work working with great brands. But of course you need a parts modeling comp card and you need to work with a parts modeling agency.

Parts models, cunnignham Escott, Flaunt - all have parts divisions.

A proportioned model could do commercial print modeling and she could find modeling opportunities using what she has and her personality and putting together a lifestyle commercial print modeling compcard for agencies like R&L, Flaunt, FFT and Cunningham Escott (CESD) in NYC. Or with commercial and film agents.

You only will know if you mail your photos out. A short girl should not waste her time going to Open calls at fashion agencies, but she should consider submitting to commercial print modeling agencies.

In major cities at barnes and noble and borders you can find a booklet called The Ross Reports in the magazine section in the tv and film area, and inside you will find a list of agents to mail your headshots and compcard to.

A shorter model can model, but she has to be savvy, smart, realistic and marketable.

isobella

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Videos Teen Modeling Tips

These videos can help a teen who is looking to get into modeling:







Thursday, December 4, 2008

How to submit to a Modeling Agency- and call one or mail one

After listening to my talk show segment about real modeling agencies and scams modeling agencies She wanted to know more details on the topic I mentioned of calling agencies or asking them about suggessting a photographer that you can work with as a new model. She asked what she could say on the phone or in a letter? Here is my reply:

Yes it is always good to be a self serving person. But you have to always be cautious, since you are nervous of your speaking, I would send your photos/snap shots, or your compcard, in the mail first with a note or letter saying, " I would like to improve my photos so if you like my look and energy seen in these photos, please suggest a photographer I could work with or test with to get some better headshots."

If you want to call an agency, now you have to be careful because the SCAM agencies will want you to pay to work with the photographer through them and you will pay WAYYYYY to much. It is best to focus on two things, two simple shots you need:

a beauty shot, and a smile shot.

If you can get the name of a good photographer from the agency you should call the photographer and let the photographer know. I just need a beauty shot and a smile energy shot, and try to debate a rate you can afford, or work something out with a test. Usually really good photographers will not shoot am aspiring model/actor for free, unless the photographer wants to test the model. During a test a model would bring her own clothind and outfits and if you listen to the other radio segment with Robert Milazzo you will hear what he says about testing. Testing is good because you can get shots, but you DO have to be careful about the photographers you work with, and only work with professionals. If you do not have a lot of money you could perhaps ask the photographer how much it would cost to get simply one look shot. One thing.

Although, honestly before calling, because agencies don't typical like random calls often -but if you are kind on the phone you won't get hung up on and hopefully get a helpful answer....yet I would first try to send a few of those snap shots to print modeling agencies. And at least try a mailing. Then if you don't hear back in a couple weeks you can call and say, " I recently submitted photos to you but I know I could improve on my images and I am wondering if you can suggest a photographer that your models work with for headshots and commercial print photos?" The best way to get an agency usually though is by submission by mail. It is best to try again and again. I work with great agencies today, but it took a few submissions and trying to update my images to get their attention. It took like a year to get a good/decent modeling agency and then longer to get a REALLY good one working with me. After I had some experience.

Focus most on your photos. Even if you are using a digital and your friend is taking the photos, just focus on your smile, natural shots, and energy. Think of ads and editorials. Commercial print modeling agencies want to see your personality. not your fashion poses, no diva looks, just natural. Think of commercials and print ads that involve models of all types...and submit photos that show your face and full body walking, running, or standing. The more submissions you do. The more you work on your photos the better your chances. Modeling for a commercial print model and shorter girl, is all about marketing and targeting yourself with the right photos to the right agencies. -isobella

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Model Talk Radio- Marketing Yourself as a Model



Isobella gives you advice on how you can market yourself as a model and 5 ways you can with or without an agency. Modeling is not just about posing and being beautiful, it is about marketing.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2008/12/04/Marketing-Yourself-as-a-Model

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Can you be in a magazine yourself?

Yes you can.

Models can submit themselves to magazines and get tearsheets from it, but you have to be willing to do the research and work for a proper submission.

Best people to mail: photo editors.
Where and how to mail: direct mail to the office
What to send: Send a photo of yourself in the style of the magazine. Don't send half naked photos to Glamour or Marie Claire.

Some photographers I have worked with submit their work to magazines and it is also a good idea to be an ambitious model and to seek out opportunities as well.

A magazine holding a photography contest now that models can submit to is a fine art magazine called Nude Magazine. You can find out more about the contest here. If you have shots of yourself unpublished, or perhaps some fine art nudes from a TFP job you did and you are wondering how can I get something out of this...well submit them to a fine art magazine, such as Nude Magazine.

A few of my own fine art nudes will be featured in the next issue.

Also I suggest mailing your compcard to magazines as well and agencies of course.
Persistance is key. You can not expect to book legit modeling work by just doing one or two mailings. You need to really be trying all the time.

A tearsheet speaks louder than a hit on your Myspace page in the modeling world.

Calling yourself a model or being one?

I need to stress that a model should not limit her chances by only focusing on one type of modeling. A girl who only uses social sites to promote herself as a model will not get the attention of the right agents, you need to get a compcard made and you need to mail it to agencies, to get truely the exposure that makes you a model.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Model Talk Radio For Models of All Heights


Each week Isobella Jade shares the ins and outs of being a model on Model Talk Radio. There is no height requirement and the shorter -the better are welcomed here. To be a model there is no height requirement but it does help to have a realistic perspective of what it means to be one, where you fit in the industry, and to have an ambition to understand the work that it involves.

Recently photographer Robert Milazzo shared how models can approach photographers and he stressed the importance of self serving.

To be a more it takes more than one photo shoot, it takes more than being popular on Myspace, real modeling, modeling with top brands means marketing yourself in ways that benefit you. There is modeling for all types but the first thing all shorter models must understand is that the fashion world might not accept you but other areas of the modeling business will, so you have to able to market yourself in ways that will get you ahead not hold you back with doubt.

Tune into Model Talk Radio for advice, insight and the lived through experiences of petite model Isobella Jade.

Send her an email here if you have a topic suggestion for the show.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Robert Milazzo Celebrity Portrait Photographer on Model Talk Radio


Enjoy this segment on Model Talk Radio with Photographer Robert Milazzo as he shares his journey into the photography world.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2008/11/19/Photographer-Robert-Milazzo

He gives advice to models, photographers and those who want to have a creative profession.

Robert Milazzo has worked with stars such as Harrison Ford, The Jonas Brothers, Vincent Pastore and Robert Funaro (The Sopranos), Bill O’Reilly, Steven Colbert, Jessica Simpson, Aaron Carter, Deborah Gibson, Anthony Edwards (ER), Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees), Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips), Brittany Snow (American Dreams), Joey McInyre (NKOTB), Zac Efron (High School Musical), B2K, Kathy Brier (Hairspray), (American Idol stars Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken and Justin Guarini), Jesse McCartney, Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, The Veronicas, *NSYNC’s JC Chasez, Nick Cannon, Bow Wow, Jadakiss, The Cheetah Girls, Star Jones, Bobby Kennedy Jr. and Cody Linely. Along with many more including Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kelly Ripa (Live with Regis and Kelly) and Mark Consuelos, Eva LaRue (CSI: Miami), Melina Kanakaredes (CSI:NY), (Yasmine Bleeth (Baywatch), Rebecca Gayheart, Lindsay Price (Lipstick Jungle), Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas), Hayden Panitiere (Heroes), Laura Bell Bundy (Broadway’s Legally Blonde) and, of course, Susan Lucci (All My Chlidren).

http://www.robertmilazzo.com/

Saturday, November 22, 2008

NUDE Magazine's Annual Photography Contest Includes Cash Prizes




Any photographers with great skills looking for some extra money while working with a really great magazine?

I recently interviewed Nude Magazine's Carrie Leigh on Model Talk Radio, and I will be in their next issue. Currently Nude Magazine is having their Annual Photography Contest, and it also involves cash prizes. Nude is the only magazine in the US that involves -a coffee table book quality- fine art black and white nudes.

You might want to get in the know an submit! Here are the details.


NUDE Magazine's Annual Photography Contest Includes Cash Prizes


LOS ANGELES, Nov 21, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazines second annual fine art photography contest now includes cash prizes for the winners and runner ups in each category as well as a much coveted feature exhibit in the Summer's Issue. According to Billy Durham, an editor at NUDE, "Publisher Carrie Leigh has decided to give back to the photographers and models that have made NUDE so successful." Durham adds, "With the world's economy in such turmoil and NUDE doing so well Ms. Leigh has decided that this would be a way of helping out those in the artistic community who have the desire to exhibit their work."

According to Master Photographer and seated juror Kim Weston, "To exhibit in Carrie Leigh's NUDE is an honor in itself." NUDE'S fine art competition is the most prestigious print event in the world of black and white nude photography. For the publishers to include cash prizes is really a very gracious gesture."

Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine is the world's best selling high end fine art quarterly of its gender featuring exhibits from some of the most recognized names in their field. The publication is printed on heavy stock paper using old style plates to insure a gallery quality visual presentation of fine art. In addition to Kim Weston the juror's for this prestigious contest include renown fine art photographer Carrie Leigh, Master Figure Painter Craig Srebnik and other distinguished photographers who have exhibited in NUDE.

Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine is distributed throughout North America and can be purchased in Barnes and Nobel, Borders, Chapters, Joseph Beth, Hastings along with other book and magazine stores. NUDE is also distributed in half a dozen foreign countries.

The contest entry applications can be found online at www.carrieleigh.com.


SOURCE Carrie Leigh Publishing Group
http://www.carrieleigh.com

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Recycling Beauty Tips with Model Isobella Jade



Make sure you recycle your beauty products, enjoy this video.

Modeling Advice and Modeling Agency Tips

If you are a shorter model, then do not waste time submitting to fashion agencies. Usually if you apply on the internet to a fashion modeling website, they will ask for your height, then some automated email will come to you stating "we only work with girls that are 5'9"." Put your efforts into more effective marketing. Focus on lifestyle and print modeling agencies. You will not find a petite modeling agency usually. But you will find a print one. Focus on using your personality and energy to create natural photos, photos that look like magazine editorials and ads, and mail them to agencies that are right for you. There are agencies and photographers out there that work with models of all heights. Being a shorter model means you do have to work hard, invest time and not settle. It is easy to be another a** on the internet but if you want to be more you really do have to be marketing savvy and smart about how you present yourself and where you market your photos to get good results.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Model Carol Alt Shares her Raw Essentials at HSN

When Model, Actress Carol Alt could't find the skincare she wanted she took it upon herself to make her own. The beauty line is based on her raw food diet inspired after experiencing a life of illness and fatigue, WWD reports: "Model and actress Carol Alt is taking the raw food diet that she swears by and applying it to her daily beauty regimen with a four-item skin care line called Raw Essentials, which will be carried exclusively on HSN starting next month.

Alt discovered what she considers “life-changing benefits” of eating raw foods after fighting illness and fatigue while battling uterine cancer more than a decade ago, she said. From her raw food experiences, she authored two popular books about living a healthy lifestyle, “Eating in the Raw” and “The Raw 50.”

More on Carol can be found here.

Tune in to the special preview of RAW Essentials by Carol Alt on HSN December 11 EST at 3p.m. and 8 p.m. and December 12 at 2 p.m.

More can also be found at HSN.com

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Preparing for Modeling Castings for The Body

As a model I go on castings for all types of things, from legs, to hands, to full body, to my smile, and eyes, to hair, and feet. Here is how I prepare for some of my modeling jobs depending on the body part:

1.Hands. I moisturize all the time, and use LUSH's lemony flutter on my hands and cuticles often; I also like St. Ives lotions as well. I do not use bold nail polish colors that could stain my nails. I keep my polish color always light, light pinks, cream color, or just clear.

2.Feet. I love giving my feet an at home foot treatment before a casting, I use St. Ives Apricot scrub on my feet often. **If you just ran out: I also think coffee grinds mixed with body wash can do a good job too.

3.Legs. I moisturize my legs and feet when I get out of the shower.

4.Hair. I try to keep my hair style simple, nothing too extreme these days; I want it to be able to be diverse, but not limiting. I do not have highlights, I have a solid hair color.

5.Eyes. Sometimes if I am tired I use Visine in my eyes if the casting is for eyes to keep them looking fresh. I usually do not clump on my mascara, I try to keep it looking natural and I curl my lashes for a better effect.

6.Bikini Line. If there is no time to clean up my bikini line for a last minute casting, I sometimes use a small amount of foundation on a cotton ball and dab it against my bikini line, or some powder, but it has to be a very small and light amount. Or you can use Sally Hanson’s airbrush spray.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Being Your Own Modeling Agent

So many girls want modeling agencies, it is their main goal. Get an agent. They think that just getting an agent will make them a model. They think the agent will make them the model they want to be. This is a bad perception. It is not true.

An agent, is a marketing tool. A person to help you market yourself, but they are not the end all.

When it comes to self marketing modeling is a major example. Modeling is all about your own self marketing, the work you do, and the time you put in, how much you want it, and really trying.

It is up to you to make photos, mail them, learn how to pose, how to model, and show up on time, and be the model expected. It does take a creative eye to be a model, and I recently wrote a post based involving how you have to be creative and perceptive to be a model and you can find that here.

As a model you have to know the marketing business of modeling, know that at the end of the day you are your best marketer. And the days of being discovered and having modeling dreams handed to you are basically over.

If you are short and you want to model, if you are not 5'10" it sure of heck takes alot more than just a pretty face to be one.

At the end of the day I feel like my own modeling agent.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Internet Modeling Castings- scams and the good

Before you send your photo to an internet casting, especially on Craigslist, do email the person and ask more details.

Now there is nothing wrong with self promotion and I do beleive in it, but I only believe in it when it is done in a smart and careful way.

I just saw a job on Craigslist asking for models for a magazine shoot. But there is a problem.

No name of the magazine, no name of the photographer, no in depth details of the shoot and no statement of the type of modeling they are looking for, it just said, Models wanted, send headshots and portfolio, and then there was an email.

It wasn't a craigslist email, it was someone's email. So here are my thoughts:

Did you know you can also Google emails? Sometimes you might see a casting and there is an email of someone to send the photos to, well, Google that email. Can you figure out the name of the person. JasonSmith44@yahoo.com Well I would google: Jason Smith + photography, or magazine, or whatever the job might entitle.

Also some emails have companies at the end of them, such as, jim@photocasting.com

Well Google the end part of that email, and see if the company is a real company, legit, and see if you can get a vibe from it, or find out...does a Jim even work there?

If you do want to reply to the internet casting then becareful and smart:
Then only send a headshot, do not flaunt your half naked, or lingerie or swimwear shots around carelessly. Becareful, ask questions, and don't be so desperate to be a model that you make a mistake or work with scams or bad unprofessional people.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Petite Models and Parts modeling - Get an Agency this way





Parts modeling is a great way for a petite model to get into the agency door. Where as she might not be able to get into the fashion divisions, parts modeling can be entrance to getting an agency interested.

Of agencies that I work with parts modeling did come into play. First for shoe modeling since the agency delt with alot of that, and then I used parts modeling as a way to get in the door at an agency I always wanted to get with submitting as a parts model and asking if they had a parts division. And I also work with an agency that only deals with parts modeling as well.

Parts modeling can give a model experience using what she has, feet, hands ,legs, ect, no matter her height,- yes even though I am petite I have leg modeled- working with top brands and getting tearsheets, and experience, and a good paycheck too!

If you do not have an agent or are struggling perhaps you should look into parts modeling. Modeling for shoes, jewerly, fitness, using your legs, hands, feet and legs to get into the modeling agency door.

Of course you do need photos of your parts in a commercial way, so to get inspired notice ads and editorials that involve hands, feet, stomachs, ect. Nail care, sunglasses, hair care, cleaning products, jewerly, you see parts models all the time. Now try to make photos similar to what you see in these ads. Try to make your shots, like your commercial print photos, also sellable, looking like you know how to work with products ( see images above for ideas).

Agencies with parts divisions to look into in NYC:

Flaunt Models
Cunningham Escott
PARTS Models

Also casting directors cast for body doubles and parts models sometimes as well.

Parts models can be all ages and ethnicity as well.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Older Models are in Demand on Model Talk Radio


Isobella shares how a older model can start modeling and how older models are in demand and working on ad campaigns and with magazines

Enjoy the segment here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2008/11/13/Older-Models-Are-in-Demand

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Beauty model tips

I like to multi-use my beauty products, such as I use st ives apricot scrub on my face, and also my feet before shoe modeling castings. I also recently got into cuticle creams, during tight money times, a good cuticle cream like Lush's Lemony Flutter, limits my visits to the nail salon, saves me money and my hands and feet look great.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Modeling with Flaws and Scars

Yes you can model with flaws, scars, and imperfections. You do not have to be so picture perfect but things you should have are:

Nice skin
Energy
Personality and a nice one.

I wrote an article on Backstage about my own flaws and you can read that here.
Recently a girl on Myspace asked me about her scar and if it would effect her chances to get modeling work? This was my answer:


When it comes to your scar, maybe you can use it towards your advantage. Do you use any scar creams?

Maybe contact some brands, and you never know...ever thought about modeling for a scar cream?

We all have scars, they are stories, not a negative thing. My sister has a big one on her back from surgery but it looks like her initials so it is cute.

I have a gap between my teeth, and a scar on my eyebrow, and you know I really either don't focus on it, or I focus on ways I can use it towards my advantage.

Sure some bitchy modeling agent at some stuck up modeling agency might say "go fix your scar" but you know what...screw that shit. There are other agencies and there are plenty that would love to work with an ambitious model and one that has personality. So love who you are. And photoshop can fix anything!

I would focus on getting headshots, and nice smiling shots. And submit them to commercial print modeling agencies. Make your unique'ness something sellable and usually the more you believe in you, the more other people do too. I hope this helps.

isobella

Monday, November 3, 2008

Teen brands for modeling 18 and under


You know even though I am not a teen, I still fit into teen brands.
Paris Blues, L.E.I, Mudd, are some teen brands a model that is a teenager should look to for concepts on how to pose, and the photos they should show.

Just because you are not of fashion height doesn't mean you can't model. Recently a girl on Youtube asked me about teen modeling and modeling jobs that are out there for a teen girl. (this is not modeling for half naked websites.)

This was my answer:
You should look magazines such as
Seventeen
Marie Claire
Glamour
Teen Vogue
Ellegirl

Notice the ads and editorals. There is modeling out there for a girl who is 17 or 18 but it comes in the format of commercial print modeling. Think jeans, think handbags, think shoes, think brands like L.E.I, Roxy, MUDD, this Deb Stores.

I would even put on a prom dress and take some photos that look like catalog shots for dresses.

If you are shorter, under 5'7" I would submit them to print modeling agencies. NOT fashion agencies. For a short girl, Modeling schools are a waste and so are fashion agencies.

Also...where is the smile? Commercial print modeling agencies want to see smiles.

Focus on getting a smile shot, a nice headshot for one. Then focus on shots that show your energy, laughing, walking your dog, being You. Print modeling is modeling for a product, and for shorter girls this is not fashion most of the time, it is a product like a handbag, shoes, or accessory, cell phone, jewerly, Claire stores, computer, or even tampons, nail polish, JC Penny type models.

Notice the ads in the magazines I mentioned above and you will see the style of the ads.

When it comes to modeling, you have to focus on what it best for you, and consider the agencies that work with models of all heights. It might not be fashion or fashion magazines, it is best to be realistic with yourself. Then focus on the photos you need to market yourself to modeling agencies that work with models of all heights. For an example of this type of agencies to google:
FFT Models
Flaunt Models
R&L Models

To give you an idea of the models they like, their look and the photos you should focus on getting.

Paris Blue's above has even plus size for girls, and all sizes, which is great to see from a teen brand.

Older models doing Modeling and Parts Modeling


On set recently doing some background work, I spoke to a few people about Parts modeling, they were all ages, and I think I inspired them to think about it. One man was in his 50's, had glasses, but nice hands. And although when you think hand model, or body part model, you tend to think perfection, there is work out there for a person who is older for parts modeling.

I have seen it for ads for pain killers, and hair hair, and glasses, and older models are in demand, but an older model should not try to be too fashiony, or too glamour like. An older model should look towards the ads in Reader's Digest, and Vanity Fair. I recently saw a Toyota ad that had a mom and a son in the ad, I bet you they are not related in real life, and they were commercial print models.

Check around some agencies for adult divisions, and mature model divisions. Also BrooksBrothers has some mature models in their ads.

But like any type of modeling you want to pursue you do need photos that have the vibe in which you are pitching. Above is a photo from Brooksbrothers.com with mature models.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bi-coastal Modeling tips- should you work both East and West Coasts?

An ethnic model recently asked me: As a resident on the west coast, do you advise me to seek representation in NY? Do you know any modeling agencies in LA for print modeling?

I suggest contacting some commercial print agencies with your compcard, such as: www.cesdmodels.com click LA.

http://bodypartmodels.com/index_content.html

http://www.abramsartists.com/contact.html mail LA

How do I know of these and others? I picked up a Ross Reports at Barnes and Noble, it has a list of casting directors in NYC, LA and San Francisco. Pick it up! The biggest thing in finding an agency is your submissions, and persistance, working on your photos to caiter to the agency needs and focus. It takes your own work, and research, and you own will.

Should you submit to agencies in other cities?

I think it is best to stick to your local agencies, or try to build a portfolio before hiking to NYC or another city. Of course, to test out the idea you could mail agencies in the NYC market. But the thing is...honestly, Modeling is a very competitive business, even more so in bigger cities, and even if you move to NYC you might not find success right away, even if you have a few agencies here with your cards and working with you, it could take time to start booking commercial print work. I am a risk taker, but I do not suggest leaving one life unless you have done the research and prepared enough for the ups and downs of the next chapter. I would start where you are, and build your portfolio first. Get some tearsheets and experience to bring to NYC or the next city you go to. That way you have something to showcase, compared to just coming and being new with no experience at all.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Older Models Can Fine Great Modeling Work

Older Models are in demand. Recently a 28 year old model contacted me about modeling and her pursuits. This was my answer to her email back to her:

Awww..Thanks for writing, I know you might feel 28 is old but it isn't for modeling. Actually if you look at any haircolor boxes at the drug store, you can see most of them look about 28-30. There is such a market for women models who are 28-40. Also think of not just fashion, music videos, ect, think of also that the older women is the one spending money and shopping. For everthing! Panty hose to diapers,even advil commercials. Commercial print modeling is your market, using your smile, energy and personality, and I am glad I inspired you.

So focus on using your personality and what you do have...there is work out there and I am glad you are trying! Agencies in NYC such as FFT Models, Gilla Roos, R&L Models, CESD, they are really good. I work with most of them and you will see the smile, energy shots...are what they want to see and what is selling! Fashion and Playboy are very small worlds. There is more for girls who use their spunk, smile, and energy in the modeling business. Try Submitting yourself to some magazines.

For more advice on getting your own magazine tear sheets, this is a video on Youtube on how to get your own modeling tear sheets,Click here.


I recently spoke to the founder of Expecting Models inc on Model Talk Radio as well, for that interview click here.

Nude Modeling Fine Art Nudes- how a girl next door doesn't have to lose her dignity posing nude

Enjoy this segment on Model Talk Radio, I interviewed Carrie Leigh the founder of Nude Magazine, her perspective on nudity, her own photography and passion for fine arts is something aspiring models should here.


To Listen:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2008/10/29/Carrie-Leigh-Founder-of-Nude-Magazine-

About the segment:
Isobella Jade speaks to Carrie Leigh about her art magazine called Nude, the magazine showcases the art of women in black and white photography and Carrie will share her love of fine art, her own photography passion, and her stand on empowering women through Nude magazine. Carrie Leigh's Nude Magazine publishes high end Black and White Fine Art Nudes and Carrie says "I don't look at the women as models. I look at them as human beings." You can find the magazine at Barnes and Noble or newsstands. www.carrieleigh.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Staying Motivated as a Model and Marketing Yourself

Modeling is a competitive pursuit. I purposely do not say profession, because I think many girls have this mindset that they will be a supermodel and jet set quickly and that modeling is easy or takes just being discovered. I say modeling pursuit because modeling for the short girl is a pursuit. I am not measured as a model by just my height and weight, it takes a lot of work to get modeling work with great magazines, and brands and work with good agents. It really involves being smart about how you market yourself, and being professional about it. Respecting yourself, and being selective about the photos you use to show case yourself to agents.

It might take many, many submissions to get modeling model work, but if you want to get legit modeling work, then you have to understand that modeling is not just about being hot, or shooting just to shoot. Creating the photos you need to best represent you as a model is the factor many girls miss.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Petite Models Can Model Accessories- modeling accessories



There is so much...handbags, shoes, jewelry, eyeglasses, sun glasses, show what you want to model in the photos you send an agent, and you might. If you do not have photos of yourself modeling a product include some in your next shoot. Here are some image ideas for you above. These images are of me during the past couple years of up dating my portfolio and making my compcard have accessories involved.

A petite model is a great print model and should show her personality in her photos with products.

If you are wondering why you don't have an agent it might be because you are not showing the agent you can model a product, commercial print modeling involves interacting with products and showing you can model them, so I would focus on getting some catalog like shots and include some products into your shoots. I bet the agents will be more impressed.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Teen Modeling Tips



If you are 15- 16- 17 years old and want to be a model, then remember: It is ok to have photos that make you look the age you are. So many girls who want to be models think they have to show their shoulders, pout their lips, and put more weight on one hip and stick out their butt! I even see it all over Myspace. I recently told a girl to TAKE OFF the photos of her posing with another female in a sexual way off her Myspace photo page! It looks really bad, slutty, and professional modeling is not about teasing the camera or a silly "haha" moment. If you have photos like this out there of you on the web, take them off your profile. The internet is not a joke and either should your modeling pursuits. If you are serious about it, act like it.

If you want to get legit modeling work and be in magazines, and work with brands you have to take YOURSELF seriously. Of course that doesn't making a plain face and not showing your personality. Taking yourself seriously does involve personality and smiles and energy and to get inspired for ideas for the photos you should have here are some tips:

Look in magazines like Seventeen, TeenVogue, Ellegirl.com, and Cosmogirl.com notice the photos they use and the girls/models expression.
Also look at ads for brands like MUDD,L.E.I and Alloy, and get inspired by the energy the photos on their website and ads show.
Your mother could take the photos of you even, the main thing is: look like yourself, and show your personality.

When it comes to finding photographers, if you a teen model you SHOULD NOT use social sites, and you should speak to a parent about modeling. You should not keep it a secret. If you want to model professionally and with legit agencies, and brands, speak to your parent about it. Modeling should not be something you keep secret, and you want to go about it in the right ways, and not get scammed or make mistakes.

Photography:
To get modeling photos you can have your mother even take the photos. They should be simple and imply your energy and personality. It helps to look at ads and magazine editorials to get inspired first. It could be as simple as a headshot or senior portrait but with more personality and more of an ad feel.

Sexuality shouldn't be something you are pursuing at a teenage age.
You do not have to be sexy to be a model. You can just be you. Think of ads for everything from hair products (even curling iron's and Conair need models), think jeans, shoes, sneakers, athletic wear, think school supplies, and casual clothing, even stores like Walmart and Target and Sears, Claire store, and Macy's hire models for their ad campaigns. Think Prom, there are prom magazines advertising dresses and they need models, think about get some shots of yourself in dresses, and gowns,-your mom could take the photo, just make sure your shots are clear and there is not a busy background. Simple shots and be energetic, and smile and be natural, laugh and act asif you are off to the dance. These are good shoes to send to some brands that create prom dresses, or magazines that advertise them, like www.prommagazine.com/ or contact some agencies that work with models of all ages and heights. Don't think modeling is ONLY fashion, but it is nice to show shots of yourself modeling a product, using a product, or even just walking your dog, showing you in action doing something.

If you want something you don't give up. If you really want it, you find a way. And Moedling is not just Fashion and Not just Sexy Magazines, so if you are a teenager, use what you have...focus on your strengths, and remember modeling is not just about showing off and teasing the camera, it is about products, and working with them. And their are many products that are meant for teens. So think about the products you use, and ask yourself,"what kind of ways are they marketing their product," usually it is with a girl that has energy, a friendly smile, and probably looks like you. So focus on getting these photos and don't think modeling is about teasing, and Myspace, and social site comments. Modeling is about really just being yourself.

There are models who are teenagers, but you do need an agency and you do need to act professional to get professional work.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Professional Modeling Photos- do you have some?






If you are wondering why you don't have an agent, how to get one, or what you can do to become a model, and start to get legit modeling work, then you need professional photos as a start.

You photos don't have to be super styled, and the makeup does not need to be heavy and a colorful rainbow on your face, your hair can be simple, down, not much done it to, but you DO need Good Lighting and a person who knows how to work a camera.

A professional photographer will know how to use a camera and also lighting. Here are some ideas for some shots and some photos above for ideas of how to move and pose, or not pose.

Don't pose too much, I think being natural is best. For commercial print modeling you want to be you. So notice the shot of myself smiling in a dress, that shot was in a hotel lobby, leaving the hotel. A photograph that shows you in the moment is good too, like walking down the street, (notice the shot of me in a dress walking with a handbag). Also see the shot of me sitting with a handbag. These are all lifestyle shots you should have in your portfolio and examples of what you can put on your compcard.

It is worth it to pay for quality photos, but it is VERY important to talk before hand about the shoot. Feel comfortable. And to know what to expect. Don't expect the photographer to handle everything. You should look in magazines ahead of time, get ideas, get inspired, have ideas. Talk about makeup, styling, which should be minimal or barely any. Just cover blemishes with power, some mascara, and gloss, but be fresh! A petite girl can find success as a print model and commercial print model, but that means taming down hair and make up in your photos is important. No crazy colors of clothing either! Just simple! See the images above as example.

When you present yourself you want to present the best of you. You don't just want an OK photo. You want a good one, one that will make an agency say," This girl can model."

Are you a Professional Model?

Are you really a professional model? Or just a wanna be? I get alot of girls contacting me about modeling and recently a girl contacted me about parts modeling and I gave her some tips, but the one thing many girls lack is the perspection of what modeling really is. Modeling is not just because you are infront of a camera. Modeling is not just because you have a website and get hits and clicks. Modeling is not just because you have a compcard. It is about what you do within your marketing efforts.

Modeling is working with legit agencies, photographers, and presenting yourself in a manner that can lead to work with brands, magazines, and products.

You really are not a professional model until you are working with top brands and magazines, and you are modeling for a purpose. I am so sick of girls just making silly faces and sticking their asses out infront of the camera for no reason. Then they claim they are models? It is really weird. Think about the 1950's? If a girl did that she would not be a pin up! She would be some slut.

I think the internet has really ruined the perspective and perception of what a model is. If you have a Myspace account, a website, a social page on Model Mayhem or something, that doesn't make you a model. Being a professional model takes more than just sticking your bootie out.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Petite Pride T-shirts Isobella Jade



Enjoy this video on my Petite Pride tshirts!

Emme Aronson From Supermodel to Cancer Survivor and Advocate- on iVillage


This article by Heather M. Graham on iVillage caught my attention, it is about a plus size model who is a cancer surviver and there is even an Emme doll, puts Barbie to shame!
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Known for years simply as Emme, the first plus-sized supermodel, a TV fashion commentator and a People magazine correspondent, Emme Aronson was also a suburban mom struggling to figure out what was wrong with her. Since 2003, she had been constantly itching, coughing uncontrollably, and drained of her usually boundless energy. A licensed massage therapist with a background in holistic medicine, Aronson didn’t believe in just medicating her symptoms—she wanted to know what was at the root of the problem. For three years, she saw doctor after doctor, some telling her she had allergies or asthma, others prescribing medication for acid reflux, and some intimating that it was all in her head.

But it wasn’t in her head. Aronson had Hodgkin’s disease, a type of lymphoma, and it was growing.

"I went to a Chinese masseuse," she says. "He stretched one side of my body with no problem, but when he did the opposite side I was in a fit of coughing. He said to me, ‘You are not well; there is something seriously wrong with you.’ So I was chasing doctors, saying, I need you to back up what’s being said.” Though a few other holistic healers would tell Aronson the same thing, Western medicine wasn’t finding anything wrong.

Finally, a diagnosis
On her first meeting with the doctor who would finally diagnose her cancer, Aronson said, “With no disrespect to you, I am livid. I am at the end of rope. I am not being persnickety or a drama queen like it is being insinuated in some other areas. I am letting you know that I am sick and there is something wrong with me and you have to help me.” Aronson demanded a full blood workup and a chest X-ray in the hopes of uncovering the source of her coughing. That day, says Aronson, her instincts told her to bail on a business meeting and put her health first. “I went directly and got the chest X-ray, and that’s when things started to change. It was good.”

Good in the way that, once you know your enemy, you can arm yourself to fight back. In May 2007 Aronson finally found out the source of her coughing fits: a mass the size of a banana sitting on top of her lung. “I was very lucky that it was Hodgkin’s and that it was curable," she says. "At least that’s what I was being told. After I found out it was cancer, the doctor called me immediately and said, ‘Thank God you were persistent.’”

Chemo and complementary medicine
Fearful that radiation might cause more cancer (though a rare side effect), Aronson searched for a doctor who would treat her with just chemotherapy. She finally chose oncologist Gregory Mears at New York City’s Columbia University Medical Center. By the time Aronson started a three-month round of chemotherapy with Dr. Mears, she was drinking 32 ounces of freshly juiced greens, usually a combination of celery, parsley, broccoli and cucumbers, at least once a day. She’d started juicing during her quest for the proper diagnosis as a way to ease her mysterious symptoms.

At first, Dr. Mears wasn’t wholly supportive of Aronson’s new health regimen. While he didn’t think the juicing would hurt, he didn't want Aronson’s holistic approach to interfere with chemotherapy, so he asked her to stop.

Wanting to beat Hodgkin’s, Aronson took Dr. Mears’ advice. After about two weeks, she says, “my intestines were all stopped up and I felt like I was stuck inside my body. It was weird. There’s something about eating purely that you gives you this feeling that it’s all going to be okay.“ She started drinking her vegetable concoctions on the sly for a few weeks until she finally came clean. Apparently the evidence convinced Dr. Mears that Aronson was doing the right thing. “I don’t think it should be a problem,” he told her. “You’re looking quite good. I’ve never seen a patient look so vibrant—ever. You’re getting a massive dose of chemo and you’re jumping all around.”

Aronson believes her daily juicing and use of essential oils such as lavender and lemon limited her need for the strong antinausea drugs typically prescribed to patients receiving chemotherapy.

Going green for a solution
Those weren’t the only changes Aronson was making. “I started thinking, I‘ve got to get my act together,” she says. She took inventory and decided to toss any cleaning products that seemed toxic.

That change to lead to others, like recycling and driving less to save gas. “When I started going greener inside of myself, I [began] realizing that maybe environmental issues or stress [had something to do with my cancer]," she says. "I started thinking how to focus not just on the cancer, but more on the solution. And that’s what led me into such a green direction.”

In addition to using nontoxic and natural cleaners, Aronson recently got rid of all her makeup and beauty products containing potentially dangerous ingredients like sodium laureth, parabens and petroleum. Instead of using lotions with long lists of ingredients, she keeps it simple by using olive oil or shea butter on her skin.

Life goes on
Cancer-free since November 2007, Aronson continues to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. “Green living for me is living consciously," she says. "I think it’s helping my family to go slower, to be mindful, and to think things through, which is very important for growth and for life.” Besides making sure that the things you put in your home and in your body are good for you, Aronson encourages women to be their own advocates when it comes to health issues. When something is wrong, don’t stop until you find out what it is. “You know yourself,” says Aronson. “You know when there is something going on.”


About Emme: Emme is very involved in the community trying to increase public awareness of eating and body image disorders and raise funds for treatment. She was the first model invited to speak before a Congressional subcommittee in DC. She is also an active member in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, being the ambassador and serving as an honorary chair of the MS Bike Tour. You can also read more articles on Emma and her own story and start of modeling here.

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