Monday, December 27, 2010

New Podcast Segment! Modeling in 2011 and models knowing your assets

This is the last podcast segment of 2010. Modeling in 2011 and models knowing your assets

When:  December 28, 2010
TIME:  11:00 AM EST

The scoop: Petite model, author Isobella Jade sums up 2010 and shares the importance of models knowing their assets. noticing your assets is about noticing what is marketable about you as a model when it comes to how certain traits or characteristics can be used towards marketing a product, representing the vibe of a brand, or a certain magazine editorial. Noticing your assets is about thinking about what you have that a brand, product or magazine might like, and thinking about how your look can translate into modeling for brands and products and magazines. The more you know about yourself and what your asset are the, better for you as a model and your modeling pursuits. Tune into this last segment of 2010 and Isobella shares her Happy New Year wishes.


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to my blog readers and friends!

Hey Girls,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I hope today is filled with special moments with your family and loved ones.

The best gift you can give is your time. Memories are what matter.

Cheers with a toast of eggnog!
Aim high and strive,
~Isobella

Psst. Next week I will haev my final 2010 podcast segment on my Model Talk Radio with some inspirational insight for the New Year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Model news that caught my eye, the consumer wouldn't mind a humanistic model

Was it photoshop or a bigger issue?

I noticed this post at Styleite.com about the Revolve clothing weight debate.  Revolve said the boney model won't be appearing in their ads anymore, "We are working closely with both the model and her agent to get her to a healthier size. She won’t be appearing in any of our new product batches or in any of our fashion editorial photos moving forward until the issue is adequately addressed."  The model (now speculated as Allie Crandell, who you might have seen on MTV's "The City", was booked though, she was just doing her job, she did pose nicely despite leading the consumer concerned for the health of the model, and the company did hire her and her images are still on the site, --I wonder how many of the garments that she wore have been sold. Also I can't help but wonder if the Photoshop thing was at work to cause a media frenzy and get more hits to the site? Now Allie is being punished to not be in any of the new product batches is implying she will not be hired again. When really is she the one to punish?  Let's say the model wasn't Allie and instead a newbie excited for one of her first modeling jobs, she was discovered or what not, and wanted to model, and was conforming to the weight that her agency wanted her to be at and obviously the brand asked for a girl of a certain size (measurement or weight), height, look, and the result makes obvious the ways the public views skinny models and that if they were curvier or more realistic and human looking that it wouldn't harm a brands image. The consumer wouldn't mind a humanistic model. 

If the collar bone of a model is  protruding intensely, it can be a sign of something being not right, ---but some girls are just skinny and have a hard time even gaining weight, even those not in the fashion industry.  I have friends who are not models who actually have a hard time gaining weight, even when they try to eat more, better, work out, etc. Without knowing the model's background it is rude to also judge her and pick on her. 

As consumers we should already be aware that the fashion industry is often about fantasy, not reality, the skinner the better is still obviously the drill, but maybe over time the images we see in high fashion will be more about humanistic.

When it comes to skinny models,  the models (who are usually teenagers) should not be punished, put down, picked on, despite that they are working in that world, and THAT is also an issue. The skinny model is a person, is a girl who is also figuring our herself, going through a lot of changes as a person, as a girl, as a model.

I hope more modeling agencies consider the psychology comfort that a teen model needs (they are teens, young adults, with a lot of pressure around them and competition) and the support shouldn't be something that comes out of their paycheck, --getting some self esteem, comfort, and information about health and healthy living should be simply just a part of the fashion modeling agencies lifestyle.  The client, who asks for a model of a certain type (weight, height), and the agency work together, the model makes the cut or not and the agency makes the money or not based on what the client is asking for and the agency has available. So if fashion models are going to become more humanistic looking in the future, the client and the agency are obviously going to have to experience taking a chance, taking a risk, and believing that a model being a bit bigger is better.  An agency will have to not book girls who are super skinny because they simply do not work with models that are, the client is going to have to suggest to the agency to send over models that are not skin and bones but have some meat on them.

Let's not forget some online retailers do use more humanistic and every day girl realistic looking models, but still recently a friend of mine who is plus-size said she would have bought more clothing at a plus-size online retailers website if the models were not only a size 8 and that it is tough to tell how the clothing will look without seeing it on a figure that is actual to the consumer. I think brands should use all types of models and all sizes of models wearing all the styles of the clothing, yes it is more work for the brand and costly to hire more than one model but the consumer would most likely purchase more items.

Especially in areas of dresses, bra's, and jeans.

Depending on the brand and the view point of  the consumer, a "humanistic" image is also different as well.

In print modeling weight and measurements are not such a big deal, and a model can model past her late teens and early twenties, if a model is concerned about the pressures of the fashion industry she should look towards print modeling with a commercial print agency.

~Isobella

I have thought about a Model Union before or a Model Alliance

Was it photoshop or a bigger issue?

I noticed this post at Styleite.com about the Revolve clothing weight debate.  Revolve said the boney model won't be appearing in their ads anymore, "We are working closely with both the model and her agent to get her to a healthier size. She won’t be appearing in any of our new product batches or in any of our fashion editorial photos moving forward until the issue is adequately addressed."  The girl was booked though, she was just doing her job, she did pose nicely despite leading the consumer concerned for the health of the model, and the company did hire her and her images are still on the site, --I wonder how many of the garments that she wore have been sold. Also I can't help but wonder if the Photoshop thing was at work to cause a media frenzy and get more hits to the site? Now the skinny girl is being punished to not be in any of the new product batches is implying she will not be hired again. When really is she the one to punish?  She was discovered or what not, and wanted to model, and I find it sad if she was conforming to the weight that her agency wanted her to be at and obviously the brand asked for a girl of a certain size (measurement or weight), height, look, and makes obvious the ways the public view models and that if they were curvier or more realistic and human looking it wouldn't harm a brands image.  I do not know the details, but these thoughts come to mind.

Maybe it was Photoshop, but maybe the girl is honestly that boney and thin, if the collar bone of a model is  protruding intensely, it can be a sign of something being not right, ---but some girls are just skinny and have a hard time even gaining weight, even those not in the fashion industry.  I have friends who are not models who actually have a hard time gaining weight, even when they try to eat more, better, work out, etc. Without knowing the model's background it is rude to also judge her and pick on her. 

As consumers we should already be aware that the fashion industry is often about fantasy, not reality, the skinner the better is still obviously the drill, but maybe over time the images we see in high fashion will be more about humanistic.

When it comes to skinny models,  the models (who are usually teenagers) should not be punished, put down, picked on, despite that they are working in that world, and THAT is also an issue. The skinny model is a person, is a girl who is also figuring our herself, going through a lot of changes as a person, as a girl, as a model.

I hope more modeling agencies consider the psychology comfort that a teen model needs (they are teens, young adults, with a lot of pressure around them and competition) and the support shouldn't be something that comes out of their paycheck, --getting some self esteem, comfort, and information about health and healthy living should be simply just a part of the fashion modeling agencies lifestyle.  The client, who asks for a model of a certain type (weight, height), and the agency work together, the model makes the cut or not and the agency makes the money or not based on what the client is asking for and the agency has available. So if fashion models are going to become more humanistic looking in the future, the client and the agency are obviously going to have to experience taking a chance, taking a risk, and believing that a model being a bit bigger is better.  An agency will have to not book girls who are super skinny because they simply do not work with models that are, the client is going to have to suggest to the agency to send over models that are not skin and bones but have some meat on them.

Let's not forget some online retailers do use more humanistic and every day girl realistic looking models, but still recently a friend of mine who is plus-size said she would have bought more clothing at a plus-size online retailers website if the models were not only a size 8 and that it is tough to tell how the clothing will look without seeing it on a figure that is actual to the consumer. I think brands should use all types of models and all sizes of models wearing all the styles of the clothing, yes it is more work for the brand and costly to hire more than one model but the consumer would most likely purchase more items.

Especially in areas of dresses, bra's, and jeans.

Depending on the brand and the view point of  the consumer, a "humanistic" image is also different as well.

In print modeling weight and measurements are not such a big deal, and a model can model past her late teens and early twenties, if a model is concerned about the pressures of the fashion industry she should look towards print modeling with a commercial print agency.

~Isobella

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Today New POcast! 3:00 EST, Short and Stylish and six things short models need to know about modeling

This week of Model Talk Radio, I will be chatting about the fashion industry and petite's, being Short and Stylish and also six things all shorter models need to know before they start pursuing modeling. Tune in at 3:00 for the live show, you can also find the show later today on iTunes as well.  Here is the scoop on the segment:

When: 12/9/2010
Time: 3:00 EST (live show)



Model author Isobella Jade shares her take on the fashion industry and petite's, and also six things they don't share with you about modeling, working as a model and being a self-made model.

Professional modeling for a shorter girl involves self-investment to start, a shorter girl can work with agencies but there are some important factors she should know, on this segment Isobella shares the day and in the life of being a self-made model and real meaning of working as a model these days.

More daily tips on modeling at http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Podcast segment Building Modeling Experience in a Small Town



This weeks segment of Model Talk Radio is based on modeling in a smaller city, inspired by my readers and listeners who live in smaller cities and towns. Here is the scoop on the segment:

11/11/10 
3:30 PM EST

Model, author Isobella Jade shares the getting started in print modeling basics in a smaller town. This segment is inspired by a recent Facebook message she received from a girl who lives in a smaller city and wants to start in print modeling but didn't know how to start. Isobella shaers how a girl can build her modeling experience in a smaller city and anywhere she lives, which can lead to working with agencies, brands and magazines.

Tune in here at 3:30 PM EST or listen to the archive anytime (it is also on iTunes as well).

Building Modeling Experience in a Small Town
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/11/11/building-modeling-experience-in-a-small-town




Sunday, November 7, 2010

Today is the last day to submit to my Stand Tall Shoe Modeling Contest

Today is the last day to submit to my Stand Tall Shoe Modeling Contest to win a signed copy of my new book Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model, so get into your highest heels and submit by emailing me a photo of yourself in your highest heels to petitepride@yahoo.com, here is the scoop: http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2010/11/stand-tall-shoe-modeling-contest-to-win.html

Friday, November 5, 2010

Three more days to submit to the Stand Tall Shoe modeling Contest

Hey Girls,
Three more days to submit to the Stand Tall Shoe modeling Contest to win a signed copy of my book "Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model." To submit: send me a photo of yourself wearing YOUR highest heels to petitepride@yahoo.com Include your name, and height and if possible heel height. Please put Stand Tall in the subject of the email.  How high is your highest pair of high heels? Show me! Deadline Sunday November 7th! And more info is here: http://tinyurl.com/2ab7lvj ~isobella



Submit to the Stand Tall Shoe modeling Contest to win a signed copy of Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model.  The winning deciding factors will be the height of the heel, the way you are rocking them, and if you have shoe model appeal.
Psst.All submissions will also be considered for features for Petite of the Week on this blog as well, and future contests and features :) An excerpt from my new book Short Stuff is on my website http://www.isobelladreams.com/

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My memoir Almost 5'4" is available on the Kindle!

More book news: Here’s a link to my modeling memoir Almost 5'4" in the Kindle store for the US:
Almost 5'4"

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0048EKIZ6

whoo hoo! If you don't have a Kindle it is ok.

Available also for, Kindle for PC, Kindle for Mac,Kindle for iPad,Kindle for iPhone, Kindle for Android, thank you ahead for checking out Almost 5'4" on the Kindle! ~Isobella

My memoir Almost 5'4" is available on the Nook!

Yay, more eBook news, my original modeling memoir Almost 5'4" is also available for the NOOK! and Nook App on the iPhone. I am excited to share my modeling memoir as an eBook with you.
You can check it out here and also read a sample at BN.com Thanks ahead for checking out my books! ~Isobella

Monday, October 25, 2010

Upcoming reading of my new book Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model

Reading outloud is fun. Listen to me read from my new book "Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model." Last time I read my landline phoned died and since I have got a new landline so hopefully this reading experience will kick more ass. :) if you are an aspiring model or a short girl and haven't checked out Short ...Stuff on Amazon or Bn.com I sure hope you, I wrote it for short chicks :) ~isobella

Upcoming Show: 10/27/2010 11:30 AM

Listen here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/10/27/model-isobella-jade-reads-from-her-book-short-stuff-1

Being giraffe tall is not everything in modeling

And if you would like to submit for my Short and Stylish features on my blog, or be a featured petite model submit here:
http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2010/10/coming-up-more-short-and-stylish.html

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Today, Isobella Jade reads from her new book Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model


10/6/2010
12 PM EST
Listen to the live show here or the archive anytime:

Model and author Isobella Jade has been the tiniest model in NYC for many years, you know her modeling memoir Almost 5'4" and her graphic novel Model Life, and she publishes her third book. In this segment, Isobella will read from her new book, "Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model." Isobella shares her real day in the life adventures of being a model in this brand new collection of modeling stories from on-the-job experiences with Marshalls, Victoria's Secret, Macy's, Easy Spirit and other modeling jobs that took place after writing her memoir Almost 5'4". Short Stuff is also part “modeling tips for short chicks.” Isobella will be signing books and celebrating how girls of all sizes can work in the industry.

If you are an aspiring model you can bring your photos and chat with Isobella about how short girls can use what they do have to get ahead and work in the industry. Or if you want to learn about how modeling is for more than just the tall giraffes, you will enjoy this event. All heights are welcome.

The book is on Amazon and BN.com.

Do you live in NYC area? Join model and author Isobella Jade for a book signing and party to celebrate models of all sizes and her new book: “Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model”
Thursday, October 14, 2010, 6:30pm-9pm. Gaslight Lounge, 400 W. 14th Street (on the corner of 14th Street and 9th Avenue.) Meatpacking District
Subway: A,C,E, or L to 14th Street and 8th Avenue, then walk West to 9th Avenue.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Model Talk Radio with Isobella Jade on Short Model Marketing


This week on Model Talk Radio it is all about model marketing. And how your photos represent what you CAN DO as a model. What on what you CAN do and you WILL DO. On this segment tune into some short model marketing tips on the importance of self promotion as a model and how the more you want the more work it takes.

Tune in here  Weds August 25th, 2010 --11:00 AM EST Live or anytime to hear to archive:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/08/25/short-model-marketing-tips-and-fall-fashion-for-petites


P.s: Are you Short and Stylish? Starting this September 2010 on this blog will be Short& Stylish photo featurse of girls around the world who are short and stylish. Fashion might not 100% love the short chick but I do!
And although I am petite I don't let that hold me back from feeling good about my style and finding something cute to wear that I like.

If you would like to be featured submit your photo, name, what you are wearing and what brands you like to wear and share a bit about your petite style. Send post ready submissions to petitepride@yahoo.com

Also check out my modeling memoir called Almost 5'4" and her graphic novel "Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior".

Coming soon is a new collection of short stories called "Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model." You can find my books on BN.com and Amazon and wherever books are sold.

height isn't everything, ~ isobella

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Video: In Modeling Measurements aren't everything

In this new video I share that measurements are not everything in modeling. I hope it inspires you. ~ isobella



More of my tips and videos at www.youtube.com/isobellajade

Self Marketing Tips for Models podcast TODAY




This week's segment of MODEL TALK RADIO involves my belief in the power of self promotion and how your self marketing can cross into working with agencies. Covering how to start modeling without an agency? How to get a modeling agencies attention? How to craft your photos for marketing yourself as a model.

Tune in here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/08/04/self-marketing-tips-for-models

TODAY: 8-4-10
Live at 4 PM EST or listen to the archive anytime.

~Isobella

Thursday, July 8, 2010

From pint-size to plus size where do you fit in modeling




From pint-size to plus size where do you fit in modeling? <---that is the question!


Today I am sharing the marketing mindset involved with working as a model today and bringing your best assets forward, from pint-size to plus size, to teens and adults, she shares how to figure out where you fit in modeling and how to approach working as a model no matter where you live.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/07/08/from-pint-size-to-plus-size-where-do-you-fit-in-modeling

Catch the live show at 3pm! Or listen anytime to this show and the archived shows at www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade

Thanks for checking out my books, my modeling memoir Almost 5'4" and fashion illustrated graphic novel Model Life, both are on Amazon and BN and where books are sold.

Height, weight, size are not everything in modeling, but you do have to know what you have that is marketable and target your photos in ways that will REALLY help you modeling FOR something that benefits your goals.

~isobella

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This week on my Model Talk Radio podcast Today at 1pm!





Today at 1pm, on my podcast Model Talk Radio, I will be share the things I've learned along the way about being a self-made model, and the things the don't tell you about the day-and-the-life of working as a model, when you're not giraffe tall, and how to handle the highs and lows of the pursuit.

Title of show: Being a shorter model: the things they don't tell you


Date / Length: 6/30/2010 1:00 PM - 15 min


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/06/30/being-a-shorter-model-the-things-they-dont-tell-you

Monday, June 21, 2010

Short Models Shoe Modeling Contest Starts Now



Right now you can start submitting to my shoe modeling contest. Win a pair of Michael Antonio Shoes (size 6) and Clarins Self Tanner, and a copy of my memoir Almost 5'4". This video shares how to submit! :) (email me a photo of yourself shoe modeling your favorite pair of summer shoes to petitepride@yahoo.com deadline is June 25th 2010!) The winner's photo will be posted on this blog.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Model Talk Radio at 10 am tomorrow morning





Tomorrow morning 10 AM Model Talk Radio. See you there! I will be basing the segment on some recent topics on the blog on the importance of posing naturally and not relying on the photographer to tell you what to do as a model, and also some tips when it comes to approaching a modeling agency and how you should be interviewing the modeling agency as they interview you. The segment is called Why There are not petite modeling agencies. And I will tell you why! :) ~isobella jade

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/06/17/why-there-are-not-petite-modeling-agencies

If you haven't checked out my memoir Almost 5'4" check it out here. And "Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior" can be found here. (amazon and bn)

Some recent posts from my modeling tips blog here:
http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2010/06/dont-over-mail-modeling-agency-same-old.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2010/06/is-it-good-fit-interviewing-modeling.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2010/06/models-facing-mirror-naturally-posing.html

Self publishing means freedom BEA


I first self-published my modeling memoir Almost 5'4" by choice, and recently at BEA I spoke on a panel about the experience, "Self Publishing means freedom", is my quote in the Kirkus Review from BEA above. I've worked w big, small publishers & myself and you are always your own hustler, no matter how you are publishing, you are always your best marketer, and passion and persistence is a major part of it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

use each day, set goals, prepare,

"Don't let the thought of what you don't have yet hold you back, focus on what you want to accomplish, use each day, set goals, prepare, and be prepared for the highs and lows of striving." ~isobella jade

More quotes and modeling tips at petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com daily.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

when creating a model comp card natural is better


Today I am sharing the latest insight on model casting and comp cards and how there is no need to spend a fortune on compcard photos or portfolio photos anymore, and how professional images does not mean overly photoshopped images, she shares how your natural self is better for booking modeling work these days.

Tune in here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/06/02/model-castings-and-comp-cards-2010

Listen to archive anytime and other segments on Model Talk Radio here:
www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade

Houston Modeling and Talent Agencies

Hey, ya'all, I am visiting Houston, TX next week and I wanted to share a modeling agency highlight on the Houston area for aspiring models of all sizes. Here are some agencies to check out these three in Houston appeared legit and work with all ages.

http://www.page713.com/

http://firstmodelshouston.com/

http://www.pastorini-bosbytalent.com/SeekingRepresentation.html

I am looking for more legit agencies in Houston with a great rep, email me if you have had a great experience with an agency in Houston. Email: petitepride@yahoo.com
I don't care how long you have been around or who you've helped succeed, I care if you are legit, and not a scam!

( I do not support modeling schools or classes to be a model, or believe in paying crazy fees to work with agencies. Agencies take 20% of your pay from a booking. These days for print modeling agencies do not invest in their models such as making their comp cards, getting their portfolio, etc, this is something a model needs to buy on her own, go to the art store and get a PRATT portfolio. Use a printing service for your comp card and headshot. Don't fall for scams. These days it is about you discovering yourself and this doesn't involve getting scammed.)

Keep in mind these days anyone "scouting models" is a scam. Scouts back in the day seeked tall models and these days it has become scam-ville for a person to say "You could model!" so beware!

To work with a modeling agency you do not have to pay to use their photo services, and you do not have to pay for a modeling school or lessons,******** however you should be prepared to create and make your own comp cards and I suggest doing this through a printing service such as compcard.com and a professional agency that wants to work with you will at the very least work with the card you give them, even if it is not perfect, until you can improve it. DO NOT pay thousands for comp cards and photos, beware, it's a rip off! Also keep in mind you don't need a whole freaking portfolio to start modeling, you just need the basics shots. headshot, smile shot, standing catalog like shot, and a shot showing you CAN model a product naturally, like a cell phone, a handbag, a close up beauty shot is nice, and these shots can be basic, good lighting, and a professional photographer who understands print modeling is BEST to work with. But YOU should know ahead what YOU need for print modeling. Do your homework!

I believe in investing in yourself for yourself, not for an agency, until the agency is booking you consistant work, I would freelance non-exclusive with the agency and understand that you are your own best manager. Eyes open and do your research on the agencies ahead. Goodluck!

Aim high and Strive!
Isobella

Friday, May 28, 2010

Things that catch my eye, Cavalli, Carol Dyhouse, Housing Works, Endlessbeauty.com, Kett Cosmetics, Curve Expo

I would love to model his shoes!

I love Roberto Cavalli and the nature elements within his collections. On the 40th anniversary of his label, Roberto Cavalli reveals to Harper’s Bazaar insight on his love for fashion and where his inspiration comes from, I thought it might be something you'd find intriguing:

On fall’s low-key tailoring: “Minimalism is so boring.”

On other designers taking inspiration from his trademark ideas: “In the beginning, when people copied me I was happy.” But now, “I can understand when H&M or Zara copies me, but I hate it when big designers copy me. You have a big name, you should never copy me.”

On the provenance of his trademark leopard print: “God created such a fantastic world. Leopard is an animal design, and my designs come from nature.”

On his love for fashion, and for women: “Of course I think about a beautiful woman to dress, because that’s my way,” he says with a shrug. Is there a difference? “Yes,” he says. “I don’t masturbate thinking about fashion.”

On what he loves about women: “Their eyes. A woman can drive me crazy with her eyes. And when they don’t pay attention to me, they drive me crazy too.” “I am a completely typical man.”

You can read more here: www.harpersbazaar.com/cavalli

Other things that caught my eye:

Check out CURVENY New York August 1,2,3, 2010. Models of all sizes work this show.


This book looks interesting, Carol Dyhouse surveys the world of glamour from early Hollywood right up to present day.

If you have an iPhone check out EndlessBeauty.com, a newly-launched health and beauty online source, and their app! Search in the app store: Beauty Calls.

Kett Cosmetics HD Makeup Studio
New York, NY, Monday, June 7th: Basic Airbrush Seminar Level 1
Tuesday, June 8th: Advanced Airbrush Seminar Level 2
For more info click here.


Feel like giving to a good cause by doing some shopping? Of course you do! Check out Housing Works Open Air Street Fair! You can help show New York how one block can make a big difference. Saturday, June 5 at 10:00am.
Shop Crosby Street between Prince and Houston for books, records, and CDs all just $20 all-you-can stuff bags of clothing and accessories from the Housing Works Warehouse. Crosby Street (between Houston and Prince) Let me know what you find!

~isobella

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quick Petite Model Pose Tip


When you're short watch your upper arms, even the thinnest arm can look less flattering if angled the wrong way sometimes. Remember the tiniest bit of space between your arm and torso can create length and a more proportioned photo.

Pose tip: stand facing the mirror, notice your arms while you are straight on to the mirror, it is the same perspective as being straight on to camera. Then turn your body slowly and watch what happens to your arms, now practice holding a product. Grab a cell phone, a handbag, or pretend to put on a lipstick like a product ad, watch your arms. Even though you are modeling a product a model has to be aware of her whole self.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I talk Apple and Modeling with Macworld.co.uk!


Yay, yay, yay! I talk Apple, writing, ALMOST 5'4" and modeling, and why fashion designers seek tall women when they are not typical of the average woman, in Macworld.co.uk right here: http://www.macworld.co.uk/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=3224350&blogid=8

You will even find some modeling tips within the interview. And yup, my graphic novel MODEL LIFE, will be available on the iPhone soon. Enjoy!

~isobella

Monday, May 17, 2010

start modeling as a short model

Daily girls ask me about "how to start modeling" and it is often followed with a "I feel like I am too short!"

Well, the best way to START anything is to learn as much as you can about it. Learn where you fit within the pursuit, become realistic about the pursuit and to craft your own career by taking a chance on yourself.

The more you research and know the better. The more you know about what you CAN do, where opportunity can be found the better. The more time you waste worrying about what you aren't --basically time is wasted.

The best thing to have to start modeling is a beautiful smiling headshot.
Among all other photos THIS ONE is the most important.

The reason: A shorter girl is more likely to work with a commercial print modeling agency. And for commercial print modeling a smile is better than any pout, or overly done makeup or styling or hair, the natural you is what sells in print modeling. Advertising is becoming more about hiring models that look real, and have a relatable look to the customer, consumer, reader, buyer.

The more you KNOW about the photos you need to approach a print modeling agency the better your chance. Getting an opportunity to work with an agency, (have an agency work with you), involves not just having your photo taken or making a comp card to send, but it involves creating marketable photos, so that your comp card is marketable. The agency receives your comp card in the mail and the agency says "this girl has something going on, she is real, she looks like a girl who could model anything, and has a lot of personality seen in her photos."

The comp card is your best marketing tool. Today I was asked on a Facebook message from an aspiring model: What is a comp card.

It is the best marketing tool for an aspiring model.

We live in this Internet-age, but the comp card is no excuse needed item by an aspiring model. You use it to get the agency, to get the job and to work as a model. No questions. You need it. Here is insight on creating a comp card and being more in the know about what print modeling is, and how to become a print model:

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/07/print-modeling-has-become-many-things.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/08/commercial-print-modeling-photos-for.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/09/do-you-have-model-compcard-you-should.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/09/getting-print-modeling-agency.html

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Coming up podcast Tiny is Terrific and Not being Short Sighted



NOTICE TIME AND DAY CHANGE

Upcoming Show: 5/19/2010 11:00 AM
Show Name: Tiny is Terrific and Not being Short Sighted
Length: 15 min

I have faced tribulations in modeling and her life, and on this week's segment of Model Talk Radio I am sharing my thoguhts on why small is beautiful and how a person should not be limited because of something they consider a flaw, or drag. Instead that flaw can become something unique, marketable, and even their best asset.
Tune in here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/05/14/tiny-is-terrific-and-not-being-short-sighted

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Model pose tips: look longer, leaner,taller in photos


When you are in-front of the camera, there are a few easy tricks you can do to look longer, leaner, taller and more proportioned.

It starts with creating some space between your limbs.

Notice how in this photo there is space between the arm closest to the camera and my body. Space creates length. It makes me look taller and longer by naturally creating some space between my arms and torso. Also notice that my shoulders are at a slight angle which causes my front arm to also be at a slight side angle. It makes my upper arm appear leaner. Even a slight angle like this can make a girl of any size look longer and leaner and more proportioned in a photo. The leg closest to the camera is a bit forward, this creates length as well, it looks like there is movement involved, like the camera just caught me as I was coming down the stairs. Yes I am wearing a mini skirt, but notice how the focus of the shot is on my smile, and it looks like I am off to enjoy the sunny day. I probably was afterward! :)

This insight is for girls of all walks of life and a little space between the arms and body, even for this shot of me in Vegas, makes me appear longer and leaner even in a sweater.


I always make sure to create space between my arms and body. ALWAYS for group shots, I cropped myself here so you can see that:


P.s: When sitting sit at the edge of the seat, you could position your legs slightly asymmetrical to create length.

Friday, April 9, 2010

working as a shorter finding opportunities comes down to you finding them



3 more days to win a signed copy of my graphic novel "MODEL LIFE: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior."

Here's how: Submit a photo of yourself modeling a handbag to petitepride@yahoo.com
2 winners will be featured on this blog next week.

Deadline April 11th!

The"industry" part of "modeling industry" involves designers, brands, magazine editors and those that hire and book models for their marketing, editorial, promotion and advertising needs, and although there is not a million petite modeling agencies out there, there are commercial print modeling agencies that work with all sizes. It is all about having marketable photos, having your model marketing material & finding the right agencies. They are out there.

You are not hopeless if you are shorter. Instead of saying "I'm too short" why not focus on creating marketable photos that fit the commercial print world and try! It will NOT be easy, but it is possible if you do the work. :)

Research is a major asset of a model. :)

Isobella

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The scoop on fashion and the shorter model

a pic of me from my iPhone in my rain gear. The rain or a cloudy day doesn't stop me from wearing my heels!

Recently on my Facebook wall the topic of fashion agencies came up.

Many fashion agencies do have commercial and lifestyle divisions however if you go to their websites, typically you will not find one girl under 5'8" --on the Elite website they are all tall, I mean 5'8" 5'10 tall, NY Models all tall girls too, Ford has print and parts division, but typically Ford models are 5'8 and kids division, they have a kids open call coming up: http://scouting.fordmodels.com/kids/ --and of course there are exceptions, and I always say aim high, but be realistically ambitious, if you are banking on fashion agencies signing you and you are 5'6", 5'5" ,5'4", 5'3", 5'2" then you should understand what commercial print modeling is and where you fit in the business of modeling and where you should put your energies to get opportunities...it is best to submit to print modeling agency your comp card or photos. Most girls who want to model these days are new to understanding the difference of fashion and commercial print and most are shorter than fashion height.

Here is a post I've written on the differences:
http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2010/02/six-differences-of-fashion-model-and.html

So for those that are new to modeling, there is nothing wrong with trying, submitting a snapshot, but you will notice open calls have height requirements and, sure of course, try, go for it, but also realistically I suggest striving to get experience with a print modeling agency, and Lauren Green is well respected print modeling agency in NYC but typically for models 25 and older, and there are many print modeling agencies out there, here is a list of some in NYC:

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/01/top-10-commercial-print-modeling.html

Really it comes down to researching in your town print modeling and talent agencies and casting directors and having your marketing material ready. A comp card and and portfolio, a headshot for commercial and TV work. Put it this way there are more print modeling agencies than fashion agencies. It's just up to you to find them and seek out the opportunities. There is a major amount of hands-on, self- investment and self-involvement to work as a model when you are not fashion height, and no matter your height modeling is tough!...However if a fashion agency's print division doesn't welcome you then remember there is a lot more out there, and there are many commercial print agencies out there and for a shorter girl THAT is where it is at.

Getting a print modeling agency to work with you is work. And I talk often about what it talks to create photos, make a comp card, and market your self to the right agencies.

I don't want girls to feel discouraged if fashion shuts the door in their face because fashion agencies do not typically work with shorter girls, under 5'7" unless you are a teen or child, but do be prepared for the hansd-on work that is involved with working with a commercial print modeling agency, talent agency and cast directors...it is a way more hands-on world than fashion.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Heels, beauty and book giveaway!

Happiness = books, heels and beauty products


This week I am giving away a pair of heels from Bakers called Rock & Candy by ZiGi, (The shoes are a size 6, the standard shoe modeling size, however they might fit a size 7 foot!) and win a copy of my original modeling memoir Almost 5'4", along with an awesome eyeshadow palette from Forever 21. I went to Forever 21 recently and their beauty section looked really good. To win this heels,beauty and book giveaway email me at: petitepride@yahoo.com your best natural beauty shot and a shot of you modeling a pair of heels like a shoe ad. The deadline is Friday the 19th. (Put in in the subject please: Heels, beauty and book - if you can.) The winner will be posted on my blog this weekend. Goodluck!





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