Friday, January 29, 2010

Hand Modeling has no height requirement



Professional photography is shown above.


Photos of my hands I took my self with my Logitech camera, to show them candid.

A teen on Facebook recently asked me about hand modeling. Well, hand models ARE all ages and modeling doesn't have a height requirement but...you do need professional photos of your hands.

Professional photos of your hands showing that you can use them to model products, from nail care, to holding a glass, cell phone, and jewelry, showing you CAN model and show expression with your hands and make the product look great! :)

Here are some tips on photos and submitting to agencies your photos, ----first you need the photos, then you need to make your self a compcard.....then you need to mail by postal mail the "parts divisions" of print modeling agencies your compcard. Not all agencies, but a decent amount have "parts" divisions. PARTS Models, CESD, Flaunt Models, are good places to start submitting your compcard. Here are MANY posts I have written previously about hand modeling and "parts modeling."

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2010/01/parts-modeling-is-perfect-for-petites.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/11/being-parts-model-it-has-no-height.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2010/01/five-modeling-jobs-where-height-doesnt.html

And here are some photo samples of myself hand modeling to inspire you for creating your own photos:
http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/10/no-more-hand-models-in-gourmet-magazine.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/03/hand-modeling-for-shorter-models-small.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/07/photography-tips-casting-for-hand.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/01/hand-modeling-and-parts-modeling.html

You can also search my blog in the upper left corner for "hand modeling" and find more posts :)

I'd also try to get some experience hand modeling as well....maybe modeling for aspiring jewelry designers, a student, --do some self promotion with aspiring accessories brands that might use a hand model, model some handbags, get some experience, which can help inspire an agency to work with you. Some experience, from self promotion, can prove you "know" how to hand model. Many agencies will not teach you this stuff. You will learn as you go, gain experience, and get better at it.

I hope this helps for now :)
Isobella

bareMinerals "rethink what matters" campaign is cool


I just checked out the bareMinerals "rethink what matters" campaign here http://www.rethinkwhatmatters.com I like it. You are asked questions about your lifestyle, the environment, and I think it is an innovative campaign for the cosmetic brand. I do wear bareMinerals, and their powders make you feel like your makeup was done by a professional makeup artist, even if it was just your self.

Little Gray Riding Hood's got style, The Hoodie



In WWD yesterday The Hoodie, was featured!
I am a fan of hoodies. Growing up as a track runner my hoodie sweater was my lifestyle before meets, at practice, through all types of weather, and mud.

And in my graphic novel Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior, the character has on a cute hoodie dress. Here I am wearing one of my favorite hoodies, a dress by G Star here:


I really love gray hoodies, and simply basic hoodies with a bit of personality applied, and I wanted to share some hoodies out there that caught my eye right now:

Guess Hoodie, www.guess.com


This Floral Tattoo Knit Tunic is pretty cool with some white Alice in Wonderland tights, check it out here at forever21.com.

Sometimes it is nice to just have a simple hoodie from American Apparel:


I like this Soul Cal low V neck hoodie with the buttons, casual and alluring:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The L.e.i. Model Citizen contest, no height erquirement!


Hey Petite's,

Growing up as a teen I wore L.e.i jeans all the time, they were a go-to-brand, I loved their message and the brand has a great fit and style-- and actually even as I get older I think the brand is still really great. Here is more on the brand here. I like the illustration of the girl's room, especially since I recently published my graphic novel Model Life. Well, anyways, guess what!!

Starting Feb 1st, I wanted to let you know that L.e.i has announced the launch of the 'L.e.i. Model Citizen contest and here is the scoop:

Create a short video sharing how you are an L.i.e girl and why you emplify the true meaning of life, energy and intelligence, you can submit it here. The best part no height requirement!

"In association with Teen Vogue, junior denim brand, L.e.i., exclusive to Walmart stores, is on the lookout for three model citizens to star in its next ad campaign. The micro site, leimodelcitizen.com, will act as the main point of entry for the contest. In addition, L.e.i. will host a national call to action inviting girls ages 15-21 to showcase their "life, energy and intelligence." These events in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, will give girls the opportunity to shoot a short video.”

"The contest entry dates will run from February 1, 2010 to March 23, 2010 and girls will also be able to upload their own videos to the website, leimodelcitizen.com. A high profile panel of judges, including notable names from the fashion industry such as Teen Vogue Editor in Chief Amy Astley, designer Rachel Roy, models Chanel Iman and Ali Michael and Allan Ellinger, CEO of Fashion Delivers, will then select a grand prize winner and two runners up from the entrants. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with some of the judges at each of the events. There will be an opportunity for the public to vote on the top ten finalists from March 23, 2010 to April 6, 2010."

"The Grand Prize winner will receive a $100,000 college scholarship and a feature in L.e.i.'s Fall 2010 national advertising campaign, a fashion makeover and complete L.e.i wardrobe, Teen Vogue internship and a trip to L.A. to attend Teen Vogue's "Young Hollywood" party. Second and third prize winners will also receive special prizing."


Goodluck!
Isobella

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Isobella Loves Urban Decay's Alice in Wonderland Palette

I am so excited and feel so privileged to be able to get the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette! Enjoy this video where I share the features of the eye-shadow palette, featuring Alice walking through the mushroom forest!

It's Here! The first "Petite Model of the Week"




In celebration of my modeling memoir Almost 5'4" hitting England in one week!!! I wanted to announce the first Petite of the Week and also feature a petite model from the UK.

The first "Petite of the Week" is Katy, a girl with personality and a cute pixie haircut, from the UK. Through Facebook, she reached out about being a pint-size model. I did some research and found that there ARE commercial print modeling agencies in the UK, and here is the list I found. Katy also recently expressed that she booked a furniture and sofa advertisement in the UK!!

When I asked her about her experience on the job she said, "I was really excited to be working on the furniture commercial with other models. I really enjoyed working with a team of people, and being also in front of a video camera, which was a new experience for me. My height really wasn't important for this type of project; after all, it’s not only people who are 5'8 who use sofas!!! I believe it has more to do with personality and character to model 'lifestyle' products."

Congratulations to Katy for her efforts and being the first Petite of the Week! I am sure she will be someone we hear about again!

If you'd like to be The Petite of the Week, submit to petitepride@yahoo.com, each week there will be a new shorter model featured who is making strides in modeling despite height! You can live anywhere in the world, and you can be any size.

If you like to read, check out my modeling memoir Almost 5’4” in the US here and also in the UK here, and I think you'll also like my fashion illustrated comic book style graphic novel Model Life,both are based on Petite Pride and modeling for all sizes! If you missed today’s live radio segment on Model Talk Radio, it's ok you can listen to the archive, here is the scoop:
This weeks segment is called: "An Imperfect Model working with imperfections to ahead," it is about knowing yourself as a model and even how you can even work your so-called flaws into your modeling pursuits" Plus tips and advice on model photography and how Natural is Better than Photoshop.

Last weeks segment was based on 5 Modeling Jobs for all Sizes and it co-sides with this blog post as well, Aim high!

Isobella

Model Talk Radio: An Imperfect Model segment on using your imperfections durnig your modeling pursuits



http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/01/27/an-imperfect-model-working-with-imperfections-to-ahead
Today, on Model Talk Radio, Isobella admits to having more imperfections than perfections and shares how she worked with her imperfections to get ahead. From her teeth, forehead, to all that isn't perfect she shares how modeling is about marketing what you do have and making what you do have marketable. Isobella is the author of "Almost 5'4""- her modeling memoir, and her graphic novel "Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior", both can be found on BN.com or in stores, or on Amazon. Her memoir "Almost 5'4"" will be released in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada on Feb 4th 2010! Isobella blogs daily at: http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/ Much of Isobella's advocating is about being self-made and her sponsor Gotomeeting.com is offering a 30 days free trial to her listeners and business owners. Gotomeeting.com is for online meetings for business client meetings or internal conferences,click here for free trial: www.gotomeeting.com/blogtalk

Tune in here to listen to this segment of Model Talk Radio and other segments as well: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/01/27/an-imperfect-model-working-with-imperfections-to-ahead

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Five Modeling Jobs For All Sizes

Modeling jobs where height doesn’t matter

Isobella Jade




It’s true, I am one of the tiniest working models out there, but still I have worked with great brands and magazines. When I was told I was too short to model, I put what I did have to use, and here are 5 modeling jobs where height isn’t a big thing.

You can also listen to 5 Modeling Jobs for All Sizes podcast segment on Model Talk Radio here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/01/21/five-modeling-jobs-for-all-heights-and-models-in-the-internet-age

Hand Modeling, believe it or not you can have a life and be a hand model, and you can make hundreds or thousands a day doing it. Forget the gloves; just take care of your assets well. Hand modeling is perfect for shorter girl who have small hands that are dainty and thin fingers and nice nail color and nail beds. Size of the nail varies, and hand models are not measured by one standard rule. Hand models are all ethnicities and their hands do not all look alike. Many products and brands from cosmetics, to dish soap use hand models. I have hand modeled for Macy’s, Bon App├ętit, Women’s World Magazine and many others. How to start: Get photos of your hands, with nail polish, and without, holding products and at ease. There are modeling agencies that specialize in parts modeling; these are the agencies to target your photos and modeling comp cards to.
Favorite on the job skincare item for hands: LUSH’s Lemony Flutter cuticle cream.

Shoe Modeling, getting your foot in the door as a model can involve your foot! My first modeling job was shoe modeling and most shoe models are not tall giraffes they are shorter. A size 6 or 7 shoe is typically liked in the shoe modeling world. Similar to hand modeling you need to target parts modeling agencies that represent shoe models. Having nice feet, toenails, and pretty ankles can mean over a thousand dollars a day or shooting a shoe ad campaign. I have shoe modeled for Brown Shoe, Marshalls, Easy Spirit, Victoria’s Secret, and many others. Again you do need photos that show your “feet diversity,” so you need photos of your feet in sandals, heels, boots, sneakers, without shoes, toes painted and not.

Favorite on the job skincare item for feet: OPI, AVOJUICE lotions.

Accessories Modeling, no one ever asks how tall the jewelry model is, and many times she is not that tall. Modeling earrings, rings, and necklaces is something a girl of any height can do. These days there are more handbag designers and accessories designers than ever. From scarves to belts, to gloves to hats, models in need, and they are not just skyscraper tall and are not just on the runway. Even though I am in my 20’s I am already moisturizing my neck and chest area and shoulders and back. Your skin is an asset and can get you a modeling job, or not, so if you want to model you can start by taking care of that skin. I use Alba, Nivea and St. Ives lotions for my whole body, and face favorites: Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, and Clinique’s Moisture Surge, and LUSH’s Ultralight moisturizer.

Hair modeling, all textures, styles, and colors of hair are welcome. From print campaigns to hair shows, hair modeling can give you a new look and also help to pay your rent. Also remember many hair models are modeling accessories such as curling irons, extensions, and hair dye. Next time you buy some shampoo at the drugstore check out the models on the hair color boxes,-that is the type of photo you need to focus on getting. A smile, fresh face, and hair alive and with personality.

To give your hair a boost try the V05 hot oil treatments, which I love, or John Frieda's Root Awakening conditioner.

Beauty Modeling, put your bright eyes, beautiful lips, and clear complexion to use in modeling for cosmetics. Focus on capturing these assets in your photos and make a modeling comp card. Also I suggest attending the IBS (International Beauty Show) and mingling with the brands and learning as much as you can about what is out there is the world of cosmetics. You will find there is a lot! Self promotion is key to working as a model when you are not tall, so grab your bootstraps and get your photos, comp card, and portfolio together because height is not everything in modeling if you know how to market what you do have.

Beauty Model must-haves: Fresh’s Magic Wands Mini Mascara Due, $10, Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 powder, Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipsticks, Revlon’s Extra Curl Eyelash Curler.

More tips can be found on my radio show Model Talk: www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Five Modeling Jobs For All Heights and Models in the Internet Age

Five Modeling Jobs For All Heights and Models in the Internet Age



Isobella Jade, author, model and advocate for models of all heights shares 5 models jobs that girls of all shapes and sizes can do. And how to do it. Modeling is not just for one size, but you do have to know how to market what you do have. Tune in for tips on how to skip the modeling scams, and take control of your goals, no matter if you live in a big city or small town. She also gives tips on how to model in the Internet-age, what to skip and how to manage the web and your modeling goals. Isobella is the author of "Almost 5'4""- her modeling memoir, and her graphic novel "Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior", both can be found on BN.com or in stores, or on Amazon. For more on Isobella visit her website: www.isobelladreams.com. Her memoir "Almost 5'4"" will be released in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada on Feb 4th 2010!

Listen to episode: Five Modeling Jobs For All Heights and Models in the Internet Age:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/01/21/five-modeling-jobs-for-all-heights-and-models-in-the-internet-age

Much of Isobella's advocating is about being self-made and her sponsor Gotomeet.com is offering a 30 days free trial to her listeners. Gotomeeting.com is for online meetings for clients or internal conferences,click here for free trial: www.gotomeeting.com/blogtalk

Five Modeling Jobs For All Heights and Models in the Internet Age

Five Modeling Jobs For All Heights and Models in the Internet Age



Isobella Jade, author, model and advocate for models of all heights shares 5 models jobs that girls of all shapes and sizes can do. And how to do it. Modeling is not just for one size, but you do have to know how to market what you do have. Tune in for tips on how to skip the modeling scams, and take control of your goals, no matter if you live in a big city or small town. She also gives tips on how to model in the Internet-age, what to skip and how to manage the web and your modeling goals. Isobella is the author of "Almost 5'4""- her modeling memoir, and her graphic novel "Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior", both can be found on BN.com or in stores, or on Amazon. For more on Isobella visit her website: www.isobelladreams.com. Her memoir "Almost 5'4"" will be released in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada on Feb 4th 2010!

Listen to episode: Five Modeling Jobs For All Heights and Models in the Internet Age:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/01/21/five-modeling-jobs-for-all-heights-and-models-in-the-internet-age

Much of Isobella's advocating is about being self-made and her sponsor Gotomeet.com is offering a 30 days free trial to her listeners. Gotomeeting.com is for online meetings for clients or internal conferences,click here for free trial: www.gotomeeting.com/blogtalk

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

When you're a short model stretch those legs


Isobella shares leg modeling experiences on Model Talk Radio today, 1:30pm EST live, and how despite her pint-size she has used her legs to get ahead as a model. She shares how to inspire your own success. Isobella is the author of "Almost 5'4""- her modeling memoir, and her graphic novel "Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior", both can be found on BN.com or in stores, or on Amazon. For more on Isobella visit her website: www.isobelladreams.com. Her memoir "Almost 5'4"" will be released in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada on Feb 4th 2010!

Catch the show live at 1:30 EST today or listen to the archive anytime.

Tune in here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/01/13/when-youre-a-short-model-stretch-those-legs

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Shorter Models and print modeling photo examples

I always say that petite models or shorter models, and print models need to show personality in photos. Interactive photos that show personality are something a print modeling agency wants to see. Here are some examples of what I am talking about. Shots that show you "doing something" with a natural expression of joy in your face. These shots will translate into showing an agency that you can look natural, show your personality, and sell a product. Other examples can be found in catalogs for commercial retail items on Target.com and Macys.com. Notice where the model is smiling, showing some personality.






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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Isobella Jade's modeling memoir Almost 5'4" hits the UK

Here is a video that shares author and petite model Isobella Jade talking about modeling and writing her memoir Almost 5'4", which is available in the UK Feb 4th, 2010. Find it on Amazon.co.uk here.



Also you will be able to find it in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and others.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What I've learned about modeling since 2001

What I've learned about modeling since 2001



Length: 15 min

Live Show: 3:00 pm EST 1/6/10

Click here to listen live or anytime:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2010/01/06/what-ive-learned-about-modeling-since-2001
Description:

On this segment of Model Talk Radio, Isobella shares some of what she has learned about modelig since 2001, and shares advice on how to be a self-made model, no matter your height and even if an agency won't give you the time of day. She shares how to inspire your own success. Isobella is the author of "Almost 5'4""- her modeling memoir ( which she first wrote at the Apple Store on Prince Street), and her graphic novel "Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior", both can be found on BN.com or in stores, or on Amazon.


Her memoir "Almost 5'4"" will be released in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada on Feb 4th 2010! Here is the cover of the UK edition and you can find the book here.


Previous segments of Isobella's Model Talk Radio can be found here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Video: Modeling Bakers Booties

Here I model a pair of my favorite Bakers Booties, aka Ankle Boots, enjoy! I wear these about 4 times a week. Here I wear them with Skinny Levi jeans and a GUESS sweater.


getting yourself a modeling job and agency

Self promotion is key for an aspiring model. Especially if you are short. It is the small experience you get on your own that is credible that can lead to more opportunities and even an agency calling you back.

Here are some ideas for your self promotion and how you can get some legit modeling opportunities.

Having a compcard is important when marketing yourself to any of these options. So I suggest getting one made even if just with showing your headshot on it and one full body catalog styled shot. Better than being empty handed. Also it helps if your photos show you can model for the type of products you will be approaching, ex: if you want to model jewerly, show you can in your photo first. It takes confidence, personality, and a creative, upbeat, friendly approach, but you should give it a try. Getting some experience, can intrigue an agency. It wasn't until AFTER I had some experience, had been in a magazine, and gotten some tearsheets, that I got a modeling agency working with me. So grabbing your bootstrap and being a self promoter is helpful.

Get involved in your town locally. Get some local experience:
Attend a tradeshows for beauty or accessories and swim and fashion and market your self, attend a craftfair or fashion college fashion show and meet those who are ambitious and trying to grow their brand. Stop by a local boutique, hair salon. Ask if they need a model, if they use models, or who is the one who manages the marketing for their company. These days most brands have websites, and print material, even smaller growing brands have print ads in local magazines. Asking doesn't hurt, leave a compcard and your info, or take their card and submit by an email some jpegs with a note stating your interest in working with them on their next photo shoot for their company. Be friendly, compliment their brand and the things you like about it.

What a shorter girl can model:

Model for an aspiring jewelry designer - height has nothing to do with modeling jewelry.

Model for an aspiring handbag designer -should be able to no matter your height.

Model for a sunglasses company, or eye-glasses boutique.

Model hats or scarfs or gloves

Model shoes, size 6 is the same size for most shoe brands, most size 6 shoe models are shorter.

Hair model for print, and for in-store classes or events.

Nailcare and cosmetic brands that are aspiring, growing and might need a model.

Swimwear and lingerie brands that might be in need of a model. There is more to lingerie than Victoria's Secret, so do some research on other brands.

Sure, you might not be on a billboard, in a national commercial, or be in an ad campaign on your first try, but some small experience, some baby steps can lead to a lot more. You have to start somewhere, and self promotion is a big part of getting anywhere.

Monday, January 4, 2010

parts modeling is perfect for petite models


A girl on facebook recently sent me a message and asked: I'm interested in tips of leg (feet) and hand modeling my feet have been called barbie feet and ive gotten alot of compliments. I'm a runner so i've also gotten compliments on my calves. I also have decent hands i believe long fingers and great nail shape. surprisingly im 5'3" lol. I was just interested on information of the go abouts of getting started or anything a beginner should know.
Thanks!


These are the links I sent her, I hope they help you as well.

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/01/wanting-to-get-into-parts-modeling.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/05/parts-modeling-compcard-tips.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/03/handfeetleg-modeling-questions-answered.html

http://petitemodelingtips.blogspot.com/2009/02/shoe-modeling-photos.html

Parts is perfect for petites

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Marketing Before the Model and Product

While sipping coffee, and wearing his shirt, I was discussing with my fiance' on this first today of 2010, on how brands should think of the marketing before the product is even made.

Many retailers produce too much product that does sell well. I just think of the waste of fabric, labor, and time. I think it is best to always consider the marketing and the sellablity before an item is put into production. Also consider the cost of production, marketing of the brand, before you set a price for and produce a certain quantity of the product. Also how does a brand expect to sell a product without considering the marketing that will help it's customers know about the brand and products to purchase. You can have a great product, even at a good price and a good quality item, but if no one knows about it, if your customer is not aware, then who cares?

Same with movies. The marketing should be in place before the movie is even made.
So much money gets spent and wasted when the marketing is put as something to consider at the end of the production.

I think of this mindset when it also comes to modeling. Before a girl thinks about working as a model, pursuing it, and gets in front of the camera,she should first think about what she has that is marketable towards editorials, ad campaigns, and what products and types of modeling jobs she could realistically get. Then shape her photos around the answers. This mentality should be carried through-out her pursuits and the production of her compcard and mailing the "right" agencies that work with models like her.

Many girls get infront of the camera too soon, just for the heck of it, and them call themselves models. Then their photos are just on social sites and there they are, without an agency to work with, without a real modeling job, without a marketable compcard, and with photos with bad lighting being commented on by perverts, they wonder why they are not really "working as a model."

Well, it is because step one, the very first step was not taken. Don't skips step one of "knowing what is marketable about you and researching the right agencies, and understanding what the word model really means and how it applies to what you are realistically capable of."

I hope this year your goals come closer and you captured them!

Isobella

Petite modeling source for advice and tips on modeling and modeling photos and inspiration for the petite models.