Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Model Talk Radio Has No Height Requirement

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.

Ava Garter Burlesque Performer of classic Hollywood glamour

Isobella speaks with classic Hollywood glamour burlesque performer Ava Garter, they will chat about her journey into burlesque, her favorite costumes, and how she prepares for her enchanting performances. http://www.avagarter.com/

Tune in tomorrow -Weds at 4pm EST on Model Talk to listen live, or anytime (all shows are archived)


Monday, November 24, 2008

Good Model Lifestyle freebies

Here is a list of my favorite programs to join and things to keep in mind for free things as a model:

Bumble and Bumble Model Project: free haircuts

Sephora's beauty insider program, every $100 you spend you get a free item to try.

Borders rewards program, get %20-%40 percent off books and magazines

Duane Reade ad Rite Aid rewards progam. Duane Reade gives you a 5 coupon for every $100 you spend.

DSW rewards- earn points towards coupons, promotions and more for shoes you love every time you shop.

Model Makeup Artist: Sephora Collector's Edition

The best $48 bucks you will spend on makeup.

I wanted to share my latest beauty buy with you. If you are looking for a great makeup palette for eyes, face, and lips, on the go, to bring to set, to bring to the shoot, as a backup: check out Sephora's Collector's Edition makeup kit.
I am so excited to jump into this makeup kit and it is great for traveling.

Even though as a model your goal is to be in front of the camera you should, as a professional model, know how to do your own makeup. Years ago girls had their own makeup kits, hat boxes, that had all their modeling tools inside, and you should today also know how to do your own makeup. This is a great kit to play and try out 71 eye shadow colors.

The Sephora Brand Collector's Edition Palette sets the gold standard and gets you set.
This palette has it all:
- 71 eyeshadow shades (0.04 oz each)
- 13 cream eyeshadow shades (0.03 oz each)
- 5 blushes (0.19 oz each)
- 1 compact powder (0.19 oz)
- 60 lip glosses (0.03 oz each)
- One lip liner
- One eyeliner
- 4 brushes
- 3 sponge-tipped applicators
- A smart black case that's as classy as you are

Do Photographers ever work for an agency, or are they pretty much self-employed?

Yes Photographers do work with agencies. Some agencies can suggest photographers that you work with, but that doesn’t mean you pay the agency upfront, it means YOU approach the photographer and set up a shoot yourself. Then report back to the agency with your compcards and photos. The commercial print modeling world is different than what you see on TV. It is VERY different. It is A LOT more self serving.

But that doesn’t mean you have to work with the agency photographer. I have approached and found my own photographers too. For tips on approaching professional photographers, listen to this segment of Model Talk with photographer Robert Milazzo:


You should try to ONLY work with full time professional photographers. Photographers that take the craft of photographer seriously. Photographers that do photography full time.

A professional photographer will have quality credits; he will have worked with brands, magazines, and have a client list. A professional photographer will want to bring out the best in you, not just shoot you for his own interests. A professional photographer will ask you. What do you need…not “tell you what he/she needs”

The modeling business for the short girl is one based on your own self promotion, and you have to do a lot of work, creatively and productively to get an agent, and get modeling work. You are not looking for just any old agency; you are looking for one that works for you. And what YOU can offer the industry. For some models that are shorter it means shoe modeling, body part modeling, hand modeling, print modeling, pursuing commercials, and beauty. To start modeling it really does involve thinking about what YOU can offer the industry, and understanding that modeling is not just Fashion and for a short girl, it won’t be.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Modeling tips: Shorter Models, how to start modeling

"Is it really a scam if an agency asks you for money up front?? I've heard many people say that if they ask you for money up front, then it is..how do you know, if it isn't one?"

A girl recently asked me this on Myspace, and I get the question all the time about how to know if an agency is legit and how to find one, and for a shorter girl I find this more of an issue, especially since there are many girls who want to be models and they fall for the first person, agency, photographer telling them that they can be, without thinking or questioning " is this agency,photographer, situation, legit."

First, you need to ONLY approach commercial PRINT modeling agencies. NOT fashion agencies. A short girl can find modeling jobs and work with professional agencies but really only with print modeling agencies. So your perception of modeling might need some work. You have to understand that modeling is about lifestyle products, commercial products, hair care, tampons, cell phone brands, banks, computers, think Target, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, nail polish, not fashion forward brands. Not Gucci, not vogue. More Marie Claire, Glamour, and Latina magazine type of appeal.

Finding an agency: With so many girls wanting to be models it means so many scams are out there. You can tell if an agency is a scam if they are saying you need to pay them for photos and ONLY work with their photographer. I do not pay my agency for the creation of my compcard and I take it upon myself to get my photos and get the portfolio images I need. It is normal. Many agencies charge girls crazy fees because they are clueless and do not know how to get what they need themselves, and feel they are hopeless. You should be willing to get the photos and marketing tools you need and it will prevent you from scams. When mailing modeling agencies you should be sending YOUR OWN made compcard and photos.

An aspiring model can and should make her OWN compcard ( meaning you go to www.compcard.com and upload your photos and make it yourself.) This is a benefit because you always, always, always want to be in control of yourself and marketing, and you want to have your OWN marketing tools, which you can mail to many agencies. Not just one that has one agency name branded on it. Also as a new model should be freelancing with many agencies not just one. There is need to pay hundreds for photos either.

Agencies and money and photographers can be a tricky thing for a new model, here are my thoughts:

1. If you are short, shorter, under 5'7" you should not submit to Elite, Ford, Ect, you should submit to print modeling agencies. Look for the words "commercial print".

2. Getting the agency meeting: To get a modeling agency you should be mailing your photos out first,-even snap shots, and then when the agency is interested they call you. Do not direct the agency to your Myspace, facebook, or internet profile site, agents, legit ones, do not care about that, they want to see your PHOTOS physically in their hands.

Also when you meet the agency you do not want to go empty handed, bring your phtos, show you are serious and professional and you will be less likely to be scammed if you “know what you are doing’ and “what you are interested in as a model.” Don’t be a dumb, naïve, model. Have a plan and know what type modeling you want to do and know how you fit into the business and don’t expect the agency to hand you everything. Real, legit agencies, top commercial print agencies in NYC, do not make compcards always for their models, their models do give them the cards. Then the agent mails the card to their clients, and that is how you get a call for a casting. The work the model does upfront is work. So don’t get scammed and know what to expect!

3. Making the compcard and agency tips:
If you are unsure or clueless about what should be on a compcard then see my blog here about the photos short girl should when marketing herself as a commercial print model:

If you are still unsure or do not have photos you can do two things:

A. Have your mother or friends take some natural smiling personality shots and shots that look like ads and editorials in magazines. A close up, a beauty shot, a lifestyle shot, a shot of you walking down the street, laughing, being you is best because commercial print modeling is about that. Being you. Being natural. Skip the fashion makeup and clothing. If you are short and want to model with brands and magazines, being YOU without the fashionista appeal is best. It is best to also make sure the background isn't super busy, you want a white background or a very simple background.

B. Or you could call some local agencies and ask if they can suggest a photographer you can work with. Then call the photographer and you two can discuss a price you can afford. Stop by a photography store. You want to be around professional photographers so you have to ask yourself, "where do professional photographers go?" At a photography store you could ask an employee if he could suggest a headshot or beauty or commercial print photographer?

Also you could try a local college that might have a photography department. And I have mentioned before here in this video ways you can find free quality photos.

When speaking to a photographer: Be honest about your budget, if you only have $50 then focus on getting a headshot, a nice beauty shot/headshot will get you further as a commercial print model than some corny glamour shot. You need to market yourself, your personality, and your energy as a shorter model, NOT your fashion looks. A headshot is the best shot an aspiring short model can have. Bring ideas to the shoot, don't just say " I want photos." Think of the photos YOU really need to get a commercial print modeling agency. A commercial print modeling agency wants to see two things:

1. Your smile, skintone, and eyes
2. Your energy

Remember when it comes to self marketing, there is more to modeling than just modeling agencies, you could also submit your photos to marketing companies, pr companies, promotional companies, newspapers and local magazines, but of course you do need a nice photo of your face, headshot, and a nice full body shot, and full body shot does not mean naked.

Petite Model Isobella Jade interview for PNN

enjoy this video interview of myself speaking about what makes me different as a model and how as a short model I have been able to get ahead as a self made model.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Founder of LUSH is an author too

Did you know you can tell a birds sex and age from the way it sings?

Did you know that LUSH cosmetics was founded by husband and wife, Mark and Mo Constantine?

Did you know that Mark is also an author?

Right now my favorite product is Lush's Lemony Flutter and I find it a perfect item for my hands, considering my body part modeling jobs, and also just for every day use. Perfect also for this time year and anytime.

I was excited when I learned that Mark Constantine has a book. It is called The Sound Approach to Birding. And he also has launched his own publishing company as well. It is called The Sound Approach.

The book was written by Mark over a period of seventeen years, with help from various friends, and was published in 2006 by The Sound Approach, the independent publishing company he set up. He thought it would be more fun to set up his own publishing company and explore the publishing industry, and he was definitely right!

His first book is a whole new approach to using bird sounds to not only identify birds, but to discover their age and sex as well.

To find the book visit www.soundapproach.co.uk

NUDE Magazine's Annual Photography Contest Includes Cash Prizes

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

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Beauty Tips with Model Isobella Jade

Enjoy this video, and make sure you recycle your beauty products please.

Modeling Advice for self promotion

Recently on Model Talk Radio I spoke with Robert Milazzo about his photography but I also spoke to him about self promotion. About how models should contact photographers, better photographers, professional photographers and remember, 'it isn't just about who wants to shoot you, it is about you approaching photographers that YOU want to work with.' It is possible to get good photos and not have to pay for it, many photographers test. And it is normal, typical and welcomed to approach photographers about a test but here is some tips on how to do it:

1. Bring a resource or idea. In the interview with Robert he mentioned how if a model brings an idea to him, has a location, or styling, or can help with getting a makeup artist, he finds it intriguing. As do other photographers. You do not have to settle for crappy photos from people who do not know how to work a camera, you can work with a professional but you should bring some ideas to the table, don't just say, " I want to shoot."

2. State the photos you need and stick to a plan. Planning ahead brings a better photo sometimes. Suggest some ideas for styling and think about the shots that will benefit for your portfolio. You would be surprised how many aspiring models do not have a decent headshot or close up and this is an important shot.

3. Do submit the photos to agencies after the shoot. Maybe the photographer can suggest a few. Do make a compcard and don't over touch up your photos. The more mailings you do the more of a chance you are giving yourself.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Payless Favorites Zoe Patent Button Boot

I don't about you but I really dig this style Payless is going with. It is called the Zoe Patent Button Boot, in black and a Burgundy. The burgundy is really standing out to my eye. I think it is an interesting edgy shoe for Payless. Now 37.99 is a little high for normal Payless shoes, but for this unique shoe I think it is worth it.

Check out Wide Widths and Regular sizes here.

Modeling with No pay, but meals and copy of prints or Cd/film will be provided-Should you Do it?

As I have mentioned in other blogs, it all depends on how much experience you have and if the job will benefit your portfolio, resume and reel. As a new model I got tearsheets without pay, but it was worth it because it gave me a great experience, working with professionals, and it lead to working with modeling agencies. I used the tearsheets to make a compcard and kept hustling them and mailing them out and got an agency working with me from it. And I got more confidence as well.

It felt good to know I could get my own tearsheets too.

Also if you think the director and crew are quality you should still do a check up on them. You want to make sure you do a background check on the crew, production company, casting director and director and photographers you work with for that go to Google!

If the work, credits, resume don't seem quality...don't sweat it, move on, there is more work out there.

A Photographer You Should Know: Robert Milazzo

Today on Model Talk Radio I interviewed Robert Milazzo, he is a portrait photographer in New York City, and a dear friend of mine, he has shot 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. And the list goes on.

He is based on New York and he shared with me some of his journey into photography here.

The interview included his first experiences as a photographer and how he went from art director to professional photographer.

Robert Milazzo starts with, "I wanted to be a pilot as a kid, but was nearsighted so that was out as a career. I spent the next 20 odd years trying to figure out what else I wanted to do with my life."

He attended Brooklyn College and loved art classes, (not all of them, and was not as inspired as he hoped from his photography class,) but he worked at a fine art gallery (dealing in Rembrandts and Picassos) after graduation. He says that he "found out, quite by accident, about commercial art and soon got a job designing toy packaging for now defunct Mego Toys."

From there, he followed his boss to Grey Advertising where he was an Art Director and designed ads for ABC-TV, Warner Bros. and Radio City Music Hall. There he hired photographers such as: Annie Liebovitz, Matthew Rolston, Patrick DeMarchelier, Brigitte Lacombe and Helmut Newton to photograph stars like: Brooke Shields, Bruce Willis, Cheryl Ladd, George C. Scott, Jacqueline Bisset and many more. He also worked on a mini-series's such as: The Thorn Birds and Winds of War.

When to comes to making photography a career he says, "I realized photographers had more fun than Art Directors did and decided to become a photographer myself. My first big break was when Peter Murray at ABC hired me to photograph their daytime stars."

Since then he has worked with actors like: 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 Children).

When asked about how technology affects the craft of photography he says, "With the sophisticated computer tools available I have started doing more photo-illustration." This includes a 2009 calendar out now, published by RSVP, called "Puppy Angels", and it is available at Amazon.

To hear the full interview with Robert Milazzo and his advice for models and up and coming photographer tune into Model Talk Radio here.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Being Half Naked on TV

Today I got a booking for a semi-nude feature on a TV series, it is featured background work, I am excited about, and it makes me think about the topic of nudity and how it is NOT a bad thing.

Nudity doesn't always imply slut, even if you are portraying a prostitute or stripper in the TV show, film, or stage. Think of Sin City, and Jessica Alba, Ms. Alba is not an erotic dancer, but she portrayed one in Sin City. I think if you are working on a professional set, with disquished directors, and for a Tv series or film that is well-done, it is worth it to show some skin for the right part.

I do think it is all about what you do AFTER the part, if you only stick to sexy roles or jobs you will limit your opportunities, you have to stay well-rounded, diverse and able, at all times.

I think having two headshots might help an actress that is diverse. One that has a sexier vibe, and one that has a WB more girl next door, smiles, vibe.

$5 hair cut- how to pay less for a haircut

Need a refreshment for your hair? Need a new look? Want to clean up your hair style?

Today I got bangs for just $5, no joke! I felt that I spoiled the stylist with a 3 dollar tip! But I mean I felt kinda weird giving her a ten and then getting change back, after getting fantastic new bangs. Well it is possible to save money and look great, refresh and up date your look and not go broke. Here are some tips:

1. Don't go to the most expensive salon if you just need a trim, or something that will enhance your look, like bangs, or layers.

2. When you get there state only what you need, today I said, " I need just bangs cut," I didn't mention a blow out, or shampoo, or hair cut, I just said, "bangs".

3. Same if you just need a trim, just say, I need a trim. Or "I want a few more layers", or "I want to fresh up my layers."

You can save between $10-30 by doing this. You will be shocked at the price cut!

Monday, November 17, 2008

What is a Compcard -Modeling Tips

A girl on Myspace recently wrote me and said, "I'm pretty new to the terminology so I'm not to sure what a compcard or a tearsheet is, but I'll look into that."

So here is the answer I wrote her back about the basics of what a modeling compcard is and a tearsheet.

A compcard is a marketing tool for models and agents. It is a mini portfolio showcasing in a few photos what you can do as a model. A compcard is printed on a 5 by 7 inch heavy stock paper/ like a light cardboard. It is printed to show a headshot or beauty shot on the front, and on the back it has 2-4 images depending on how you want to present yourself as a model. I have two compcards, one for commercial print modeling with photos that express my personality and lifestyle look, and then I have a parts card for parts modeling that show my 'parts-hands, feet, legs, stomach, ect' in an editorial way. The compcard is meant as a marketing tool for you to mail agents or magazines your photos, and agencies also welcome you to send them your compcard and if they are interested in yuo, then they will ask for some more cards which they will mail to their clients and hopefully you will book a job.

More on submitting to a modeling agency with your compcard can be found here.

It is normal for the model to make her own compcards and I suggest she does this and mails them to agencies. Do not rely on the agency to make a compcard for you and sometimes you can get ripped off this way. It is best to have your own compcards and more on that can be found here.

Remember to always control YOU! And to be incontrol of your pursuits you have to be able to market yourself. It is great to have an agent, but an agent is not the end all these days, it is alot about YOU and your own marketing and self promotion, and you need a compcard to do that.

Examples of different types of compcards can be found here.

A tear sheet is what it sounds like, you rip, or tear the magazine editorial -that features you,- out of the magazine, and put it in your modeling portfolio. Or add the photo to your compcard.

A tear sheet is the credit, or proof, that you have gotten exposed in a print publication, magazine, advertising, or catalog. Yes these days, it could be online in the form of a product or retailers website such as Marshalls.com or Victoriassecret.com.

If you do get a modeling job for an online retailer, you should freeze the screen and copy it, by pressing "print screen" on your keyboard, then open Photoshop, and click "File" and scroll to first icon and hit "new". Then click the curser on the new document and click paste and the image you want from the website should appear and you can crop it and resize it.

Hope this makes sense.

Here is also headshot and resume tips here.

Compcard printing suggestions:



Tips for making a compcard can be found here.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Parts Modeling Tear Sheet Tips for - is that my leg?

Petite models can find modeling success and great modeling jobs through parts modeling. Yet when it comes to collecting your tearsheets: "Do you know your body?"

I mean, know it like you could tell your ass, legs, hands, lips, foot, from another?

Knowing your body sure does come in handy when it comes to finding your tear sheets as a body parts model. Enclosed are some modeling tearsheets I have gained that involved "knowing my parts."

I have to sometimes recognize my kneecap, a beauty mark, the side of my foot, and how long my nails were that day.

It helps to also remember what were wearing the day of the shoot, even if it was a necklaces, pair of shoes, or for a legs shot, what did the bottom of the dress you wore look like?

Remember what you held, or where you stood, the props used is important, -even knowing, remembering what the background of the shot might have been is important for discovering your tearsheets.

For a job that involved underwear modeling I had kept my ring on, so when the online catalog was up, I noticed my ring, and knew it was me, my lower body, -you can see above in the image.

Also it is good to remember how you posed and positioned your hand, leg, body.

If possible ask for a Polaroid or printed shot from the day you did the shoot, to remember and keep handy what the pose looked like.

Very rare times are you told by your agent, "your tearsheet is out in the magazine today," usually you have to hunt for your modeling job tearsheets, and you have to discover them.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Modeling Scams - is this a scam?

I just received this shaddy email today from a Model Scam. Out of the blue.

I feel for girls who might fall for this crap. Ok, now of course I know this a scam and I have no idea how they got my email. But here are some reasons why this is a scam incase you get an email like this:

1. The person didn't even leave there name, she just said Miss Wright.
2. When the agency name is Googled + scam, they are a scam
3. A choice to meet the agency was a Saturday. And although I have done modeling jobs for top magazines on a weekend, it is rare, and most agencies will not call you on a weekend or want to meet with you on a weekend day.
4. She did not mention anything about the agency. She did not mention what division she thought I would be good for, besides that I have an "interesting look" (lol).
5. Legit agencies will call you. And set up a time to meet you during the week. Or they will not meet you at all and just send you on a casting. They do not waste time with emails and give you a million choices of days and times to meet with them.
6. There are legit agencies out there, but please do your research.
7. Real modeling agencies do not need Testimonials on their website.
8. Real modeling agencies do not force you to take photos with their photographer.

If you are an aspiring model. Do your homework, -do not be so desperate to be a model you waste time and money with scams. There are real agencies out there. Lifestyle, print modeling agencies that have good histories and credibility.

As for these scams I do not know how people like this can sleep at night!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

How to start modeling answer by Isobella Jade

A girl on Myspace recently asked me, "Hi..i was just wondering how did u get in the business with your height! Im 5'0ft and 18 years old and i really want to model. If you could help me out on information I would really apprreciate it"

My Answer:
I got agencies and started working by knowing how to market myself in ways that would benefit me. I said goodbye to fashion and focused on what I could actually do as a model.

Many girls want the quick fix of feeling hot and start showing off photos on the internet and wasting time really with amatuer things instead of thinking of brands, magazines and their real chances of modeling.

(Modeling is when you model with a brand, not when you just show a photo on a social site.)

I started to craft and create my photos carefully, and by being pickier of who I work with. I started only wanting to work with photographers who were driven ,serious, professionals, full time photos, I started approaching them. Bringing ideas to the table. My first tearsheet in Woman's world magazine came by working with a photographer who had them as a client. And when a model was needed I was available. This job didn't pay. But it isn't about the money when you start modeling, it is about building your portfolio, tearsheets and experience.

So instead of what I couldn't model, I started thinking about brands I wanted to model for and could in deed model for. There is more to modeling than fashion. Think of everything from jewerly, to tampons, to haircare, to parts modeling. Modeling is so many things.

My first modeling job with an agency was shoe modeling for Brown shoe, showroom shoe modeling, I got that job by putting together a compcard and mailing it to a commercial print modeling agency in NYC called Flaunt models, and I learned that by having a size six shoe I had the right shoe modeling shoe size.

I got sent to a casting by an agency, fit the shoe, and got the job. From there I started wanting more and approaching more commercial print modeling agencies in NYC, and it lead me to this day where I am modeling with top brands such as Marshalls, Victoria's Secret, Bon Appetit Magazine, Nylon, and many more.

It really does take work. It takes being aggressive, it takes massive mailings. 2 years ago I started working with an agency I always wanted to work with Cunningham Escott, it took about four years to work with them, of submitting cards and headshots, over and over. Staying busy, updating my portfolio, and resume and trying again.

It helps to also be ambitious and to submit your snap shots to magazines photo editors too, I got some of my own tearsheets this way as well. All which help to intrigue an agent. An agent is more likely to work with a shorter girl if she shows she has some experience, tearsheets, and is ambitious.

It helps to have a nice headshot and smile shot, you can actually go further with getting an agent and find more opportunity but putting away the overly sexy shots and focusing on the energy and smiling and lifestyle shots when it comes to getting an agent. No agent cars that you were Hot girl of the week on a website.

Commercial print modeling agencies work with models of all heights. You just need to find some and there are ALOT out there. Also in NYC you can pick up a Ross Reports it has a list of casting directors, agencies, agents, to mail your headshot to.

So when you ask how did I start modeling? It is not a simple answer. It took years, and time and effort, and I am on hold right now for a modeling job on Monday with a cooking magazine to hand model. So see, there is modeling work out there, but to me being a model means being able to model many things. I am not a nude model, a lingerie model, a print model, a parts model. I am all and much more of a model. Whether it is my hand or full body, or smile. I can model it. So you just have to market yourself in the areas that will get you in the door to agencies. And you have to get the photos you need to speak and represent the type of modeling you can do. If I wanted to model for something, I had to create the photo, make the compcard and mail it out, proving I could to the eyes that view the card.

I will admit, Parts modeling helped me alot.When I couldn't get into fashion agencies, I realized could do parts modeling and commercial print modeling.

And having shots that show my personality, and if they show my body I try to make them in a commercial or editorial style.

It all comes down to what you want, and how hard you are willing to work to make it happen. At the end of the day you are your own agent, so you have to treat the business like a marketing tool.

Isobella jade

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Older Models are Modeling alot

Just look in a Redbook magazine or take a browse through the lifestyle, tech, gold, travel, fitness, or craft magazines and you will find that many older models, between the ages of 35-60 are modeling.

The family is in. And adult models are finding work with brands such as Dirt Devil, Advil, airlines, home goods, resort ads, travel ads, golf, and ads that involve families. Kodak, pet supplies brands, and lenscrafters all have used older models.

Women can find modeling work within brands involving: Skincare, handbags, home goods, technology,cell phones, hair care, shoes, wedding magazines, jewelry, family ads, suits and so much more -everything from Tampons to tic tacs.

Men can find modeling work within brands involving: business products, suits, glasses, family ads, car ads, technology, shoes, shaving, haircare, clothing, sportswear, and everything from Staples, to Lowes and so much more.

Enjoy this segment on Model Talk Radio on how Older Models are Demands, and I hope my tips and advice on how an older person can start modeling and how a younger model today can prepare for modeling throughout the ages here:


When it comes to creating photos remember that natural is best, even taking a shot with your own kids can be a good one for your compcard. And for females remember, being a model doesn't mean trying to be sexier or younger than you need to act,-put on a suit, a dress, or even just some casual jeans,- and skip the glamour modeling stuff. A commercial print modeling agency is your focus and you want to show photos that show your personality, your energy and approachable look.

Wet n Wild Fake eyelashes for Photo shoots

Easy eyelashes with Isobella Jade from Styledash on Vimeo.

Knowing how to put on fake eyeslashes can be a pain in the butt! But with Wet n Wild's Bat your eyes fake eyelashes that stick on, it is real easy. Especially for photo shoots. A model should know how to do her make up, and even put on her own fake eyelashes. If you want to try some that do not involve the mess try these.

They only take three seconds to put on and worth the try.

Also I did a video on AOL's Stylelist applying them, you can watch the video here.

Payless shoes for short models

These are some hot Payless gold shoes, called Karols Dress Sandal.

Sale Price: $17.99 at Payless.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Modeling tips on Understanding where your fit as a model

A girl recently contacted me about modeling and told her height (5'3") and I wrote her back asking her what she wants to model? She wrote me back a list of magazines that interested her. My reply back was based on how "the magazines we read, like, and want to be in, may not be the magazines that are the right fit for us as models."

Parts of my email back included "..being petite, under 5'7" means you need to think of magazines such as Glamour, Marie Claire, Redbook, more lifestyle like, you need to focus on magazines off types Knitting, golf, fitness, ect."

Sometimes the modeling you are best for, is not the magazine you read and like.

Before a girl should have hopes and wants to be a model she should understand what her realistic options are.

And editor at Vogue or a fashion related magazine usually will not ask for a petite model, or a girl who is under 5'7". Fashion magazines, while I love reading them, I do not plan to ever be in them modeling, unless it is for parts or a feature on my book or story. Fashion magazines might be open to different ethnicities of models, but not height...usually.

To want to be a model it is best to know how you should approach the business, agents, and market yourself.

If you are 5'4" 5'3" 5'2" or 5'1" or five foot or shorter, your modeling pursuits will have to be based on commercial print modeling or parts modeling. You will find more success trying to use what you DO have than trying to conform to what a fashion world/ agency wants you to be which you will won't be unless you get leg extensions
or something.

Seriously, if you are petite, "My advice. When it comes to an agency forget fashion, and focus on lifestyle modeling,commercial print modeling. You will get more work, make more money and model longer. And there is not opportunity unfortuantly for a short girl in the fashion world. You can model handbags, accessories and jewerly, shoes though. But you need a commercial print modeling agency. So get photos of yourself using those items. And focus on a headshot and beauty shot...not much fashion poses and makeup involved. Use your personality and energy, smile and spunk to get an agent. Stick to commercial print modeling agencies. Also consider Parts modeling."

Yes of course if you work with talented photographers and those who do submit to magazines you might be able to get exposed in some fashiony, trendy magazines perhaps, and I do suggest trying to get some tearsheets on your own as new model with local magazines in your town or near by city, but it takes a lot of will, the right ambition, the right photos, photographer, and plan to get that done.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Modeling for brands that grow

I shoe modeled for a shoe show for White Mountain a couple summers ago and the brand was introducing another brand called Rialto shoes, at the time the brand was just starting out and I was one of the first people to wear the shoes.

As a shoe model your foot goes in and out of shoes all day and you might even do technical shoe work and be asked questions to how the shoe fits and if you like the shoe.

It was fun working with Rialto because the man who designed the line was working aside you and he really cared about the shoes and you could tell it was a brand he wanted to take off.

Well I liked the Rialto shoes alot and the price point was under $40 and seemed really reasonable for all the gem stones and pretty details involved in the shoe.

It looked more expensive.

I wondered if I would end up seeing it in stores one day.

I recently read an article about the brand recently in Footwear News and they have really expanded and grown. I was so proud of the brand and the designer.

I remember I found this shoe modeling job for White Mountain on my own, and it paid well and the whole shoe show went well. It is a cool feeling to model for a brand and see that it has grown.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Planning a photo shoot for a Magazine submission

Styling and planning your own shots for a magazine submission does involve some work, you can’t just slop on any old thing, but at the same time, it can be easily done if you have a focus for the shoot. I would plan to pitch and pick a theme that is simple. Some that I love are Accessories, or Swimwear, or hairstyles or shoes. (These are also good for a petite girl.)

Next think of the audience and magazine you will be submitting to.
Usually a fashion magazine will want every thing shot highly stylized. Meaning the fashion items need to current or a seasons to come items. A magazine will show winter pieces in the early fall or late summers. Sometimes swimwear shots are wanted in the winter time to prepare for summer editorials. Usually a fashion magazine will want every thing shot highly stylized. Meaning the fashion items need to current or a seasons to come items. Also higher end magazine usually hire their own photographers and are more in control of what they are wanting. It is easier to submit to a smaller magazine to start, or one with a smaller circulation, a trade magazine, or a weekly lifestyle magazine.

Getting the things you need:
I would pull clothing from designers and try to get in touch with showrooms, to loan you items for the shoot. It is best to first submit some images to the magazine with the photographer and get them at least interested in your work. Then get the styling together.

IDEA: If you are planning to shoot jewelry then stop by some boutiques or email them or ask who you can speak to about loaning you some jewelry for a photo shoot that is being submitted to a magazine.

Getting a Location:
IDEA: offer the location some extra photography needs, they might be more interested in letting you use their location if you give them some nice free shots of the space.

I had bad Pneumonia

Towards the end of this week posts were slow or not there at all.

I was at the ER and Hospital for a few days, so my posts have been slow but I had bad pneumonia.

I got to the hospital on Thurs around noon because I had a fever, and coughing, and I thought perhaps it would be quick, or I would get a perscriptions and be home soon, but I was there for three days. I guess it was a lot worse that that. Young people don't usually get pneumonia, so I had to stay over night in the hospital for the first time in my life. It was a very emotional few days. But I feel alot better now.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Model can get in magazines on their own

Something that aspiring models should do is to pitch themselves to magazines, not fashion ones, I am talking lifestyle ones, local ones, niche ones, and to work with photographer's who are seeking published work too.

You can submit to the photo editors or there is another option:

You can notice the photographers name's who shoot for the magazine and try to get in touch with them. Or you and a photographer could work together to produce some shots that might make a good editorial for a magazine.

When creating the editorial shots yourself to submit, you should try to work with a photographer who is driven and also good at promotion. A few photographers over the years have helped me get some great tearsheets. Together we shot, planned and submitted, and a sample of the tearsheets is above.

I have even helped photographers get tearsheets as well, and it comes down to shooting something that is fitting for the magazine. Knowing the magazine. And an amvitious photographer will know how to the photos should look and together you should plan a submission. You submission should be appealing but not TOO fashiony. The fashion magazines want everythingly highly styled which can be hard for just a model and photographer to pull off, so it is best to submit to a magazine that is NOT over the top fashion, maybe a local magazine, to build your portfolio.

A magazine that might like a story on local jewerly designers, or aspiring designers, and pull the items you need from the designers or stores, and then decide on the story you want to tell within the photos.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Not Fashion Modeling Advice for the Short girl

So maybe for the fashion model types 5'8" and over, you will have your portfolio taken care of and have a more crafted experience as a model, but if you are under 5'8", if you are not a fashion model, it is up to you to make your portfolio, to make your compcard and to market yourself.

Being discovered at the model is not a short girl scene. Not by anyone legit anyways. No legit agencies for commercial print modeling, lifestyle modeling will be at the mall. Maybe higher end agencies, that have scouts will. But for the short girl, really it is up to you.

Many girls make the mistake of thinking the agency will handle everything, or end up paying for modeling schools, or paying to be a model, and it is really messed up.

The perception of modeling for a short girl should be:

1. Are you too fashion or too sexy? Lifestyle and energy shots, think about ads you see for everything from HSBC band ads, to hair care ads, Dove, ect. So it is best to show the agency you can model products, skip the glamour shots, and represent a brand or service. This is the type of modeling for short girls, it is called commercial print modeling. It might sound boring but the photos you need are very simple, smiling, laughing, being yourself, sort of like what you see in a Marie Claire or Glamour magazine.

2. Are you not approaching the right agencies? There are modeling agencies out there for short models, but it is called print modeling. And you should mail headshots and photos to these types of agencies. Don't waste your time with fashion agencies, or posing like a fashion model, it won't get you anywhere.

3. Are you really working at it or just sort of? If you photos are good, you can get an agent. If you work hard you can get an agent. Working hard is a big part of it. If you are wasting your time a social modeling internet site, then you need to wake up and start to plan out some ideas for modeling goals. It helps a short model to have some experience before approaching agencies, having some experience means that you have gotten a tearsheet in a magazine, have worked with a brand, big or aspiring. Sort of like any professional, if you want to work with the best companies you have to prove you can.

Holiday Hair styles w/ Bill Schrlau

So if you are thinking of new ways to do your hair consider this insight from stylist Bill Schrlau who says,

"We are coming up on the holidays and keeping it simple and easy to do as well as inexpensive is the way to go.

Ponytail updo- using 6 bobby pins and a elastic hair band- rubber band. Put the hair into a ponytail, mid to low, not high. Use one section of hair to wrap around the hair elastic to hide it, secure with bobby pin. Curl the hair in the ponytail. Then take the curls and secure them at the base of the ponytail, making sure to twist the hair around the bobby pin to secure them. Touch-up with spray & you have a holiday hair style. Practice, practice, practice."

For more on Bill's work and fantastic hair styling tips see his website and he also has a radio show here: http://www.schrlau.net/

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Being a Background Actor Check list

Being a background actor means you could be on set for over 12 hours. I have been on set starting at 6pm and didn’t get home till 8am the next day! And here a list of things a background actor needs, to stay awake and comfortable on the job.

Besides forms of ID such as your State ID, social security cards, or passport, you need a few others things too to help you get through the day, afternoon or night:

1. Bring Advil.
2. Bring you own water and snacks, usually there will be a craft service, but the service is scheduled, for example, if you start the job at 6pm, you might not get “lunch” until 1:30am! So make sure you bring some food. Crackers, granola bar, apple, something to hold you over.
3. Bring shoes for wearing on set and also more comfortable ones like sandals, sneakers or flip flops for when you are off set. I have had bad experiences of needing to wear high heels on set and not bringing an extra pair of shoes, and trust me your feet will be killing you.
4. Bring gloves and scarves when shooting in the winter, sometimes there are scenes that need to be shot outside, and sometimes even last minute they might need YOU to stand out side. Regardless if it is freezing, or snowing.
5. Bring something to read and do when you are not on set.
6. Expect to bring your own makeup and hair supplies, and clothing, sometimes two sets of clothing for changes.

Background actors are off all ages and ethnicities, so expect to work with a lot of people of all types, and some terms on set you might want to know are:

When the camera is rolling, the PA with yell “ Background!”…that is when you move, pantomime, and ‘act’ like you are doing something, then you will hear Action, and that is for the main “Actors” speak.

“Extra” another word for a “Background Actor”

“Back to Holding,” this is a cue to go back to the area where the background actors stay when they are not on set.

“That’s a wrap.” That doesn’t mean your day is over, that could just mean that scene is over.

Being a background actor means you are there to help create the mood of the scene, you could be simply walking across a street, portraying a student, or police man, sitting at a café, pretending to notice art at a gallery, or something lifestyle-ish, the next time you watch a movie or TV series, notice the people in the background…it takes the effort of even the background actor, to make the film come together and touch an audience.

Models and the Recession - Marketing Yourself

Gawker recently posted on my thoughts on the Recession here:

Here are some tips on modeling through out the recession:

1.Be aggressive, just because the economy is spinning downward doesn’t mean you can’t get modeling work. My agent recently contacted me about modeling on a Saturday or Sunday for a job with a top fashion magazine, -so while many companies might be not spending as much on marketing, there is still modeling work out there. This leads me to #2.

2.Being available right now is key! The more available you are the better. Being available can mean booking a job or not booking it.

3.Keep your mailings going, keep your persistence, and keep pushing to promote your own marketing materials. Get a new compcard, fresh up your resume; submit your headshot out to casting directors and modeling agencies and the photo editors at magazines. Set some goals. Buy some stamps and keep your submissions rolling.

When building your portfolio: Focus on the quality of the work you are doing.

Models should know Photoshop - 4 basics for Models

Yes models should know Photoshop. Being a model means also taking on other skills besides posing. Aspiring models, especially the shorter girls out there who are not the proper height for fashion modeling, should learn photoshop, -especially during their hustling to get their own tearsheets from magazines. You can also save money by doing things yourself.

Resizing Photos, When you get a Cd of images from a photo shoot, make sure you make the photos email size, in Photoshop you Click file size, it is best to make an email file between 4inches and 7inches, bigger is ok, but it can clog up email boxes. Keeping it under 150K is best.

72 dpi Photo: This is correct the pixil resolution for emails and web images. To adjust an image on a CD, open the image in Photoshop, and on the top bar click Image, then click Image Size and you will see a box pop up. You will see Pixel Dimensions, and also document, focus on the Document size and change the resolution of the photo to 72.

This is good size for emailing the photos, or if your modeling agency asks for an email sized photo, this is a good size for web images, with a resolution of 72, also know as 72 dpi.

300 dpi photo: This is the size for print. If you are making a compcard or headshot you want the image at 300 dpi. This is what magazines want for printing resolution, so if you ever get an email from a magazine editor asking for a photo of you in 300dpi, it means in a large jpeg file, or a Tiff file that is 300dpi in size and pixel.

Width and Height of a photo: To change the width and height of a photo you go to Image Size, then change the inches that you would like. Usually a photo 5 by 7 inches if good for an emailed image, at 72 Dpi. This will make the image 150KB, which is a good size for sending an email. If the image is for print,it will be alot bigger, -more like 3.4MB.

Also it is important to know how to change a color photo to Black and White:

Make B&W Images/Photos: To turn a photo from color to black and white, open Photoshop, open the image, and then click Image, then click Mode and click Gayscale. That should give you a good black and white image.

Cropping Images: To crop an image, go to the tools icon and click the icon that looks like a square stitching marks it's the shape tool for cropping an image- it is called the Rectangle marquee tool. I use this to crop images. Then put the select arrow on the image you want to crop and drag.
You can crop full size body shots into even headshots. See the images above as samples.