Thursday, June 30, 2011

Style contest! Submit to win a copy of The Science of Sexy and a copy of my book Short Stuff

Hey Girls,

My shorter/petite readers of all sizes from the USA can submit to win a copy of Bradley Bayou's awesome style book called The Science of Sexy.

Bradley Bayou's book, The Science of Sexy, is an every size style guide that has a fitting room meant for petites and short girls of all shapes. There is a GREAT petite section in the book and the book is really insightful and helpful for all shapes and sizes 0-26.

 To submit to win The Science of Sexy, send me a photo of yourself wearing your favorite summer time outfit to include your first name, height and city.  Share how you created the look to work with your petite size.

Petite pride!
I will showcase the top three submission on this blog and pick my favorite short and stylish look as the winner!
Deadline July 5th, 2011

Also make sure you connect with Bradley Bayou on Twitter and Facebook here: 

If you missed last week's segment with Bradley Bayou on my podcast radio show tune in here or check it out on itunes. (click here to listen to the archived interview 

For this contest, I will also throw in a copy of my book Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model to the winner.

All submissions will be considered for other Short and Stylish features in the future.

This is the first contest of a few other summer book giveaways coming up!

I am looking forward to your submissions!

 Always aim high no matter your height!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Are there agencies without height requirements?

A girl asked me about agencies without height requirements, and if there were any out there?

I told her:

Most modeling agencies out there do have height requirements, even print modeling agencies, but talent agencies and print modeling modeling agencies are better to pursue than a high fashion agency if you are petite.

Focus on working with agencies that markets not just the height of a model, but also her personality. Also an agency that works with models of all sizes and ages for ads of all types is good to go after. Do the research and hunt them out, many well respected print modeling agencies do not advertise themselves. They accept submissions from aspiring models via postal mail and they do not have open calls.

When producing photos for your modeling comp card you have to be careful to produce "the right" type of photos.

If you're wanting to be a tennis player you wouldn't just jump on the court, you'd need to know how to properly use the tennic racket, and want to learn about the sport as much as you can, practice for hours, know yourself and your skills, test out techniques and always be improving yourself, before you call yourself  "an aspiring professional tennis player."

Same with striving to be a professional model.

It helps to know yourself, so you can better prepare for your success by understanding your assets, so ask yourself, 'What do I have to offer the business of selling products and how can my look be marketable for advertising and editorial concepts?' and 'What do I have that is marketable beyond my height?'

Be prepared to research, manage your photos, craft your comp cards and invest in your goals, not just with money but with time and energy.

If you only dwell on feet and inches you may miss out on all you actually could be using to get opportunities.

You have more than your height,

~isobella jade

Stop by a reading I'm doing at the Gaslight Salon series July 6th 2011 NYC

Hey Girls,

Stop by a reading I'm doing at the Gaslight Salon series "What Had Happened Was..."
And, also I'll have copies of my books on me that you can also buy for a mad bargain :)
Also: JIM HANAS will also be reading, he is the author of the short story collection Why They Cried, which is now available as a Joyland eBook from ECW Press.

July 6 


The scoop on the series is here:!/event.php?eid=131512900262041

See you there!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Little Smurfette models for Bazaar magazine, cute!

Hey Girls, Smurfette models for Bazaar magazine's August issue, cute! She might be their smallest model yet!

In the spread, produced by Harper's Bazaar features/special projects director Laura Brown, Smurfette steps out in the hottest shoes, handbags, hats and jewelry, dancing in Dolce & Gabbana, looking lovely in Marc Jacobs and Lanvin, and prancing in Vuitton.

The August issue of Harper's Bazaar hits newsstands July 12th. The Smurfs opens on July 29th.

Photo credit: Jeffrey Westbrook for Harper's Bazaar.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer contest! Win a copy of Bradley Bayou's book The Science of Sexy

Hey Girls, Calling my USA readers,

Last week on my podcast I chatted with celebrity fashion designer & author Bradley Bayou, (click here to listen to the archived interview and hear more about his journey as a designer and also his tips for shorter girls, he is known for his world renowned couture designs created for all sizes, from size 2-26 ) and I am holding a contest to win a  copy of Bradley Bayou's celebrated book called The Science of Sexy, an every size style guide that has a fitting room meant for petites and short girls of all shapes.

I know you will love this book. I love the petite section! And not many style books include a petite section and his is HUGE!

Calling my petite/shorter girls of all sizes: To submit to win The Science of Sexy, send me a photo of yourself wearing your favorite summer time outfit to include your first name, height and city.  Share how you created the look to work with your petite size.

I will showcase the top three submission on this blog and pick my favorite short and stylish look as the winner!

Starts now!

Deadline July 5th, 2011

I will also throw in a copy of my book Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model to the winner.

All submissions will be considered for other Short and Stylish features in the future.
Check out Bradley Bayou's tips on dressing well and looking hoter than the weather this summer:

Height isn't everything, aim high!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A question on phone numbers on the actual comp card? Answered

A girl asked me recently in an email:

It common to have phone numbers listed on the actual comp card?

I think it is a good idea to manage your own comp card, especially when you are starting out. When you are first striving to work with an agency you will mail them your comp card.  And I wouldn't typically print your phone number on the comp card.  You will print on your comp card your stats, click the comp card above and at the bottom of the back of the card you will see the stats: height, dress, bust, waist, etc. And that is what my comp card includes along with my name on the front of the card. I don't print my phone number or email on my comp card.

I typically hand write my agency's phone number or I would use a sticker the agency gave me that has their contact info on it when attending castings. Your comp card will have your stats on it and your name, but you don't need to put your phone number on it.  When you use your comp card while working with an agency, the agency will be the one the client calls if they want to work with you, and you will write on it

Here is some other insight on mailing agencies, phone numbers on comp cards, and castings and comp cards:
This is based on my own experiences.

When you are starting out to mail agencies, you will mail out the comp cards to MANY agencies. If you are mailing the agency for the first time your comp card just write or on a post-it write your own phone number for them to contact you. When agencies calls you with interest to work with you, you will typically end up freelancing with that agency/ working non-exclusive with them and with more than one agency, but you can create and use the same comp card typically for all the agencies you work with non-exclusively.

And print modeling agencies usually won't front the cost for their model's comp cards, they usually won't "invest $" into their model's careers, typically that is just the fashion world, not the print modeling world. The print modeling business is more about YOU being prepared for your own success ahead of time and understanding the less hands-on relationship with the agencies, it is really about what you put in and how much time you put into crafting your photos, aiming to be professional, producing a marketable comp card that the agency can use to market you, so be prepared manage your photography and your printing for comp cards and distrubute the comp cards to the agencies you work with. An actor prints their headshots a print model prints their comp cards.

And, beware, don't have to feel pressured to print a comp card through an agency, and often this is a scam, so remember you can and should manage your own photography and it is normal and expected as a model working non-exclusive with print modeling agencies to print your own comp cards and manage your photography.

After you mail your compcards to print agencies, remember the agency won't call you normally unless the comp card you sent them is already marketable, and when the agency does call you with interest to market you to their clients the agency will ask you for 10 or so cards and the rest you will use for castings or to market yourself to other agencies/opportunities.

Print modeling agencies like it that you are prepared, they are used to working non-exclusive with their models and the more prepared you are and have your professional print modeling photos, comp card, portfolio, the better. If a print agency wants to work with you they will work with your comp card and send you out to castings and you will use that comp card.

Like a hand bag designer that sells the same bag in different stores. You can use your comp card for more than one agency. The agency's might give you stickers with the agency's contact info on it that you will place on the comp card before castings. Or you can write the agency's phone number on your comp card before you attend the casting they are sending you to attend. So a phone number is not needed to be printed on the comp card you create.

I wouldn't print your phone number on the comp card for sake of losing the card, and safety, what if you drop one? You don't want your number floating around.

When I go to a casting I typically will write the agencies name and phone number on the comp card and use the same card for multiple agencies I've worked with. 


P.s: Also, when an agency wants to work with you that doesn't mean thet are "handing you" opportunities, working with an agency doesn't guarantee you will get booked modeling work, you still are most always your own best manager and you need to produce your own comp cards and manage your photography, it is the best way NOT to get scammed and to keep yourself always in progress and not limited. And always produce photos that entwine the goals you have for modeling in a realistic manner. When you are preparing photos for your comp card think about your modeling goals and assets as a model:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WTF! Why don't more beauty brands have recycling programs? Are you there Bare Escentuals, can you hear me?

(there are 7 here actually)

Hey Girls,

I have been true to Bare Escentuals, but WTF Bare Escentuals can you give a girl an eco-friendly packaging approach, I'm waiting on you, can you help me out please? Actually, help me, help you! I want to help you out because I have seriously MANY of these empty plastic containers (that means I've spent already over $200 on your products but really I've spent much more I just threw those containers in the recycling bin at my place, anyway, I would like to drop these off at your store or a Sephora near me, and I don't need a discount or gift, sure of course I would take one, I mean even a dollar off would be cool or a free sample, but the point would be I'd feel better about your brand) and it's getting ridiculous. I am just waiting, hoping that one day you will have a recycling program. :(   Your whole packaging is plastic. Plastic you could be re-using. Or at least encourage your customers to recycle your products.  If there is a program for your company hiding in the dark somewhere, please let me know. When you consider starting one, I will promote it and be at the front of the campaign, ready! Also by the way, your recent packaging is a pain in the butt, getting the last bit of my product is what I do and your current packaging makes this tough. I squeeze the bottle for the last drop of my primer, shampoo bottle, I drink the backwash of my water bottle, I use it all! And it is very much a pain to bang, bang, bang the container to the point of anger just to get the full use of my purchase of your powder. I'd like to go back to the old packaging. The first packaging that was easy to open and swipe up the last bit with my brush. Please think about it, I still like you but I am getting real annoyed. Thanks.

(waiting on a recycling program)

However, M.A.C., LUSH, Origins, Kiehls and Aveda all offer recycling programs which is cool. Don't just throw your face wash bottle, cleanser, toner bottle in the trash bag. Recycle it!

M.A.C. gives you a free lipstick for returning six [6] M·A·C primary packaging containers to a M·A·C counter:

Origins has a recycling program called Return to Origins, you may bring your empty Origins empty cosmetic tubes, bottles and jars to stores, here's more on the program, Reuse,Reduce, Recycle:

LUSH, bring in five black pots and get a free mask mask! Tomorrow I am actually going to LUSH to return 5 pots!

Avenda takes back the caps from bottles of all types, read more on their program here:

Kiehl's has a recycle and be rewarded program, watch the video here on Facebook: Kiehl’s will offer customers a Limited Edition Eco-Tote designed by Pharrell Williams. Each tote is manufactured from Bionic® Yarn fabric, and includes 9 plastic bottles. The “Recycle and Be Rewarded” program takes place from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012. Get your new recycling cards from any Kiehl’s stores and start recycling!

This is all inspiring and awesome news, but what about drugstore brands? I wonder how hard would it be to send a recycling return box to drug stores?  Customers could drop off their plastics and makeup packaging material for each brand or the store itself or the brands could work something out with the suppliers and  manufacturers of their goods? I would actually do this if it was available. It kind of bothers me when I recycle a mascara tube or liptick tube even in my own recycling bin at home and I can't help but think, "Um, what's going to happen to that?"

Couldn't these brands could re-use their own packaging? Wouldn't this be smart? Cost-saving?  Maybe it costs more to wash and clean and re-use the material. I am not sure but I am searching for proof of why recycling their own packaging is not something it seems that most beauty brands do naturally.

Wouldn't the brands save money by re-using packaging? Why isn't this just common sense? Also so many times I walk in to a drug store SO many items are sitting there un-sold for months! Same items getting dusty and I wonder what will happen to this packaging? So their products this season may have not been as interesting to the consumer, but couldn't this plastic be re-used? Is this my nutty idea? Is it carelessness, or is this too much to ask?

I like a brand more when they do have a recycling program.

Plastics and products can be sold in these recycled packaging materials and plastics again and again, there is nothing wrong with the plastic, so why not?

Hopefully in the next years more beauty brands decide to create their own recycling program. The cosmetic world needs to wake up when it comes to reducing waste! Even if I wasn't offered a free gift, I think it is a smart idea as a brand to have a recycling program. I don't need to be bribed to recycle. I already do it. Gift or no gift, I would be part of it.

A video I hosted for on things you can recycle right in your bathroom from your beauty routine:


Today! Bradley Bayou: The Science of Sexy For All Sizes

Hey Girls,

Today! Tune in today at 1 PM EST/ 10 AM PST for a chat about fashion for all sizes and catching up with Bradley Bayou! :)

I hope you are checking out his wall here on Facebook there are a lot of good tips there too daily!

Tune into the segment here, Bradley Bayou: The Science of Sexy For All Sizes:

Connect with Bradley Bayou and his fashion, style and design tips on Twitter and Facebook:

Remember ladies, size is just a number! Love and work with what you've got! :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tune in Tuesday for a chat with Bradley Bayou and here are his swimsuit do's and don'ts

Bradley Bayou: The Science of Sexy For All Sizes

When: Tuesday June 21, 2011
Time: 1:00 P.M. EST - 10 A.M. PST

Tune in Tuesday for a chat with Bradley Bayou, celebrated fashion designer, who is known for his world renowned couture designs created for all sizes, from size 2-20. In this segment Mr. Bayou chats about his own design journey and shares fashion tips for the petite shape and shorter girls of all sizes. Have you checked out Bradley Bayou's book yet? You should, he is the author of the popular book “The Science of Sexy,” which is also featured in this segment.

Here on Bradley's tips on swimsuit do's and don'ts. Do you have short legs, no bust, no waist, long body? Bradley's got some tips for you for all shapes and sizes this summer:

Follow Bradley Bayou here:

Tune into the podcast segment on Tuesday here:


Sunday, June 19, 2011

To Dad's all over the world, Happy Father's Day!

To Dad's all over the world, Happy Father's Day! I love and miss you Dad, every day I hear your voice when I think of what you'd do or say, and know you're there perhaps even more than ever as a friend and as an angel and kind soul to confide in. The greatest things we are given do not have a monetary value, they are priceless, and invisible and felt within our heart. ~IJ

Friday, June 17, 2011

Model and fashion buzz that caught my eye: from full figured fashion week to faith fashion and more

Hey Girls,

Some model and fashion news that caught my eye:

Full Figured Fashion Week Kicks Off in NYC

More on how curves take over the runway:

And here's more:

Faith base fashion for women who want to dress modestly could be growing:

Jessica Simpon joins NBC's new reality show Fashion Star:

I like how this article shares insight on "age" and the "advertising world" and modeling, I think you'll find it insightful:

Here what to do with a degree in fashion. "You may not end up as a Stella McCartney, but there are plenty of options for fashion graduates" via:


What are your go-to brands for petite sizes?

(wearing one of my favorite little black dresses in this pic)

Hey Girls,

As a shorter girl what are your go-to items in your closet? Are there certain styles and brands you always go to? Which brands do you wish carried your size better?

I have a really cute black cropped silk jacket that I love from Vivienne Tam, and actually one of my favorite little black dresses was like $40 from Necessary Objects, and I have a sick leather dress from Kenneth Cole ♥ which is slightly too big, but with really HIGH heels it makes the fit better with the some extra length, email me your favs at


Coming up! June 21st a chat with Bradley Bayou: A fashion guru and author for all sizes

Bradley Bayou: The Science of Sexy For All Sizes

When: Tuesday June 21, 2011
Time: 1:00 P.M. EST - 10 A.M. PST

Bradley Bayou, celebrated fashion designer, is known for his world renowned couture designs created for all sizes, from size 2-20. In this segment Mr. Bayou chats about his own design journey and shares fashion tips for the petite shape and shorter girls of all sizes. He's the author of the popular book “The Science of Sexy,” which is featured in this segment. His ready-to-wear collection called BRADLEY by Bradley Bayou premiered on QVC, along with handbags and accessories for women, as a huge hit. Mr. Bayou has been a featured fashion designer, style and fashion expert and author on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "Regis and Kelly," "The View," "Entertainment Tonight," "Access Hollywood," "The Early Show," "Extra," "MTV's House of Style," and "VH1's Fashion Television." He was the Host and Executive Producer for Lifetime’s "Operation Style." Bradley Bayou has dressed Oprah Winfrey, Eva Longoria, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Felicity Huffman and many other leading ladies. This memorable segment will inspire you to celebrate, work with, and love your natural self. Follow Bradley Bayou:

Tune into the segment here:

Size is just a number and height isn't everything when you know your assets,


Isobella Jade Quote: Find out what is in your heart

Find out what is in your heart, and listen to it, and let it lead you. ~Isobella Jade

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Isobella Jade Quotes: Did you love yourself today?

When you wake up and when you go to bed each day confront yourself and accept yourself, give love and appreciation to yourself and be true to yourself, live up to your thoughts and your actions. There are many compassionless distractions out there which may engage us but which also have the potential to low our self-esteem and value of ourselves at the same time subconsciously, there are many visual distractions that we can judge and compare ourselves upon, there are many celebrations on the selfishness out there but not enough celebration on the generous and kind hearted—all, can make us forget about our inner-self. Be sure you to fill our heart, your mind and soul with a dose of self-love each day. ~Isobella Jade

Coming up a chat with fashion designer and the author Bradley Bayou!!

Hey Girls,

Guess what! Something awesome is about to happen! I will be chatting with fashion designer and the author of The Science of Sexy, Bradley Bayou, early next week on my podcast! We will be chatting about his own design journey, his books and topics among fashion & styling for petite shapes and shorter girls of all sizes. If you have a suggestion for a question, leave it here or email me:

Send it over soon!

I'll have the segment info up later tonight.

Let me know your fashion concerns, and when it comes to fashion and fit, I will share them with Bradley Bayou, let me know what you like to see be improved for your own shopping experience in the next 5 years?

Size is just a number and height isn't everything!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Isobella Jade Quotes: your own expectations of yourself

Be willing to want to become the best of you and like yourself each day for how you have lived up to your own expectations of yourself ~Isobella Jade

Isobella Jade trademark

Isobella Jade Quote: Hanging in there can mean the difference

Hanging in there can mean the difference between getting what you want and not getting it. When you’re building a dream from scratch or investing the time in pursuing something you believe in, your patience will be tested, your heart will be tugged at, your energy will be pushed to the max, and it's because you pulled through, didn't give up when you could have, kept believing even through the doubt and carried on when the load was stressful, that you can now climb a step higher on the ladder that you are creating~Isobella Jade

Isobella Jade TM

Bradley Bayou shares "The Science of Sexy" for all sizes

Hey Girls,

I really love this article on on Bradley Bayou's, fashion designer and the author of The Science of Sexy also fashion guru for, insight on fashion for all sizes, check it out here:

The foundation of his "science of sexy" is based two things:
1. Dressing to balance your body.

2. Learning to conceal your flaws and reveal your assets. create a figure that looks beautifully proportioned and that gets attention in all the right places.

In the article Bradley shares, "Let’s be real here for a second. The average fashion model is about 5'10", 115 pounds, and a size 4 at most. Now, consider this: The average American woman is 5'4", 164 pounds, and a size 14. In fact, half the women in this country wear a size 14 or above. Yet most of the clothes you find in stores are designed for tall, skinny fashion models. The problem is, the majority of women might not even look good wearing those clothes!

Today, most fashion books and magazine articles fail to distinguish the differences in body types when it comes to giving fashion advice. And they use vague lists of descriptors for how to look taller or thinner."

I agree!  I think you will really enjoy these features on on Bradley's science of sexy mindset and also his books. Here are some awesome tips for all sizes:

Download Bradley’s closet check list:

Check out Badley’s Pant Guide for All Sizes:

Bradley’s Dress Guide:

Bradley Bayou's couture collection:

I encourage girls to give attention to their assets, to acknowledge what they do have and find the value in their size and shape, and not dwell on what they might not have been born with.

Learning to love and work with what you naturally have is something I believe in. NO one in perfect, we all have flaws and scars, and I think beauty is the glow on a woman's face, her inner love for herself. The word perfection hasn't been my goal, for what is perfection really? Perfect to who? Perfect to me? Perfect to someone else judging me? Screw that! I can be perfect for myself! I've learned to love my gap between my teeth, I put on that push-up bra if I want a more proportioned looking shape, and I try to understand my body (I have a booty, I have small hips, I have long legs for a short chick but I'm still short). It's good to know yourself, what you are working with! Also my own trial and error has proven I look best in certain skirts, certain styles of jeans, certain tops and jackets, to present myself in clothing that not only flatters my petite size, but also clothing that makes me feel confident and beautiful and brings out my true self.  Later I will share more on what styles as a petite I love and go-to.
I am sure that, especially my shorter readers, will enjoy Bradley Bayou's insight on styling for all sizes and shapes, and follow Bradley and his tips here on Facebook and Twitter: 

You are beautiful! Size is just a number!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Classes and Seminars about TV commercials coming up:

Hey Girls, 

If you are based in the NYC area and interested in working within TV commercials here are some upcoming seminars that might intrigue you. I suggest getting a professional headshot BEFORE attending seminars and classes. A;so it's smart if you have some idea to what the word on-camera means beforehand. GOOGLE! There is a difference between TV commercial auditions and commercial print modeling castings.

Consider these classes on TV commercial auditioning. On-camera acting classes are based on speaking right to camera, there are certain ways to position your body, and knowing how to stay in frame is important and how to position your face and body for on-camera auditions, sometimes knowing how to read from an on-camera teleprompter is helpful as well. Also you should know the basics about on-camera auditions such as knowing "what slating is."  Slating is when you stand on your mark (usually a piece of tape will be on the ground which you stand on) and speak to the (video) camera and introduce yourself to the camera.

If you want to get into commercials, check out this class through Affordable Acting classes:

Commercial Intensive (1 Day): Wednesday, June 29th from 6:00-9:00pm - $45

& Commercial Intensive (1 Day): Tuesday, July 5th from 6:00-9:00pm - $45
Go to - to REGISTER for these classes/seminars.

Other sites for classes and seminars:

Read this article about being a "nice to be around" commercial actor by 5'4" Casting Director, Laurie Records: I believe that waaaaay back in my days as a stage actor in Seattle, I was fortunate enough to be cast regularly, not because I was hands down the most talented 5’4” spunky brunette in town, but because directors wanted me around. Why? Well, because I was a nice gal (and was a hard worker, talented, reliable, blah, blah, blah… but so were a LOT of other spunky brunettes). The truth is, I was fun to have around! I believe often times I get work as a casting director for the same reason. I’m nice… and certainly all the blah, blah blah, but *nice matters*. It does for me and it does for you.
Strive on!

Hey Big Dreamers! Daily Candy is searching for Would-Be Entrepreneurs

Hey Big Dreamers! This caught my eye: Daily Candy is searching for Would-Be Entrepreneurs. The scoop: Calling all fledgling designers, budding restaurateurs, and desk jockeys dying to quit their day jobs. Your big break has finally arrived. Enter DailyCandy's Start Small, Go Big Contest:

The scoop is here:


Isobella Jade Quote: time and inspiration

Having the time to do something isn't always enough to make it happen, you also need the inspiration ~Isobella Jade

Isobella Jade Quotes: the heart of it

Achieving what you want to accomplish involves staying focused on the why, the purpose of your pursuit and the heart of it. :) ~Isobella Jade

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Belmont Stakes 2011 photos, let's hear it for the Underdog, and my lucky number 3 as the winner!

(Ruler on Ice, the winner of the 143rd Belmont Stakes)

Hey Girls, The underdog wins! My lucky number 3 horse 'Ruler On Ice' wins the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes! You can watch the race here:

It was a rainy, cold day and the track was sloppy and real muddy. I was freezing and shivering waiting for the races to go off today after we wiped our seats dry, and bet on races 7 through 10.

But the mud and slop didn't stop Ruler on Ice to get out there and work it, and plow through and win!

I always support the UNDERDOG! 'cause the Underdog can win!! Ruler on Ice was a 24-1 longshot, but his win proves to us all that the underdog can make it happen!

Read more about Ruler on Ice and the race here:

I am happy that a horse with big odds plowed through. I read that the horse was good at long distances, and he sure was!


And, there is Bob Costas, he started his sportscasting career at Syracuse University, I find this cool since Syracuse is my hometown!

Nina shoes, Express tanki, H&M jacket, Pleasure Doing Business skirt.

Animal Kingdom


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Isobella Jade Quote: pursue

When you don't know what to do, pursue. ~Isobella Jade

Hey Girls, Get a personalized signed copy of my books Short Stuff or/and Almost 5'4"

Hey Girls,

MY USA readers can get a personalized and signed copy of Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model for $20

Also you can get Almost 5'4" for $20, here is the scoop:

It took a few days for the airbrush paint to completely come off, and my whole body was tender for the next couple of days. The soreness was a reminder of the type of creative energy that gets put into many shoots, and the endurance required to be a professional model. ~excerpt from Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model.

The five flights to my apartment weren’t as mountainous that night when I got back and my legs felt longer as I escalated, my body felt transformed, as if I grew a few inches taller. My muscles were tender and sore and I was hungry but what filled my stomach and eased my mind that night was the thought of how I had made it through the day and no one but me really knew the secret tolerance of it all.~ excerpt from Almost 5'4"


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Casting Confessions: At a casting this past week for a shoe retailer...

(me,  what up short hair days)

A few girls forgot to bring the proper shoes. As a result, they were not being seen by the casting director and were waiting in the hallway, because they didn't have with them the right shoes to wear,  the eyes of one looked me up and down. I ended up letting her-who fit a size 6 shoe-borrow my shoes, high heels of course.

The model that showed up after me ended up loaning another model waiting her size 9 shoes, that model had been hopeful that someone who'd show up would be her size 9 shoe.  It was like a F'ing shoe exchange.

The point is girls: BE PREPARED!
There won't always be another model to kindly get your back!
Don't spend your time waiting in the hallway for someone to happen to be the same size shoe as you!

If you have a casting for shoes make sure ask your agency "what type of shoes you should wear."

I was by my agency the casting details, which included: what shoes to bring and the info for the modeling job if booked, such as payment, usage, all that.

If you are not given this info by your agency... ASK!

It is always better to show up prepared, it is common sense to want to know how you should dress for a casting and what the casting involves.  Also the casting director will appreciate it that you showed up prepared and you will thank yourself when you showed up ready and able and not waiting for the chance someone else attends the casting that wears the same shoe as you, and in hopes she will be kind enough to let you borrow her shoes.

And it doesn't matter how tall you are...make it a must-have: high heels in your handbag for all castings


Sunday, June 5, 2011

(iPhoto) Prancing around downtown and me and the fiancial guy

Banana Republic Dress
Nina Shoes
Longchamp handbag
H&M blazer
Oscar de la Renta scarf

Come fly with me, had a GREAT helicopter tour this weekend

(my man took this from inside the helicopter)

Hey Girls,

While in the waiting room I thought: This place looks kind of ghetto.

But after we got in the helicopter it was AMAZING! 20 min ride of AWESOMENESS!

Because passengers sit by weight, as the smallest one I sat upfront with the pilot, it was fun watching him work the controls and Frank Sinatra played in the headsets. Even if NYC is your city, seeing it from the sky is so impressive. OMG moment: flying over the George Washington Bridge.


The Basic Print Modeling Photos Every Shorter Model Needs

Hey Girls,

So you're short, okay, I am not giraffe tall either, but I am sure you have a lot more to offer the modeling industry than just your height right?

Of course you do! Modeling is not just about being a certain height or having certain measurements, many print models are marketing their upbeat personality, their smiles, their approachable and friendly persona to work within print ads, editorials in magazines and commercials (sure being proportioned, having nice skin, nice hair, nice nails can also be a benefit), and getting opportunities as a shorter model starts with photos.

Make sure you have the right photos you need to pursue modeling before you reach out to agencies and before you call yourself a model.

Having the desire to work as a model is good, it takes a lot of ambition, a strong and confident mindset, the ability to handle rejection, and the will to try, but what co-sides these attributes is photos!

Here are the basic print modeling photos every shorer model needs before she pursues modeling. Below are tips for creating a modeling comp card and submitting comp cards to agencies. Also by visiting and mentioning Isobella Jade when you place an order get 10% off.

Where is your smiling photo?  If you want to pursue print modeling you better get one/or more. This smiling shot is good for the front of your comp card or on the back of your comp card. You can create a smiling shot that involves the full body or close-up.

Beauty close-up/ or a shot that is based on your facial features.

Showing personality, you doing something day-in-the-life-ish or catalog-ish.

Shots involving a product.

Of course you can create a body shot, but keep it in the style of health, beauty, fitness. Nothing too edgy.
It you create a swimwear or lingerie shot make sure it is classy and has a catalog persona. Involve your personality smiles as much as possible into your print modeling shots, because that is what print modeling is all about.

 Aim high and remember the work that is involved when pursuing modeling as a shorter girl, the little guy has to put in the time, energy and prep work, and keep in mind that the more prepared you are for your pursuits, the better!  :)

I hope this helps, good luck!

Links on creating comp cards and submitting to print modeling agencies.
** before preparing a photoshoot or submitting your comp card to the agency review the type of photos that the models have on the print modeling agency's websites that you want to submit to first. Prepare marketable photos and be smart about it. Before you get in front of the camera have a plan, have a goal for the shots and make sure they will benefit your modeling goals realistically.

Isobella Jade TM