Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013! Phoenix has brought such happiness to my life and makes me feel beautiful in a new special way found in motherhood :) cheers to all the mamas out there and babies everywhere!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My hands hand modeling in Littlest Pet Shop Commercial

So I hunted down and found my Littlest Pet Shop Commercial hand modeling job, ( yup, as a model you've got to hunt for your work) I found it on the director's website and also on Youtube.
That's my hand and fingers bringing down the red carpet Penny the Panda and the yellow cat who holds a ribbon, and then holding Panda as she jumps, and also I pressed down the head of the hippo as the skirt moves and pressing the head of the chameleon as he licks an ice-cream cone. It was a day and half shoot. And it's amazing how it all adds up to less than 30 seconds but it looks great! I booked this job because they were looking for "small kind-like" hands, so remember you might not be giraffe tall but put your small to use!
Strive on! Height isn't everything so aim high! 

Holiday Book Promo for Careful, Almost 5'4" and Short Stuff!

Choose a book any book! I'm hosting a big holiday book promo for my USA reads for my books Careful, Almost 5'4" and Short Stuff, starts now and ends 1/3/13
$15.00 for a personalized/signed copy includes shipping in USA
(Please sure sure to send me an email through my website letting me know who to sign the book for.)
I'll be traveling over the holiday and orders made before the 14th willl most likely arrive before Christmas, those afterward will arrive right after the New Year starts.
The first 10 orders recieve a free writing journal, daily I use a journal to craft my writing projects and goals and it's an important creative tool for my work and I hope you enjoy it!
Choose a book here:


Read more about my books and the Careful, Quiet, Invisible book series on my website

Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Launch of the Phoenix Baby Book Club!

I recently launched the Phoenix Baby Book Club, you can check it out here. From the womb to the living room, each day we read books. Phoenix Baby Book Club will share my adventures of reading to my baby son Phoenix along with book features, book videos, reviews, giveaways and more! Subscribe for updates each time a new post it up. At Phoenix's Baby Book Club imagination soars and we hope our book features inspire your own reading sessions and that you enjoy the books we love to read! ~Isobella & Phoenix

First Family Photo-shoot with baby Phoenix

Monday, November 19, 2012

Baby Phoenix meets Victoria's Secret Angels at Herald Square Store!

Happy-almost-two months!! Baby Phoenix got to meet Victoria's Secret models tonight at the Herald Square store! He made such a scene. He's such a ladies man already! :) The girls were cooing over him and Adriana Lima mentioned how she has a 2 month old baby and Lily Aldridge has a 5 month baby. They were so sweet! We will save this picture for Phoenix to share with his friends when he's a teenager, awww.

P.s: On the way the heel of my bootie broke! I ended up quickly going into Steve Madden right by Victoria's Secret and getting some cute booties which I think I can manage while pushing the stroller (I'll post them later as favorite little thing and my favorite VS picks for the holiday).

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Favorite Baby Phoenix end of October early November

I hope everyone made it through Sandy okay, we were over 25 flights up without power, heat or water for 5 days, but Phoenix was a trooper, slept basically through it all but by 5 day I wanted to cry and I did out of pure joy when the power came on at 1 a.m Friday night.
Here are some recent pics of my sweet love Phoenix, time is flying, he's already 6 weeks, I love all his expressions and he is so observant!  ~IJ

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Happy Halloween pics from the Pumpkin Fest in Central Park

Halloween delight! Here we are by the Sailboat pool and Bethesda Fountain in Central Park today. Loving the fall foliage, it's too bad hurricane Sandy might blow all the leaves away. This was Phoenix's first time in the park, he sort of slept through it but we all had a nice afternoon representing Disney characters.

 Belle, Captain Hook and Micky Mouse made a scene in Central Park today, was bummed not as many parents dressed up, wth, we got some fans though and should have charged $10 a photo. :)

Captain Hook feeding baby Micky Mouse

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Model Dictionary: Photo Pull

A photo pull is when a casting suggests that the model submissions be sent electronically and the models chosen to be booked for the job will be decided based on the photos alone. There is not a casting or go-see.

The agency will submit to the client the model's photos they already have on file or ask and collect from the models the photos they need for the submission. It is typical for the submitted photo/s for a photo pull to be a candid shot and not a professional photo from the models portfolio, it would be a photo with a more candid and natural shot she has taken with her own digital camera or phone. A photo that shows her today, natural and without a lot of makeup because clients like to see the models these days often "as is."  It depends on what the casting is for or client is asking for, other times a photo pull could be a scanned jpg of your comp card. The point is: the casting is based on photos alone.

I suggest all aspiring models to have available candid digital photos of themselves, pretty shots that have a humanistic feel, no heavy makeup or styling, just a photo of you smiling, being yourself.

Also I suggest all aspiring models to have available jpegs, low resolution, 72 DPI, of your portfolio images, ready to email and have handy. You still need your comp card and portfolio but it's a good idea to have your best modeling images also as a low resolution jpeg. Your agency will most likely want you to send them these images for the website or to keep on file to submit to clients.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Relationships: The foundation of love, values and respect

I was talking to my Mom about relationships the other day and how easy it is for people to give up these days. How sad that makes me. Communication is so important and knowing how to communicate in the right ways with your significant other can keep a relationship goes strong. The foundation of love, values and respect are what keep a relationship blossoming even through the rough patches. And simply noticing what you DO have and being mindful that life is short and to choose your battles wisely. Before untying the potential of a relationship remember that although it will take effort and work that doesn't mean it can't work, be careful when deciding what your breaking point is, and I put it like this, "you might get a bag of clothing that doesn't fit perfectly, but you can still work with the fabric and create something that does." ~IJ

Shorter models being a stand-in for films or commercials and print

A stand-in has the same height, ethnicity (skin type), hair type and the same measurements as the lead actress or main model used for a TV show, film, commercial or even for print photo-shoots. The stand-in is used before the photo-shoot begins, when everything is being set up and prepared, and she actually does 'stand-in' place of the actress or model on set in the same position or way the actress or main model will stand for the shot/s. On set the 'stand-in' could also have her hair done and makeup done in a similar way the actress or main model will have it for the shot, or be wearing the same clothing the actress or main model will be wearing for the shots to make sure the colors look right on film/in the photo. The stand-in is used to test the lighting for the shot/s and it's an important job that helps to make sure that when the actress or main model used for the shot is ready, all she has to do is walk on set and the lighting and set up is finalized and perfect. Many stand-ins work for long periods of time as a consistent gig, for a TV show season or a whole film shoot or photo-shoot. For shorter models being booked as a stand-in can be a great way to build experience if the model also has interests in working within film or TV. Most actresses are shorter in height which means shorter models would be perfect for the job!

Here is more on body doubling for actresses and other models.


Shorter models as a body double or parts model double

Recently I was quoted on Fox New Entertainment 411 about body doubles, and I shared how parts models work as a body double and use their hands, legs, all 'parts' to make beautiful the actresses or model's flaws for the print ad campaign, film or commercial look better.  Tall giraffe models might have the height and that celebrity might be stunning but that doesn't mean they have great looking legs or hands or backside for that bikini shot.  A shorter model could find herself body doubling for an actress, celebrity or a taller model hired for the campaign by pursuing parts modeling, and submitting the right photos that show their assets to a modeling agency that works with parts models. Talent agencies that book work for TV and Films and Commercials would be good to send a parts comp card to as well. Many TV shows need stand-ins and body doubles and body doubling doesn't just mean its for a nude shot or sex scene, a shot could involve the actress putting on some glamourous shoes but she might not have great looking toes or feet. So a body double would be used. Here is the article called "Who knew even Supermodels use Body Doubles," and learn more about parts modeling here and my tips.


More articles and tips for aspiring models:


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Favorite Little Thing: LUSH Cosmetics Halloween Collection

Here I am rocking my Joe Fresh orange skirt and Favorite Burberry denim coat at the LUSH store yesterday. So love the Halloween collection at LUSH, I was told today at LUSH in Herald Square that the collection will be there on the 13th and I'm sure it will sell out fast!

Jacko (spicy soak) is so very cute!


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Favorite Little Thing: Wacoal B-Smooth seamless bralette

While recovering from having my beautiful baby boy, I'm experiencing that comfort is so important, especially after feeding the baby, not feeling restrained by my bra but still having support, for me these Wacoal B-Smooth seamless bralettes are the perfect thing. I have three of them. I'm wearing them now in these early weeks with the baby instead of typical nursing bras.

Aspiring and working models would also find them a great fit for body-related photos for their portfolios ( for a body shot that would be classy and show your curves) and as a comfortable option to wear every day on-the-go to model castings and go-sees.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

My baby boy Phoenix Curtis was born September 27th!

Hey! Guess what! I've shared posts and photos during my pregnancy and I'm happy to now share that my baby boy, Phoenix Curtis, was born September 27th 2012, at 1:24 a.m, at 7lbs 9oz!
I'd like you to meet him, here are some photos from his entrance into the world and our first week together. I loved being pregnant, and I'm so happy and ready to be a mom, and so in love with my son. 


We got home from the hospital on Sunday, September 30th, in the afternoon and I'm happy Phoenix has settled in beautifully. Here he is in the crib for the first time.


This is a photo from Phoenix's first stroller ride to his pediatric appt, of course it rained! But it was good practice for crazy NY weather. We know the stroller can manage big puddles now!

 More pics and adventures with Phoenix soon!


P.s: In the hospital the nurses were saying how Phoenix is a rock star name. So you might wonder: Why the name Phoenix? I love the symbolism and also it's the name of the town my Dad lived in before he passed away. BTW, in my new YA novel Careful, the boy Estella has a crush on is also named Phoenix.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ad campaigns incorporating poetry slams means 'attitude' voice over work

Hey Girls,

Have you seen this recent Levi's commercial?

You'll have to pause my podcast on the right side of this blog to hear it.


"This is a pair of Levi's®, buttons and rivets and pockets and cuffs, and the thread that holds it together. When the road gets rough and the sky gets jumpy and the stars start falling on top of your head and the waves start breaking against your legs; It's the thread in your seams that's tied to your dreams..."

I like the commercial a lot. And this poetry in motion type of campaign is something I can see more brands doing. In fact they already are, I just saw a casting for a a voice over that involved a poetry like reading for an athletic shoe brand.

You may wonder what this has to do with modeling? Well, not much, but if you have a great voice, approachable, friendly, realistic (watch commercials and just listen to the voice over...) then voice over work and working as a 'voice actor" could help you use your other assets get some experience, work with great brands and get a nice paycheck. Here are some voice over agencies in New York City to check out and also places to find voice over classes.

Like anything practice matters and aiming to be professional. It helps if you have your own recording technology and can record your voice and/or create a professional voice over reel.  I'm not voice over savvy, at this moment I don't work as a voice over actor but if you're interested in pursuing it I suggest you spend some time researching agencies and how to prepare. You will of course need a recorded sample of your voice and I suggest taking a voice over class and doing your homework.  Here are some agencies that caught my eye for voiceovers and places that offer classes are below (there must be MANY more out there). If anything I hope this post gets you thinking and keeping in mind you don't have to be giraffe tall to be a voice over actor.

There are many other talent agencies with voice over departments, and I suggest picking up Backstage's Call Sheet in the magazine section at bookstres or click here:

Again be prepared, attend voice over classes, research classes and opportunities, learn as much as you can about the industry.

Backstage's suggestions of voice over classes and agencies across the nation

Signed copies of Careful in NYC Barnes and Noble stores

Here is a list of Barnes and Noble stores in New York City you can find signed copies of my YA novel Careful.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers
555 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Find signed copies of Careful downstairs on the Teen section on the table by the elevator.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Union Square
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003
Find signed copies of Careful in the Teen section.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers Citigroup Center
160 E 54th Street
New York, NY 10022
Find Signed copies of Careful in the Teen section upstairs.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 86th and Lex
150 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
Find Signed copies of Careful downstairs in the teen section on the round table.



Here are other BN stores to find Careful. Love lives on! ~IJ

P.s: you can also get Careful as an Nook Book for $2.99, enjoy!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Last day to submit to the Careful book giveaway!

Hey Girls,

Today is the last day to submit to the Careful book tour giveaway, the giveaway includes 5 signed copies  of Careful and 5 ebooks so it's a great giveaway to be a part of and goodluck!

You can follow the tour here and also check out previous posts, features, reviews and excerpts from Careful:

More reviews and free excerpts from Careful:

Ali's Bookshelf

Yes, there's meaning behind the "e" charm necklace on the cover, it was Estella's necklace, you'll see how the charm makes an appearance in the book! Enjoy!  Careful is available in print and also is $2.99 as an ebook, available for the Kindle, Nook Book and in the iBookstore and others.
And yes, like mentioned in the reviews, in the book Estella does watch her friends in intimate situations with their boyfriends and here is why I decided to include that in the story.