Wednesday, February 29, 2012

modeling workshops and summits, classes to consider

Hey Girls,

I'm not supportive of most modeling schools and be careful of these scams that so-called modeling agencies can suggest you spend thousands of dollars on, you don't have to go broke, here are some affordable quality workshops, classes and summits to consider for your modeling and also your acting pursuits: 

Online and in person summits on acting and modeling:

Coming up tomorrow is this class: Commercial Print From AtoZ (1 Day):

Thursday, March 1st from 7:00-9:30pm - $42.50

* taught by Agent Rick Miller

Sign up here:

For acting workshops:

The aspiring model should keep in mind that acting and modeling unite often and many aspiring actors get print work within commercial print modeling because print modeling involves expression, natural energy and using your personality to sell a's not just about measurements. Whenever you see a model smiling in an ad that model is a commercial print model. The commercial part of commercial print modeling implies the masses, a commercial product sold to many, compared to high end fashion which only a small percent can affford. The "commercial" element also implies personality, usually expression that is humanistic, and the product you would be modeling for would be one that most people would use and could afford and the ad would be marketed to the masses and a diverse demographic. Brands from cell phones to toothpaste to home goods, health and beauty products seen in drugstores are using print models.  Sure some commercial brands use models that are over 5'7" but not all, for modeling a commercial print product it is more about personality, and measurements aren't everything typically. So make sure your modeling photos for your comp card represent your personality and smile.

Yesterday was a Maxxinista today at TJ Maxx

Hey Girls,
Yesterday was a Maxxinista today at TJ Maxx only thing that kinda annoying is picking off the size sticker inside the shoe. Put them on and just knew they were it. The girl in the shoe aisle was staring me down while wearing these towards the check out line and then I paid for them and wore them home happily. :)


Monday, February 27, 2012

Be inspired: Christopher Plummer winning his first Oscar at the age of 82

I hope your Monday starts your week off great! Dream big and aim high, grab your confidence and believe in yourself, it probably won't be easy and be prepared for a lot of work but doing what you love to do makes the work fun too, it's up to you to make it happen. :) IJ

Christopher Plummer winning his first Oscar at the age of 82 for his supporting role in "Beginners" was the highlight of watching the Oscars for me, think of him and remember you are never too old dream and do amazing things for yourself and others. And always keep in mind time is precious and to use it heartily.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

listening to voicemails and reading letters my Dad sent me

Today before I put on a gown to watch the Oscars and get dolled up, I'm looking through pictures and reading some letters my Dad sent me throughout the years and listening to the voicemails I was able to preserve, especially the last one he sent me only hours before he passed away and the hopeful sound in his voice. He was quite a conversationalist, and although I only saw him a few times a year when I visited the Syracuse area, we connected weekly by phone and I always knew to set aside a decent amount of time because the conversation would be full of his quotes and thoughts about the purpose of things, his struggles, his advice and I'd sometimes write in my journal certain stories or things he'd share with me. He also had a great voice. I miss his voice a lot and his signature 'Goodbye for now,' at the end of his personalized voicemail recording. The bravest thing I've ever done was receive the call and handle all the details of putting him to rest, and picking up his remains in Syracuse and visiting the site and collecting a few sentimental items that I collected from his car, and carrying the urn back with me on the plane, it was the hardest day of my life, but at the same time I was honored to do it. I've played it over in my mind many times. This year, with all of these feelings that come with losing a parent, a man who was also a friend and someone I was the sounding board to and for, has ached me with the thickest tears but...I'm doing better and I think he's okay too, I believe we all have a soul and it lives, an energy that stays present and that the end isn't the end all. Maybe it's coincidence but I've seen signs and symbols of him so very often this year. I've also discovered the importance of having faith and it's taken me awhile to make my peace with losing him so suddenly and in the way it happened, and I'm not sure it "was his time" but that's the unknown and I believe his soul is gracing the world with kindness and compassion and care for others, animals and nature. I believe he's become a piece of beauty in this world. 26 is a new symbolic number to bet on. :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A year ago my Dad died, how a year goes by

This weekend a year ago my father died, it's strange how time carries you along and the months and seasons go by, some slower, all full of signs that spark memories, and although sadness is still there it's because of the care held inside. The soul lives on, I have faith in that, and the aura of our loved ones is nearby and you're always on my mind Dad :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fashion modeling during Fashion Week, not my dream job

Hey Beautiful girls of all sizes and shapes,
So you might not have rocked the runway during Fashion Week but keep in mind those models on the runway didn't make much money, if anything at all. I understand the prestige factor to be walking for certain designers but its bullshit not to pay these models to walk in the shows. For the sake of their time, I mean not even minimum wage. Oh, that would make the designers look cheap? I know being in the show can lead to other things but still, sounds like slave labor. Not my dream job. Yeah, in case you didn't know most of these catwalk giraffes do not get paid at all for their time, and I'm sorry being paid in a dress or for the opportunity doesn't feed the model a good meal or her rent. As if the designers are too good to pay their models? Makes me feel sick. In print modeling sometimes it can feel like the job (magazine, campaign, etc) is taking advantage of how many shots they are getting verse how much I'm paid, but still I'm getting paid!

More on broke models and the not so glamorous life of a fashion model:


Male anorexia on NBC nightly news with Brian Williams

Hey Girls,

I'm not sure if you watched the segment on male anorexia on NBC nightly news with Brian Williams last night, but it caught my eye.

We hear about it not just on the modeling landscape but in every day life, people from all over the world aim to have their bodies look a certain way and even go to extremes to get that look, and the result can be deadly as Brian Williams shared within the segment.

Girls are not the only ones that struggle with anorexia, boys do as well, and the examples for being fit, tone and having a sick-pack and being handsome and youthful are  targeted to the male consumer everywhere, there are just as many airbrushed male models on magazine covers as women these days and just as many ads with guys with their shirt off as their are with girls in bikini's. All these images can easily make the mind start to inspire feelings of self-doubt and create an obsession with body image, weight and size.

If you have a friend, male or female, who has started to doubt the way they look physically and mentions diet pills or skipping meals or become a very picky eater and is struggling with body image and their self-esteem it's a good idea to encourage them with your care to seek some help for this psychological illness because there is help out there. It is easy to ignore a friend in need because you may feel it is an uncomfortable topic, but you could save your friends life or make a big difference.

Also often I hear from aspiring models who want to lose weight, and ask me how to stay fit and I always tell them, eat well and stay active but don't over do the gym, and in print modeling it's more about your personality than how much your weigh anyways.

Foods such as pastas, fruits, veggies and protein are important to keep your energy level too. Skip the 5 hour energy drinks and focus on real foods that can give you an energy boost and make you look and feel healthy too. There are healthy ways to get fit and get tone and EAT. Being hungry doesn't just affect your body in negative ways it affects your brain function too. On the job and on the go I carry snacks with me and water or juice, being hungry or thirsty only makes me bitchy and I think clearer and feel more positive when I'm taking care of my body's needs. Here are some foods to get in your diet, they will also give you some energy too:

Ways to lose weight safely

We live in a world where faster is better, but losing weight in a healthy way is a process, it doesn't happen in a safe and healthy way by skipping meals.

Our bodies need essential nutrients and need hydration and our minds need good sleep and rest and no matter how much we weigh or our size what defines us as human beings is our heart and the ways we give the world around us our love. We are all beautiful, and beauty is something that isn't measured in numbers on a scale or how tight a person's stomach is, we are worth more than weight and measurements.


Check out these sites for information on anorexia:

Why Parents Can Make A Difference With Anorexic Teens

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Isobella Jade Quote: a step forward

To put yourself out there is confronting the chance that you might get what you want and it can bring nerves, make you antsy and even inspire self-doubt, but remember why you strive and aim high, be true to yourself and keep your belief going strong, because each try, meeting, submission, audition, interview, moment doing what you love to do, each time you take a step forward it will lead to more opportunity and takes a lot of bricks to build your own yellow brick road. ~Isobella Jade

Death of a Salesman preview show was GREAT!

It was sad of course and I should have brought a couple tissues but truly a treasure of a play. I feel so lucky I got to see it and the preview show I saw last night is a memory that I will always remember. Philip Seymour Hoffman was so raw and honest and true. Linda Emond saying I can't cry Willy, made me cry. Loved it! Really did. I can see why Arthur Miller's work will live on through the ages. Also pretty young crowd tonight, a lot of people in upper 20s and 30s there and I suggest you see it for how the simple set relies on pure talent to creatively share the story of a broken down man and his hopes and failures and you will find yourself caring for him, laughing along at times, even crying from the art of language and emotion that will grab you with the first sound of the flute :) it was great to disconnect for a few hours and let in the world of Willy Loman and his boys.

P.s: Seeing a preview show is also a little bit cheaper way to see Broadway. And it says here that a limited number of $30 rush tickets will be available to theatre goers 30 years of age and under at every performance, beginning Feb. 14. Rush tickets will be sold in person at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre box office (243 West 47th Street) when it opens on the day of the performance. There will be a limit of two tickets per valid ID, subject to availability. The box office is open Monday-Saturday, 10 AM-8 PM.

Whitney Houston's Greatest Love of All

I'm sad that we lost such a great singer recently, Whitney Houston was the voice of my generation, the emotion and truth and love she had inside could be felt from hearing her sing, and for my generation her songs were what we heard as we grew up, songs we built memories with. When I was in, I think, third grade the whole class sang the song the Greatest Love Of All, we preformed it at an assembly, songs that stay with you forever, still know the words by heart.

What I respect about Whitney Houston is that she used what she had and didn't need the extra dazzle to pull it off, she sang and let that be what made us love her, she sang songs about love, about sorrow about being a strong woman and the importance of loving yourself. She had a voice and really really used it, she could just stand there and sing and that's all that was needed to grab your attention, she didn't need to put on a show with a dance and sparkle, it was her voice pouring emotion. It was enough. I hope the aspiring singings of today turn to her music to be inspired, because although off the stage and when not in front of the microphone she may have walked a rough path she will be remembered for her voice, what she gave to the world with it, music that will live on and on and touch the hearts of us all.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day! :)

I hope you have a special Valentine's Day, may it also be a day to greet our inner love, the love we have for ourselves. Give yourself some appreciation :) do this every day! -Isobella

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Models of ALL types should have rights too not just fashion models

Hey Girls,

This is really awesome, but it might not include you...yet.

From what I understand this new Model Alliance only includes fashion models, I like what they are aiming for and have created but I just wrote to Sara Ziff telling her she needs to not forget to include commercial print models and how I'd be behind it.

Fashion models are only a small percent of the working models out there, what about commercial print models of all ages, types and sizes? I applaud their efforts and compassion with The Model Alliance but models are not just fashion models or working fashion week. They are commercial print models -modeling in everything from jewelry ads to fast food, toothpaste, technology ads, tampon ads to pregnant models, to hand models, to the older gentleman in that Advil ad, shoe models, to beauty models in cosmetic ad campaigns, to cell phone ad campaigns...they are not only in fashion, they are everywhere. So I hope Sara writes me back. :)  I'd love for them to include commercial print models too. Not just commercial print giraffe tall models at fashion agencies but print models at commercial print agencies.

Check out the alliance here and their efforts for the fashion side of modeling:


Saturday, February 4, 2012

San Francisco weekend photos and favorite little things of SF

Hey Girls,

Here are some pics from my trip to San Francisco last weekend, and also my favorite little things of SF.

Favorite Little Thing SF # 1  First stop in San Francisco was getting my boots fixed for a hill walking! — at Anthony's Shoe Service.

Favorite Little Thing SF # 2 We had a great dinner at Town Hall and went to Favorite SF # 3 the beautiful beautiful San Francisco ballet Onegin!
pics by my husband

Favorite little thing SF # 4  Venice Gourmet Deli in Sausalito.

In Sausalito we had lunch at Venice Gourmet Deli and I had a yummy grilled eggplant and mozzarella sandwich and we sat by the water to eat and relax, very peaceful and pretty.

Favorite Little Thing SF # 5 On our way to sit down we saw the rock man, he is all about balance and balancing rocks on top of eachother and it is really eye catching and impressive.

The habor in Sausalito is pretty and the water is calm, it's really packed with all types of boats resting this time of year.

Favorite Little Thing SF # 6 of course the Apple store in San Francisco!

Favorite Little Thing SF # 7 Riding a...

Favorite Little Thing SF #8  Walking around Fishermans Wharf and Pier 39 Sealions!

Favorite Little Thing SF #9  Taking boat ride to Alcatraz (seeing SF from boat is beautiful and then had a fun time walking around Alcatraz.)


Favorite Little Thing SF #10 The Fog

I hope you've enjoyed some of my pics from my trip to San Francisco, it is a beautiful city, and those hills are serious! You should get out to San Francisco, I'm sure you will have a memorable time, like I did!