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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Careful Book Giveaway and Blog Tour Updates!

I hope you've enjoyed keeping up with the Careful book blog tour going on now, reviews, features and the giveaway. Make sure you submit to win a signed copy of Careful or an ebook! The giveaway through the YA Bound Book Tour includes 5 signed copies and 5 ebooks! Only goes until the 22nd so submit now!

Check out some recent reviews of Careful here:



Playlist: Songs that show up in Careful:
Here's an interview based on my writing process and what inspired Careful:
Melissa Eclectic Bookshelf
Visit Careful's GoodReads page here and post your review too.
Follow the tour, see you on the blog trail!

Keeping a good relationship with your modeling agency/agent

Maybe it's the agency, or maybe it's YOU?

With reality TV model shows and buzz in the media only about the fashion side of the industry (hey, where's the buzz for the print models!?) it's easy to be confused over what it's really like to work with a modeling agency.

Because my awesome blog readers are mostly shorter girls who are aspiring models this post is based on working in the print modeling world.  With high fashion agencies the agents work with a select, smaller amount of models they can tend to, but with print modeling it's each model for themselves.

Here are also posts on working non-exclusive and exclusive with an agency and the differences between print and fashion modeling. Know the difference! In print modeling you are able to work with more than one agency and the agencies work with MANY models, could be hundreds or thousands on file.

I was recently asked about how to find an agency that will work hard for them. That would be wonderful, but it's just the wrong mindset to have because typically that type of attention doesn't exist in print modeling.

You might get in the door with a print agency being a shorter girl, but a commercial print modeling agency, honestly, might not 'work hard for you' considering the expectations you might have. It's more like "What are YOU doing to make it easier for the agency to book you?"

If the agency wants to work with you then obviously they see the opportunity for you to book work is there. Thinking the agency is going to make your dreams come true, give you lots of attention and push for you to get work is something that might happen in a fantasy land but not during the day to day true life hustle of being a model.

First, how does the agency circle work:


Client asks agency to send them pics of the models that fit the job--->Agency submits their models that fit what the client is looking for----->If you've got what they are looking for then You are chosen and booked!

Typically at an agency the work comes in, an editor at a magazine or an art director or marketing professional lets the agency know what type of model they are looking for, the rate of the job ,etc., then the agency goes through their models on file and submits the best ones. Simple as that. They typically wouldn't be calling clients out of the blue and marketing you to them unless it's perhaps a high fashion agency that has a new girl they want to promote for Fashion Week. It's more like jobs come in and they use the models they have on file to submit to them.

So it's a demand thing. You might have a lot of personality, have a great look, and energy and be available but are you what the client is looking for? Understand the truth of things, you could be working with an agency for months or a year and only get a couple castings or go-sees or bookings. Accept how competitive the industy is and just by 'being with an agency' doesn't mean you are promised to get bookings all the time. I think of the agency as another marketing tool, a great one, but it doesn't mean your work to do is over. I'm big believer in being your best marketer.

It's a good idea to have a good relationship with your agency, update them with photos, make sure they understand all your assets and availability and keep in touch.

Here are some ways to improve your relationship with the agency/agent to help you book work or increase your odds of not missing an opportunity when it comes to being submitted for a job.

Update the agency with your photos often. Say every 2-4 months update your agency with new headshots and photos, new comp card, because maybe the agency likes your look but your photos are not working when they are submitting you to clients because they do not represent the best of you. Maybe the headshot is just okay and not your best. This lets the agency know you are serious and striving to improve and be a better model. Also make sure your photos represent the type of work you can realistically get, talk to your agency about this, and ask your agency "What type of photos would you like me to work on getting for you?" Your modeling photos are everything when it comes to booking work, so make sure the agency is able to market your assets with the right photos.  If you change your hair color...get new photos. If your appearance has changed, get new photos. Keep your photos up to date. Yes, girl, this is work for you. I also believe it's best to manage your own photography.

Be honest about your availability. If you are not available during a certain day or week or will be traveling or are sick, let your agency know. Being available is so important. Time is money, and it's best if you have a flexible schedule. Some castings and go-sees and bookings are last minute, like that day or the next day so being available can also help you book work and your agency will be thankful for it and think highly of you of course because you are a go-to-always-available model. The agency wants to keep their relationship with the client and if you say your available but are not it can damper the agency's credibility and the agency will prob not want to work with you anymore.

Make sure the agency is aware of your abilities. Print modeling is about personality and also your other skills might pay off. Okay so the agency knows you have a marketable look but have you chatted with your agent about the type of work you want to get, can realistically get and any other skills or assets that can help you book work? Such as maybe you have nice hands, then you should ask if the agency books work for parts models too. Maybe you have a skill that might be used in a print ad or commercial, like rollerblading or gymnastics or playing an instrument.

Follow up about jobs and castings.  After a booking follow up with your agency, tell them about the job, how it went and express your thanks for the opportunity. It can take 60-90 days to get paid for modeling jobs, depending, so you can also follow up and ask kindly about the check and when to expect it and make sure they have your correct mailing address.

Show off your work. Once you've booked a job you will hunt for the tearsheet, commercial, print ad, to collect prove of your work ( Remember on the job, say for a magazine or catalog, confirm with the client the month the images will be out because YOU will be hunting for it later. It's not like if you book a job yoru agency will scan the magazine stand for you. When you have gained experience send a copy, a scan, a jpeg of it to your agent. Celebrate your work and suggest they add it to their portfolio of your images online, also this is a way to circle around to your agency and say hello again if it's been a little while since you've gotten another booking.

As a print model you'll find yourself being your best cheerleader often, and while you use your best assets  to book work you'll also become a great model marketer



Other posts on modeling and marketing:

Is the modeling agency a scam? Check it out here:

the model and agent relationship

working on a post about the model and agent relationship, inspired by someone recently asking me about how to find an agent that will care about their's a tough one, I don't think anyone will 'care' about your goals and dreams as much as you. You are the force behind your goals, so having realistic expectations is important and being what I call "realistically ambitious." I'll be sharing tips later on how good communication with your agent can help you book work. ~IJ

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In memory of Estella Montclair, please don't text and drive.

Estella didn't have to die, please don't text and drive. Tomorrow September 19th is Pledge Day because it can wait, please do it!

 From Careful, "Heidi prided herself on her skill of not having to look at her phone when she was texting; she only needed to look down at it for a second to make sure she used the right buttons. She was about to hit send when our lives collided. She pounded on the brakes of her SUV as she flew through a red light and into the intersection—into the side of my car."


Why I included sex in my YA novel Careful: Estella watches her friends being intimate with their boyfriends


Jett grabbed for his waist and pulled him closer to her.

He rushed to put on the Trojan condom. Watching Kyle lying on top of Jett, I wondered what the weight of a man would feel like. It was a type of pressure my now shapeless body wouldn’t get to ever understand. Once he put the condom on, Jett’s coy expression became flushed and sensuous. She fell into a state of a pleasure I would never know, and I couldn’t help but feel jealous. ~excerpt from Careful

In my new YA novel Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series, Estella dies a virgin. She watches her best friends in intimate situations with their boyfriends, she isn't voyeuristic but she's curious because she'll never have those moments now. Perhaps it was a bit blunt to share Estella 'watching' like this, but teens are having sex, and its real life. It's happening right now and we hope that teen girls wait and not rush into it, but it's likely that teen girls will face and have to deal with those intimate feelings and decide what to do. Hopefully they will have the strength, a strong self-worth and confidence in themselves instilled to wait until they are really emotionally ready.

Purposely the guys wear a condom in Careful and I really wanted safe sex involved, and I hope that is also a reminder of the importance of safe sex for teen readers. If they are having sex, to at least be protected! As a teen girl buying condoms can be uncomfortable and awkward, I mean how many of us walked up into CVS and bought a pack in high school? Girls might think it's the guy's job to carry a condom for their own protection but that doesn't mean they will. Girls can feel uncomfortable being the one to carry the condom in their purse, and in that case if you do feel uncomfortable, you should not be having sex in the first place, and if the person you are intimate with doesn't have a condom then don't accept that! Treasure yourself, your body, your health, your future, your life!
I lost my virginity at 14, very young and although I felt I was ready at the time and we used a condom, I wasn't ready. I do wish I waited. It was emotionally straining. Not only did I hope for much more than the guy could give me during the experience and afterward but also I didn't understand my body or how to relax and really enjoy it anyways. The guy wasn't emotionally ready to have the type of relationship I wanted from him and he became distant after and then moved away to another state a couple months later. I felt alone about it, unsure about myself and didn't know if I even liked the experience. It wasn't until I was much older that I really began to "understand" myself better and that being that close with someone felt totally right, your feelings might be curious or ready but that doesn't mean you're body, mind and soul are ready.

In the book Estella isn't watching her friends go at it to be turned on, in fact she discovers that her friends aren't exactly enjoying the 'moment' and that being intimate without being emotionally ready can put a damper on the physical side of things and can make a person feel low, depressed and stressed. It's best to think twice, three times, think a lot, before you give yourself to someone, and especially to someone who might not value your feelings and how the 'experience' feels for you or doesn't really care about you and your well-being. Just because you're "in the mood, or you're told you're loved or at 'that stage' in your relationship, doesn't mean it's a good idea or going to be a good experience."  It's okay to say no and wait.
Estella questions what her friends are doing and if they are doing the right thing. And I hope my teen readers also think about their own choices.

It pleased her that she had pleased him. His eyes were full of admiration as he zipped up his jeans, fished for his keys, and started the car, but as she put her jeans back on there was quietness about her, an unfulfilled craving that still wanted to be reached and released. It seemed like part of their routine; her feeling of enjoyment always took second place. ~excerpt from Careful
While Estella watches her friends have sex she notices different emotional elements hiding under the surface about each of them.

Eva is giving herself to a guy who doesn't appreciate her. She wants to please him but when they are not intimate together and at school he doesn't treat her so well, she doesn't want to accept that she is just being used.

Jett is having a secret relationship with an older guy, which I think is realistic considering how teens have crushes on musicians and actors who are in their 20's, although they are at different stages in their life he is kind hearted and cares about her and when they are intimate Jett feels comfortable with him in ways that make Estella feel that Jett is so much more advanced when it comes to guys than she is, and she wishes she'd have the chance to have a loving, intimate relationship.

Zara has a steady boyfriend but their intimacy feels routine and her boyfriend doesn't seem to care about really pleasing Zara and how she feels during it and she is left feeling unsatisfied because of his selfishness, but she stays with him thinking it's just the way it is.
All of this makes Estella think about the choices her friends are making.
As an author we have the opportunity to provide a message within our work, to leave the reader thinking, and if they wonder about their own life and choices while reading the book and the story seeps into their heart, then you've accomplished the ultimate author dream.

It was a choice I debated about to include sex within the Careful, Quiet, Invisible young adult novel series, but the answer was yes because I've been there, I was that girl. Being a teenager is a complicated time that springs a lot of emotions and self-reflection, and although Estella can't ever have those intimate experiences in life, like any teen girl she wonders about what it would be like.


P.s:  And ever since my Dad died, just in case he's spirit pops by for a visit, I always shut the door if my husband and I are in the bedroom to let him know "we're busy" and to come back later. :)

Learn more about the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series here.
Watch the book trailer of Careful here.


Day 2 of the blog book tour for Careful, reviews and giveaways!

This blog book tour includes a giveaway of 5 signed print copies of Careful and 5 ebooks! Submit to win by clicking the links below.

Hey Girls!

I'm excited for Day 2 of the blog book tour for my new YA novel Careful! Jump on the tour! Check out the schedule here and stop by the book blogs that are featuring Careful this week, check out the  reviews and posts and submit to the book giveaways!:

Check out some free excerpts from Careful here via

Some recent reviews of Careful from the blog tour:

More reviews are here. And on goodreads here.

Definitely check out the playlist for Careful, the songs that come up within the book. Just like Estella's mother, when my Dad died I played Songbird a lot, it fit all I was feeling at the time and I still listen to the song. 

Make sure you submit to win a signed copy or ebook going on now!

You can also find the book here:
Careful on
Careful on
Careful on IndieBound



Monday, September 17, 2012

Careful Blog Book Tour Starts today! Submit to win a signed book or ebook!

Hey Girls!

Today starts the blog book tour for Careful! From September 17-22! Giveaways! Reviews! Interview!


Whoo hoo! Careful will be making many stops on the blog tour and here is the schedule:

There's an awesome book giveaway going on: 5 signed copies of Careful and 5 ebooks, and you can enter to win on the blog book tour sites!

Here's a new interview up based on my inspiration for writing Careful, details on my writing process and what character I'm most like and my favorite parts to write:

Check out the Reviews and Posts so far:



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tomorrow, September 17th is the start of my blogging book tour with YA Bound!

Tomorrow, September 17th is the start of my blogging book tour with YA Bound! Check out the places the book lands! Book giveaways!   The tour goes from September 17th to 22nd!

A chance to win a copy of Careful, interviews based on the book and reviews.

Careful is in BN stores, I signed copies in the NYC area stores, check out the book ni the teen section!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New pins on the Careful, Quiet, Invisible Pinterest page

New pins are up for the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series are up!

These pins involve Estella discovering someone is threatening Zara in a card found at her locker.

Excerpt from Careful:

"Just before reaching Zara’s locker, she and I noticed that there was something stuck in the slit where it opened. Intrigued, Zara opened a little envelope with a “Z” on it."

....but when she reads what's inside it's not from who she hopes it from.


"At Zara’s locker Eva and Jett studied the butterfly card and envelope. Zara appeared very paranoid, looking back and forth down the hallway and tapping her foot, while Eva inspected the handwriting and determined, “It’s from someone who knows how to do calligraphy.”"



Friday, September 14, 2012

Today was at BN holding my YA novel and baby bump

Today was in Barnes and Noble Union Square holding a signed copy of my YA novel Careful :) also available in print and also as an ebook for Nook and Kindle and Apple iBookstore and others.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Behind the scenes of writing Quiet, book 2 of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series

It's hard to sit still sometimes, especially when the mind is racing, being in front of a computer screen to write gets old fast, I often like to print up my work and find a new location to write and read over my work, mix it up. Printing up pages and making handwritten adjustments makes me feel closer to work too.  ~IJ

Don't cross the road while texting: Inspired by yesterday I saw a skateboarding teenager almost get hit by a car

Yesterday on 42nd street and Third Avenue I saw a skateboarding teenager almost get hit by a car, Screeeech, Honk!!! Startled with the front of the car so close to him, his skateboard got flung back behind him and another car ran the skateboard over. Then he collected himself and the skateboard and flicked off the car that ran over his skateboard. Poor kid was more concerned over the skateboard than his life. Please watch it when you are crossing the road, whether you are on a skateboard, bike, or just walking, and please don't text while crossing the road. Seriously, it's not safe.

He wasn't skateboarding and texting (now that would be REALLY stupid!) but please watch it when you are out and about and texting while walking, it's dangerous! People run into things when they text and walk and things run into them!

Do what I do: I pause my texting for the ten seconds it takes to cross the road and focus on the cars and traffic around me and take my life seriously. Don’t let your life hang on the line of “Why did the chicken or pregnant lady or You cross the road today,” we all have to keep our eyes open and be on the lookout to get to the other side safely in this digital world. ~IJ

Estella Montclair didn't have to die, please don't text and drive.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Author Adventures: Working on Book 2 of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series

I'm working on book 2 of the Careful, Quiet, Invisble series...Mmm Quiet. Do we just stand aside or speak up? Should we say something or just let it be? It is best to keep things quiet and to ourselves, or tell those what we know even if it could hurt or upset the people we care about? When there's a common understanding, sometimes no words are needed, just the ability to look in another's eyes honestly and be ourselves. Do words speaker louder than actions or actions speak louder than words? Mmm so much is said in the quiet moments of our lives. ~IJ

Check out more on the series here:


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My YA novel Careful is in BN stores! Signed copies!

I stopped by Barnes and Noble's 5th Avenue and 46th Street store today and signed the in-store copies of Careful, the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series!

Look there's Careful on the teen fiction table!

Yesterday I stopped by BN in Union Square and visited with copies of Careful as well, here's a pic from my visit:

Check out my books at here.

Watch the book trailer for Careful here:

Check out the pinterest page for the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series and pins that represent the characters in the book here:


Favorite Little Thing: Diem Chau crayon art

At Saks Fifth Avenue during Fashion's Night Out, I met and chatted with artist Diem Chau. Love her work with crayons. When I asked what inspired her, she told me folk art. Check out her crayon work here:

Also next to Diem Chau's art assembly was this beautiful instrumental group.


PR adventures of an author/publisher

This is how you hustle it! I live at the post office :) being an author/publisher isn't only about writing, it involves a lot of belief, self-promotion and time at the post office. Get after your goals, time is everything -IJ

When I think of 9/11

When I think of 9/11 and this National Day of Service & Remembrance I think of the families and wives’, husbands’, the children who weren’t prepared for the last time they saw or spoke to the family member they lost to be the last time. They didn’t get that goodbye. I can now relate to that feeling since losing my Dad in 2011 suddenly and without warning, it’s brutal and heartbreaking to not get to say everything you wanted to say, to wake up with the news your loved one is gone, wonder if they were in pain when it happened, trying to make sense of it all, it makes you feel hollow and dry to the bone to try to let it be and let go and make peace with the loss. I’ll grieve forever my Dad and I’m sure the families of those lost on 9/11 will always grieve, but grieving also means remembering and celebrating the lives of those who we love and lost. I believe the soul lives on and that the love we carry inside does too. I lived on Wall Street for 2.5 years, and then in Battery Park for another 2 years with Ground Zero as my backyard basically, daily I heard the sounds of the hearts of men and women rebuilding and creating a new hope out of resilience to carry on from the horrific experience for our nation. And when I go visit lower Manhattan now I have to smile at the progress and how much I enjoyed living down there. Right down the street my husband bought my engagement ring at Greenwich Jewelers and I love walking through the historic streets of lower Manhattan and getting a bite to eat on Stone street. The reflecting pools where the twin towers soared will forever be a sacred place to remind us all to take care of our loved ones and each other because tomorrow is uncertain. Don’t leave words unsaid, spread your compassion around and do your dream now. Later today I’ll light a candle with this in mind at St. Patrick's Cathedral, if you do get Downtown today or in the near future also take a moment and stop by the Trinity Church, at Broadway and Wall St, it’s so beautiful and historic, once I did a tour of the church and rang the bells. -IJ

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Careful gets a plug on USA TODAY Books Happy Ever After blog


YAY! Careful got a plug on USA TODAY Books today on the Happy Ever After blog:

Read an excerpt of  Careful here on my website or find the book wherever books are sold in print and as an ebook and gab a sample. :)

Long live love!


Not a fashion model during fashion week? Don't worry about it!

Barneys, during Fashion's Night Out
Hey Girls,

Don't worry if you are not a fashion model walking in a runway show during Fashion Week. Honestly, you're prob better off off the runway. Because the world of the stick thin girls gracing down the runway isn't a pretty picture. I really don't feel like I've missed out because I'm not fashion model height. In fact it sounds a boring to be a fashion model actually, getting tugged, jerked around while in a fitting, judged about your measurements, feeling alone, the pressure, and just being another walking hanger in the end.  I don't think I've missed much not being a puppet or a slave to the runway.

When I think of the high fashion world I picture a stuffy attic, a very old school vibe, a place where innovation is the goal of the environment, but the same old lives on with the same sample sizes, the same analyzing of the model's size and freaking out about the art of perfection.

Perfection is annoying. And all things perfect get dull over time. I guess I think about the reality of things too much to really get totally excited about the fantasy that the runway projects. And my reality is: thanks for the cracker and encouraging the detox backstage but I want to dive into full craft service if possible, I need a big bowl of pasta to strut my stuff, I'm hungry! I need energy food fuel to get the job done!!

Being 5'9" and 100 lbs can't be easy on the models, so if you are not giraffe tall think of it this way: You can still work as a print model and be yourself natural and a healthy size and not worry about gaining or losing a pound. In print modeling it's more about personality, your healthy glow and upbeat persona than how much you weigh today or if you do or don't fit into the sample size.

You can work until your 91 or older. Fashion models have a short lifespan on the runway.  By 23 it's like...ummm is my career over? But in print modeling you can work forever. You can work for a few years, and then if you take time off you can always work again later, it's a business that doesn't have an age requriement or a time limited.

You matter as a person and human you're not accepted in the fashion world because of your height, don't worry you can find lots of other jobs still where you're not just being hired for the sake of your measurements but for the great personality you have that fits the vibe of the product for the ad campaign or commercial. Doesn't it sound better anyways to be hired for your personality, great skin, persona? Height...that's it? I know you have more to offer than your height!

You can still model fashion items, like accessories. Maybe you can't prance in Chanel down the runway but you can still rock accessories. Who says you've gotta be 5'9" to model a watch, shoes, jewelry, hats, handbags, gloves, etc. Shorter models should pursue modeling accessories and non-high fashion lifestyle goods. (5 modeling jobs short chicks can do)  Get the right photos that show your potential, create a comp card and market your assets to print modeling agencies.

Don't cry if you'll never be on a Vogue cover. Yes, some magazines are becoming more accepting of all sizes or expanding their minds about using models with some curves, but it's still not common for a shorter model to be used in a high fashion editorial. But maybe one this will change and more models of all sizes, ethnicities and types will be welcomed and more present on the fashion magazine's glossy page. Although high fashion magazines aren't everything, remember many lifestyle magazines have use models of all types or use 'parts models'.  Print modeling agencies work with lifestyle magazines and lifestyle products so if you want these opportunities it's best to work on your photos, make sure they are print modeling friendly, be prepared with your model-marketing materials and keep marketing yourself in ways that will bring results realistically.

Although the buzz out there might be all about the fashion world, remember with a model marketing mindset that fashion is a small percent of the industry and the working models out there. We might not know the names of the many print models out there (although I wish they would speak up more) but print models are a huge part of the industry and reflect the advertising world and ads involving print models are EVERYWHERE! Babies, teens, young adults, mature models, they are here, there, everywhere, but we don't here much about who these models are....but they are working with great commercial print modeling agencies and they are making money and getting paid well.  Height isn't everything, it's something I say often, and also the runway isn't everything, but you have to notice your assets and get over your height to get opportunities.


So you can't rock Chanel on the runway, but check out one of my favorite books called, Chanel: A Woman of her Own, very inspiring.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Careful is in BN stores in NYC!

Great news! If you live in NYC check out my new YA novel Careful in BN stores, here's the list of stores!!:

You can also find Careful and my other books on here or on Amazon here, read a free sample. If you like to read ebooks read Careful for the Kindle or Nook or find it in the iBookstore for just  $2.99! Enjoy!


Boost of ads targeted to mature generation means mature models in demand.

Hey Girls,

Could the boost of ads targeted towards "the youngest members of the massive Baby Boom generation,"mean more 'mature' models' in demand for print ads and commercials...yup I think so!

Today this article caught my eye, it's about how advertisers are after an older target demographic, you might wonder how this affects models, it does! 

The advertising world totally affects the modeling world. When lifestyle brands and products are after a certain market/demographic/age group, it means models of that age/type are needed for the ad and commercial.

Print modeling agencies work with models of all ages and types and older models are more and more in demand, Betty White might have inspired this movement and era of the stylish and sassy Grandma.  Look around, notice in ads for those of retirement age, these are ads for not just home goods and hearing aids but also restorts and travel, health, fitness, beauty, technology.

If you think you're too old to model, think again!

Just today I saw a casting for AARP! :)

You do need the right photos to market yourself to print agencies no matter your age and here are other tips for mature models:

Here's a segment on my podcast radio show on Older Models being in Demand:


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Careful blogger book tour coming up and it's inside BN

Yay! My new YA novel "Careful" has made it inside Barnes and Noble in Union Square (NYC), it's still in a box but by this afternoon it should be on shelves, I'll be popping by later today or tomorrow to sign their in-store copies, so if you want a signed book...check it out!! I'll keep you posted on other locations in the city. :)

Also "Careful" is doing a blogger book tour with YA Bound, starts next week! Sept 17-22. I'll keep you posted! Book bloggers will be reviewing and featuring "Careful." I'll be doing some interviews too. The web is amazing for connectivity, especially when you're close to the end of pregnancy and you just published a book. I'll be posting some video readings of "Careful" and chats about my writing process soon, yup, my belly will also be featured :) hehe.


You can also get "Careful" on Amazon or in the iBookstore or read "Careful" on your Kindle here.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My review of the musical Chaplin, I saw it last night!

Besides the fact that people have lost their Broadway etiquette and have no idea how to act when attending a Broadway play, I loved seeing Chaplin the musical last night!

Ironically I saw Chaplin's Shoes on 38th and Lex the day before I went to see the play and here is a quick shot before the Chaplin the musical started. My phone was turned off after taking this quick shot, I like when I see a musical or play or any live entertainment how I'm forced out of courtesy to disconnect from the digital world and sit back and absorb a story, the songs and the creativity for a couple hours.

I kind of felt like I was visiting a nursing home, my husband and I were one of the youngest ones there but it didn't mean this older crowd was prim and respectful.

It really bothers me how rude people are in the audience the moment the lights dim, shuffling in their purse for ten minutes right behind me, razzling with plastic bags, talking way too loudly, another cell phone goes off, or old man sighs again and blows his nose five times above my head, jeez, can people just sit still and enjoy someone preforming anymore! I must have whispered SHHH about four times during the first act.  An older lady lost her glasses during the show and during the Intermission my husband was on his hands and knees helping her find them, which he did find...she was one of the loudest people behind me too and I almost wished he hadn't found her glasses.

Also I hated how when the show was over a girl about my age said, "It kinda dragged on, but it was good." At least she said it was good, but dragged on??  Umm, no. Sure, if you don't know it's a musical about the biography of an amazing man's life, a timeline of his highs and lows, struggles and passions, and if you can't appreciate that a musical isn't just a song and dance, it's a story, then of course, you might not like this show. This is not Mary Poppins. For the sake of respect, if someone is on a stage singing a song or acting, shut the hell up!

You wouldn't think this is Rob McClure's Broadway debut, he was amazing, and I could see why he was chosen to be Chaplin, sure his mannerisms were on point but he also put the heart and sincerity into Chaplin's persona. Zachary Unger, who played young Chaplin was impressive, the costumes for the whole cast stood out and I loved all the little details.

I thought the sense of a timeline of Chaplin's life was similar to Evita, but totally different at the same time. My favorite part was when you get to see the way the Tramp's persona and character was created from Chaplin's memories of the people on the street in London. The shoes, hat, the cane, the coat. And later it was bittersweet to see how his creative concepts for his films reflected his own hardships and sorrow of his childhood, and his yearning to be a success and create himself, which he did and did well. Like the changing times today of the digital world and Internet world, and how it has effected so many companies and brands and stores and businesses, the silent movie age becoming the talking movie age clashed and crushed Chaplin's creative soul. Change was not something he seemed to deal with well, as he wanted to keep that moment in time alive when he was special because he led the silent movie era.

((I do see how in the present day the Internet-age, people transitioning to new media and the way we communicate changing it is hard for those who want "the old way" back. I like to think we can live in a world where people have both and can be both. Someone who is very Internet savvy with the social media wave, but also be a great communicator face to face as well as compassionate and can slow down for a moment and notice the little things in life which are the biggest things to the heart, mind and soul, and not hid behind a computer screen or mobile phone as if there is a stage curtain over shadowing their true self.))

Chaplin had heart, and I think that's also why he is remembered. But if you just want to see a man dressed up in the hat and cane and doing the walk then don't go see this musical, because it's a lot more deep, a lot more creative and heartfelt. The costume, the character, wasn't all he was and this musical shows the behind the scenes life of the passion he had, the remarkable belief he had in himself and how nothing lasts forever.

Personally, as an entrepreneur with a dreamer's heart, I had some tears in my eyes during the last song,"This Man."

I've seen four musicals during the past month! And this is the one I'd see again!

Go see the play, check out the website here.

Read about the Broadway show here and  , who plays Chaplin on stage:

Learn more about Chaplin's films here:

Did you know Charlie Chaplin was only about 5'5" in height..rock on short success stories! You should buy some of Chaplin's movies here.


Isobella Jade Quote: It doesn't just happen

"Of course we all have moments of feeling stuck, unenthusiastic or uninspired, but you've got to get out of it fast, find a way to get motivated. Usually fear works for me. I'm scared of the feeling of not doing something I knew I could've done, so it inspires me to keep going and not give up. Also I remind myself that I'm capable, that I can do it. I keep in mind daily that life is precious and ti me is everything and waiting on tomorrow doesn't make the dreams of today come true. When it comes to goals, "don't just happen" without work. You really have to encourage yourself, inspire yourself, keep your mind engaged and focused. If you have a goal and you know you should do it. Don't dwell, don't wait. Put time into it, even 30 minutes a day, don't let the ideas, the passion, the opportunity, the chance stand still. Get after it, show the day your worth!" - IJ

Monday, September 3, 2012

Birthday thoughts: Getting older is exciting for me

The song Landslide sung by Stevie Nicks makes me think about getting older, accepting change and that we all grow up but maybe, then again, we shouldn't grow up too much, and it's a song I love to sing.
If I had darker circles under my eyes maybe I’d feel annoyed about being older but instead I feel really youthful and getting older is exciting for me. To remember where you come from and to know where you are and the journey that got you there. I’m glad I’m an 80’s child and that I remember life before iPhones. I remember when imagination didn't cost so much and we just needed our brains to have fun. I like that I can remember the difference...that while being in-tune with our Internet and Digital worlds I can still remember when we didn't have cell phones and huge HD TV's, and it wasn't boring, infact we still had a great time.
I’ve had a very memorable 20’s and I look back and think about the ways I’ve grown and changed but also the ways I’ve stayed the same...and how some parts of us never change. I liked looking at the moon then and I do now, but now I look at it a little longer. A short view of some highlights: In my early 20’s l graduated from NYIT with a BA in Advertising and continued to build my modeling career from scratch and inspire other pint-size models not to give up, I wrote and published 4 books, along the way I launched a podcast radio show, my popular modeling blog and online platform and my own small publishing company. I traveled to 7 countries. I learned how to hustle and taught myself how to be my best marketer. I learned that starting without much doesn’t mean you can’t go far with belief and ambition, something I’ll always carry with me. I’ve gotten closer to my true self and the importance of liking yourself, the person you are, making peace with yourself, overcoming your mistakes and believe that positivity is the fuel for creativity and dreaming and chasing those dreams and goals. I married my best friend, I lost my Dad, and now I’m about to be a mom.

The place we originally wanted to go for sundaes was closed cause holiday so we had chocolate and peanut butter cake and vanilla ice cream instead, still, what a lucky baby :) — at Smith & Wollensky's Grill.  ~IJ