Thursday, June 28, 2012

Is this modeling agency a scam-GOOGLE IT and more tips on skipping scams

Often girls ask me about certain agencies and if they are scams. Or they tell me about their "scam" experience.

When it comes to scams, it's hard to avoid them if you are a newbie, they flock everywhere, just google the word modeling, many of those paid ads are scams. There are a few things to look for during a Google search and on an agency website and when you meet the agency, though.

I love Google! Use it!
-Google the agency name + the word scam and see what comes up.

Gazing at the agency website.
-Does the agency's website really push and push you to visit their testimonials page? Most of the time I consider testimonials a scam-alert. A real agency doesn't need testimonials to prove they are professional and legit. Also does the agency push their great modeling classes that cost $1000 or more, yeah, I'd skip that agency.

Meeting the agency and checking out the website.
-Does the agency have a sign-up fee or website fee? Really debate this before you carry on. Go with your gut but remember nothing is guaranteed, even if you pay. Think about it before forking out the cash. While the agency's clients may look at the models on the website and you pay to be on that website, just remember you might not book a job from it, it's not a promise, so go with your gut about it. Most of the time, I say no thanks. Mainly because the relationship with the agency is most likely non-exclusive in print modeling and you're already paying for enough. Stand tall and tell the agency, I'm paying for comp cards, a portfolio, updating photos, making myself available, providing jpegs for you to market me, upkeep -nail salon, hair cuts, beauty supplies, etc, and once I book a couple jobs with you then I'll consider paying to be on your site. I find it crazy to charge someone hundreds or a monthly fee to simply upload a photo on a website. I understand that's someone's job and they should be compensated for their time, but if they move over I'll update my photo myself and upload it in like 5 seconds.

Working with the agency.
-I believe a human being agent still matters, can't leave it up to just an  agency website to book you work. I like agents that have a personal relationship with their clients, the website isn't what 100% they rely on, it's a tool to share with clients they know photos, but for 99.9% of agencies I've worked with I haven't had to pay to be on their website. I give them marketable, clean and pretty jpeg photos or a jpeg scan of my comp card after I have met them or submitted the card by postal mail and then while working with the agency send them updated photos often...like every few months.

Submitting to the agency.
For submitting to the agency tips and skipping scams: Usually a professional agency will explain on their website how to submit photos, what they accept photo-wise and the best way to contact them. Follow what the website suggests to send/do. Typically submitting through a website could be a waste of time, think about it, thousands of girls do that. Send a professional comp card or images in the postal mail if possible, more professional. Information like photo-packages, or "we provide great photography services" could lead to the agency wanting a lot of money from you for a photo-session and in this situation often the models do not have rights to the photos so you are paying for the agency to own photos of you. Instead I think it is best to be marketing savvy, be up for managing your own photography needs, ask if you could use your own photos and explain you're willing to update and change your photos if needed to help the agency better market you. Show that you are willing to try. (In my experience) Usually print modeling agencies will work with the comp card you give them if it is marketable. Print agencies are the type of agencies that work with models of all types but you do have to be willing to put in the work when it comes to getting the marketing materials you need for the agency to best market you. You, fork out money for photographers you find, you fork out money for comp cards you make. It is a different world than fashion to work as a print model who is hustling to work with agencies and book work and who is shorter than most. It's a go-getter, do-it-yourself world that you manage. Agencies are a source to get work, but you're the force to make it happen by being prepared with professional and marketable photos in your portfolio, compcards and an upbeat personality. I've worked non-exclusive with many print modeling agencies over the years and I did not pay for a photo-package to work with them. I showed them the photos I had and the comp card I made. In the early years, sometimes the agency liked me, but not my photos so I had to go and get new ones made, update, re-shoot...but that is the process of building a portfolio and professional photos and being professional. (I also talk about this in my memoir Almost 5'4".) Don't submit to an agency until you're ready, until you're photos are ready, until you know you have a nice presentation, portfolio, comp cards, and your comfortable with yourself and ready to go on castings and can handle the long hours of shoots. A shorter girl working with a non-fashion agency will not be taught how to model. Study ads, editorials, and commercials on TV. Be sure you understand what print modeling is and the photos you need before you pursue modeling.

Meeting the agent at the agency:
-If you meet or visit an agent at the agency, notice, is the agent talking more about how great the agency is than getting to the point and asking to see your photos and portfolio and how you fit in with the agency and the work they book? Does the agent have a nice and professional persona or a pushy one, like a sales lady? That's a bad sign. Does the agent explain the exclusive or non-exclusive contract details, or do they rush you to sign it or give you time to look it over. Don't feel flattered if the agent seems to be really wanting you to work with them and sign up right away, it could be a scam. Don't rush it. You should always look over contracts -have someone who understands the language or a parent or friend look it over first before you sign. (Ask to get back to them about it, don't rush into it.) Does the agency explain how castings and bookings and how payment works?

Scams are in the air we breath.
Also don't be in so much of a rush for your success or the feeling of it that it makes you desperate or naive to scams. You want to skip mistakes. You'll need a savvy, smart, perceptive mindset.  Knowing what's a scam and what's not is not always common sense because there are so many scams these days. Every corner is another scam, even on the social media sites you may use be careful about the people who you 'friend', who can see all your information, and be careful about putting all your info out there and be careful about the photos you flaunt.  (I'd think twice before posting your home address, phone number and personal info about yourself on your Facebook, etc.) Be aware of the scumbags out there too, they are everywhere. Ex: If some so-called photographer contacts you on Youtube and says he works with a high fashion brand or lingerie company, YOU better GOOGLE the name of the person, ask questions about the name of photographer, website, the lingerie brand, before you meet them or submit a photo or anything! Just the other day I received a message on Youtube from a person claiming to be a photographer and working with a well known lingerie brand. I have an eye for scams and knew it was a scam right away because professionals typically do not contact models through Youtube or on social media sites about modeling gigs, simply they have no time to message people on Youtube about jobs and they do things the professional way with a casting, production company, and the art director or marketing director of that company deciding on a model. This Youtube ID wanted more lingerie videos of me. YEAH RIGHT DUDE.  Always Google the person's name, do your homework about everything, and in this situation of course nothing related to photography or lingerie came up. DELETE!

There are good agencies and agents out there, and keep striving you will find the right ones.

Be smart, be careful, be the best of you.

~Isobella

When you hit the road, don't hit send

Congrats to all the graduates of 2012!
Please be safe on the road this summer. Your life and plans and your dreams are worth it!
I've told a couple of my friends not to text and drive or Google and drive and we all could use a reminder, espeically in this fast-pace, now, now, now, go, go, go world we live in that can cause so many distractions that can make us forget about what really matters. Like our lives and the lives of others. It's easy to be distracted and put aside what's most important. I'm not saying that's an excuse for being careless though. When you're in the car remember it's okay to tell your friend who is about to send a text message while driving, "Don't send that now, send it later."

When you sit in your friend's car passenger seat you are giving your friend trust on your life. But it's not only about your life, it's about the lives of others that should be on the driver's mind and you can and should speak up if your friend is texting, checking email on their phone or Googling something while on the road.

Some ways to tell your friends not to text and drive and prevent a car accident or worse.

First, if you are on a road trip or going somewhere and need an address, plan ahead and get the address before you hit the road.  Tell your friend what exit to look for and hold the directions. Your friend shouldn't be holding their phone and glancing down at the directions or GPS on their phone while driving, you can actually get you a ticket in some states for using a GPS on your phone and did you know that using a GPS on your phone while driving can be extremely dangerous? Read this.

-Offer to use your phone and you  (the passenger) send the text instead. If you have the same friends, you could just use your own phone and tell the driver to focus on the road. Although this can also be a distraction to the driver to see you texting, especially if the driver asks to see the text you are about to send, remember it's better if the driver focuses on the road and has their eyes looking ahead not down at a cellphone at any time while driving.

-Feel weird telling your friends not to text and drive? Then try this:
Before you get in the car get all the texting out of your system. So encourage your friend to finish the text before starting the car.
Tell your friend/the driver, "Let's pull over real quick and send it."
Or, "Wait, don't send it now, send it later, when we stop at the...gas station, store, etc."
-When your driver friend sends a text message before you both get in the car, remind your friend to include in the text, "I'll be driving but I'll text you back when I get there." Or "I'll be on my way, so if I don't respond right away it's cause I'm on the road."
When you hit the road, please don't hit send. 

Your life and the lives of others is worth a lot more than the risk.
~Isobella


http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2012/06/does-your-phone-run-your-life-can-you.html

Check out the book trailer for my new book Careful, about the spirit of a girl who has died in a texting and driving crash.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Why the main character in my new book series is a runner

Stickers I found that remind me of Estella and my own competitive running days.
Hey Girls,

In the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series there is a reason the main character, sixteen year old Estella Montclair, was a track runner. I really didn't want her to be a helpless girl, although she has her own struggles, she isn't clueless either although when it comes to boys, sex and flirting she is kind of naive. Yes, she has a big crush, but even that amazing boy is not everything in her world, she had a goal, a plan, a future to look forward to that got smashed. She isn't a vampire or another YA or teen novel character who goes to a prep school and carries the latest designer bag. We've all been there done that/read that. Estella was a girl who had a dream and a purpose that gets drastically changed after she dies.

And another reason she is a runner is because I was a track runner (and a cross country runner). At first she was going to be a tennis player to be honest, but I decided at the half way point of writing that I needed to apply to her character a passion that I could better relate with, so I could better write about her emotions of losing her life and the pain of losing her chance for a future. I wrote about her running career with vivid detail while thinking of my own.

(me, running a cross country race in high school)

Running shaped Estella's life and being a runner in high school (for the 400, 800, 600 and X-country) really shaped my life too. The training, the hours, every day and weekends too, setting goals, pushing myself, the physical pain of it, the focus it took and the feeling of having a passion, something that I was good at that involved challenges, it all created a go-getter and ambitious mindset, a fighter mentality that I have carried with me through the other passions in life that I've pursued and the passions I have today. If I could go back in time and re-live a part of my life for the fun of it and for the lessons learned, I'd go back to those running days in high school.

While writing I thought about a lot of my own track memories. How you'd work so hard for a goal and then comes race day and there's your chance and when the race is over how painful it could be if you didn't run as hard as you could have, or wished you ran harder, because that race is over now and that moment is gone and you can't go back and run it again. And how competition makes you run harder and even faster. I think racing the clock is totally different than racing another runner. Running reminded me that it was all about the now.

I was the Co-captain of the X-country and track team for most of my high school running career, and I came up with this slogan run with your heart and shared it on inspirational print outs I'd write and share with my teammates before a big meet.

I feel like even though it's been years since being a competitive athlete and traveling to meets in Central, NY and all around New York State, the spirit of an athlete is always with me. Even down to what I eat. I still eat pasta and carbs every day, I still have my runner-body type, I still have endurance in my mind for what's in my heart.

In the first book of the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series, although Estella has died and is now a spirit she has so much energy that has stayed with her from when she was a runner-she also ran the 400 meter. She still "runs" and "sprints" and "whips around" her neighborhood, and visits the high school track sometimes when she needs to have a moment with her old self again.

This Track and Field editorial in Interview magazine, in the May 2012 issue, caught my eye.


I thought the editorial was cool and ironic since Estella was a track runner and Heidi, the girl who caused her death from texting and driving, was a hurdler.

Are you going to watch the Olympics? Check out the 400 meter race? Here is news/buzz that caught my eye on the Olympic track and field trials.


~Isobella

Watch the book trailer for Careful here.
Read an excerpt and order an early copy of Careful here.

Modeling agencies in Oregon:  http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2010/03/portland-oregon-modeling-agencies.html

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Central Park near the north woods

Up, up, up in Central Park, by 103rd street is a nice way to spend the afternoon. It's not as crowded and I love the peaceful vibe.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

My baby bump at the Apple store 59th Street today

Check out the Book Trailer for my new book Careful

Hey Girls!

I'm excited to share with you the book trailer for my new book called Careful, it's the first book of the my new book series, Careful, Quiet, Invisible. Careful is due in July 2012. Check out the trailer here on my blog or view the trailer on Youtube or at my website http://www.isobelladreams.com/IsobellasBooks.html
 
To watch it here on my blog, it's best to pause my podcast that's heard on the right side of my blog so that you can hear the book trailer better. Scroll down on the right side and pause the podcast audio.





Long live love!

Isobella

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pre-order a signed copy of Careful for special price

Hey Girls,
Careful, the first book of my new book series called Careful, Quiet, Invisible is due July 26, 2012 at retail outlets and I'm offering to sign pre-ordered books for a special price. If you'd like to read the book before everyone else and pre-order a personalized and signed book (paperback) click the "buy now options" on the link below.  Includes shipping in the USA.  If you'd like to chat about shipping beyond the USA, no problem, send me a message through my website here.
The scoop on pre-ordered signed copies is here, under the illustration of Estella with her friends Zara, Eva and Jett:
http://www.isobelladreams.com/TheCarefulQuietandInvisibleSeries.html

Summary of Careful.

After Estella Montclair is killed in a texting and driving crash, what remains of her face and body is devastating.

But not all of her has died.

During the first month after her death, Estella’s spirit travels among her living friends and family. Her best friends Zara, Eva and Jett show her how pain and sorrow can break apart or strengthen a bond. She also sees for the first time that loss can spark revenge, catastrophe can come without warning, and we all have secrets. She wonders if her chance for love with Phoenix has passed her by, and if out of sight truly means out of mind.

And maybe one day the girl who caused her death will admit her mistake.

While adjusting to a new state of being, Estella struggles to face the limitations that come with death, but blossoms by recognizing she can still touch the lives of the people she once knew so well.


  Check back often for exclusive promos and the upcoming book trailer for Careful!


Love lives on!
Isobella

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New podcast today, chatting about new book Careful

Today at 12 PM EST a podcast chat about friendship, family, forgiveness, revenge, bullying, loss and love.


This July, Isobella Jade, best known as the petite model who wrote her memoir Almost 5'4" at the Apple store in New York City, releases Careful, the first book of a sentimental young adult novel series called Careful, Quiet, Invisible, about the spirit of girl who dies in a texting while driving crash. Jade chats about how the death of her father inspired her writing, the characters in the series and her writing process. For more on the Careful, Quiet, Invisible series and exclusive promotions visit: http://www.isobelladreams.com/TheCarefulQuietandInvisibleSeries.html

TunT 
Tune into the podcast here at 12 PM EST: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade/2012/06/19/isobella-jade-discusses-her-new-book-careful

Listen to archived podcasts here or on iTunes: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade

Monday, June 18, 2012

Coming up acting classes, workshops and intensive sessions


Hey Girls,


Often I get messages from aspiring models curious about acting and getting into it. Here are some upcoming classes, podcasts and events you should consider attending in NYC area.
Coming up very soon, tomorrow, TUESDAY JUNE 19th, you can sign up to meet casting director Allison Shomer.
ALLISON SHOMER (ABC/KEVIN KUFFA/A&E - CASTING ASSOCIATE). Allison is currently assisting Julie Schubert in casting the new series "House of Cards" starring Kevin spacey and produced my David Fincher and casting an independent film with Stephanie Holbrook.
Allison Shomer is a casting associate in NY who just wrapped at ABC for pilot season where she was assisting Marci Phillips and John Ort. She is currently assisting Kevin Kuffa with a series for A&E and working on an indie film with casting director Stephanie Holbrook. Past credits include: Fox 2011 pilot season, Lifetime pilot "The Kids", films "Imogene" and "Backwards."
Actors will select contemporary sides or a monologue prior to night from either Film or Television, no more than 3 pages. Please pick something age/type appropriate - Comedy or Drama.
Date: 06/19/12
Time: 6.30pm
Fee for Showcase: $50
To Register Via Paypal: http://tinyurl.com/87qmnz6
(Only) If you don't have sides you can email: cmoir@impossiblecasting.com



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Don't live in NYC?  It's ok there are other options. Like a podcast class.
Coming up is an Audition Opportunity workshop session podcast [Time Sensitive] This is an online workshop coming up on June 30. It's called "Audition Secrets: The Best Way to Prepare, Audition and Book the Job." Taught by Aaron Marcus. Aaron just posted a free audio recording that you can listen to below:
 And, Aaron has a special guest, John Strawbridge, a casting director and director with over twenty years’ experience in Film, Television and Theatre. He's going to be alongside Aaron giving you the scoop on what casting directors are really looking for during an audition. http://howtoactandmodel.com/IsobellaJade

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1 Night Intensive with Kate Geller, Casting Associate, Chrystie Street Casting


Date/Time: Tuesday, July 10th 2012 from 7PM-830PM or 830PM-10PM

Location: The Actor's Green Room, 13-15 28th Street (between 5/6), 9th Floor, NYC

Cost: $109
(CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER)
Tonight is the night to meet and work with casting associate, Kate Geller, from one of the busiest casting casting offices in NYC! The evening will begin with a Q/A with Kate followed by each actor getting a chance to work on camera with Kate on a pre-selected scene. Actors will be supported by an outstanding reader and get to watch one another on a television monitor which maximizes learning. Each actor's work will be emailed to them in the form of a High Definition Quicktime Movie after the class to review as they wish. Sides for this class will be emailed one week before the intensive.

Kate Geller is a Casting Associate at Chyrstie Street Casting. Kate is currently working on THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE (a kind of Slumdog Millionaire story about two young boys in New York), NOAH (Darren Aronofsky's film about Noah's Ark), LABOR DAY (Jason Reitman's new film), MOLLY (a story about a young girl and her single mom figuring it out), THE NEW YORKER (an indie about early-20 somethings in NY), and an UNTITLED FOX FEATURE, directed by James Mangold.

 


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1 Night FOX Intensive with Maria Higgins-Hubbard, Casting Associate



Come spend the evening with Maria Higgins-Hubbard, the casting associate at FOX Television, and learn what it takes to book roles in series television.

FOX casts pilots all year round and Maria continues to work on all series regular roles for FOX's television shows.


Date/Time: Thursday, July 12th 2012 from 7PM-830PM or 830PM-10PM
*Only 8 students per session

Location (OUR NEW OFFICE SPACE!): The Actor's Green Room, 13-15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC.

Cost: $109 (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER)

Tonight is the night to meet and work with one of NYC's busiest, casting directors: Maria Higgins-Hubbard. The evening will begin with a Q/A with Maria. Next, each actor will get to experience a simulated audition but with feedback! Each actor, one at a time, will go into our studio to work on camera with Maria on pre-selected sides from a recent/current FOX project and be supported by one of our outstanding readers. The rest of the class will get to watch and listen on a television monitor in the main room. Each actor's work will be emailed to them in the form of a High Definition Quicktime Movie after the class to review as they wish. Sides will be emailed for this class after registration. This class is 16 and up.



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Seek out your opportunity, the more you know the better, and for more on-camera classes check out: http://www.brookeandmary.com/ Brooke Thomas and Mary Egan Callahan, casting directors at HOUSE Casting in New York City, have been teaching an on-camera commercial intensive class since 2001 under the name "Brooke and Mary."  At each class we work on-camera with cue cards and commercial copy. Class size is limited ot 15 students. At the final class we invite 2 commercial talent agents to watch you work, answer questions and give some feedback. Brooke and Mary also offer some tips on marketing yourself as a commercial actor.  Classes get sold out fast.





Does your phone run your life? Can you make a memory without your phone?


At my girl's horse stable this weekend I was chatting with a 15 year old girl about her horse and although school's out we talked about what high school girls are wearing and why they wear certain bags and logos. The conversation inspired, "Before you flaunt the logo know something about the brand." :) ~IJ - Also we chatted about texting in the classroom and the girl said the teachers don't really... enforce a no cell phone rule anymore because they are texting too. That was annoying to hear. It must be hard to focus on school, that test, college application process, the SAT, having a goal, knowing your assets and skills, sharpening them, when there is a distraction by the teachers phone buzzing along with the chimes of other phones going bing, bing, ring tone jam, etc. WTF. I text every day now, but I remember a world without text messages. Sometimes I will put away my phone just to remind myself, it doesn't run my life and I can have a conversation with someone, look them in the eye and not look at my phone while we're chatting, I can focus and enjoy the experience without my phone constantly, because although this is a fast-pace, mobile-age there is a time and place for it and my phone doesn’t replace the experiences that make up real life.
No-Phone-Challenge: Does everything need 50 photos? We are lucky we have all these digital tools and resources that can capture the moment, every single moment...but can you make a memory without taking a photo of it, without the camera on your phone? Can you be in the moment and take it in with your mind, have the moment kept safe in your memory, without even your camera?  I feel like our memory is not being used enough with all these digital abilities, and being able to remember being somewhere, doing something, when it happened and where could get easily forgotten without the 5000 photos that were taken.  I find that sad. A photo is proof, not our own memory of being there and what it felt like and how it was. We should let our minds and souls take in the memory more often, every detail, the sounds, the way the room was lit, the energy or the calmness felt, the colors, the expressions, things that were said or heard. We should grasp the moment in our minds, not just on the screen.
~IJ

Friday, June 15, 2012

Photo shoot confessions: Could you change in the brushes?

This week I did a belly shoot in Central Park and the topic of being comfortable changing in the bushes came up. And how models should be cool with that sort of thing. Or using a man-made changing room, usually made from a towel and two people holding one or two towels around you while you change. I didn't change in the bushes this week, but I'm pretty good at changing descreetly my shirt without anyone noticing like the dog walkers. Being able to adjust and be comfortable changing quickly, in the bushes, behind a man-made towel, or a man-made changing room is a good thing. If your shooting at the beach, on job on location or somewhere that doesn't have a bathroom right near by, it's a good thing to be able to change anywhere because there might not be time to run to the bathroom or have the crew stop and wait for you to trek to the bathroom to change outfits. Of course, for the booking the crew usually has a trailer or a place already scouted for you, but also be aware of the nearest bathroom or where the changing area is, so you are prepared, it's best to be comfortable changing wherever. Time is money and as a model changing behind a man-made towel changing room shouldn't be an issue. If you can't handle it, think twice about modeling. ~Isobella

Tonight Teen Night at the New Museum (free)

I wish I was a teen again so I could go to this event, calling all teens who would enjoy and could use an evening of gallery conversations led by teens, explore exhibitions with your friends, there's live music and even button-making, haha, check out this FREE event TONIGHT June 15th, at the New Museum in the city (235 Bowery at Prince Street). Starts at 6:30 PM (bring your school ID)

Here's the scoop: http://www.newmuseum.org/events/668?utm_source=New+Museum+News&utm_campaign=4b3c592f13-2012_06_EVENTS_2&utm_medium=email

Although I'm not in school anymore I love learning and discovering. Fun to me is learning about something I didn't know, discovering something, expressing my thoughts about a conversation that allows many opinions. Learning and sharing should never end and should spread beyond the classroom. Use your mind and share your perspective, add to your mind and grow from a new experience that makes you think and wonder. :)

Isobella

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Heading toward your goal

Give yourself a chance, trying is such a big part of getting anywhere towards your goal. ~IJ

Monday, June 11, 2012

To feed your soul just add the time


Make sure your feeding your soul, what's important to you and that nagging "Oh shit I didn't do THAT today." If THAT is something that makes your spirit feel alive and brings you peace, makes you feel smart, brings out the best of you or is simply something you feel you should do then make sure you are spending time, even 30 mins a day doing it. I have to remind myself of this sometimes. There is... so much in our worlds to distract our minds from what we REALLY need to do for ourselves and feeding our soul. Getting in touch with what really matters to us, what we know we should do, is something that shouldn't be put last or least important. I'm about to now go feed my soul with some writing this evening that I've been meaning to do, wanting to do, but push it aside because there's so much other work, writing, projects going on. But I'll regret it, if I don't spend some time on this one thing, so I gotta make an effort to make the time for it. Time is sure precious, so go dive into that moment in your day that's just for you and reflects the person you are inside. ~IJ

Who knows what's ahead, keep your eyes clear and focused

When I was in the car driving to Maine with my husband for our baby moon, I held the phone with the Google map and directions. Mapping while driving isn't safe either, so add it to the don't-do's while driving, right next to texting, emailing, or making your Facebook or Twitter updates. Be safe! Your life is worth it and the lives of others are too! ♥ there's a lot to live for, and you can handle waiting a few extra minutes to text back your friend, it's not worth a ticket or hurting someone or yourself because of a stupid text message. Don't you agree? So keep your eyes clear and focused while making some fun road trips this summer. Summer is an inspiring, beautiful time of year--yes even pregnant in the heat of NYC I'm still going to enjoy it, and I hope your's involves accomplishing a goal or two. :) Aim high and strive!

I care about the texting and driving issue because it's stupid, it's foolish and careless and selfish to text and drive. I made texting and driving show up in my book because not many books have included texting and driving within their storylines and I find it an important social issue for all types of people. So I'm striking a voice on how texting and driving can kill. Just like how it kills the main character in the first book of my new YA book series, coming this July, called Careful, Quiet, Invisible.

Some buzz on texting and driving that caught my eye:
http://www.npr.org/2012/06/07/154533043/texting-and-driving-bans-may-make-roads-less-safe

http://www.npr.org/2012/06/07/154519836/whatd-make-you-stop-texting-while-driving


~Isobella


DIY: My pink Belmont Stakes Hat

Me, my hat and baby bump at the Belmont Stakes

First step: Get a hat! My hat, I bought it on 14th street for $10.  I went for a smaller summer hat but you can go super large if you want!

Then go to craft store and buy artificial flowers. The flowers came from JoAnn fabrics.

You'll also need a glue-gun: I think I got the glue gun a couple years ago in the city at a drugstore or Pearl Paint art supply store.

Heat up your glue gun. Trim/ cut the flower stem down and then grab your heated glue gun. Carefully glue a line across the stem and then press it on your hat. Or glue a line on your hat and press the stem down on it.

Then next to the first flower add a feather for down funky flair that will grab attention. :) hehe

To cover up some glue gun marks and for some more fun color, decorate your hat with flowers that are a different style than the first tall standout flower you added.

Add more! And get colorful! The more dramatic the better! Flowers, flowers, flowers and funky fabulous pretty.

Get creative and celebrate your artistic side.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Petite models remember standing tall means watching your posture!

Check out the article called "Supersize me" page 198 in the June issue of ELLE magazine, it's about how good posture can make you appear taller :) and more proportioned

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To let Mother Nature mean more than the ever growing to-do list

I like this pic from our babymoon trip to Maine because I didn't know my husband took it, and it reminds me of how great it is for the soul to be with nature. To take a moment and let Mother Nature mean more than the ever growing to-do list. Something that means a lot to me is getting in touch with nature and the natural elements, not just on vacation but to notice the sky and landscapes every day, I look forward to sharing this beauty around us with my baby too.

Here's another of my belly, and we did hit up just about every lighthouse on the Maine Coast too.
~Isobella


Setting a goal: a true challenge makes us bolder

Set a goal. It might not happen tomorrow, it might be a true challenge but a challenge gets us hyped up, makes us bolder and stronger and we grow our minds and hearts while striving. Sure you might through a hissy fit while trying to accomplish it or spaz out more than a few times worried it will never happen or that it's taking too long to reach, but you're working for a goal, it's a process, it'...s where you are today meeting up with the future you're planning and hoping for. During the journey you'll discover so much about yourself and probably also meet some people who could influence you, or you might even be that influencer for someone else. Setting a goal and moving towards it takes time, it can take hours, days, weeks and years but remember you're out there aiming for something you want. And if your goal helps others too, even better! Strive on! Isobella Jade

Monday, June 4, 2012

Read an excerpt of Careful, my new book coming in July!

Hey Girls,

I've been sick with a cold and pregnant, then traveling around the coast of Maine on a baby moon trip, and now back and hustling to fill you in with the latest on my Careful, Quiet, Invisible series. The first book Careful is due in July and here is some recent news.


This summer please be ‘Careful’ on the road, please don't text and drive and please tell your friends and family not to take the risk. In my new book called “Careful,” due in July, the main character Estella dies from a texting and driving crash. The book is sort of a "Lovely Bones" meets "Gossip Girl" but with a lot more darkness and heart. It's a sentimental series and I just posted an excerpt of the book here: http://www.isobelladreams.com/TheCarefulQuietandInvisibleSeries.html and also here's a promo illustration of the 'girls,' Estella and her friends: Zara, Eva and Jett, illustrated by my graphic novel, “Model Life,” illustrator Jazmin Ruotolo ( http://www.angeltripstudio.com/ ).
I thought it would be fun to see a visual of the 'girls' together, even though the book is a novel.

 More about the book: After death and as a spirit, Estella experiences many self-discovery moments through her friends and family that involve diet pills, depression, beauty and body image, revenge and bullying, to forgive or not forgive and other present day self-growth moments, along with trendy topics like teens starting a small business together. I hope while reading the book and traveling with Estella's spirit you keep in mind how precious life. Although fictional, the book has a landscape of my hometown in Central, NY and there are some moments throughout that can reflect my own childhood and teen years as well. Yay for July! Read more about the “Careful, Quiet, Invisible” series and upcoming giveaways and exclusive promotions: http://www.isobelladreams.com/TheCarefulQuietandInvisibleSeries.html
~Isobella
P.s: Check out this site on the dangers of texting and driving: