EDIT: THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER, BUT ENJOY THE INTERVIEW AND LEAVE A COMMENT ANYWAY. JASON WILL CONTACT THE WINNER.
Lorraine: First off, I’d like to welcome Jason to my blog and let him know how much I appreciate him taking the time to do this interview. Thank you, Jason.
Jason: Thank you too… The pleasure is all mine.
Lorraine: We’ll start with the basics. What made you decide to become a cover model and how long have you been at it?
Jason: I decided to become a romance cover model a few years ago. I wasn’t finished with modeling but felt out of touch with all the fashion or ad modeling they’d typically use me for. When I’d come up with the idea of doing cover modeling, it really hit me positively. It gave me a reason to work out harder, to eat healthier.
Lorraine: Has modeling been what you expected it to be? If yes, how so? If no, what is different?
Jason: Yes & No… When I am doing a lot of work and getting booked for shoots, it’s like I’d always envisioned it.. Everything flows naturally. But when times are slow like how it was in the beginning for me when I’d see other guys with my same look getting more covers then me I’d get extremely frustrated sometimes even want to give up.. But then an hour later I’d pick myself back up and say “no that approach won’t work”
Lorraine: If you could go back and give the younger version of yourself any advice before you started this career, what would it be?
Jason: Great question! It would have been to tell that guy to do more of the romance novels. I didn’t pay any attention back then to what this industry was all about. Hey this is a multi-billion dollar industry for a reason. A lot of people follow this authors and best sellers. So yes, I’d have gotten into this FAR back..
Lorraine: I’ve seen that your goal is to surpass the number of covers Fabio was on. How are you coming with that goal?
Jason: Sure.. Actually things are moving along at a more rapid pace with that goal of the number of covers. There is still about a good hundred plus before I reach where he’s at though.
Lorraine: Once you’ve achieved that goal, where will you set your sights from there?
Jason: Well Lorraine, I dream big at night.. And the dreams that I dare to dream really do come true..
Lorraine: It must take a lot of work to stay in such great shape. What is your workout schedule and routine?
Jason: Yes you are correct, I do believe in taking care of my body. I perform a rigorous workout routine on a daily basis at my local health club. Currently I work out in the evenings. I basically workout as hard as I can until my arms and legs feel like they are going to fall off. I take pleasure in feeling my muscles tighten up as I exercise them to the max. It sends my mind into a whole new world. I don’t see people around me. It’s just me in my own bubble.
Lorraine: I’m sure you have to watch what you eat, as well. What type of diet do you follow?
Jason: Thanks actually yes, I do watch what I eat. I only eat foods that will make my face and body look beautiful. If it’s chocolate or something impure I will not consume it. Only foods of premium labels shall pass my lips.
Lorraine: Do you allow yourself to splurge and have a day off from the diet occasionally? If so, how often and what is your favorite food to indulge in?
Jason: Yes, I have allowed myself to eat pastas or something with carbs in it. But only occasionally. I don’t want to start a habit, you do it once and then you are on a road to getting ugly.
Lorraine: Did it take you a while to adjust to the thought of being on these covers as the representation of the heroes in the books?
Jason: Yes it did at first. The first time I’d seen the romance books I thought about what it would be like being that cover guy… Then later after doing my first cover and seeing it in a bookstore, now that REALLY knocked my socks off! I felt like not only the hero of the book but the entire bookstore!
Lorraine: I’d like to get the male perspective on what it’s like to be looked at as the object of desire based solely on appearance. Women have been dealing with this for a long time, but it seems only recently that us women have become the aggressors and are now ogling men. Do you find it demeaning like some women used to or do you take it as a compliment for all the hard work you’ve done to get and keep your body in such great shape?
Jason: Well yes, being labeled as the mountain of molten lust has its perks. I don’t mind getting positive feedback from anyone claiming to be impressed by what I have with the body. To be on these covers as someone’s ultimate object of desire is what it’s all about. I mean you don’t want to be on a cover looking like an out of shape person or someone that has no sense of style..
Lorraine: When people ask what I write and I tell them romance, I get the usual dismissal and eye rolls. What do people say when you tell them you are a cover model?
Jason: I get fascination looks.. Looks of amazement or uncertainty on how to approach me next. I like that cause I just stare back at them waiting to see what questions they’ll come up with next. There are not many of us guys out there. We aren’t your typical store employee…We’re a rare breed.
Lorraine: I have a day job to pay the bills until this writing thing takes off. Do you have a day job or is modeling it? If you do have a day job, do you hope to leave it behind one day?
Jason: If I didn’t have a day job to keep me busy, I’d be bored out of my MIND! I have to have it otherwise this sort of thing may get old for me which I don’t want it to.
Lorraine: If you weren’t modeling, what other career could you see yourself with?
Jason: I get asked this a lot. But I don’t have an answer for you. This is me. I like unordinary. So Maybe I’d do something unusual.
Lorraine: Any advice for those who may want to get into modeling?
Jason: Well for regular old modeling, just start making contacts with photographers in your area… See if you have that look first..
Lorraine: You’ve written a couple of books, as well. Can you tell us a little about them, why you decided to write them, and where we can buy them?
Jason: Yes, Journey of a Male Model & Overexposed. Both are modeling books designed to help models become models… both are available on amazon.com
Lorraine: You’ve had a taste of Hollywood and movies. Can you tell us a little about your experience, and is this something you’d like to do more of in the future?
Jason: Yes I have had a taste of Hollywood. I’m still a sag member but I’m not much the actor. I found out early on that I have a hard time acting and saying my lines at the same time… It takes a special person to be an actor. If I do anymore in the future, it will be little stuff probably… Like running around not saying anything in the movie… hahaah..
Lorraine: Were you star struck at all at first or were you able to look at the actors as normal people?
Jason: Saw them as normal people. I had no clue that they were big shots.. During hair & makeup we’d often talk a lot to one another and then again at lunch times… and on location of course. But no, never panicked over any of them.
Lorraine: While we’re on the subject, who is your favorite actor and/or actress and what is your favorite movie? Favorite TV show?
Jason: That actor Kevin Spacey is pretty darn good at what he does.. Far as actresses… There are a bunch but none pop out in my head.. Maybe the lead girl from Scream, Neve Campbell.
Lorraine: What type of music do you like to listen to? Do you have a favorite singer or band?
Jason: All kinds of music! Of course Genesis has always been a top band of mine.
Lorraine: What kinds of hobbies do you have? What do you like to do for fun?
Jason: For fun? I really love exercising. Hitting the gym hard and doing some kind of aerobic activity after. It’s really me.
Lorraine: If you could have one wish, what would it be? (It has to be personal for you, not for someone else or even for world peace or to end hunger.)
Jason: Well it wouldn’t be money, it wouldn’t be a Ferrari.. One wish would maybe be to have better leg muscles. I work them out so hard and would wish that they’d grow bigger, fuller.
Lorraine: There’s always one big debate around here, and again, I’d like to get the male perspective. Which do you like better: vampires or werewolves, and why?
Jason: Vampires! Because they are more interesting of course!
Lorraine: Is there anything else you’d like to let everyone know about yourself before you leave?
Jason: Well I had a great time doing this interview Lorraine.. Thanks again for having me.
Lorraine: It was a pleasure having you here. Thank you again for taking the time to do this interview—and for putting up with some of my unusual questions. Good luck with your career and keep those amazing photos coming.
AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY…
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