Anonymous said: So it looks like you been to south street in Philly, my part of town. What other places in Philly have you visited? Any upcoming shows/shoots in the area?
1. I don’t know why you guys think I live anywhere else in the world but for the record HI, I’M JESSA (ALSO KNOWN AS PESKY) AND I LIVE AND AM BASED IN PHILADELPHIA, PA. Specifically in South Philly.
That being said, South St. is really lame to me; I’ve lived near it since I was 10 (which was when I first moved up North from Atlanta, GA where I was born). It’s touristy, too commercial and usually full of obnoxious drunks and completely boring now since there’s nothing going on during the week but the random shows I might see at the TLA or a few rounds at TMoms. Other than that, no thank you. I like East Passyunk way more.
2. 95% of my shoots take place in Philly/NJ/NYC so yes lots of them when I get back next week and I’m still booking now so any photogs/stylists/clothing companies reading this, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I love traveling outside the tristate area so don’t fret if you’re not there.
3. No shows to report just yet but I’ll be at New York City Comicon October 10-12th.
This got really autobiographic really quickly. Meh.
black-veins86 said: There's a trick to chips and cheese in the UK. You turn the box upside down until the cheese is a little bit melted then you tip them out into your pizza box
Oddly enough, someone else just wrote in and told me it also has to do with the type of cheese. I think the first time I had chips and cheese here in London, the shop used mozzarella but it also could’ve been feta. I was drunk so it didn’t really dawn on me what the flavor was until later. I was just sad it wasn’t cheese whiz. Lol but I’ll have to try it this way next time I’m out. Thanks for the suggestion!
Anonymous said: What advice would you give to a woman of color aspiring to be an alt model?
This is hard to say. There’s so many things I could answer with. I’ll give you five I think are essential (five is my favorite number).
1. Develop a solid portfolio working with photographers whose work you enjoy/are inspired by. This is so important. To be taken seriously as a model, you have to have a good portfolio and for brown girls, this is essential because if you want your foot in more doors than just “urban” markets, it’s important to show not only your skill as a model (knowing how to pose well with your whole body is essential) but your ability to work with multiple photographers that do different styles of photography. It’s going to be easy to accept anyone that will take you when you start out but once you’ve got about 20 shoots under your belt, you will become more decisive about who you work with, what you shoot and most importantly who sees it.
2. Know your limits and don’t go past them for any reason unless you’re ready to deal with the consequences. People will attempt to pressure you into shoots that you are not comfortable with or to go into content markets you may not want to cross (usually it’s the case with more explicit work). Always say upfront what you’re willing to do and what you aren’t so that there is absolutely no confusion. If someone tries to make it a confrontation, just walk away and do not respond to their messages. You’re better off.
3. Stick to your guns. There are also going to be times when you get discouraged because you didn’t get picked for a role, didn’t get an assignment you really wanted, get turned down by companies and get pushed aside by magazine editors (and unfortunately, sometimes it will be due to race). If you really want to be an alt model as a POC female, this is what you encounter at the beginning and even every once in a while after you have a bit of recognition under your belt (these things still happen to me!). It’s part of the process, the learning curve to understanding the industry you’re hurling yourself into. The important thing is to have a plan for the long term. If you don’t want to become an industry standard (like Cara Mia, Kelly Eden, Alysha Nett, or Sabina Kelley for instance), then you might not care so much but if you really want to try and go the distance, get ready to be frustrated and use every obstacle as a motivator. Set small, achievable goals and let them build and build and build. It only takes one good move to make your career. Work until you it finds you.
4. Protect and nurture your brand. All you have is your name. People don’t always associate you by your face because half the time, they have no idea who you are and all they see is words on a screen. Your job is to make those words an instant impact. Make them remember you. The more you stand out as alt model, the better. It doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. Take something everyone is doing and put your spin on it and kick that into overdrive. And keep yourself out of places you don’t want to be associated with. Always think that if someone googles your name, what will they see? You should know because of content you’re putting out there but always make sure to check anyway.
5. Be gracious, thankful and kind in every opportunity. People will take chances on working with you since there aren’t many references you have when you start out. Make sure you leave them with a great lasting impression because the better rapport you have with photographers native to you, the more good vibes and positivity you bring to yourself. People will always enjoy working with you and you’ll start to see your work improve because you’re more comfortable with the people you shoot with.
So I hope that helps all aspiring alt girls reading this. Thanks again!
rychu79 said: What is the first thing you wanna eat when you get back to the States?
Cheese fries from Ishkabibbles.
The French don’t believe in something so gluttonous so there is NO WHERE you can find cheese fries in France and the British use shredded cheese and don’t really let it melt before serving (and if it does melt against hot fries, it’s kinda more like a giant cheese sponge matted to the top layer of fries).
So I’m more than ready for cheese whiz to re-enter my life.
And maybe ribs as well.
Anonymous said: What do you do for fun when your not modeling
Lots of things when I’m not in class, that’s the real time sucker. But mostly write poetry/short fiction stories; read books (currently reading On The Road and next it’ll be a book by Dr. Michio Kaku) or listen to music (really into Slowdive, Junglepussy and Now, Now at the moment). Not sure what my next album purchase will be. I really want to check out Frank Iero’s new band. I go to concerts as often as I can. I live for live music.
I’m taking up marksmenship soon home as I’m kind of mildly obsessed with shotguns and I think it would just be nice to be able to shoot a gun properly. I also really love to swim. You can usually find me walking around the city on a quest for either ice cream or a good margarita.
I bike a lot as well. If you’re lucky and live in Philly, you’ll catch me next weekend in the Philly Naked Bike Ride to raise awareness for cyclists in the city and to decrease the rate of accidents they encounter at the hands (or should I say steering wheels) of unobservant/uncaring drivers.
Oh and movies! My ultimate weakness is a good screenplay. I highly recommend A Dame to Kill For. It’s magic. Even I was skeptical when I saw it was in 3-D but it’s not obnoxious, and the actor changes for Manute, Dwight and Miho aren’t as bad as I thought they’d be. The saddest thing really is that Rosario Dawson doesn’t get as much screen time but they more than make up for that with Eva Green.
GOOD LORD THAT WOMAN. Rodriguez’s director of photography pulled out some incredible stops to show her off. Just see the movie. It’s a visual orgasm.
I do really hate Nancy’s character though. She’s just…..ugh, so much potential and I just wasn’t sold with Jessica Alba’s portrayal of her, but then again, not really a fan of Jessica Alba. So I will leave you on that note.
This was a good question. Thank you! <3
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Anonymous said: Jeezumlordmercy! You are damn incredible. What's your name going to be on MFC?
Name: Jessa Jordan.
I’m not camming again until I’m back in the states. I’ll post about it here and on IG so everyone knows exactly when I’m online just like I did before.
Shot by Brooklyn Suicide
Inspired by Donald Glover x Childish Gambino (peep the DOPENESS necklace round my neckits from his online store ;3)
Don’t cry you shameless cunt. Your tears only makes me want to tear apart your teenie fuck holes even more.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? I WILL FUCKING MURDER YOU. YOU’RE A SHITTY DISGUSTING RACIST FETISHIST PIECE OF SHIT AND I SWEAR TO FUCK IF I EVER FIND OUT WHO IS BEHIND THIS BLOG I WILL DESTROY EVERYTHING IN YOUR FUCKING LIFE. HOW DARE YOU WRITE THIS SHIT ON PHOTOS OF ME AND OTHER BLACK WOMEN?! YOU DEGENERATE SON OF A BITCH. YOU HIDE BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN TOO MUCH OF A FUCKING PUSSY TO SAY THIS SHIT IN REAL LIFE TO ANYONE, LET ALONE PUT UP A LEGITIMATE PHOTO OF YOURSELF ON YOUR PATHETIC EXCUSE FOR A FUCKING BLOG. YOU WISH YOU COULD FUCKING TOUCH ME OR ANY OTHER WOMAN OF FUCKING COLOR AND I SAW THAT FUCKING COMMENT ABOUT CHECKING OUT BLACK MEN’S DICKS AT A URINAL TOO. YOU’RE NOT EVEN A FUCKING SCUMBAG. YOU’RE LITERALLY THE SUMMATION OF EVERYTHING WRONG WITH THIS FUCKING WORLD AND THE INTERNET. I WOULD RIP YOUR FUCKING ASSHOLE OUT OF YOUR FACE IF YOU EVER CAME NEAR ME. I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD. I’M REPORTING YOUR PAGE, YOU MORON. THE BEST THING YOU EVER DID WAS REPOST THIS IMAGE STRAIGHT FROM MY FUCKING BLOG SO I COULD SEE YOUR UTTERLY RIDICULOUS COMMENT. ENJOY IT WHILE IT FUCKING LASTS BECAUSE NOW THE WHOLE INTERNET IS ABOUT TO KNOW AND REPORT YOU TOO, YOU SHITHEAD.
And just to address your “caption” I would never cry for the likes of you. I’d be too busy driving a fucking knife into your fucking groin and forcing your own dick down your throat until you choke to death. FUCK YOU. I’VE NEVER BEEN SO NAUSEATED IN MY ENTIRE FUCKING LIFE.
This is for every stupid fucking person who doesn’t think that “racism” exists. Or that “fetishism” isn’t a problem. Or thinks they have “a fetish” for women of color.YOU are the problem. YOU are the reason posts like this are allowed to exist.I would sincerely appreciate it if everyone reading this gets just as offended as I am and reports this blog for spam AND harassment. All you have to do is go to the question mark at the top of your page, put this idiot’s URL in there and underneath there is the option to report for spam and harassment. Please hit both. I want this scummy piece of shit off of tumblr. I know I can’t fight all the degrading explicit blogs out there but I REFUSE to be sexualized and fetishized in this way right in my fucking face as if I’m not a real person with real feelings. He literally hashtagged this photo “black bitch”; I’m about to teach him the meaning of the fucking phrase.
rattyrattyjo said: Hi! You have some really gorgeous tattoos. The portrait on your forearm is really beautiful~
Aw, thank you! Hopefully I can get some more work done once I’m back home. Never started working on my Buffy leg sleeve cause the artist got engaged and engulfed in wedding fever. *sigh* So maybe that’s a sign it’s time to start planning a back piece or part of my neck piece. I want Gia Rose of Art Machine Productions in Philly to do the neck piece as it will involve lace and gem details and she’s the best in the city at it. As for my back piece, I wanted a dragon but decided against it so maybe a swan or a viper. Can’t decide. Have a few artists in mind for that but it reeeeally depends on the style I go with and even though my tattoos are mostly anime portraits and black/grey photorealism, I think my backpiece will be more classic traditional.
The secret behind great tattoo work is to know what you want, pick an artist you know can provide that and PAY THEM WHAT THEY ASK FOR IT.
So many people tell me they get free or cheap work from “my friend who tattoos” and their tattoos look awful. Trust me when I say this. Good work ain’t free and any tattooist willing to tell you they’ll tattoo you for cheap/free is not worth their weight in ink. Besides, a tattoo will be on your body eternally. Make sure it’s beautiful and that you’ll treasure it.