No, I'm not talking about the Blackberry mascot disaster...
I have a habit of walking to the nearest drugstore when I'm stressed out or feeling caged. Somehow, window shopping for cosmetics and stealing glimpses of crappy celeb mags calms me down. Well, much to my surprise, I wandered down the Harlequin romance novel isle a few days ago and saw, staring back at me, with a loving, dreamy gaze, MY FREAKING EYES ON THE COVER OF A FRENCH ROMANCE NOVEL.
I have seen thousands of photos of myself in my decade long "career" as a model, so I know when parts belong to yours-truly.
Here is the cover, with my eyeballs below. The cheek, forehead, the shadows on my nose, my brows (though plucked differently) are IDENTICAL:
I contacted Harlequin and they said they purchased the images legally from stock, and that the cover was assembled in Europe, so I'd have to contact them there to get information about the source image.
I have shot stock in the past, so MAYBE this came from a legit stock shoot when I had my make-up professionally done (?), but what really troubles me is that I think this is an image taken from when I shot one of my Avon campaigns. So unless Avon sells their old images, and that was in the contract that my agency signed, the photographer may have sold the images without my consent, which is, of course, a problem. All a model has is her eyes, her license fees... and her One Hundred Jobs.
All of this is, of course, speculation, until I find out where the image came from. I don't think that there is a Harlequin conspiracy, nor do I care to create a fuss without a legitimate claim.
I'd much rather be hired by Harlequin directly!
Yes, I'm putting that out there!
IN OTHER JOBS:
I may have another job from an I-phone Application software developer. This landed in my inbox yesterday:
Love the idea of your project. Temporarily invading on the aesthetic side of your project with mundane questions about money and (I guess) ownership, can I get a better sense of what your expectations are? I'm sure you're screening the job requests to a greater degree possibly than those hiring are screening you - given the context.
I'm really horrible at committing to my own projects until I've found a way to invest myself in them in some novel way and I thought that this might be a good place to start. Anyway, this is my prelim pitch:
Title: Consulting Art Director on an independent contest-entry flash game (means very little)
Work: Art guidance, suggestions within the very limited scope of the project.
Pay? The minimum $100. Unless, this project wins one of the cash prizes (quite small - max $2500) and then I'll probably rip my hair out trying to make sure everyone gets their fair share.
So why you? I love other people's projects and like I said I also tend to need to make some investment in my own stuff before I actually move.
Surprisingly, I do actually have some minimal experience with game dev having worked as a designer and writer on this little baby which I both loved and hated: www.labelriseofband.com
If you're interested I'm trying to put together a very basic mockup/demo to give people who may get onboard a sense of what the overall direction is and will send it along.
Cheers,Definitely piques my interest. I'll be speaking with Keharn over the phone tomorrow!
Off to continue editing the UNDERPANTS DANCE! Yeee-haw!
You must be an angel because Harlequin took your eyes and put them on a cover,