Well, I thought we might do something just a little different today. Dreamy cover model Jason Baca is with us today — he won’t be here to answer questions personally, but he has said that he will be giving away a signed zed card to the winning commenter today. I’ll be doing a drawing later tonight.
I’m one of those lucky people who has Jason on my mailing list — and Jason has kindly consented to answer some questions that I put to him a few weeks ago. Here’s the interview, but first a bio:
Jason Aaron Baca was born and raised in Los Gatos California, were he played baseball for Los Gatos High. While playing ball at the college level, Jason changed careers and began modeling after being discovered by an on location photographer for I Know What You Did Last Summer where he’d been doubling for Freddie Prinze Jr..
With a goal of becoming a versatile and sought after model, Jason began doing fashion, glamour, fine art, and even Playgirl modeling shoots. He has also acted, appearing in such movies as “The Demon Within,” but he has consistently placed his modeling career first. Jason has appeared on over 85 romance novels and has been featured in several Men’s Exercise Magazines.
So here we go with the interview:
KK — Hi Jason! Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be involved in the book cover industry.
Jason – Sure well I basically stumbled upon the romance novels. I used to go to Barnes & Noble all the time and would always just walk past the romance novels and not pay any attention. Then one day I walked in there and saw a cover of a guy that looked very similar to me only I looked slightly better. I thought “hey I can do this” And that is where it all began for me.
KK — Wow! That’s great! Jason, what do you like best about being a cover model? And least?
Jason – What I like best is the fact that seeing me on one of these covers and knowing that my body, my face is what’s going to initially get that readers attention is what thrills me. To be the guy that is on the cover is an amazing feeling. I can say I have a part that I like least. I enjoy what I do and don’t take it for granted.
KK — Wow, Jason, that’s terrific! Now, what’s it like to do these sexy covers with gorgeous models?
Jason – Most of the time its just me modeling solo. When there is a female in the shoot with me we usually don’t know each other on the day of the shoot. There is nothing erotic about it. I look at them , they look at me and we both tell each other, lets make this work! We both have a job to do. All of the female models I’ve encountered have been very kind.
KK — This is nice to know. I believe that you do have some American Indian blood flowing through your veins. What tribe are you? And can you tell us a little about that?
Jason – You know Karen I wish I could! I would have to dig deep to find that family tree that has the Indian blood in it. It would have to be like 6-7 generations ago. I know that I tan extremely easy and get dark fast so that is one clear sign.
KK — Now here’s a question that might be a little difficult: It’s a well known fact that Hollywood men and or women usually have multiple marriages and that jealousy runs high in this field. Since you are one good-looking fellow, tell me do you think this is a plus or a minus as far as being able to establish and keep a wonderful marriage? In other words, do you find all those women who adore you are a detriment to your own happy ever after?
Jason – Its not difficult for me to keep a wonderful marriage when I have a supportive wife. If she was the jealous type then of course there would be chaos constantly since I am always posing with female models. But she is a very confident lady so she doesn’t worry about all this. She knows this is me and this is who I am. This is who she married.. A model that happens to be a romance novel model.
KK — Can you tell us what you’re looking for in a marriage partner?
Jason – Well the one I found. She is there for me when I need emotional help as I am for her. She lets me tell her all the things I want or plan to achieve in life and responds to them in a positive way. The sky is the limit when it comes to our goal setting. She is a traveler like me and can pack our bags and be on a flight to Hawaii in an hour.
KK — Here’s my next tough question: It’s my opinion that women have been seduced into the work force by those amongst us with hardly pleasant intentions toward us, thereby leaving the traditional roles of motherhood, wife and being the rock-steady force within the family to others. Personally I feel this is a high price to pay simply because others wish to either destroy the family unit or to tax the 50% of the populations that prior to women going into the workforce, they could not tax — see Aaron Russo’s interview with Alex Jones on this subject. Long lead up to “What do you think about women being in the work force?”
Jason – Really good points you make on this topic. I think today its a 50/50 thing between husband and wife. If they choose to have a child it doesn’t mean the wife will be the one doing the childcare 100% of the time. It wouldn’t be fair to her. See I don’t have any children so I can’t answer it straight. But this is how I look at things from a far.
And our final question: I hear you have a lot of photos that weren’t used from past shoots. If an independent author would like to use one of your stock photos for their cover is there a place where they can be found online?
9) If a publisher would like to book you for a cover, where would they go to do so?
Jason – They’d go straight through my management and book with them. Here is the page they’d go to –
Wow! Well, that’s all of the interview for today. I hope you have all enjoyed this interview, and I hope you’ll come in an leave a comment for Jason (and for me, too, if you would be so kind). Don’t forget, I have six different new to ebooks available at Samhain Publishing:
Jason has said that he will give away a signed zed card for the winning commentor today! So come on in and leave a comment!