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Mia Amber Asks…Jess Weiner

Posted in Curvy News, Mia Amber Asks... on November 1, 2009 by miaamber

You may know Jessica Weiner as a frequent contributor on your favorite morning show or cable news network who can speak on any and every subject ranging from body issues to current Hollywood happenings…

Jessica Weiner

or you may be a fan of her work as an Author…

Do I Look Fat In ThisJessica Weiner BooksJessica Weiner Books

 I became a fan of Jessica through her work as  The Global Ambassador for The Dove Self-Esteem Fund.  Jessica Weiner with beauties from the Dove Campaign

I believe we even taped an episode of Tyra together as we discussed body issues on the infamous, “Kiss My Fat A**” episode.  I caught up with Jess again at this year’s Love Your Body Day held in West Hollywood, California.

With the many proverbial hats she wears and as someone I’m constantly learning from I knew she’d be a a perfect candidate for Mia Amber Asks! 

If you’re not familiar with Mia Amber Asks, basically, I ask the same three questions to iconic figures in the fashion, music and entertainment industries in the hopes that their answers will help those starting out or struggling in their chosen industry.

Here we go…

MA:  What was the worst career advice you’ve ever received? 
JW:  That passion wasn’t as important as paying the bills. And while I am sure my credit card companies would disagree – I feel like it is far more important to live a life of passionate pursuit of your career than to toil away in a dead end job that leaves you soulless. So many of us get caught in the trap of doing what our parents did or doing what we watched our friends do as careers. It takes guts to step out on your own or take a risk in your profession. But those people we look up to – they didn’t play it safe and they didn’t always worry about paying the bills. I think you can make money and do what you love. That isn’t a fairytale – you can really make that happen.  (Note to readers: I am NOT telling you to skip paying your bills, though!)  🙂

MA:What was the best career advice you’ve ever received? 
The best advice I ever got was that your ‘job’ isn’t just about how hard you work but also how hard you play. That if you are fortunate to be in a career you love then your job is also integrating that career into your every day life so you have balance and perspective. We can work 24/7 and think we are getting somewhere because we are always stressed out and ‘busy’. But busy isn’t better than being balanced.  So, rather than seeking fame and fortune, I decided I needed to make a difference. If along the way you are blessed with stature, influence or power, great – then use it wisely. But make sure no matter what you are living a life you are proud of – because in the end no one sits around at your funeral and talks about what a hard worker you were. They talk about what you contributed to their lives.

MA: Good, bad or ugly…what career advice do you have to offer a newbie in your field? 
YOU WILL SCREW UP. IT WON’T GO YOUR WAY ALL THE TIME. AND PEOPLE WILL NOT ALWAYS LIKE YOU.  I feel like if you can really swallow those three sentences then you will fortify yourself against any laziness, self-sabotage, or people pleasing that ultimately holds you back from creating the career you love (and pays the bills). You won’t do it perfectly and please don’t be afraid of failing. I had to fail a lot to get where I am and, honestly, I wouldn’t be here today if I hadn’t embraced the windows of opportunity that happened after I really screwed something up. You may be in a race to establish your career and finally ‘get there’ (wherever ‘there’ is for you) but try to enjoy the journey because it changes so fast. The way you gain expertise and credibility is by earning it. There are no shortcuts. So for me, it’s been about speaking to rooms of 4 people. Doing my programs for free when I was starting out, and getting up at 4 am to do local po-dunk news shows that no one watches. But it gave me an opportunity to fine tune my skills, hone my message, and make sure I wanted it more than anyone else. And I do.

It was fantastic meeting you, Jess.  Thanks for your honesty and your time!

Mia Amber with Jess Weiner

You can visit Jessica or keep up with her busy calender at her website


Mia Amber Asks… Isaac Mizrahi

Posted in Entertainment, Hollywood, Mia Amber Asks..., Pop Culture on September 14, 2009 by miaamber

I told you guys that I’ve been working on a new feature for you and as promised, I am overjoyed to introduce to you*drumroll please*

Mia Amber Asks…

Basically, I’m playing ‘3 questions’ with the hottest names in the fashion, entertainment and beauty biz in the hopes that the answers I get will help those aspiring to do the things that my guest icons are doing.

First up is the incomparable icon, Isaac Mizrahi!

Isaac Mizrahi

Mizrahi is one of my absolute favorite designers, authors and TV personalities and he never disappoints!

His eponymous line for Target stores became one of my (and my Mom’s) fashion staples and we were sorry to see it go.  It ranged from size 2-18 and was fantastic!


However, Isaac has been working on lots of new projects such as his debut as host of Bravo’s new hit, “The Fashion Show” on which I made an appearance as a Front Row Fashion Insider on this seasons “Real Woman Challenge.”  Sitting with him on that front row and chatting while wearing one of his pieces was a surreal moment for me.

The Fashion Show

Isaac has been busy indeed with his many fashionable coals in the fire such as Bridal, Bags, Books and Bedding.

Mizrahi Bedding

Take a look at the campaigns for his latest collections for Liz Claiborne.  It’s always fun to play “Where’s Waldo Isaac” in the ads!

Liz Claiborne Mizrahi campaign

I love that he uses women of all shapes and sizes in his campaigns.

Isaac Mizrahi Liz Claiborne Fall09

and here’s Mizrahi for Liz Claiborne Woman

Isaac Mizrahi Liz Claibrone Woman

I caught up to Mr. Mizrahi this week in the midst of his preparation for the showing of his 2010 Spring Collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week which he is streaming live at 2pm Thursday, September 17.

Go to  and be apart of the front row!

Until then, let’s play “3 Questions”

MA:  What’s the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

IM: Someone (who shall remain nameless) told me to take it slow and not get carried away.  He told me to pace myself and try not to involve my ego in my work.  I guess that might be good advice to someone else but I can’t help being really passionate about what I do and measuring my personal worth by the work I do.  It’s just how I’m built.

MA: What was the best career advice you ever received?

IM:  The best advice came from my psychic in 1987 who told me to leave the company I was working for and start my own company.  It was something I was going to do anyway but having her blessing made it feel less crazy.

MA:  Good, bad or Ugly…what career advice do you have to offer a newbie in your field?

IM:  My best advice to newbies… have fun doing what you do.  If it’s not fun DON’T DO IT!


I cannot thank you enough Isaac for your time and honesty. You are one of the best in the business and you’ll always have a place in my heart –and your clothes in my closet!

Don’t forget to tune in to watch Isaac Mizrahi debut his 2010 Spring collection this Thursday at 2pm sharp at




If you missed Isaac’s Spring 2010 collection debut live at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, click here to see it as it happened: