/, Tempest Cover, Un-Covered/UN-COVERED: Secrets Revealed From Tempest Cover Model

I’m very excited to introduce a brand new regular guest post segment from someone who played a crucial role in getting Tempest all the early buzz and fantastic fan base we’ve accrued in the last several months. You know him as the guy sky diving on the Tempest cover, portraying main character, Jackson Meyer. In my head, I even call him Model Jackson.

Since becoming facebook/Twitter buddies (I had find him online to thank him for jumping out of that airplane for the Tempest cover photo shoot, right?) I’ve discovered a few things about Model Jackson, the first being the most important: His real name is Mark.

And after that initial introduction, AND because Mark lives and works in New York City (Like Jackson!) I found myself asking him questions, and then more questions…about NYC, which I can never seem to get enough information on since it’s the setting for Tempest, and about modeling because hello…modeling, celebrity gossip, Hollywood…it’s very important for authors to be educated on these subjects.

Okay, maybe not, but don’t we all suffer from this guilty pleasure? If I told you Robert Pattinson was photographed buying hemorrhoid cream at a convenience store near Time Square would you not immediately do a google image search for this picture? Even just to be the first say, it’s not true.

Anyway, Mark was nice enough to answer my questions and then I just had to take it a step further and ask him if I could post his responses as a guest post on my blog. And he said yes! How cool is that. And today isn’t going to be a one-hit-wonder. There will be more secrets revealed from our very own Tempest cover model! Possibly as soon as next week.

Mark Perini (aka-Model Jackson)

In addition to being on the cover of Tempest, Mark is also:

  • A graduate of Seton Hall University 
  • A Ford Model 
  • New York City Resident 
  • Frequent reader, Wakeboarder, Snowboarder, UCB Improvisor 
  • Survivor of middle school/high school
  • @MarkTPerini on Twitter in case you want to follow him 

Modeling seems pretty cool, right? Well, apparently this isn’t always true. I asked Mark lots of things as mentioned above and today’s question/topic is….

What’s the worst weather you’ve ever had to shoot in?

I did an editorial down in Pennsylvania. So I had to be up at 4:30 AM to get to this job on-time. When I got there everyone was loading up one of the RV’s with all the Photo Equipment, the props, and the food and drink. They loaded the other RV with the models and the hair and makeup people. Two hours into the trip, the RV breaks down. So, we have to take the other RV with all the equipment. The problem is this RV doesn’t have A/C. We spent the next two hours sweating it out in 95 degree weather. 
When we get to the location, to our great disappointment, it’s a farm and there isn’t much shade so we all go into the barn to get out of the sun. The only saving grace was that we had a fan, that fan really saved the day.

Mark NOT in Pennsylvania, but it looks hot here, too!

When we finally started shooting, we soon realized that all the clothes were winter clothes. Coats and wool hats and such! Let me remind you that it was 95 degrees out and we had nowhere to retreat to except the barn (which was also a sweatbox). So we spent the whole day rolling around pretending to be happy and joyous when really we were sweaty and miserable. By the end of the day no one wanted to talk they just wanted to get home and shower and never see a farm in Pennsylvania again for the rest of forever. (Side note: after this experience I have a newfound respect for farmers in the summer time! And I haven’t been back to Pennsylvania).


I’m not sure I would survive this job. It’s one thing to deal with 95 degrees with normal summer clothes on, but with Winter attire AND having to look good and keep your hair and make-up camera ready. It would be a big epic fail for me.

What do you guys think? And feel free to add your own questions for Mark in the comment section.

And thanks so much, Mark for being a part of my blog and giving boring mid-westerners like myself a glimpse into the exciting world of modeling and people who live in New York.


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  1. ashelynn hetland May 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I like Pennsylvania and all, but 95 degrees + winter clothes + on a farm would make me want to never go back to Pennsylvania, too. O___o

  2. Lori M. Lee May 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    I wouldn't be able to cut it as a model, and not just because I lack the physical requirements lol.

    Did he really have to jump out of an airplane for that shoot? o_O

  3. Natasha Wilson May 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Nice to meet your Mark! I know the stress a model goes through, having been part of several photoshoots over here in Northern ireland. Swimsuits + rain + 0 degress not fun lol

  4. Sarah A. May 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Does he have any acting experience? And if so, if the opportunity arose, would he be interested in auditioning for the role of Jackson in the "Tempest" movie?

  5. Julie Cross May 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Lori…lol…I can't reveal the magic behind the Tempest cover. I might get fired from my publishing gig 🙂

  6. Stephsco May 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I definitely could not model; I'd feel so awkward with people staring at me. Anytime I think of modeling now, I can't get Tyra's "smize" (smile with your eyes) of my head. She is so weird!

  7. Hannah May 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Lol I think of Tyra too!

  8. Monica G Lopez May 3, 2012 at 2:37 am - Reply

    I just stared at Mark's picture for AT LEAST 15 minutes. He is my R-Patz. 🙂

    Haha, as for the Pennsylvania story. . .dude, that was nothing! And waitwaitwaitwaitwaitwait why were you guys at a farm? With winter clothes? At 4:30!? I can barely wake up at 6:30 let alone 4:30. Modeling is hard. Don't worry, Julie! We would perform epic fails together!

    Do you ever stress?
    Do questions like the following ever pop up?
    "Am I getting fat?" "How do I pop this pimple faster?" "Is my 6-pack looking good?" You know . . stuff like that. xD
    ProActive or Clean & Clear? (I am genuinely curious about this one)
    Let's say modeling has been taken over by vampires, faeries (MEAN ones), and trolls. Would you …
    a) fight 'em to keep doing modeling
    b) retire and do something else
    c) be one of them and go on with your average day life

    Yeah, that's it for me! OH WAIT!
    Okay, now I am done. JULIE! GET HIM ON THIS ONE! I wonder if she looks like Holly …now that would be so cool …and weird.

  9. Monica G Lopez May 3, 2012 at 2:38 am - Reply

    Woah, didn't realize my comment was that long. Oh well. 🙂

  10. Nicole May 3, 2012 at 2:54 am - Reply

    I LOVE the cover of Tempest but (pardon my ignorance) I thought it was, like, a Photoshopped image. I never knew it was a picture of actual literal skydiving! That is so cool. *goes to stroke cover*

    Question: are you Team Zombie or Team Unicorn? (Note that this is the number one question I ask people these days as I may or may not be weird :P)

  11. Monica G Lopez May 3, 2012 at 3:06 am - Reply

    TEAM ZOMBIE! Unicorns are too sweet and kind. What about a unicorn zombie!? *cricket cricket* Alrighty then.

  12. Mark Perini May 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Thank You Natasha! Most of the time the jobs great but Northern Ireland in the winter sounds like a real challenge! I feel for the crew as well in those conditions.

  13. Mark Perini May 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I do have acting experience. So if the audition for Jackson came my way I would be ready!

  14. Mark Perini May 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Thank You Monica! With Modeling they have to do shoots in advance of when the job is set to come out. So in the case of a magazine they need to shoot it a couple months before the issue is due so they can prepare the issue. That is why I had winter clothes on in the Summer.

    I'll answer the next few questions in one. There is stress in every job no matter what! Self-image is something that everyone has to deal with, however, in modeling it's even more important you always have to be cognoscente but you can't obsess over it.

    As for ProActive or Clean & Clear I don't use either I usually have pretty good skin.

    As for the fantasy take over I think I would b) retire and do something else life's pretty crazy without having to worry about the photographer wanting to eat me!

    I do have a girlfriend and I will let Julie decide if she looks like Holly or not!

  15. Julie Cross May 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    She does look like Holly!

    and Monica, I also have pretty clear skin and always have, even in my teen years. But mine skin is really dry. Like eczema dry and I use the St. Ives apricot scrub and I really love it.

  16. Julie Cross May 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    okay, so maybe it's not actual skydiving…

  17. Anonymous May 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Mark looks a lot like Ashton Kutcher actually!
    I can't wait till your next book.
    Also, Mark, good luck with modeling!

  18. Monica G Lopez May 8, 2012 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Haha, welcomess! To be honest I don't even know why so many people like him . . .I get the Taylor/Jacob thing but *shrugs*

    Are you kidding? I would never EVER do that. You, my friend, have the true power within. And oh okay . . .gotcha but can you PLEASE pass on a message to some of the woman models and their coaches (I'm not sure what they are called in the modeling world)? TELL THEM TO EAT! I kind of get the whole self-image thing but sometimes I fear the wind will knock them over. I am being 100% truthful.

    *gasps* I envy you now. That is SO not fair! Oh and you forgot about the mean faeries and trolls!

    DUDE! You should take her to see The Avengers …best flippin' movie ever and Julie? She really does? As I said before . . that is weird but wow. Mind-blowing too! Haha, and Julie I envy you too. So not fair. AT ALL. St. Ives apricot scrub, you say? I shall recommend it too my friend! She has eczema ..maybe it will help her somehow 🙂

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