Guest: Romance Cover Model, Jason Aaron Baca

All right, ladies, we have a treat today!  Romance Cover Model, Jason Aaron Baca is cruising with the top down today.  We asked Jason some honest questions about what he does to maintain a nice body and good looking face in order to help you improve your body. We also got up close and personal about his experiences as an actor & romance novel model.  Go ahead and ask him questions; he’ll be stopping in today to chat!

RWTTD – My words Jason, you are in amazing shape. How in the world did you get such a good body?

Jason – Well it is in my nature to workout. I played baseball all through high school and college so I have always had that in me to want to do some form of exercise.

RWTTD – Those shoulders have excellent definition. How can our readers get those?

Jason – Just hit them hard! You have to keep at them just like the rest of your body parts. I was lucky to have shoulders that grew easy. Whereas my legs took a lot more work.

RWTTD – What does your workout look like? Take us through a one day scenario from morning to night.

Jason – Well in the morning I get up at 6am and shower. I drink one cup of 1% chocolate milk which has protein, carbohydrates & a little sugar to get me going. I get to the gym and workout whatever body part I have scheduled that day. I don’t let up on that particular body part until one hour of being in the gym.

As for the evening, I will do something aerobic for 10-15 minutes and follow that up with some more abdominal crunches. I can do 500 now.

RWTTD – So then your workout in the morning is for 1 hour non-stop?

Jason – Well kind of. I take a 1 minute rest in between sets. I avoid the talkers in my gym too as they can start visiting with you for 5-10 minutes and screw up your whole workout. I always want to tell these guys that I didn’t wake at 6am just to come in here and talk to you.

RWTTD – Do you get a lot of people coming up to you asking questions on how to exercise?

Jason – Sure, sometimes. I consider this a compliment in a way. It tells me that this person has enough confidence in the way I look to come ask me for advice. It means he wants to know my secret. I’ll keep it quick usually and just point out a couple things which won’t take me more then 30 seconds to explain. Then I send them on their way since I need to get back to my thing too.

RWTTD – When you workout that particular muscle, do you do any other body parts at all?

Jason – Yes, I also do my abs, calves, & forearms. All 3 of those muscles need to get exercised regularly with everything else because we use those muscles in our daily activities. They require a lot more demand then other parts.

RWTTD – Do you put a lot of time into your stomach workouts or are you the 5 minute ab guy?

Jason – Those advertisements sure make things seem simple. They say things like “All you have to do is 30 seconds of this abdominal crunch and you’ll have perfect abs. If those machines were that simple then John Goodman would be sporting rock hard abs. If you want good abs, you have to do 2 things, #1 you need to eat clean,#2 you need to hit your abs hard and from every direction! If you do the exact same ab exercise day in and day out you’ll have good upper abs or lower ones but you won’t have it all. People forget to do side crunches or oblique exercises which really show off the midsection well.

RWTTD – How has working out helped with your modeling career?

Jason – It has helped me in so many ways I wouldn’t know where to begin. I need to workout now because of my passion for fitness modeling. In my earlier days it really opened a lot of doors for me. I’d come walk into a go see or audition and I’d see casting agents trying to decide which model to choose then they’d ask us to take off our shirts. That’s when I’d make sure to give them the WOW factor.

RWTTD – Have you been modeling a long time?

Jason – Yes, I have been modeling now for 14 years. But I’ve only been doing the romance novels for a little over a year.

RWTTD – Have you been exercising since you began modeling?

Jason – Yes I actually started lifting weights around age 20. My buddy from high school got me into it. He had a gym at his house. He was very serious about working out and in high school he was considered really strong for his size. He basically taught me what body parts went together, how many sets to do, reps, etc.  So I started then and never stopped lifting on up.

RWTTD – Have you always used good discipline in your workouts?

Jason – Yes actually. I’ve always walked into a gym and gave it my best for that day. I know that by pushing yourself a little each day will have a positive effect on the body. The lazier, the sloppier the body gets. It’s that simple.

RWTTD – What motivates you to workout or what was it that got you going?

Jason – It wasn’t enough for someone to say “Hey you look like a slob, why don’t you workout or something?” No I actually saw photos of people that inspired me. People that had bodies that I wanted to have some day. I’d always make sure to choose a role model that was out of my league that way anytime I started feeling good or like I’d accomplished the body I wanted, I’d look at the guys photo and say I have much work to do.

RWTTD – Do you miss your baseball days?

Jason – Yes I do, I look back and wish I was a more mature player then I was back then. I was talented but felt that I didn’t need any help from others. I had a hard time listening to my college coach when he was only trying to help. Sometimes you learn from your mistakes when it’s far too late.

RWTTD – Was part of your plan to become a professional baseball player?

Jason – Yes that was the plan. I had it all figured out. But those hopes and dreams fell fast when I was in college.

RWTTD – What did this teach you?

Jason – It taught me to be more disciplined, to not just give up on something when you screw up. Hey you are going to fail at something’s but it’s how you handle that and redeem yourself is what really matters.

RWTTD – Now we’ve seen quite a few of your Romance Book Covers but there is little written about you as a person.

Jason – Well I’m a down to earth guy that enjoys the simple things in life.

RWTTD – We’d love to know how you were discovered to be a model. Can you please share that with us?

Jason – Sure, back in 1997 I was a double in the movie “I Know What You Did Last Summer” The photographer that does the photos for their DVD/VHS cover asked if he could take some photos of me for practice purposes. Funny thing is when he was taking these shots the main actors were all looking at me like “Hey who’s this guy?” Haha.. Anyways, this turned out to be my first real big deal. It went fast from there though.

RWTTD – What was it like working around Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr.,Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt? Did you interact a lot with them?

Jason – It was a lot of fun. Out of all them I got along most with Phillippe. He is around the same age as me and we both had baseball backgrounds. At the time, he was a chain smoker whereas I was a chewing tobacco chain dipper. We kept trying to convince each other to have our source of nicotine. He’s a quiet reserved person which is how I kind of am too. He kept telling me to go over and have the photographer take a photo of me with a big chew in my mouth. Boy am I sure glad I quit that disgusting habit!

RWTTD – Did that photographer on location for I Know What You Did Last Summer use your photos for anything?

Jason – Not that I’m aware of but I got to have the photos for my portfolio and to this day, I get a lot of people complimenting those same ones. He was using a camera that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars so any photo it takes will look impressive though.

RWTTD – That is great, so you still have photos floating around from 1997?

Jason – Yes, they are out there in internet land somewhere.

RWTTD – Now being a model takes a lot of work, you need to be in good shape and have a good looking face to go with it. Is a lot of it all about genetics and who you know?

Jason – Sure some of it you have to have the potential at least. But if you want to actually unlock your body’s potential then you have to go the extra mile. I’ve always been one to shoot for goals that required a degree of difficulty that way no one can just say I had it coming to me all along. I want them to see that I earned it on my own and that someone or some family member didn’t just hand it to me on a silver platter.

RWTTD – You have quite the creative imagination! I’ve seen some other interviews of you in the past and you get very candid in your responses.

Jason – Yes, I give all of this my 100%. How boring is it to read an interview from somebody and they give you the minimum response to everything. “Yes that’s right” or “Yes, I like to ski” Whenever I read these articles by other people I always think to myself, “Do you really want society learning about you in this way? Do you want everyone to imagine you as a person that just speaks when they are spoken to?” I’m like, BE CREATIVE! Use your brain!

RWTTD – That brings up another question, being that you are such a creative thinker, what do you think about during a photo shoot?

Jason – Well I usually clear my head before hand then during the shoot I usually try to be the character they are striving for. So if they want me to be a pirate holding a sword for example, then I try to imagine that I’m standing on a ship preparing for battle. I ask myself, “How would this person feel knowing that an attack on his ship is moments away?

RWTTD – Do you get nervous for a photo shoot?

Jason – Sure if I don’t know exactly what I’m supposed to be doing I get a little nervous. But most of the time I know the shot they are after.

RWTTD – It seems like by now after all the years of getting your picture taken you are a natural at it.

Jason – Yes sometimes the photographers laugh because I will already anticipate how they want me posed next. They are always just about to say to move in a certain direction but I’m already there.

RWTTD – So we’d really like to know if you stick with your diet 100% of the time.

Jason – Hahaha… No, there is a saying out there that goes “If you follow all the rules, you may miss all the fun. So to me, I need to have that moment that I look forward to. That moment that I can eat whatever I want. I have a weakness and the only cure for that weakness is a Mr.Goodbar chocolate.

RWTTD – So do you eat a Mr.Goodbar all the time?

Jason – No, but it’s on my mind as something I will be having in the near future. If I don’t have it in my mind as something I can have as a reward when all of this is through, then I start feeling down. When I’m on a serious diet for a long time, I have dreams about how I’ll go about eating a Mr.Goodbar. It can get difficult the days turn to weeks and the weeks turn into months of this discipline and it can really play on the mind.

RWTTD – So then how often do you come off your diet?

Jason – When I don’t have a shoot booked then I eat some carbs and fat within moderation. I don’t get carried away though. Last time I binged for an entire week and gained 13 lbs. during that stretch. My face got puffy, my abs disappeared and I felt like all those grueling mornings I spent in the gym were all wasted in a short period of time.

RWTTD – What is your regular diet when you don’t have a shoot?

Jason – I have 1 day per week where I eat what I want as long as it’s not too much. On that day I try to eat a few of the foods that I’d been craving all week. Then I go right back to eating clean the other 6 days. This process works well with me because I don’t deprive myself completely.

RWTTD – Well Jason this has been a lot of fun interviewing you for our blog. Is there any advice you can give those that want a body like yours?

Jason – Yes, you just need to keep working hard. If you are a beginner out there, just make sure you do something everyday toward reaching your goal. Lift weights and eat foods that will get you closer to that goal, not farther. Its never easy reaching goals that’s what makes them so rewarding when you get to them.

Jason Aaron Baca

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15 Responses to Guest: Romance Cover Model, Jason Aaron Baca

  1. Cindy Gerard says:

    Hi Jason. Thanks so much for riding in the ‘vert today. And Wow! That’s a dedicated fitness regime. We could all learn something from your discipline. What was your favorite cover shoot? And do your buddies give you a hard time because you pose for Romance novel covers?
    And finally – are you going to RT in Chicago next week? If so, some of us Riders will be there – we’ll make sure we say hello!

    • Jason Baca says:

      Hi Cindy,
      Its my pleasure to be here… And thank you. I do take my workouts seriously and feel its a priority in my life. My favorite cover shoot? This new cover that just came out called “Kissin Tell” by Lorelei James. I had a blast doing it.

      And no, my buddies don’t give me a hard time.. In the beginning maybe but now that I’ve established who I am they are all behind it..

      No I won’t be attending the RT conv. 😦 But if you go to Lisa Renee Jones’ station she will be passing out some goodies with my photos on it…

  2. leannebanks says:

    Welcome Jason! Good for you on your discipline! What do you do during your off-hours? Any hobbies or special interests?

    • Jason Baca says:


      Great question! You know I don’t have much off time. So by the time I do get it, it will probably be different then whatever I’d tell you now.. My extra time is normally spent in the gym, tanning salon or at a spa. 🙂

  3. Wonderful interview, Jason. I like what you said here: “You are going to fail at something but it’s how you handle that and redeem yourself is what really matters.” Great advice for all of us!

  4. iwritebooks says:

    Jason: Thanks for the great interview! I admire your dedication in the gym and boy do I know about those talkers! I also found it interesting that you really try to get in character for your photo shoot. Thanks for joining us today!

  5. Christie Ridgway says:

    “iwritebooks” is me, Christie Ridgway. WordPress keeps messing with my identity. Sorry….not trying to be anonymous!

  6. loisgreiman says:

    Thanks for joining us, Jason. Gotta admit, I’m a little overwhelmed by the exercise regime. But way ta go. Will you be going, or have you been to the Romantic Times convention?

    • Jason Baca says:

      Hi Lois,

      Well I do as much as I possibly can each day to keep my body looking better and better. And no I haven’t attended a RT convention yet. I should some day. If they ask me to go and fly me out to Kansas next season, I’ll go though..

  7. LauraSheehan says:

    I just looked up “Kissin Tell” by Lorelei James because I was curious… and that DOES look like a fun shoot! LOL

    How exactly does it work when you go to a photo shoot for a book cover? Do you try different looks/outfits/props, or do they have something very specific in mind before you get there? do you ever shoot on location or do they always happen in a studio?

    This whole cover model thing is particularly intriguing to me because my very first novel is coming out next month, and they are creating the cover for it this week… I’m half terrified and half excited because as an author, I don’t really have much of a say in what the cover will look like. I hope I get a good one! Thanks for taking the time to share with us – it was an interesting read. 🙂

    • Jason Baca says:


      Yes it was a lot of fun. Usually the way it works is they have the model arrive at the studio 1 hour before the shoot for make up and hair. During that time when they are doing the makeup the art director will usually come over and show me some of the poses and looks from his/her laptop… then the rest is the actual shoot. And yes, most of the time we’ll do several different looks and outfit changes.

      99% of the time it’s in a studio though…And I wouldn’t stress out too much about your pending cover, I’m sure whichever publishing house you went through, they know what they’re doing…

  8. Kylie Brant says:

    Welcome, Jason. Cool interview! I am guilty of doing the same ab exercises every day (sit ups). What should I do to work the rest of my stomach muscles?

  9. What a fascinating interview today, Jason. Best wishes for a wonderful, ongoing career. You deserve it after all that work and concentration!

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