MSW Interviews: Professional Model and Global Nomad Jaclynn Joseph

Global nomad, Hawaii’s sweetheart, and now Taiwan’s new top model, international model Jaclynn Joseph has done a formidable job of combining a love of culture and traveling with a lucrative modeling career here in Taipei. Stylish, versatile, daring, and 100% original, Jaclynn is also fiercely independent and a real go-getter.

MSW: Hi Jaclynn. Thanks very much for agreeing to answer a few of my questions. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

JJ: My full name is Jaclynn Joyce Joseph and I am originally from Hilo, Hawai’i. My family immigrated from the Azores and Madeira to Hawai’i to work on the sugar cane plantations. I’ve been lucky. I’ve done quite a bit of traveling. I’ve been to 4 continents, 9 countries and 14 U.S. states.

MSW: When did you first start modeling?

JJ: I started modeling as a hobby when I was 18. I come from a very small town on a very remote island, so building my portfolio and establishing myself as a model took quite a while. The opportunities for models in Hawai’i are very limited. I began modeling professionally in 2007.

Professional model Jaclynn Joseph
Professional model Jaclynn Joseph

MSW: What made you decide to come to Taiwan?

JJ: I had been living and modeling in Los Angeles, CA when the opportunity to move to Taiwan presented itself. The person I had been dating received a schlorship to National Taiwan University and we thought it would be a great opportunity and a challenge to live abroad and try something new.

MSW: You obviously do well with modeling here in Taiwan. Every time I check in with you, you’ve running off to a new photo shoot or filming a new commercial. Is modeling a full-time occupation for you?

JJ: I teach English part time here in Taipei and I also model professionally. That means anything from television commercials to bridal catalogs. I’ve shot about 6 national commercials in Taiwan so far, the last one being a commercial for a cellphone company; the strangest one having been for a skin bleaching product.

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MSW: How do you find work?

JJ: When I first moved to Taiwan I worked exclusively with an agency, but after a few months I realized it was in my favor to work as a freelance model here, since agencies take upwards of 40% from their models. I work independently with a variety of agents and photographers. I’ve been lucky enough to befriend people in the industry who send plenty of work my way. I also have a modeling website and a flickr page both of which receive a lot of attention.

Professional model Jaclynn Joseph
Professional model Jaclynn Joseph

MSW: What is your most memorable fashion shoot?

JJ: I don’t have a favorite shoot. I try to have fun and enjoy every shoot or job I am assigned to. I try to lighthearted and free spirited when on assignment. It tends to de-stress the crew on set and also create more natural and beautiful photographs.

MSW: Does your job allow you to be location independent?

JJ: Definitely. I can model pretty much anywhere I choose to live. I have a degree and teaching experience to fall back on as well. I really want to go back to school to get my masters degree in history, and I’ve been contemplating taking a few years off to focus on that goal.

MSW:  Your photo albums on Facebook and Flickr are very creative and unique. Have you ever thought about making them into something more?

JJ: I’ve played around with the idea of printing out my photos and making a book of sorts, but alas I haven’t taken the time to create anything yet. I’m open to ideas or suggestions, though. 😉

MSW: What advice would you offer for others who are thinking of moving abroad to find work?

JJ: Do your research! I moved to Taiwan on a whim with 2 weeks to pack and prepare. Big mistake! I was miserable the first few months here in Taipei and wish I would have read up on the cultural differences, the weather, the differences in modeling industry between the U.S. and Asia…etc. A little bit of research can go a long way towards helping ease stress and tension in an unfamiliar situation.

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Professional Model Jaclynn Joseph
Professional Model Jaclynn Joseph
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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

10 thoughts on “MSW Interviews: Professional Model and Global Nomad Jaclynn Joseph

    Craig Ferguson (@cfimages)

    (November 7, 2009 - 9:05 am)

    Great interview about a great model. From a photographers perspective, Jaclynn is a joy to work with, very professional and experienced. I highly recommend her modeling talents to anyone who needs a model.
    .-= Craig Ferguson (@cfimages)´s last blog ..Five For Friday – Wufenpu Market =-.


      (November 8, 2009 - 8:41 am)

      Craig and Teresa,
      Thanks for adding your support. I’m sure Jaclynn will be very pleased to see what you have written here.

    alicia g. thomasson

    (November 7, 2009 - 11:41 am)

    very impressive interview, jaclynn joseph is a beautfiul person…both inside and out and its nice to know that people are starting to realize and aknowledge that aspect of her..she is definitely more than just a pretty face!! this interview was very well done indeed!! kudos to both the interviewer and interviewee


      (November 8, 2009 - 8:45 am)


      I’ve heard a lot about you. Despite the fact that I’ve only known Jaclynn for a short time, I already consider her a good friend. She has been very supportive of me over the past few months, and she is an incredible woman. I admire her for her courage and determination to follow her dreams. And yes, there is so much more to Jaclynn than meets the eye. Clever, witty and funny as hell.

    Teresa Yeh

    (November 7, 2009 - 6:06 pm)

    I agree with the above — Jaclynn is an awesome model and person! As another photographer who has worked with her, she is creative and friendly, brings her own unique flavor to a shoot, and is simply a joy to work with. I highly recommend her as a model as well =).


      (November 8, 2009 - 8:46 am)


      Thanks very much for stopping by and commenting. I saw your photographs of Jaclynn – stunning work!

    Big Dog

    (November 7, 2009 - 8:33 pm)

    Great interview, fantastic photo’s.
    Beautiful girl. She looks a lot like her dad and is getting to be as smart as he is.
    Best of luck.


      (November 8, 2009 - 8:48 am)

      Hello! I’ve heard a lot about you too. I was just on your site the other day while looking for some background information on Jaclynn. No doubt you are very very proud of your daughter!

    Linda Santos

    (November 19, 2009 - 4:22 am)


    I enjoyed your article about my daughter Jackie aka:Jaclynn.
    She has done much with her career and I as her mom couldn’t be more proud..
    Her extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins on the mainland follow her career on-line.
    Someone here wrote she(Jackie) is “funny as hell” yes she is..great sense of humor, I miss that..




      (December 1, 2009 - 8:15 am)

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Jaclynn’s sense of humor is just one of many things that I admire about her. Her intelligence, her fierce independence, and her courage are all equally commendable. Simply put, she is an amazing lady and one that I am proud to call a friend. Thanks for stopping by!

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