So, you heard it through the grape vine. There’s a fashion show on the horizon and you want in. You hunted down the details of the call, and you’re ready to rumble. It’s time to bring it, time to stand out and show that you’re a necessity for the upcoming show.
You make it to the call and the air is filled with fierceness and the desire to be casted. Girls and guys line the room, some shorter and some taller than you. You don’t want to be another applicant; you want to be one of the lucky ones who make it through. With the abundance of wannabe models, how can you make it?
Dress for Success
For starters, don’t be fooled. The casting call is not the fashion show. Don’t come hot off the runway, come ready to be studied.
Some girls and guys you may see during the casting may be dressed to the nines. Dresses, jackets, hats, jewelry, so on! This is all wrong. As a model, you are a mannequin. Your body must fit the articles of clothing. You as an individual don’t matter on the runway, you as a body matters. The casting director must be able to visualize you as a model on the runway wearing the casted designers’ lines.
Coming in skinny jeans, preferably dark in color, is the ideal. Some instances may ask for you to come in leggings. Baggy pants or flowy pants are not recommended. The casting director must see your figure and how you walk.
In addition, don’t come in layers. No flashy accessories or jewelry. No scarfs, no cardigans. Come in a fitted tank top or shirt. As previously mentioned, you must be dressed basic so you can be visualized in the designers’ clothing.
The first rule of fashion shows is to wear your heels to a call. NEVER come without heels. I am absolutely shocked with the amount of girls I’ve met who didn’t bring heels to the call. I cannot believe the amount of girls I’ve met who came in sneakers and moccasins. It’s like wearing pajamas to an interview, it doesn’t make sense, so don’t do it.
Bring the heels you feel most comfortable in. The taller the better. But, if you’re an unsteady pony in stilettos, come in kitten heels. Whatever heels brings you the confidence to strut yourself, wear those. You are marketing yourself as a necessary model for the show. A shaky and shy model who trips will be cut.
Like sneakers and moccasins, don’t wear wedges and avoid heeled boots. They’re trendy and cute for a daily look but they don’t work for a call. The casting director will question your sanity and your ability to model walk if you don’t come in the appropriate heels
*** Shoes Pro-Tip
One of the first actions the casting director will do is look down at your feet and check if you have appropriate heels on. So, why not give the director something to remember? Wear heels that fit the requirements but try to wear a pair that is unique to you. The director will remember your walk and if you were prepared through wearing the correct shoes. Be prepared by wearing the right heels but bring your personality to the table. For example, I have a huge pair of heels that are hot pink sequence as well as a red and gold pair of heels with red pom poms on the toes of the shoe. Adding a unique touch will make you memorable, and being remembered is essential when they are narrowing down model applicants.
Listen, we all want the fierceness and jaw-dropping presence of Tyra or Naomi. We want to show we have the walk with the attitude to match it. Let’s be honest, that fierceness can be seen as overdramatic, bitchy or not genuine. My personal approach is to be myself first, model second. I am Samantha Gottlich, a model. Not a model named Samantha Gottlich.
I keep my mind to the mission of being casted but I personally try to make connections. Some girls come into a call with one objective; being casted. They keep quiet, they keep to themselves, and they come in and out like a ghost. They are serious and locked on target. I’m not like that.
I like to walk around, introduce myself to the backstage team (people who take measurements, give directions, so on). I like to chit-chat with the models, see where they’re from, and see if we could have crossed paths previously. I like to lighten the serious mood, compliment the other girls, and leave an overall positive impression.
This is my method to casting calls. This is often discouraged due to how cut-throat the industry is. The way I see it, whether I’m casted or not, I’m Samantha separate from a sometimes toxic industry. Being nice and genuine will leave a good taste in everyone’s mouths and you never know what connections you can make and where an audition will lead.
No one likes to work with difficult people who cause tenseness. Fashion shows are usually a hot, chaotic mess behind the scenes. Being easy going, positive, and friendly will show others that you won’t add to the chaos behind the scenes. If anything, it’ll show that you’re able to alleviate the tension and chaos. It’s easier to work with a happy, upbeat person willing to learn than a high maintenance, rude model who adds to the chaos.
Your walk. What makes or breaks your audition. Sometimes height matters more than your walk. If you’re short like me, your walk could get you a seat in an industry that favors the tall and looks down to the small (short joke).
Don’t put yourself on a pedestal. Be self-critical. Tear your walk apart and improve. Practice, practice, practice. It’s crucial in order to be prepared. Know your street walk, your cat walk, your Clydesdale and your elegant walk. Know how to walk to the beat and to the offbeat.
Don’t EVER do a kick with your first step down the runway. This isn’t the movies and you look ridiculous. Always step first with your foot in front. Practice your poses and have ones down (you go-to’s).
*** Your Walk Pro Tip
Master the turn while walking or taking a coat off on the runway. You’ll show your skills by mastering these moves. It’s not necessary but would show that you’re talented and trained.
I may not be a world famous model, but, I've learned this tips from top industry professionals in New England as well as my own experience. I hope this blog informed you. Go out there and slay!
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