Kansas City Fashion Week castings are here again! I remember the first time I tried out for KCFW; I was so nervous! Fun fact, I didn't make the roster that first audition. Looking back, it's clear I had absolutely no idea what I was doing! Fast forward to the next audition (yes, I came back for redemption--don't let failure underscore itself by never trying again!). I was more prepared and I came back to not only make the roster, but to book three shows my first season! If I would have been better informed, perhaps I would have made the first season I tried out. Below, I have gathered five essential tips for preparing to attend Kansas City Fashion Week auditions!
If you haven't already been practicing your model walk, start NOW. Ideally, you will take several weeks in advance to walk in front of a mirror and refine your technique. This is especially important if it is your first time walking runway. However, better late than never--take the nights leading up to casting as a crash course for your walk. Watch videos of high fashion models on YouTube, visualize your body suspended on a "golden string" "(posture!!), shift walking motion to hips rather than shoulders, and try to maintain a SLOWER pace than your usual gait (this is a big one). If you can, have someone watch you and give pointers.
2. FRESH FACE
This was my absolute downfall during my first audition. I had done some modeling for this fashion blog, but I had never been to a casting. Thus, I strolled into castings with a full face of lovely makeup. Don't do this. See the headshots above. These ladies are doing it right (and so am I this time); by having fresh faces and natural hair, they are showing the designer what they truly have to offer. Plan to show up at castings barefaced or with a MINIMAL amount of makeup. I'm talking just to cover blemishes. You're beautiful, and designers want to see that in its raw form!
3. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES
This probably made you think twice (heels are never REALLY comfortable). Let me explain myself. I see lots of girls walk into casting, strutting on their tall audition shoes. Then they proceed to check in, get measured, stand in line, etc. Sometimes it can be a bit of a wait to actually audition. The last thing you want to do is stand in line extensively and be wobbling on your heels due to tired feet and legs by the time you actually walk! You will seem more professional and well-prepared if you come to the audition in sneakers with your heels in tow. Keep your feet fresh until right before your audition!
4. PICK THE RIGHT HEELS
Choosing which heels you are going to wear for auditions is a tough call. This is not the time to try and impress the judges by pulling out those crazy high heels that you never wear because they are hard to walk in. No! You will look like you don't know how to walk in heels. Pick heels that you feel most comfortable in. I like to choose a chunkier heel with a platform in the toe for maximum ease to walk. Heels are not limited to the classic pump--strappy heels and heeled booties are other great options. While designers generally aren't choosing you based on the style of shoe you are wearing, there are a couple "cheats" that could get you passed over. I'm talking about wedges and kitten heels. Yes these types of heels are easy to walk in, but they are not representative of the type of shoe most designers go for (true high heels!). Avoid these cheats when choosing your shoe!
5. KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
Castings are nerve-wracking, even for those models who have walked several times. If you are a first-timer this is even worse! You will be nervous. You will be walking in front of the judges and any other models who are waiting in line to try out. You will not get feedback on the spot or extra tries (there are many others in line behind you!). Instead of letting this make you nervous, think of it this way--this is a QUICK process! It will be over before you know it. Once you make the roster, you'll have to get used to walking in front of even more people anyway! :)
Kansas City Fashion Week Auditions are this Saturday (Dec. 2) and Sunday (Dec. 3) from 10AM-4PM at the Oak Park Mall in Overland Park. For more information about model castings and access to pre-register for audition, CLICK HERE.