It's KCFW casting time once again...!
If you are considering trying out for Kansas City Fashion Week (or any runway casting, really), this post is for you! KC Fashion Week has been a great experience for me. I've met many friends, colleagues and connections that I otherwise would never have had the pleasure of getting to know. KCFW is an environment that fosters growth and confidence for all types of models. If you've ever thought in the back of your mind, "Oh, modeling would be fun to try...," then now is your chance! Castings are being held June 2 and June 10 (more info HERE). The time to start prepping is now! Read on for my tips on getting runway-ready for a successful audition.
Treadmill + Heels = CONFIDENCE!
The above heading horrified me even as I typed it out. Treadmills are the uncoordinated's (me) nightmare, and add heels to that and it is a precarious match. HOWEVER, this is something I did to get comfortable in my heels for auditioning. Once I decided which shoes I would be auditioning in, I slapped them on, fired up the treadmill and walked for fifteen-ish minutes every night until those heels felt like a second skin to walk in. If you don't own a treadmill and don't want to look very "extra" at the gym, wear the heels around the house whenever you're home!
Switch off Netflix for a bit and spend some time researching models' walks on YouTube. Look at how the models' hips are moving, look at how their shoulders and head are NOT moving as much. Are models crossing their feet to walk in a straight line or is it more relaxed? Another great piece to look out for is arm movement. Once you find some videos you like, watch them several times so you can analyze all the different aspects. Everyone will identify or like a different models' style more, but I like to watch Cara Delevigne or Gigi Hadid.
Do it in the Mirror.
As the rap songs suggest, using a mirror to look at yourself can be a great tool for perfecting your walk. You've gotten comfortable in your shoes, you've watched YouTube videos to see how the pros do it, now it's time to put your own body in action! I like to drag my full-length mirror out of my bathroom and put it in my big, open living room so I have plenty of room to practice and see the full walk. Remember, you will develop your own style of walk so it's ok if you don't look exactly like Cara or Kendall, but the mirror allows you to watch for those elements you want to incorporate. Once you have a visual/physical corollary it will be easier for your body to remember and "see" in the mind what you are doing when you get in front of the judges for audition!
Get an Audience.
It can be anyone--your best friend, boyfriend, mom, dad--but at some point prior to casting, it's a must to have a new set of eyes on your walk. If you're lucky (and your bf or dad is very patient) they should take the time to watch a runway video on YouTube. Even if they don't have any knowledge of what it takes to walk a runway, the main point of them watching you walk is to practice having an audience. You do NOT want the first time you walk in front of anyone to be when you're strutting toward the casting judges. Things get different when you have eyes (no matter how many pairs) on you. Once you've got your walk down, add in a spectator or two.
Drink a LOT (of water).
This is always a good idea whether you are casting or not, but in the weeks leading up to casting, pounding the H2O is a must. It may not seem like a big deal or even related to a great walk, but trust me. You will feel refreshed and full of energy, which translates into confidence and spark in your walk. More importantly, your skin will have a fresh glow. Castings are minimal/no makeup, so it's important for your skin to look at the top of its game.
GOOD LUCK to everyone trying out! Remember confidence is the most important piece of a successful casting--I hope my tips can help you achieve that confidence!