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Jessica Denomme, Associate Editor

How to Stand Out at a Casting – Part 2

Welcome to the callback! In my last blog I covered some of Modelresource's top tips for standing out at a casting. I hope that you've applied these rules to your audition conduct over the past few weeks and have been able to notice a significant improvement in the way you are perceived by potential employers. If you missed my last article, I highly recommend reading it and brushing up on your interview skills. While I truly believe that ALL of the tips that have been provided thus far are important, an event that I experienced earlier in my career opened my eyes to what I now believe to be the number one rule of casting call etiquette: DON'T BURN BRIDGES.

Last year, I was invited to work in collaboration with a local client in the selection of models for a runway show. The agency that I was working in partnership with had recently relocated and I did not possess a key to get into the studio offices. As a publicist in the fashion industry, the majority of my professional wardrobe has developed into an ocean of chic little black dresses. For any current or former models reading my blog, you know that when attending a casting clients like to see your body. Usually, this translates into a slinky little black dress.

In fairness to the model I am about to speak of, I did blend in with the sea of black in the waiting room on that cold November day. As I walked up the steps of the agency building, I was overwhelmed to find more than 50, tall 20–somethings waiting to be judged. As a woman of average height, it is safe to say that I was being looked down on in more ways than one. I sat in the entrance area, waiting for the studio directors to arrive and let me in to the office. As I sat there, I listened to one particular model verbally size up the other girls in a rude manner. At first this did not offend me but she began to speak about the client she was auditioning for in an offensive manner as well. Finally, the Directors arrived and asked everyone to wait a few more moments. As I stood up to enter the room, the discourteous model exclaimed to me "Can't you hear? Stay put!" Needless to say, her mouth dropped to the floor when she realized who I was. In case you're wondering, she did not get the job.

Building strong relationships with people is important not only in the fashion industry but in everyday life. We are constantly being reminded about the benefits of networking; to me, it is equally important to pay attention to the relationships you have already built. So remember, it's a small world. You never know who will pop up in your future.

Yours in Fashion,

Jessica Denomme

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