As a recap, in my first post titled Modeling Casting Call!!!, I got an invite to a casting call with Ultimate Image. I was super nervous, afraid and bit self conscious!
I attended the casting call prepared for the unknown and thankfully it actually went super smooth and was easy!
I arrived and sat in a room with a stage and in 1 of 10 or so chairs arranged in a semi-circle. I nervously waited with others until every chair was full with people in the same position as me.
The owner of the agency, Ultimate Image, introduced herself as Natalie Sparrow. Some of the models that were currently in her company that were also there. Natalie also talked about the history of the company and its successes including models who have traveled abroad and have stared on TV sitcoms. Natalie and the company models were all really friendly which I feel like helped put us at ease.
One topic I really remember Natalie discussing was models and weight loss. I remember worrying about it so much and even discussing it in my previous post. Everyone thinks they need to be super thin and on crazy diets and it really doesn’t matter. Personality actually counts for so much in the industry.
SIDE NOTE: there are many different types of modeling and some do require models to be thin and tall such as fashion and runway models (AKA the stereotypical model). Commercial models do NOT require this and these models can be any size and height. There are also some random categories of modeling such as fitness modeling, swimsuit modeling, plus size modeling and petite modeling.
Another really cool form of modeling is promotional modeling which is someone who does live events like trade shoes, product promotions and conventions. This type of modeling is the modeling I have most experience with from doing live hair shows.
After the introductions at the casting call, we each had a separate interview with the Natalie and one of her assistants. I was a bit nervous about what the interview would entail. I was fully expecting for them to test my knowledge of the industry and have me pose as if I was doing a photo shoot or walk like I was going down the runway as I had in another modeling interview, but thankfully I didn’t have to do any of those things!
I entered the room and sat in a chair on the other side of the wooden desk and smiled. Natalie and her assistant began the interview and I told them a little bit about myself, career and personal interests. The owner then said she really liked my application and thinks I would do really well as a commercial model.
I was incredibly surprised how quick she said that. Natalie also invited me to a convention coming up in June for upcoming models and talent in Chicago. The convention is called Launch and is an event for modeling and talent agencies around the US (and some international agencies) to meet models like myself!
I actually grew up only 6 hours away from Chicago but have never been there so I plan on going early to explore since the convention will be 3 days full of activities. I’m hoping I connect well with an agency representative so they will book me. If I get booked there is a possibility I could be in a TV commercial, a print ad or even a TV show sitcom.
I don’t actually know the real possibility of landing a gig with another agency or how far-fetched it is to wish so I’m trying to not keep my hopes up to high. I guess it depends how well the Launch convention goes!
Update on the update: I had my first test shoot. It was really cold but went well! I was nervous about doing proper poses but learned in the shoot to not do proper poses- just let loose and be fun!
Check out my profile on the Ultimate Image Website!!!