Casting Clothes

A big, okay HUGE, part of being a model is going to castings/go sees. At a casting you have maybe 5 minutes (probably much less) to impress the director or designer so that they pick you. There is a lot that goes into presenting yourself to the best of your ability at a casting. In this post I am going to cover casting clothes.


  • black tank
  • black leggings
  • black heels
  • no noticeable undergarments
  • minimal jewelry

Above my fellow model, Adrianne Morgen models the classic casting look.


  • fitted black shirt
  • black slacks
  • No noticeable undergarments
  • black dress shoes
  • minimal  jewelry

Here model Danny Bryan shows a classic casting look for male models.

If are likely to be fitting at the casting wear neutral colored, basic undergarments.

The idea is to show off your body so directors/designers know what you look like. They need to be able to put you into their vision. Keep any and all distractions to a minimum. That means nothing sparkly, shiny, dramatic. You want to present as a blank canvas on which a look can be created.



Irene Dress Shoot 16 août-7

Too short. Too curvy. Too small. Too generic.  Those are all things I heard as I entered the world of modeling. My own mind told me I would never ever be thin enough. But I had enjoyed the little bits of modeling I have done in college and after some life changes I wanted something new, something different. So I started modeling.

I got a few jobs here and there. It was mostly trade shoots which was fine as I needed a portfolio. I picked up the occasional paid gig but I was far from a professional. I mostly did lifestyle and product shoots. Rarely did I do anything resembling high fashion.

I worked hard to be the kind of model seen strutting down international runways and posing for the cover of magazines. I learned how to fake my height (a little). I practiced walking so that I could stretch my short legs to cover the same ground the models on tv did. I wanted to reach that height of beauty that I saw all around me in this new pursuit. If I could do what they did then I would be truly beautiful.

After working in the Pacific Northwest for a couple years, I decided to broaden my horizons. I set my sights on Paris. Well known for its haute couture and high fashion models with their tall, slim bodies. Somethings I am not. I had been to Paris before and was thoroughly in love with the city. I thought even if I don’t book gigs, I’ll still enjoy the city. Though I was determined to shoot.

I responded to casting calls and model searches for months. I tracked down photographers and desigers. And when the time came I flew off with a a few scheduled of shoots and suitcases of designer clothes I had borrowed from designers I met in Seattle, to showcase in the City of Light.

One of my shoots took place on the streets of Paris and in heavily touristed areas. It was during this shoot that I had a defining moment. As I stood, posed and twirled for the camera many people stopped to watch. Several little girls stood in awe. And then I heard one ask her mother, “Is she a princess?” It hit me. My too short, too curvy, too whatever body was being compared to the epitome of beauty for this little girl. This girl, who like so many others, needed to to know beauty came in all packages.

So, oui, ma petite cherie. Though I may not truly be a princess, I am beautiful. I define it the way I want to. As I was in your eyes that day, I am the epitome of beauty, my beauty. I wasn’t just play acting at being a model, being beautiful. I was beautiful. I am beautiful.

Pose Critique 11

Today I am going to do a slightly different pose critique. Today I am going to compare two very similar images and define why one is better than the other.





As you can see the photos are nearly identical. However, in the second photo I look significantly larger. Now there is nothing wrong with being large but this photo does not showcase me as well as the first.


In the second photo, you see the dress billowing past my hands. This increases the visual width. Also the way my body is turned due to my stride has opened me up to the camera. Had I been wearing pants or a short skirt you would be able to see my legs and the pace between them. Instead you just see a wide swatch of fabric.


In the first photo, my hands are clear of the dress. The added space between my hand and the dress narrow my hips and legs. Also I am stepping off with the other foot so my body is slightly rotated away from the camera giving the appearance of being narrower. This point in my step also lifts my torso a bit more than in the other photo so again I appear longer and narrower.



Neither of these photos are bad. Both showcase the necklace, which was the focus of the shoot. However, to be more appealing to the typical fashion consumer, the first picture is more marketable.


I am so excited to announce I am once again publish. This time 8 full pages!!

A set I took in Paris last August got published in JellyBaby Magazine.

Thank you so much Scander Aidoudi for the incredible photos, Shawn Wolfe of Mimi Wolfe Designs and Carlisia Minnis of Mac Fashion House for the loan of you lovely dresses.

You can buy the magazine at


Here is a little sneak peak of what to expect.



Pose Critique 10

I’ve been flooding instagram (follow me at with photos from a shoot I had in Paris so I figure I can use one of those photos for a critique.

This photo was taken by Sharbel Kanoun at Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France. I am wearing Trash by Tony.



I like the carefree, relaxed happiness in this photo. It looks as though I were talkin to someone or witnessing something funny just off camera. I have cheated my body towards the camera to best show off the coat I’m wearing. My legs are at different angles which as we know adds interest to the over all composition.

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I wish my feet had not been cut off. It would make for a more complete and finished look. But that was a photographer choice. As for the pose itself there are two things that stand out as needing improvement. My hands and my head.

Let’s remember that anything closer to the camera will appear bigger. My left hand looks significantly larger than my right because my left is closer to the camera. I like having my arm out but if I’d cheated it to the side a bit or even just rotated my hand to the side it would have minimized the enlargement.

Another reason my hands look so disproportionate is due to the fact my right hand is being swallowed by the coat sleeve. I should have pulled the sleeve up and then bent my arm. Not only to conceal the folds in the sleeve but to place it higher my body. And more in frame. No awkward baby hands here.

As for my head, I should have tipped my for head towards the camera. When someone leans back it is an act of removal. It is aloof. So in this charming and happy picture, I don’t want to appear aloof. What I should have done instead is rotate my face a bit more towards the camera and tipped my head either upright or to camera. This would have portrayed a more open and warm personality in the photo

As I mentioned before, it is a good shot. Had I remembered my hand placement, body to camera placement and body language I could have made it great.


Disappointment happens. We get turned down at castings, cut from a show, photos don’t turn out right, declined from a magazine submission. Some are easier to take than others. Some are down right devastating.

Recently, I was set to walk in a local fashion show (not Chance related). I was picked at the casting, a designer specifically requested me, I went to the fitting. Everything was set. Then a couple days later, I received a rather terse email saying I had been cut. I was speechless. I am good friends with the designer and I knew he hadn’t cut me. So off went the text message. What happened next was an outrage filled conversation between the designer and I over the fact the show staff had cut me, and we found out later many other hand picked models.

I went to the model coordinator and even the CEO. Unfortunately, no response let alone a reason was given. The designer also sent emails and made calls to his contacts. Much was said and in the end the staff stuck with their decision despite disagreement from the designer.

Their show went on. But not for me. I was devastated. Let me caveat this with the idea of levels of devastation. This broke my model heart but only ranked maybe a 4 (out of 10) on the overall scale of crises in my life. Anyway, I was insulted, deeply disappointed and my confidence seriously shook.

I had a choice. I could lash out, stay quiet, move on, wallow, get stronger, ignore it and/or give up. Several of those were not really an option in my mind. Lashing out would get me no where. I vented my frustration and hurt in private but being public with it would only look bad on me. I’ll admit, I had a serious moment where I thought about giving up. I hoped to grow stronger from it but again I’ll be honest, I can’t always do that. I’d love to say that every time I got knocked down I came back stronger. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t immediately but strengthen over time much like a healing injury, sometimes I just go back to where I was and other times I get back up but have to work to get back to where I was before the knock.  In this case, I just moved on, returning to where I was before the knock. There wasn’t the shine of growth through disappointment but that’s okay. Growth doesn’t always happen. What counts is that we chose to continue. Continue from where we are in the moment and move onto the next thing.

The next thing for me was coaching models and working backstage for Chance Fashion. It is also several photoshoots in the works and potentially a trip to New York for work.

I’ve moved on. It doesn’t mean the sting of disappointment didn’t happen nor does it mean I don’t feel the pain but I’m not letting it control me. I will not give the people who created this situation the satisfaction on seeing me down.

Tools of the Trade – pasties

Another must in my model kit is a pair of nude pasties. Personally, I don’t like having my nipples on display whether under sheer garments or lightweight fabrics so I wear pasties if I am not wear a bra. I think can also be distracting from the clothing if my nipples are showing and the last thing I want to do as a model is distract from a garment.

Some designers and photographers many prefer visible nipples but that is for another post.

There are many pastie options including cute, funky, sexy you name they have it. I’ve even seen pasties with live succulents on them. But unless a designer specifically requests a certain look I try to go with neutral pasties.

These are the two options I use.

Gel/Silicone reusable


Adhesive/One time use


There are pros and cons to each.

Pros Cons
Comfortable Large/thick
Easy to remove/reposition Shiny
Soft Not always skin toned
Flexible Less secure especially in heat/humidity
Adhesive/One Time use
Pros Cons
More skin tone options Irritating
Matte color Difficult/painful to remove
Various sizes/shapes Not as flexible
Secure even in heat/humidity Wrinkle easily
Flat/Thin One-time use

Personally, I prefer the gel ones. I just find them more comfortable. And my sensitive skin reacts to the adhesive of the other kind. Nothing like having a petal shaped rash around my nipple!

I always carry a couple with my in my kit just in case. I also have a few of the one-time use version in case another model needs them.

Be safe – top safety tips

You are important. You are special. You need to remember that and keep your expectations high. Here are my tips and tricks to stay safe when working in the industry.

See below for more details on each.

  • No means NO
  • Get references
  • Tell someone the ws
  • Go with your gut
  • Provide your own transpo
  • Meet in public
  • Bring an escort
  • Hold to your standards
  • Clear, upfront expectations
  • Keep your phone with you
  • Keep you personal items with you
  • Don’t accept food or drink
  • Don’t provide too much personal information
  • Have a common language
  • Know 911


  • No means NO – do not let anyone talk you into or out of something you made a decision over
  • Get references – if you are going to be working with someone especially 1:1 but even in a group get some references. See what people have to say on their FB pages, instagram, modelmayhem, etc. If you are not finding what you need request a reference or contact information for previous clients/models. this goes for photographers but also designers, coordinators, any one you may work with alone or in a non public environment.
  • The Ws – Tell someone where you are going, who you are going to be with, when you are going to be there and for approximately how long.
  • Go with you gut – if you are uncomfortable, unsure, uneasy stop and get out. You can do it politely but if your gut is telling you something isn’t right believe it.
  • Provide your own transpo – this seems like a no brainer but if you do not know the person do not get into a car with them. If they want to provide transpo then tell them to get you a cab or uber.
  • Meet in public first and if possible work in public first
  • Bring an escort – this is a controversial topic some photogs, designers, etc don’t like having an audience, some don’t mind, some enjoy it. You do what you need to do to keep you safe. If you do bring an escort make sure they are respectful of the process. An escort should sit quietly out of the way and only engage if requested.
  • Standards – If you don’t shoot nude they don’t need to see you nude. I had a photographer ask me for nude pics to “get an idea of what would look best on me without the distraction of clothes” HAH! I politely told him no and that was the last I heard from him.
  • Make your expectations clear – even before you meet up a clear agreement should be made on who is providing what not only in regards to compensation but also things such as facilities (where will you change), who is providing hair/makeup, what if someone has to cancel, who all will be present (you don’t want to show up to a shoot and have 2 extra guys there to “help out”), what if you don’t like a photo, can you ask that it not be used, etc. etc. Do this first so at the shoot you can enjoy yourself and just work.
  • Keep your phone with you. No not on set but somewhere you can access it quickly and easily. Check to see if you have a signal right away.
  • Keep personal items in your line of site. Of course no one wants to be pick pocketed but with everything we keep in our purses, wallets, bags it would also be easy for someone to steal your identity
  • The only way you can safely accept food or drink from someone is if you watch them purchase it from a reputable dealer, it is sealed/you unseal it, and it never leaves your sight. Bring your own is best.
  • They don’t need to know your address, birthdate, SSN, etc. A phone number, portfolio and potentially social media should be plenty.
  • Most of you reading this blog you are likely fluent in English and many of the people you work with will be as well. However, especially if you are traveling make sure you have a common language. You don’t have to be fluent but you need to be able to communicate.
  • Those of us living in the states probably had 911 memorized sometime around kindergarten or 1st grade. However, if you are traveling you need to be familiar with that country’s emergency system.




As some of you know, I spent a week in Paris at the end of August. First off, I love Paris. I lived there for a couple months about 2 years ago. This time around I wanted to focus on my modeling. I was so incredibly blessed with the many opportunities I got on this trip.

Before leaving I schedule several shoots with local photographers. I will let you in on my secret I know not much of a secret but what you may not know is that MM is great to use for overseas shoots. I don’t like it much for the states as I find I only get weirdos and creepers but I have had great luck finding photogs in Europe. Of course I am careful (see post about being safe while booking). I only work with photogs who have at least two written recommendations. And I always work in a public space.

Any way, I was quite fortunate again and found several talented people to work with. I hate to play favorites as they all gave me good photos but Scander was by far the most talented. He was the first photographer I worked with and it happened to be the day I arrived!

I arrived at 9:30 in the morning, after a long and mostly sleepless flight from Chicago. By the time I got my bags and travel by train and metro to my hotel it was close to noon. Fortunately, my room was ready and I was able to settle in and take a much needed shower. I had a full day planned as, at the time I was only planning on being in Paris a few days before going on to Belgium.

By the time my shoot rolled around at 19h (7pm). I had been all over the south portion of Paris shopping, eating and getting my bearings. Of course, I spent a good 90 minutes on hair and make up before heading to my shoot.

I must have looked ridiculous taking the metro with all my gear. Including a gigantic pink bag which held one of my dresses. Let me diverge here for a moment and fill you in on my garments.

I had several garments. For this first shoot I wore an incredible purple evening/ball gown with cape by Shawn of Mimi Wolfe. She custom tailored it for me and it fit like a glove. I also wore a bronze sequined dress by Mac Fashion House. I modeled the bronze dress for Carlisia of Mac Fashion House a few weeks prior and fell in LOVE!

For another shoot I brought several pieces from my good friend and designer Tony or Trash By Tony. These pieces were anything but trash. Chanel inspired outfits that fit perfectly in Paris.

Now you may ask did you buy these garments? No I didn’t these wonderful designers loaned me these pieces to take with me. I can’t tell you enough how important it is to network. I met all three of these designers through Chance. So even though Chance is unpaid in the end I gained so much by being able to take these beautiful pieces to Paris and shoot in them.

Any way back to my story.

After wrestling my garments to Pont Alexandre III, I met up with Scander. Then had the fairly awkward experience of dressing in public without showing anything. Fortunately this was not my first time and though I may have looked like a crazy person I was able to change without flashing anyone. I had two more wardrobe changes during the shoot. Which also included a 3 mile walk from Pont Alexandre III to the Eiffel Tower.

What an experience that was to shoot in the heart of Paris with all the people around wearing such incredible dresses. Quite a few people stopped and/or made comments. I know enough french I could make out what they were saying. All complimentary. I got called a princess a few times and had several little girls absolutely in awe.

Scander was great to work with. He has a talented eye. He was also quite patient with my jet lagged self. The best part is that even though I was jetlagged, hot (it was warm with high humidity, ick!), hungry and sleep deprived we got incredible shots! I give him a lot of credit for that but will also pat my self on the back. Then again that’s what we have to do sometimes. And if you can’t suck it up and produce good work, you probably shouldn’t be in the industry.

I so wish I could share the photos from this and my other shoots with you but we are submitting them for publication so they have to stay under wraps until they come out.

My second shoot was with Sharbel. We shot at Luxembourg Gardens. I wore Tony’s garments for this shoot. We got some good shots but unfortunately we got rained out and I was only able to get a couple outfits in. We tried to push through but there were no covered areas and I couldn’t risk getting the garments wet.

The following day I had my final shoot and unfortunately, I did not enjoy this one as much. Either the photog didn’t respect models or women in general. He was talented but I did not like his attitude. I will not include his name here as that would be unprofessional. He may have just been having an off day. And as I said he was skilled with the camera.

Though after my shoots my plans changed dramatically it all worked out for the best. I ended up staying in Paris rather than going to Belgium but I got to hang out with some friends and of course do more shopping!!

For those of you wanting to travel and work I have one word of advise. DO IT!! Of course be careful, be safe but don’t let uncertainty stand in your way. It is an incredible experience whether you are doing it for work or fun.

Here are some photos I took while out and about in Paris.