50+ Latitude Talent have been requested or connected to various designer casting calls during New York Fashion Week. NYFW, a short abbreviation, is a time that both major various labels, as well as smaller, new designers showcase their next season fashions.
With NYFW 2018 in full swing, we are excited to see many of our talent connected to these various opportunities.
What hasn’t changed in becoming a model, especially in a major market such as New York, is the strict specifications that high-end editorial agencies place on new talent. As you will find from most top agencies, including Ford Models and Next Models, they require female models to be at least 5’9 in height or taller. For male editorial models, the height is typically 6’1 or taller. What many male models face when they start attending open casting calls and seeking out agencies, is that being too tall can actually hurt you.
Having a beautiful face is what many people assume makes a great model. While commercial talent typically have a marketable look which is the direct result from having nice facial features, it is important to be sure that a model has the specifications that a particular client is looking for. When attending a casting call for this example let’s use a brand such as Abercrombie and Fitch, before you would even see the casting call client, they would require you to attend a model fitting. This is to be sure that the model attending the casting call actually fits in the clothing. If they do not fit those specifications during the model fitting, they will typically not even be able to complete the casting call.
For a beginner model it is important to equally focus on maintaining your look as well as enhancing your body. Regularly attending the gym and eating healthy are prime ways to get in fighting shape.
It is important to remember that body type and size is not all that matters when becoming a model. Personality is key, no client, big or small, wants to work with a model or after that has a negative attitude. While it is important to remain confident, it is important to be humble and respectful of the casting clients time. Always attend casting calls on time, not too early and be prepared to meet a variety of people. Casting calls rarely have one or two people in attendance expect dozens if not more.
Leaving a small town, getting up and moving to a big city like New York to attempt a dream in modeling and acting can be viewed as something only for the brave. Most should view it as a way to express yourself and live out your passion. However for a new model in a market such as Manhattan, or talented actor looking for a big break; will go through leaps and bounds to make their journey come true. What many talent lack, is common advice and the realities of becoming a model in one of the most difficult cities.
While every talents journey is different, here’s a compiled list of some realities that models and actors face while living out their dream in New York City.
Housing is very expensive
Second only to San Francisco, which isn’t really a fair comparison considering how dense the population in New York is…
It is always fun to experiment with different things such as changing up your hairstyle or eye color. For a new model or actor starting out it is always best to attend a casting call or audition with your natural eye color.
You don’t want to take away from your natural beauty especially when the point of an audition is to convince the casting director that you’re right for the role. they are not picking you because if your look, they are booking you because they think you fit the role. Natural is always recommended.
Part Time Unpaid Internship Latitude Talent Studios is accepting applicants for a part-time internship position specializing in talent and client services.
Applicants should have the ability to multi-task and excel in a fast-paced work environment and maintain strong attention to detail and follow-through. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Seeking individuals who are motivated to succeed.
Previous experience in casting or entertainment is a plus, but not required.
– Assisting in talent submission and casting processes
– Assisting with talent meetings and open call dates
– Scheduling appointments
– Maintaining social media accounts
– Answering inbound phone calls and taking detailed messages
– Updating databases, filing systems
– Miscellaneous administrative duties