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Model Behavior With Sharon Quinn: Preparing for NYs Fashion Week, 2/01/2009
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Hey Everybody!  It's FEBRUARY in NEW YORK!!!!

The month of February has always been an extremely busy month for fashion in New York City.  Not only is it the beginning of Black History Month but it is the month in which New York Fashion Week falls.  Historically there is usually an abundance of shows and events going on this month.  While plus sizes are STILL excluded from the tents of Bryant Park, that doesn't mean that things are not happening for us OUTSIDE of the tents.  Auditions abound everywhere and a smart plus sized model will be on top of her game right now looking for work.

Always remember that Preparation Is Key!  Come armed with the tools of your trade and nail your auditions!  Pack all the tools that are needed in your bag and leave the excuses at home.

Tips for Auditioning during Fashion Week:

If you are auditioning for runway shows, make sure you cover all of your bases.  Ask questions (to your agent or the producer) if there's something you don't understand or if there is information needed that hasn't been stated.  Always keep a small pad and paper in your to take notes when necessary.

Listen & Follow Directions:  If the producer is specific about what the models are required to bring to an open call or a show; make sure you have whatever it is that is requested in your bag when you arrive. 

For example: If the call requires that you bring a 3-inch heel, bring a 3-inch heel.  If the call requires that you wear a specific type of clothing – WEAR it!  If they ask you to turn off or put your cell phones on vibrate – do it! (Excuse yourself if it's a call you absolutely have to take...then take the call outside, so as not to disrupt the proceedings.) If the producers ask the models for a specific "routine" for the audition (i.e. "Give me an entrance pose, then walk to the end of the runway, pose and walk back and close with an exit pose) then that's exactly what you should do.  If the producers don't ask you to throw some additional turns in – don't'. The last thing you want to do as a model is stand out because you CAN'T or WON'T follow directions.

It goes without saying that if you are auditioning for a runway show, that you should always have a proper pair of pumps in your bag.  But you would be surprised at how many aspiring models I see showing up for shows with flats, sneakers and clunky platform shoes.  All that does is telegraph to the producers that you are not what they are looking for.  It takes a lot of money to put on a really good production (and the costs go up exponentially during fashion week) and the last thing that a producer wants the audience and press to see is a show with models who don't really know what they are doing.

Patience is a Virtue:  When auditioning for shows during fashion week, keep in mind that the rule is "the bigger the show, the longer you may have to wait to be seen."  And I will warn you, I have been to some auditions where the wait time can be absolutely ridiculous, sometimes going on for several hours. Work in the possible wait time beforehand and resist the urge to make a scene because you feel your time is being wasted.  If you don't want to wait, just leave – quietly.
 
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