What a show Midnight Metropolis turned out to be! I arrived and found that the designer I was modeling for had no outfit for me, so a couple students took me on a shopping excursion, which lasted two hours and we wound up going to five big stores. We finally found a red dress with slits and a halter at Forever XII and then rushed back to the club so I could do hair and make-up. Since I was not going to walk in the show, the fashion crew decided to make me a greeter and sell canvas fashion dept. bags up front with Diane Greene, the head of the department. Later, I went on stage and did the raffle with the main host and supermodel/runway coach Charleston Pierce as a Vanna White character. I had fun walking up and down the runway beforehand and getting glamour shots! The show went well. There were about 52 models walking the catwalk as well as some Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet dancers performing for part of the show. I went through quite a fire storm that day, but when things fall apart, they are really just falling into place. The end result was truly magical!
I did an awesome runway casting at Academy of Art for one of the top shows in the city! They were looking for extras for the show. I didn’t get picked, but I felt like a real winner walking on the long Victoria’s Secret style runway with a big video screen capturing us as we walked back! I had a Giant’s stadium moment from when I had done a color guard performance during my senior year of high school. There were so many cameras on cranes zooming in to capture the models as we strutted down the catwalk. It was a magical moment I won’t ever forget! Bless Charleston Pierce for inviting me and a few other models to be a part of this special opportunity! We had some glazed donuts and Starbucks coffee to get fired up before practice. Big thanks to Joanna Hidalgo, the director, who gave expert instruction on the choreography! I hope to work with the AAU runway crew next year and be in the show!
I had another incredible runway training day with the fabuoso Charleston Pierce! The wisdom I gleaned from Saturday’s session at StudioMix was to keep the walk straightforward and simple. Oftentimes, we think that we have to be “models” and swing our hips dramatically. I have to think of just being my most raw and candid self. We practiced posing in groups and learned choreography that incorporated acting and a bit of dance, which we performed individually at the end. Valentina Saduil, a talented fashion photographer, came in and took photos of us. We also did some mirroring in twos and walked in pairs for Charleston. It’s all about keeping clean lines and proper spacing. Namely, it’s all repetition, repetition, repetition! Later on, I caught a Flamenco performance at a Spanish tapas place called Pena Pacha Mama in North Beach, and it was amazing to witness the intricacy of the arm, hip, and leg motions of the dancers and to hear from one of the hosts how many years it takes to master the steps. Such an inspiring day! More lessons to come on modeling/acting/runway/dance!