Colonie Center was overtaken with very tall, leggy women Saturday, all hoping for a shot obtaining a modeling contract.
The Capital Region’s CW-affiliated television station hosted a casting call for the network’s “America’s Next Top Model” reality show series, with hundreds of women showing up for a chance at two minutes of audition time in front of the camera.
Falyn White, 20, from Clifton Park thought the opportunity might kick-start her modeling aspirations. The 5-foot, 9-inch woman showed up wearing skinny jeans and a tight T-shirt. White said she has seen all the show’s episodes and thought she would fit the part.
“I just thought that I could do it and I figured I’d come down here and take a shot,” she said.
If White ends up on the next show to be taped, she’ll be one of nine to 14 participants living together in a house for approximately two months this summer going through the trials of modeling exercises and critiquing, all the while being filmed for the show’s cameras nearly around the clock.
Not everyone can take a shot.
Casting call participation requires entrants to be from ages 18 to 27. The women — men need not apply —must be at least 5-foot-7. No minimum weight is specified in the eligibility requirements. There’s plenty of waivers and non-disclosure forms to ink.
The payoff is a modeling contract.
According to Anne Harrigan, creative services producer for the CW, her staff arrived at Colonie Center about 9:30 a.m. and were greeted by about 100 women waiting to register for an audition. Harrigan said some women had been waiting since 3 a.m.
Women came from throughout the region, including Kayla Baumann, 18, of Pittsfield, Mass., who said she woke up at 6 a.m. and arrived at Colonie Center about 8 a.m. Baumann said she hadn’t prepared much for the audition. She was wearing tight, skinny jeans, hot pink pumps, a black tube top and silver hoop earrings.
Baumann decided to come to the audition because she thought she had the talent to be on the show, but admitted she was intimidated by the other contestants.
“I thought I had a chance and if I didn’t come down here I’d regret it,” she said.
The casting call was scheduled from noon to 3 p.m., but Harrigan said organizers had to stop accepting applications about 2 p.m. because there were too many participants. Harrigan said many of those who had been registered wouldn’t have the opportunity to audition for local judges.
Women such as Ashley Longendyke, 20, of Albany were among those disappointed. Longendyke said she decided at the last minute to audition and didn’t arrive at the mall until 1 p.m. She said the line of those seeking to audition was cut off about five girls in front of her. But there were probably 100 disappointed participants behind her.
Longendyke said she has had a few moments in the spotlight, but she wanted the opportunity for other reasons.
“I really want to be a role model,” Longendyke said. “I don’t just want to do this for the clothes.”
Nearly 200 women did make it in front of the camera, but only one will be selected to meet with show producers at a regional casting call in either New York City or Boston. Harrigan said a winner will be selected by next week.
Aspiring models still have an opportunity to submit an audition tape to the Capital Region’s CW affiliate. Harrigan said all submitted tapes will be sent to network producers.
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