Struttin' their stuff
Jan 04, 2013 (The Citizens' Voice - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
As Angelina Paciotti entered the storefront at the Shoppes at Montage about 10 employees from the television station CW WSWB inside all directed their attention toward her.
She put down her belongings, filled out paperwork and did her best runway walk for the CW Network's "America's Next Top Model" open casting call Thursday.
This was the show's sixth casting call at the Shoppes, said Cheryl Willis, promotion assistant for the network. Their casting calls average about 100 people throughout the five-hour span, she said.
People come from New York, New Jersey and even as far as Ohio to audition, she said.
This year, however, introduced a new dimension to the show. Cycle 20 will incorporate male models for the first time.
This addition is "a good way to freshen up the show," Willis said. Nigel Lum-Cox was the first male to audition Thursday. He said he had already auditioned in Harrisburg and Philadelphia for this cycle.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore graduate said he hoped to learn a lot about the modeling industry through these auditions.
"I think it's great," he said of the addition of male models. "I was actually surprised they didn't do it earlier. Males can do just as well."
Jadeon Stage auditioned directly before Lum-Cox. She said she modeled for Wilhelmina Models in Conshohocken for a year.
As for what she looked to gain in Thursday's casting, she said "Hope, honestly, and continuing my drive."
The area's previous casting calls have sent two girls to the show. Brittani Kline, of Beach Creek, attended the July 2010 casting call and became the Cycle 16 winner. Nastasia Scott, from East Stroudsburg University, was the fourth runner-up during Cycle 19 College Edition, Willis said.
For those who do not make it on the first try, some models have different results on second and third auditions.
"Maybe the first time you were so nervous in front of the camera," Willis said. "Maybe this time you showed something a little different."
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