FAQ

The Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) 2014 Online Model Application is now CLOSED.
 
OPEN CASTING CALL INFORMATION:  There will be an open casting call on Sunday, September 29 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Charleston. To attend, models MUST adhere to the following.  Models MUST meet the CFW height requirements in order to audition.  Females must be at least 5'7" without heels and males must be at least 5'10".  Child models are not eligible for the open casting call.
 
TIMING: Open casting call registration* is at 11am and will close at noon.  Models that arrive after noon will not be seen. 
 
*Registering for the open casting call does NOT GUARANTEE an audition spot.
 
WHAT TO WEAR:  All models should come well groomed. Women should wear black fitted pants or short shorts, a black or white tank top, little to no makeup, hair pulled back and you MUST have heels-minimum 2" to walk in. Men should wear black fitted pants and a fitted t-shirt, with hair brushed away from the face.
 
REQUIRED: Women will NOT be seen without heels and layers of clothing will NOT be allowed in the audition room. Also, all models selected at the casting call will have a head shot and full body shot photographed for the 2014 CFW model book at this time. BE PREPARED for this prior to registration.  There will NOT be time otherwise. 
 
TIP:  Your wait time could be up to two hours.  We recommend you bring something to read, a snack, and bottled water.
 

OTHER: For information on Charleston Fashion Week® 2014 Model Search and Rock the Runway Competition™, click here to view the FAQ

 

#1. How do I apply to be considered for the 2014 Charleston Fashion Week® (CFW) Model Search?

Applicants must first read through this FAQ thoroughly and check that they understand and will meet the requirements of each question/answer below. Once each question/answer has been accepted, models will be directed to complete an online application in 3 easy steps:

  1. Fill out and complete the application
  2. Upload a head shot and a full body shot
  3. Submit your application

[NOTE: Partial information does not save to the Charleston Fashion Week® system. Only after a model has clicked the SUBMIT button at the end of the application will complete submissions be made. Models are encouraged to save and back up information.]

 

#3. What is the deadline for submitting my application?

All models are required to submit an online application by Thursday, September 12th, 2013 in order to secure an audition time at the casting call. Casting calls will take place at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina located at 20 Patriots Point, Mt. Pleasant, SC29464, time to be determined.

 

#4. What if I miss the deadline to apply online? Am I still eligible to attend a casting call?

To secure an audition, models MUST submit an online application by the deadline date outlined above. Models are responsible for travel to/from Charleston and any other monetary responsibilities, including meals and lodging.

An open casting call will be held each day for models that missed the online application deadline. However, this does not guarantee you will be seen. Secured auditions are only guaranteed to those who submit an application online by the deadline listed above. Child models MUST apply online. There will NOT be an open casting call for child models. Prior to the open casting, applications will be on hand for models to fill out at 2pm each casting day.

Models MUST come prepared to complete the application including all measurements. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and models will not be seen by CFW.

[TIP: We anticipate a high volume of models and recommend submitting your application online to secure an audition time.]

 

#5. If I am selected for a casting call, when/how will I be notified?

All applicants will be informed via email and/or phone at least one week prior to the casting call date if selected to attend. The email confirmation will include: the date and location of the casting call and an assigned time to register.

(Date and time are at the sole discretion of CFW and based on your casting selection on the application.)

[TIP: Mark your calendar in advance with the date you selected on the application to ensure your availability for a casting.]

 

#6. What should I bring to the casting call?

All models are required to bring a copy of the email outlining the casting call invitation including the location, date and registration time.

[TIP: Your wait time could be long. We recommend you bring something to read, a snack, and bottled water.]

 

#7. What do I need to wear to the casting call?

All models should come well groomed. Women should wear form-fitted clothing, little to no makeup, hair pulled back and you MUST have heels to walk in. Men should wear fitted pants and a fitted t-shirt, with hair brushed away from the face.

[NOTE: Women will NOT be seen without heels and layers of clothing will NOT be allowed in the audition room. Also, all models selected at the casting call will have a head shot and full body shot photographed for the 2014 CFW model book at this time. BE PREPARED for this.]

 

#8. If selected for the 2014 Charleston Fashion Week® model book, when/how will I be chosen to walk in a runway show?

Models selected for the model book are not guaranteed participation in a runway show. The 2014 CFW model book will be presented to all featured retailers and designers for selection. Models will be notified of final selections via email no later than mid-January 2014.

 

#9. If I am NOT selected for the 2014 Charleston Fashion Week® model book at my chosen casting date, may I resubmit my application to attend a different casting call date?

Once you have selected a casting date that is the only date you are able to cast for. Multiple applications for multiple dates will not be accepted by CFW. However, you will still be able to apply for the 2015 Charleston Fashion Week® Model Search.

 

#10. If selected for the 2014 Charleston Fashion Week® model book, what time commitment requirements will there be?

All rehearsals will take place in Charleston, SC. Exact location to be sent to applicants via email at a later date.

November Rehearsal: Saturday, November 2, 2013 (Assigned time block to be sent at a later date and at CFW's sole discretion)

December Rehearsal: Saturday, December 7, 2013 (Assigned time block to be sent at a later date and at CFW's sole discretion)

February #1 Rehearsal: Saturday, February 1, 2014 (Assigned time block to be sent at a later date and at CFW's sole discretion)

[NOTE: Child models must attend one (1) mandatory rehearsal to be scheduled for the week of CFW. All listed rehearsal dates do NOT apply to child models.]

Models not in attendance at mandatory rehearsals and the additional rehearsal of their choice will immediately be disqualified from participating in the Rock the Runway Competition.

Models selected by an Emerging Designer are required to attend casting(s)/fitting(s) Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 19, 2014, the same weekend as the first mandatory model rehearsal. (Exact date and time are at CFW and designer’s sole discretion. Location to be determined at a later date).

If selected by a retail store, models are required to attend an in-store fitting February 17 – 24, 2014. In-store fittings for child and bridal specific models will take place February 7 – 13th. Models cast for more than one show are required to attend a fitting for each store. Final fittings will take place as needed and are at the sole discretion of the retailer.

Models selected by a Featured Designer are required to attend casting(s)/fitting(s) beginning Monday, March 17 – Friday, March 21, 2014 (Exact date and time are at CFW and designer’s sole discretion. Location to be determined at a later date).

During the week of Charleston Fashion Week® models are required to be at the tents as early as 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 18 – Saturday, March 22, 2014 for evening runway presentations and as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 for the Spring Bridal Show.

[TIP: Mark your calendar in advance with the rehearsal and fitting dates above to ensure your availability.]

 

 

#11. Are models selected to walk in a runway show at Charleston Fashion Week® paid or compensated in any way?

For Charleston Fashion Week® 2014, models will be paid a small stipend for each show they are selected to walk in, including nightly and bridal shows. More information will be provided to the model once he/she has been selected to walk in a show. All models are also given a gift bag valued at more than $500 for participating. Please refer to the Mission and Prizes page in the model selection of the website for details on this as well. Gift bags for child models are not guaranteed.

[NOTE: Model compensation checks will be mailed by June 1, 2014.]

 

#12. Is there a financial obligation to participate as a model? If so, what will my monetary commitment be?

Charleston Fashion Week® does not require a fee to apply. However models are responsible for any and all costs associated with castings and rehearsals, including parking fees. Week of CFW, models are also responsible for their own travel to/from Charleston, lodging (see details below), transportation to/from runway tents, and meals.

 

#13. If selected to model in a runway show(s), will travel to/from Charleston and accommodations in Charleston be provided?

If you are based outside the Charleston, South Carolina area, you are responsible for your travel to/from Charleston and lodging the week of CFW. CFW will provide out of town models with a list of hotel partners with available room blocks at a preferred rate. It is the model’s responsibility to book a hotel room or make alternative arrangements.

 

#14. How many Charleston Fashion Week® attendees will see me walk the runway?

More than 7,500 people attended Charleston Fashion Week® 2013, including buyers, store owners, model scouts, photographers and fashion industry professionals. Charleston Fashion Week® attracts local, regional, and national press attention.

 

#15. What press coverage does Charleston Fashion Week® typically receive?

Charleston Fashion Week 2013 generated more than 184 million media impressions through the activation and support of local and national media to include reporters, bloggers, photographers, editors, and journalists. CFW 2013 press highlights include event coverage by CNN, Huffington Post, Southern Living, The Daily Front Row, The Post & Courier, Style.com, etc. More than 160 credentialed media are onsite to cover and report the events of the week. To review past CFW press releases and event coverage visit the media tab of www.charlestonfashionweek.com [1].

 

#16. What models that walked at Charleston Fashion Week® in seasons past have gone on to successful ventures?

Several models that graced the CFW runway have gone on to sign with some of the country’s top agencies, modeled for national and international designers, and have auditioned for television shows like America’s Next Top Model.

Winner of the CFW 2012 Rock the Runway Competition Samuel Roberts, has since transplanted to NYC to pursue modeling full time. Samuel has signed with Fusion Models NYC and has currently been placed with
I LOVE Models Management in Milan. He walked in the Fall 2013 shows for Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Paul Smith, and Wooyoungmi during Fashion Weeks in Milan, Paris, and New York.

Megan Scott has been signed in New York City by Ikon Model Management and appeared in the April 2011 issue of Seventeen magazine.

Following her stint at CFW 2010, Phoebe Guest walked at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach and has signed an exclusive three-year contract with Ford Models.

Since walking in Charleston Fashion Week® 2010, 23-year-old Molly O’Connell went on compete on CW’s, America’s Next Top Model. The Charleston native finished up as the runner up in the prime time show and is now in New York pursuing modeling full time.

 

#17. As a model for Charleston Fashion Week® will I receive a ticket to the event?

No. Tickets must be purchased at charlestonfashionweek.com beginning in October.

 

#18. Are there any additional incentives for being a model at CFW?

All models selected to participate in a 2014 Charleston Fashion Week® runway show will receive the following:

  • Visibility in front of fashion industry leaders and the opportunity to be discovered
  • Gift bag valued at more than $500
  • Recognition on the 2014 CFW website
 

Charleston Fashion Week 2014 Rock the Runway Competition

#19. What is the difference between the Charleston Fashion Week® Model Search and the Rock the Runway Competition™?

The model search is open to all applicants that apply for a casting call as outlined above. The Rock the Runway Competition™ which was added in 2010 to further support and showcase a community of up-and-coming model talent, and is only open to those models that are booked by a CFW designer or retail participant for a CFW runway show. Child models are not eligible for the Rock the Runway Competition.

 

#20. What is the selection process to compete in the Rock the Runway Model Competition™?

Only models booked for a runway show will be eligible for the competition. This does not guarantee a model will advance as a finalist. Selection for the Competition is based on industry criteria including appearance, listening, poise, professionalism, and timeliness by a model panel of experts that use a point system to keep track of each model’s performance.

The point system works as follows:
One point is given to each model for every runway show that he/she is selected to participate in. Models receive an additional point each time they are selected by a runway participant as their top model. This is determined by each models professionalism, style, timeliness, and walk. Each runway participant (including all retailers, Emerging and Featured Designers) selects up to two (2) models. Next, models are narrowed down to the top twenty (20) as determined by the amount of points earned, as well as the model criteria.

Finally, overall performance is reviewed for each of the top twenty (20) semifinalists during the course of CFW, including rehearsals and fittings, to narrow it down to the Top Finalists, who will go on to compete in the Rock the Runway Model Competition.

 

#21. When are models notified if they are selected as a Top Finalist? When is the Grand Prize Winner for the Charleston Fashion Week® 2014 Rock the Runway Model Competition™ announced?

The Top Finalists for the Competition will be notified following the mandatory model rehearsal on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Finalists then compete in the Rock the Runway Competition™ on Friday March 21, 2014 at Charleston Fashion Week®, with the Female and Male Grand Prize Winners being announced at the end of the evening.

 

#22. What successes have past Rock the Runway finalists experienced following the competition?

Since being crowned the winner of the 2011 Rock the Runway Competition™, Ajang Majok has been signed by an agency in New York City, walked for Oscar de la Renta resort, and was featured in the Gilt Groupe’s online campaign.

Female winner of the CFW 2010 Rock the Runway Competition™, Caroline DeBruhl, has since signed with IMG, the world’s number one international model management firm.

Antwun Whitney, male Winner of the 2010 Competition, appeared in Charleston magazine’s fashion feature in September 2010. Most recently, he was signed to an agency in New York and will be moving there this summer to pursue his modeling career full-time.

Chelsea Rollins landed a Top 10 finalist spot in the CFW 2010 Rock the Runway Competition™ and has since been pursuing a busy modeling career including shows during New York Fashion Week. In addition, Chelsea won a top model contest with Alice + Olivia that earned her a spot on the label’s official New York Fashion Week runway and a major photo shoot.

 

#23. If selected as the Grand Prize Winner, what does the prize package include?

One (1) female and one (1) male Grand Prize Winner to be selected by the panel of Rock the Runway Model Competition™ judges per the Rules and Regulations as outlined herein will receive a Grand Prize.

The Grand Prize Package for each winner includes: $1,000 cash prize; mentoring opportunity with industry leaders; round-trip coach airfare for one to NYC (per details below); professional hi-quality composite cards photographed by a photographer to be determined; beauty gift basket compliments; complete makeover, including cut, color, style, manicure, pedicure, facial waxing.

 

Additional prizing may be announced at a later date. Rock the Runway Model Competition™ makes no representation that a cash prize may be substituted for Prize Package. Participating CFW models, Rock the Runway Top Finalists or Grand Prize Winners have no claim to a cash prize in lieu of value represented for Winner’s Airfare, composite cards, or other prizes outlined. All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of all Entrants, Finalists and Grand Prize Winners.

 

#24. During what time frame must the winner redeem his/her prize?

Gift baskets will be given on Friday evening after the Grand Prize Winners are announced. Grand Prize Winners will be promoted on the CFW website following the announcement. Model checks will be mailed by June 1, 2014.

 

#25. If I am experiencing technical difficulties uploading images or submitting my application, who do I contact?

You can contact our website director via e-mail at rory@charlestonmag.com [2].

 

#26. If I still have questions after reviewing the above about the Competition, who do I contact?

You can contact the Model Coordinator via e-mail at cfwmodelcoordinator@charlestonmag.com [3]

 

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