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Strutting Your Stuff: A Model's Guide to Nailing Runway Castings

Are you ready to take the fashion world by storm and make a memorable entrance at the Toowoomba Fashion Festival Australian Fashion Platform's Runway event, check out our top tips, do's and don'ts to shine at your upcoming casting.

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You may have heard?

We are the Diamond Sponsor at the very first Toowoomba Fashion Festival!

Excitement is an understatement, we have anchored with the TFF team to provide opportunities to brands, designers models and creatives, this is our jam, and we can't wait to strut our stuff with our own Australian Fashion Runway!

We have had such an overwhelming response to the casting day we thought what better time to give both aspiring and experienced models a tips and tricks guide to nailing a runway casting!

If you are one of the many that are attending, you have found a great opportunity to work with industry leaders, and experts in the fashion and modeling world, take these opportunities to really learn and imprint into your successful future, regardless if you are one of the lucky models chosen, always have fun along the way with your casting journeys.

So let's dive in to help give you the best possible opportunity to shine! The journey starts with the all-important casting. Casting sessions can be nerve-wracking, but fear not! We're here to guide you through the best preparation tips, tricks, and what not to do to help you land your spot on the runway.


What to take, A Model's Guide to Runway Castings ;

#1 - Comp Cards and Portfolio

Your comp cards are your modeling calling card. Make sure to have several copies on hand, along with your portfolio showcasing your versatility and experience.

#2 - Comfortable Yet Stylish Outfit

Opt for an outfit that shows off your personality and style, but keep it simple and comfortable. A basic tank top and skinny jeans can work wonders, as it allows the casting directors to see your natural beauty and physique. At Australian Fashion we always like to encourage tight denim jeans, clean white tee and clean heels.

The runway isn't just about showing fashion, it's about gaining confidence. And I really believe that once you've got your confidence, you can wear anything, you can do anything.

#3 - High Heels

Ladies, don't forget your heels! Go for a classic pair that you can confidently walk in. ensure they are clean and in perfect walking condition, you don't want a wardrobe malfunction half way through with a heel break! For guys, bring a pair of clean, well-fitted dress shoes.

#4 - Hair and Makeup Essentials

Carry a small makeup kit for touch-ups and hairbrush or comb for any last-minute fixes.

We always encourage our models to pack a small model bag with any essentials you may need.

#5 - Snacks and Water

Castings can sometimes take longer than expected, so stay energized with a few healthy snacks and a bottle of water. Hydrate, hydrate hydrate!


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Confidence Pointers.

We are here to help you build your confidence, remember this is only one casting of your exciting future of modelling that lays ahead.

Tip #1 - Walk with Purpose

When you enter the casting room, walk with confidence. Maintain good posture and make eye contact with the casting directors and team.

Tip #2 - Smile and Be Personable

A friendly demeanor goes a long way. Smile and be approachable, as casting directors want to work with models who are easy to collaborate and work with.

Tip #3 - Be Prepared to Showcase Your Walk

Practice your runway walk beforehand. Keep your chin up, shoulders back, and take confident strides. Show that you own the catwalk.

Tip #4 - Embrace Your Unique Features

Remember, diversity is celebrated in the fashion world. Embrace your unique features and use them to your advantage.

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Best Tips and Tricks of the Trade.

Don't just take our word for it, take the tips and tricks of the trade to really stand out from the crowd.

Trick #1 - Research the Brand

Familiarize yourself with the designer or brand you're auditioning for. Knowing their style and aesthetic can help you tailor your presentation. Or in this case, just familiarise yourself with The Australian Fashion Platform and Toowoomba Fashion Festival, we can't wait to meet you!

Trick #2 - Punctuality is Key

Arrive on time for the casting. Being late doesn't make a good first impression, research your directions and parking details if needed!

Trick #3 - Professionalism

Maintain professionalism throughout the casting. Be polite and respectful to everyone you encounter, from fellow models to staff.

Trick #4 - Stay Positive and Resilient

Rejection is part of the modeling industry. Don't let it discourage you. Keep a positive attitude and learn from each experience.

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What not to do.

Don't let these simple actions let you down!

Don't #1 - Don't Overdo It

Avoid excessive makeup, heavy fragrances, and distracting accessories. Keep it simple and natural..

Don't #2 - Don't Be Overly Chatty

While being friendly is important, don't overdo it with unnecessary conversation. Be respectful of others' time.

Don't #3 - Don't Compare Yourself

Each model is unique. Comparing yourself to others will only undermine your confidence.

Don't #4 - Don't Forget to Follow Up

After the casting, send a polite thank-you email to express your gratitude for the opportunity and reiterate your interest.

Lastly, HAVE FUN!

Remember, the Australian Fashion Platform and the Toowoomba Fashion Festival Runway event are all about celebrating diversity and creativity. Be yourself, bring your A-game, and strut your stuff with confidence. With the right preparation and mindset, you're well on your way to making a lasting impression in the world of fashion. Break a leg, future runway star!

To find out more:


The Australian Fashion Runway Casting:

January 20th

9am - 12pm

Gold Coast Studio, 17A Ern Harley Dr, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

The Toowoomba Fashion Festival Casting:

January 20th

2pm onwards

Ryley Studio, Shop 4 Kwong Sang Walk, 530 Ruthven St, Toowoomba


March 16th 2024


Head to Toowoomba Fashion Festival, tickets for the event go live JANUARY 15th!

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Rebecca Pask

Australian Fashion CSO


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