Model casting call at ARC attracts array of people


The judges and also designers await for the potential models for this year's fashion show, Evoke on March 11, 2016. (Photo by Allante Morris)

Sharriyona Platt

The fashion department at American River College held a casting call for models for their 2016 fashion show, “Evoke,” on Saturday.

The casting call attracted a host of models including men, women and children of all ages and sizes.

“We’re excited to see the models come out and want to be a part of the show,” fashion professor Dianne Grant-Toscano said.

Grant-Toscano is the instructor of the collections and production class where the designers prepare and create their designs for the fashion show.

Theater arts professor and fashion promotions instructor Gail Russell was excited for what her students had put together.

“The students worked really hard to put this casting together and to promote it,” Russell said.

“The casting and fashion show are run by the promotions students, I’m just here for any help or guidance they feel they need,” Russell said.

Promotions student Sam Collier was busy most of the night directing the model casting and communicating with his classmates and the models.

Collier felt a necessary responsibility with this casting in particular because he will be the instructor of the promotions class next year.

“It’s pretty busy, but it’s worth it,” Collier said. “I’m happy to be involved, this is what I love to do.”

“I’ll be taking over the promotions class next year for Gail, so me being here and helping out is just more experience for when it’s my time.”

Models were asked to sign consent forms, take headshots, get their measurements taken and walk for the designers.

One model, Ilana Polyakh, was excited to be in attendance and eager to be chosen for the show.

“This is my first time trying out for the show, I’m really excited,” Polyakh said. “I have previous modeling experience so hopefully that helps.”

Another model, Daniel Dorofeyev, said that this was his first time trying out for the fashion show.

“I’m excited to be here,” Dorofeyev said. “I’ve never auditioned for the show before, but I do have some experience with photoshoots.”

Models’ experience varied and ranged from a lot of experience to no experience at all.

Designers got the opportunity to choose which models they wanted to wear their designs during the fashion show.

Designer Kayla McCall has a Disney inspired collection for the fashion show, and found just what she needed during the casting.

“I have all the models I need,” McCall said. “Now I’m excited and ready for the show.”

The fashion department will host their annual fashion show on May 6 at 11:00 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.