My Foray into Tyra World

When I was approached by a CW Casting Director for Tyra's much-debated new show, I wasn't sure what to think. On the one hand, I thought, "This could
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When I was approached by a CW Casting Director for Tyra's much-debated new show, I wasn't sure what to think. On the one hand, I thought, "This could
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When I was approached by a CW Casting Director for Tyra's much-debated new show, I wasn't sure what to think. On the one hand, I thought, "This could be my big break! ELLE!" - (Fashionista is now my fourth internship in the fashion world.) On the other hand, I thought, "Ew." After myriad debates with friends and at the office, I knew I was at least going to try it out when I found myself in the midst of the 21-page application. But when I arrived at the casting, one for fashionistas handpicked by the CW's casting crew, I was confronted with about 100 girls (and about twenty boys) who could have stepped out of a ShopBop catalog. I got the sense that these were hopeful kids who had never actually worked in the industry, but were cute enough for primetime TV (In fact, it should be noted that when I was approached, although I was assured that it would be more Apprentice than ANTM, I was never asked about any actual experience.) There was a blue screen, lights, and a camera set up in the middle of a converted hotel banquet room where CW staffers demanded, "Show me your personality! Show us crazy!" I should have known when the application asked questions like "What character are you most like from The Devil Wears Prada? (Read some application highlights after the jump!) I snuck out of the room before the camera could find me. I just can't picture ever being a top editor with footage of trashy housemates (and me!) performing timed runs to showrooms in six-inch platforms re-playing on late-night MTV marathons. And I wasn't the only one - I caught a few other hopefuls leaving early, and I heard the CW is still casting. For a show that's supposed to air this Spring, they're going to have to find some good candidates fast - Trashy or not, I know I'll be watching. --JAZZI McGILBERT

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