By Emma Génier
We arrived at the “Gare de Lyon” train station in Paris in a beautiful sunny morning after taking the Eurostar overnight from Milan. A driver was waiting for me with my name written on his iPad. How cool!
Paris is just as I have imagined it, and as I had seen in the movies. The landscapes are breathtaking and every corner smells of pastries. On my way to my agency (Elite Paris) I saw the Eiffel Tower and we passed by Les Champs Elysees.
This is my first season modeling—and my first time meeting them—so I was a little nervous! I got my new portfolio (it has some photos from my beauty story in Elle Canada) and my comp cards, and I then was ready to leave for my eight castings.
What happened next?
To get ready for the day ahead, here’s what I needed:
• a pair of black high heels
• my portfolio and my comp cards
• my cellphone with Internet
• money (euro)
• portable iPhone charger
• my favorite book to entertain me during the waiting time
• healthy snacks (almonds, vegetables with hummus, apples, bananas) and a bottle of water.
It’s also important to remain optimistic and to be very patient, because you never know if you will wait one minute or two hours at a casting. I ran into Jenna (Castilloux) at one of the casting, another Quebecois model and friend of mine. It was so nice to see a familiar face in the sea of models!
At most of the castings they have me walk a few times for them and sometimes they ask me to try a few pieces of clothing. At one of them they gave me some beautiful shoes to wear but they were impossible to walk in. I gave it my best try but it wasn’t easy, and sadly I didn’t confirm that show. It was a “shoe test!”
After all of my castings, I returned to my hotel. Like a lot of hotels in Paris, the elevator is so tiny that you can only fit one person with a suitcase at one time. It’s a little claustrophobic!
Over all, a great first day in Paris! Let’s see what tomorrow brings and whether if those castings led to any runway bookings. Fingers crossed.
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