Being chosen to be a competitor on 24 Hour Catwalk was a great experience and a fantastic opportunity. Of course, it would have been better if I had won the $10,000 prize, but I am stoked about the exposure expecting that the appearance will move me to the next level in the fashion game. After years of auditioning for the most popular (Project Runway - season 1) to the most obscure (anybody remember The Cut which lasted only 1 season?), I am pleased that I finally got my 18 minutes of fashion reality fame.
It was everything that I expected and a whole lot more. Some of the minor details were edited out and so I am going to share them now.
- Although I am only in the first 18 minutes of the show, the call time was 5 a.m. and I didn't finish until 5 p.m. Many of the crying fits that we witness on reality TV are probably due to a lack of sleep. I was SO exhausted after it was all said and done.
- In one of my outtakes, I mention that I was so surprised to see Cynthia Rowley as one of the judges. What they cut was that I interned with her almost 13 years ago. She probably didn't recognize me since she just stared at me blankly on camera - AND off.
- But probably the most important thing that was edited was the fact that Indashio (a crowd favorite, I know) broke the needles on the only 2 home sewing machines that were provided in the workroom. I am so not a whiz when it comes to garment construction, but I can do it somewhat adequately. However, I am definitely no good on industrial machines - AT ALL! That's why I ended up draping the entire challenge. When I auditioned,I was led to believe that I would not have to sew. To my chagrin, the very first challenge was a sewing challenge. In my mind, I said, "UGGHH!"
Peace & Fashion!