Catwalk Training to Ensure You Put The Right Foot Forward.
There are three sides to being a successful model. Being good at photo and video skills are two of them, but the triangle isn't complete without good catwalk skills. Being able to walk properly on the catwalk may sound easy, however things are not as easy as they seem. Katie Green hosts these catwalks and she teaches you all the basic and core skills you need when walking and posing down the catwalk.
But It's Only Walking!
You may also be thinking that you don't want to do runway work which is fine but knowing how to walk elegantly while wearing a particular outfit is essential. On many shoots you'll be asked to walk through the set to create some natural flow to the scene. If you can't walk elegantly then this could be your undoing. For the girls the ability to walk in heels is something that should be second nature and shouldn't in any way remind your audience of a baby giraffe trying to stand for the first time! The boys don't get away easily either as they are also expected to walk with style. Big heavy feet clomping down the runway doesn't look good for a fashion show.
What's it all about?
Well catwalk sessions are about many things. The most obvious being the ability to walk and make an outfit look good while doing so. You must bear in mind these outfits might not always fit perfectly and in some cases may be a million miles away from your usual fashion sense, yet you need to wear them and make them look good.
Fashion shows can be quite long and our training sessions reflect this. Usually they are four hours long and include individual, pairs and group training walks. Consequently, you will find it very important that the shoes you wear are right. For the girls especially badly fitting heels will not only hurt but make you walk rather clumsily.
The video aboveto the left was recorded during one of our 2018 training sessions. The models in it are of varying standards and abilities, and range from just 9 years old to 19 years old. This mixture helps all those involved learn. Not only are they coached by top international model Katie Green, but they also learn from each other. The support they get form their fellow models is incredible and it's a total team effort.
Many fashion shows are choreographed as well so it's not just a case of walking in a straight line. Our catwalk training sessions are no exception and we often try to mix things up a bit with some challenging walks and patterns. We've even been known to use alternative venues to make things more interesting.
The model below is Miss Charlotte Brown. Charlotte is an awesome catwalk model ad very much destined to have runway modelling as a significant part of her future modelling career. Here's what Charlotte has to say about her catwalk experiences.
“Catwalk sessions are an amazing learning experience and a lot of fun. You learn how to walk in many different ways, how to model an outfit on the catwalk and what pose to strike at the end of that catwalk that shows off both your modelling skills and the outfit you’re modelling. ”
“Although catwalk is a lot of fun it also comes with the pressure of quick changes backstage. The time between when it’s your turn on the catwalk and from when you come off the catwalk to get changed into your next outfit is very short so you have roughly one minute or less to get changed into your next outfit. This can be stressful however that’s what it’s all about; and of all outfits are laid out and organised it’s a lot easier.”
“When I attended catwalk training sessions I learn something new every time. Recently I’ve learnt how to interact on the catwalk with my partner and the camera at the end of the catwalk, how to deal with the pressures of quick changes and also, how to perfect my walk on the catwalk.”
“I enjoy every minute of catwalk training and learn something new every time from each session.”
— Charlotte Brown, Elite Model, 12 to 18 Management Ltd.
Behind the scenes.
One of the things that surprises most models is what happens behind the scenes. If you've ever watched a catwalk show you will see models walking elegantly along as though they are all totally calm and collected, yet in reality it's anything but that. Once they get back behind the scenes it's all systems go to get changed in to the next outfit. Often, they will have less than two minutes to do so. If you've ideas of a casual change in a private dressing room back stage, then you're in for a shock. In reality it's a frantic rush to get in to the next outfit. If you have any shy tendencies, then you will soon lose them. Changing is done in front of everyone back stage. For our sessions we try and separate the girls from the boys. The simple fact is you're so busy you don't have time to think about what other people are doing, and they certainly don't have the time to stand and watch you.
Outfits are another consideration. We arrange our training sessions so that changing from one outfit to another isn't quite as simple as just putting on a different top. You could well go from a jeans and T−shirt outfit, to a full prom dress or suit, and then back to a sports outfit.
|Workshop type||Duration (minutes)||Deposit||Cost|
|Catwalk training session||240||£20.00*1||£50.00*2|
*1The workshop deposit, if any, is payable at the time of booking, with the balance (cost minus deposit paid) being payable on the workshop due date, which is usually 7 days before the actual workshop session.
*2Included in the cost of this workshop is the right to use of all media recorded, still images, or video, while represented as a model by 12 to 18 Management Ltd. This includes the downloading of images for personal use. The only limitation is that you cannot use any media from these workshops for representation by other agencies, and should you leave 12 to 18 Management all right to the media recorded ceases immediately.
Quite often we will record the catwalk training sessions so that models can watch their own performance back and see how they did. This helps them improve and gives them confidence in their abilities. The video featured on thispage was recorded in June 2018. The models featured, in order of appearance are: Shannon Owen, Ruby Quinton-Holt, Erin Neild, Layla Wood, Katie Riley, Callie Watts, Liberty Sanders, Darcie Laley, Alana Davies, Sophie Westwood, Isla Bradley, Tamzzyn Gibson, Charlotte Brown, and James Wadsworth.
On this particular session there were 14 models attending, 13 girls and 1 boy.On other occasions three have been quite a few more with as many as 22 models attending the session.