The “America’s Next Top Model” casting crew was
recently in Wausau hosting auditions for the show at The Patriot Center. Many
people tried out, including some from Stevens Point.
Abigail Wadzinski, who lives in Stevens Point and is
very close to finishing her criminal justice degree, was one of the
“It was kind of a last-minute decision. I doubted
myself only being 5’4” when it was listed that the height to audition needed to
be at least 5’7”. A woman working the audition told me they made exceptions and
encouraged me to get up and go for it, so I did,” Wadzinski said.
The casting crew set up a conference room with a stage
in the middle and chairs on both the left and right of it. There was a
microphone at the end of the stage and a panel set up for the judges.
Before the auditions started, each contestant went
through a series of booths where people from The CW television station helped
to prepare each individual envelope that was mailed in for the chance to
compete on America’s Next Top Model.
Inside each envelope was a packet of interview
questions, photos of the contestant and basic information.
“I was extremely nervous, but while I sat and waited
for my number to be called, I met a lot of awesome people who did nothing but
cheer and encourage each other. It was great to see everyone being so
supportive, and it also took a lot of the nervous feelings that I think a lot
of us were experiencing away,” Wadzinski said.
As each contestant took the stage, the crew took note
as each contestant walked up and down the stage, struck a pose and answered
the questions asked by the judges.
“I’m terrible in heels, so I was super nervous for the
walk. I just kept reminding myself that confidence is key. This was my time to
shine. When I was finished, I felt really good and glad I had the courage to
do it,” Wadzinski said.
This season of “America’s Next Top Model” also has a
twist because it is the first co-ed edition.
“It would be awesome to be a part of a season where
both males and females compete against one another,” Wadzinkski said. “I think
this idea is really a beneficial one. Different viewpoints from both men and
women will bring some excellent critiquing and tips. I would take everything I
learn and apply it to my modeling career and life in general. It would be an
excellent opportunity that I would take full advantage of.”
Envelopes with photos, information, and videos of
interview questions have been mailed in, so now contestants are waiting to
hear who will be competing on the show from The CW and “America’s Next Top
“If I were to be chosen for the show, I would be
extremely proud of myself and anxious to get started. I would give it my all
and make each day a challenge to myself to do my best,” Wadzinski said. “I
would be thrilled to be meeting so many people sharing a common passion and
goal all in a new environment.”