Dealing with Nerves on the Runway

My tip is to think fire while walking on the runway. What you think you can transform into on the catwalk.
— Eva, Premier Models & Talent | Runway, Editorial, Commercial Model

Walking the runway with all eyes on you can be a nerve-racking experience.  Here are a few tricks to help you bypass those nerves.  

#1  PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME & PRACTICE

Wear your heels as often as you can. I like to call it finding your "runway legs".  High heels are fashioned in a way in which all of our body weight is concentrated on itty-bitty square inches of space -- balance, undoubtedly, can be hard to achieve.  So, for goodness sake, practice!

#2   ALL EYES ARE ON THE CLOTHES

As a model, you are the human hanger showing off the designer's clothing line.  Although it may feel like all eyes are on you, it is more likely the audience is scrutinizing the fashion piece you are modeling. Isn't not about you -- it is about the clothes. 

#3  MIMIC A MODEL

This might sound weird but it works!  Mimic a model you have seen walking the runway.  Haven't seen any lately?  Youtube a handful of designers and their shows during New York, Paris, and Milan Fashion Weeks.  Loosen up and don't get too serious.  

Attempt the basic steady, simple walk.  Play around with a friend and "pretend" to be a model.  This disassociation often times helps shred the stiff, nervous aura and allows you to find your professional, confident looking catwalk. 

 

What are some tips you have about walking the runway?

  • Start with great posture.  Think ballerina. 
  • Tilt slightly back from your hips. 
  • Be cognizant of your hands and arms. Not too stiff, not too wild. 
  • Head straight, with eyes ahead. Look through the audience.
  • Ask what mood the designer would like you to channel. 
  • Be careful not to bounce, the goal is to glide. 
  • When you turn—turn your body, then head follows with an ever so slight delay. 
  • Pose with purpose. Hold for a few seconds to help the camera capture you.
  • Exit with just as much energy as you entered.  Don't go dead at the end.

 

BEFORE THE SHOW >> PREPARE YOUR FEET

Make sure to break in your heels.

If the heel isn’t comfortable, search for another—don’t settle. 

Bring bandaids—and put them on your heels ahead of time to prevent blisters.

Practice walking in shoes a size too small, and a size too large —just in case!

 

AFTER THE SHOW >> LOVE YOUR FEET

Schedule yourself a pedicure or a foot massage post gig —your feet deserve it!

Bring comfy flats! 

Moisturize your feet while stretching them for maximum relief —> leave it to the pros and schedule yourself an appointment with a reflexologist! 

 

What If I Fall in My Heels?

Lets not skip this important concern! 

A model's #1 fear is falling on the catwalk.  And it happens.  It doesn't matter how many years of experience you have--whether you are supermodel or a beginner in the industry --it happens. Don't let the embarrassment last longer than it should.  Be a professional.  Be confident.  Be poised.  And model on. 

Here are some two tricks to keep in mind AFTER a fall:

  • #1  KEEP A POKER FACE
  • #2  SNAP MOOD BACK INTO YOUR EYES

 

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