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Friday, March 03, 2006

Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance 2006


I want to audition for Mo”Nique’s Fat Chance and I need some advice. I have modeled in the past and love it. I want to send a video in for the show, but I am at a loss. I have been looking around the web to get a glimpse at your video for tips, but haven’t been able to find any. My questions to you are:

What is the best way to portray myself to the Casting Crew? Should I be myself, or should I exhibit a more calm version of myself.

I really want to get back in to modeling. When I was modeling, I felt an overwhelming confidence in myself for being plus size that I have never felt before. I need and want that confidence back. I adore you and Mo’Nique and what the two of you are doing for women like us, and I want to be one of them.

As far as my picture. Should I just send a regular picture of myself or should I send Comp photos. I don’t have any yet, but if it’s best to send a comp photo – I will take some..

Help me out! I really want and need this, and it’s been a while since I have been on the scene and I need some tips.

Thank you!

And you are absolutely beautiful.


Hello Myra

Thank you for all of the wonderful compliments! They are much for Fat Chance 2006....If you are going to send a video...please let your true personality come through....That's what we want to see....who YOU are....not the watered down version of you. If you want to enclose a photo with your video...I am sure that's fine too....but you do NOT have to run out and have a comp card made just to submit for this show.

The first casting is this weekend in Miami, IF you can get to any of the other cities where the castings are being held, I would suggest you come in person....that's almost always your best bet.

Here are the rest of the audition cities & dates for Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance 2006:

March 5: Miami
10am - 1pm
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
1633 North Bayshore Drive
Miami, Florida 33132 USA
Phone: 1-305-374-3900
Fax: 1-305-375-0597

March 8: Baltimore
10am - 1pm
Best Western Hotel & Conference Center
5625 O'Donnell Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 1-410-633-9500
Fax: 1-410-633-9511

March 12: Seattle
1pm - 4pm
The Seattle Center Pavilion
2nd Avenue North & Thomas St. (adjacent to Key Arena)
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-684-7200

March 15: Los Angeles
10am - 1pm
Los Angeles Airport Marriott
5855 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 310-641-5700
Fax: 310-337-5358

March 20: New York
10am - 1pm
The Roseland Ballroom
239 52nd Street (Between Broadway & 8th Ave.
New York, NY 10019

Good Luck to you, hope to see you there!