Taylor Blake of Lake Wylie is building her modeling career early and full steam. A middle school student at Oakridge, already she’s been on the catwalk for Passport for Fashion, called “North Carolina’s largest fashion show evening” by Charlotte Seen, with more than 3,000 attending.
“Being on the catwalk was awesome,” Taylor said. “There were flashbulbs everywhere, and the audience was cheering. It was amazing energy!”
“She has no fear,” said her father, Bob Blake. “I was worried because I didn’t know how my daughter would react with all of the people, but she did excellent.”
Taylor has been entering pageants for a long time, but wanted to do something bigger. Through an online research, she found Carolina Talent Agency. After discussing it with her parents, she auditioned.
“There were probably about 100 potential models and actors auditioning that day. Men and women, boys and girls from young children to adults,” said her mother, Teresa.
The audition included walking, posing and a product endorsement, where each participant had to read lines for a commercial to the rest of the audition crowd. Taylor was chosen to return for the talent agency’s orientation. After hearing about the company and what it’s like to be one of their models, she signed.
Since then, Taylor has been a hair model, a model for Belk and Old Navy’s runway shows, and a mannequin model for Saks Off 5th Avenue in Concord.
However, April’s fashion event is one of the most exciting jobs so far.
“After auditioning with hundreds of others,” Taylor said, “I was chosen by two designers, but because of timing, I could only do one. I went with Sara Johnson. It was incredible!”
This month, she auditioned for Charlotte Fashion Week, Charlotte’s largest annual fall fashion event.
Taylor will tell you she plans to keep modeling forever.
“I hope to become famous,” she says.
Her dad just hopes this helps save for college.
Wendy Dimitri of Lake Wylie is a freelancer writer. Email neighbors column ideas to news@lakewyliepilot.