Competitions: Rules and Regulations

Here you will find a list of competitions available to models and talent at CMTC. Feel free to click on the competition headings to reveal the descriptions.

Runway

The runway competition is open to contestants of all ages. Contestants ages 12 and over are required to wear an outfit that is black, white or a combination of both black and white only. Any other colours will result in disqualification. Child competitors ages 11 and under are permitted to wear an outfit of any colour.

Each contestant will enter from the back of the stage (i.e., the top of the “T”), walk its length, and exit using the stairs located at the front of the stage (i.e., the bottom of the “T”).  Each contestant will walk the length of the stage one time only. No dancing or constant posing are permitted. Standard upbeat runway music will be provided. Judging will be based on poise, posture, personality, projection, runway techniques, and your ability to walk and turn gracefully. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

Photography Go-See

Photography go-see is open to all modelling divisions. Contestants will present their best two prints to a panel of judges. As is often the case in actual go-see scenarios, contestants may or may not be asked questions by the judges.

Contestants will be instructed to hold up their prints so they can be clearly seen by the panel. The two prints must be loose and not contained in a portfolio or envelope. Prints can be in colour or black and white. Prints can be of any size; for instance, they may range from a 3 x 5 snapshot to a 9 x 12 standard portfolio-sized print. Wardrobe and style will be left to the discretion of contestants. Judging will be based on print potential. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

This competition is closed to audience attendance.

Swimsuit

The swimsuit competition is available to contestants ages 12 and over. All competitors must be barefooted. Females must wear a two-piece swimsuit; bikini bottoms only – no shorts permitted. Males must wear swim shorts or boxer shorts – no speedos permitted.

In addition, the following articles of clothing and items are prohibited:

• Body suits
• Lingerie
• Thong bottoms
• Leotards
• Aerobic wear
• Hosiery
• Shoes
• Props
• Hats
• Sunglasses
• Accessories

All contestants must wear a cover up in the hallways prior to competing. Each contestant will enter from the back of the stage (i.e., the top of the “T”), walk its length, and exit using the stairs located at the front of the stage (i.e., the bottom of the “T”). Each contestant will walk the length of the stage one time only. No dancing or constant posing are permitted. Standard upbeat runway music will be provided. Judging will be based on high energy, muscle tone, and overall physical fitness. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

Cover

The cover competition is open to all modelling divisions. Contestants are to submit one photo – and one photo only – showcasing their magazine cover potential to the CMTC information both no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. The print may be in colour or black and white. The print may be of any size. The print must be loose and not contained in a portfolio or envelope.

The following information must be clearly printed on the back of the photo:

• Contestant name
• Contestant number
• Agency name (if applicable)

It is highly recommended that contestants bring a copy of the photo to include in their portfolio as the original photo must be submitted for this competition. Contestants will not receive their photos back until Sunday. Photos can be picked up between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the CMTC information booth. The winning photos will be projected on screen at the awards ceremony during the cover competition trophy presentation. Judging will be based on cover potential. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

Commercial Print

The commercial print competition is open to all modelling and talent divisions. Commercial models – also known as “real people” models – appear in advertisements for goods and services. They can model for television, commercials, websites, magazines, newspapers, billboards and any other type of advertisement. Commercial models are intended to be people that consumers and target markets can identify with. As a result, all ages, ethnicities, and sizes of people are represented within this field of modelling.

Contestants entering this competition are to submit a one photo – and one photo only – showcasing their commercial print potential to the CMTC information booth no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. The print may be in colour or black and white. The print may be of any size. The print must be loose and not contained in a portfolio or envelope.

The following information must be clearly printed on the back of the photo:

• Contestant name
• Contestant number
• Agency name (if applicable)

It is highly recommended that contestants bring a copy of the photo to include in their portfolio as the original photo must be submitted for this competition. Contestants will not receive their photos back until Sunday. Photos can be picked up between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the CMTC information booth. The winning photos will be projected on screen at the awards ceremony during the commercial print competition trophy presentation. Judging will be based on commercial print potential. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

TV Commercial

Contestants will present a published or an original commercial script. This competition is set up to resemble an actual audition situation. Contestants will be performing live in front of a panel of casting agents – who will also be acting as CMTC judges – on a closed set.

Each contestant will be granted 30 seconds to present their TV commercial. Before presenting their commercial, contestants are to slate their name, number, and age only. Points will be deducted for commercials exceeding 30 seconds in length. A CMTC representative will be present to time commercials and enforce this policy. At the discretion of the judges, commercials that do not adhere to the 30 second time limit will be cut off or be disqualified.

Agents suggest that talent wear the most suitable wardrobe choice for auditions: a daytime casual outfit. You do not want your outfit to distract from your audition; therefore, no costumes will be permitted in this competition.

Competition performances that contain profanity or explicit adult material will result in immediate disqualification. Contestants must stand upright during their performance so they can be clearly seen by the judging panel; therefore, no sitting or laying down will be permitted. Only carry-on props that are quick and easy to maneuver will be allowed. No animals or extra participants will be permitted. Judging is based on projection, articulation, wit, intelligence, and believability. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

This competition is closed to audience attendance.

Monologue

The monologue competition is available to all ages. Contestants will present a published or an original monologue. This competition is set up to resemble an actual audition situation. Contestants will be performing live in front of a panel of casting agents – who will also be acting as CMTC judges – on a closed set.

Each contestant will be granted 60 seconds to deliver their monologue. Contestants are to slate their name, number, and age only. Points will be deducted for monologues exceeding 60 seconds in length. A CMTC representative will be present to time monologues and enforce this policy. At the discretion of the judges, scripts that do not adhere to the 60 second time limit will be cut off or be disqualified.

Agents suggest that talent wear the most suitable wardrobe choice for auditions: a daytime casual outfit. You do not want your outfit to distract from your audition; therefore, no costumes will be permitted in this competition.

The monologue must be memorized. Contestants are to select a monologue that is appropriate for their gender and age. Monologue competition performances that contain profanity or explicit adult material will result in immediate disqualification.  Basic set pieces such as a table and chair will be provided. Only carry-on props that are easy to maneuver and are not distracting will be permitted. No animals or extra participants are allowed. Judging is based on projection, articulation, wit, intelligence, believability, acting range, preparedness, body language, and ability to create your environment. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

This competition is closed to audience attendance.

Cold Reading - Scene

The cold reading – scene competition is available to contestants ages 8 to 11 and ages 12 and over. The cold reading competition is intended for serious actors or gifted amateurs. This competition is set up to resemble an actual audition situation. Contestants will be performing live in front of a panel of casting agents – who will also be acting as CMTC judges – on a closed set. There will be no slating in the cold reading competition. Rather, a CMTC representative will announce contestant numbers.

Agents suggest that talent wear the most suitable wardrobe choice for auditions: a daytime casual outfit. You do not want your outfit to distract from your audition; therefore, no costumes will be permitted in this competition.

Each contestant will be partnered with another contestant during the lineup for the competition. The pair of contestants will be given a short scene to read together. Partners will be assigned by CMTC staff. Partners may not be prearranged by contestants. Although contestants will perform together, they will be judged individually.

Contestants will be given their script approximately two to ten minutes before the competition during lineup. Contestants should bring the script with them into the judging room and refer to it as needed. Judging is based on projection, articulation, wit, intelligence, believability, acting range, body language, and overall ability to act in a cold reading situation.

This competition is closed to audience attendance.

Improv

The improv competition is available to contestants ages 12 and over only. The competition will take place in front of the judging panel and an audience. Improvisation, or improv, is a form of acting where most or all of what is performed – such as the dialogue, action, story, and characters – is created at the moment it is performed. It is heavily dependent on collaborating with and reacting to fellow performers in present time without the use of a predefined script.

Improv performances that contain profanity or explicit adult material will result in immediate disqualification. Judging is based on ability to improvise, projection of voice, articulation, wit, intelligence, believability, body language, and ability to create your environment. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

Kids Casting

The kids casting competition is available to contestants ages 4 to 11 only. This competition is set up to resemble an actual TV commercial audition situation. Contestants will be performing live in front of a panel of casting agents – who will also be acting as CMTC judges – on a closed set. An agent will be elected by the panel of judges to ask questions and give directions to the contestants.

During the competition, contestants will encounter true TV commercial audition scenarios. For example, contestants may be asked questions about themselves; they may be given a product such as a toy and asked to improvise a scene; or they may be given a short script to perform which will be distributed at the discretion of the judges.

The agents request that children do not prepare or rehearse for this competition because judging is based on how well contestants listen and take direction, natural unrehearsed responses, projection, articulation, wit, intelligence, body language, and personality. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

This competition is closed to audience attendance.

Singing

The singing competition is available to contestants ages 4 to 11 and ages 12 and over. Contestants entering the singing competition will participate in a preliminary competition on Thursday evening in a closed judging room. During preliminaries, contestants will sing acapella for approximately one minute and will be cut off at the judges’ discretion. No musical accompaniment and no musical instruments will be permitted during the preliminaries.

A list of finalists will be posted at the CMTC information booth on Friday morning. Singing finalists will perform live in front of a panel of judges and an audience on Friday afternoon. At the singing finals, contestants will be provided with a microphone. Contestants are permitted to sing acapella. However, karaoke-style music (i.e., songs from which the original vocals have been electronically eliminated) is preferred.

Singing finalists must abide by the following rules:

  • Music must be in MP3 format only and stored on a USB flash drive.
  • Performances must be single acts only.
  • Performances have a maximum time limit of 3 minutes. Performances that exceed this time limit will be cut off at the judges’ discretion.
  • The chosen song should not feature prominent background vocals.
  • No musical instruments will be permitted during the performance.
  • Songs and/or music containing profanity or explicit adult material will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Wardrobe/costume must be in good taste and non-flammable.
  • No roller skates, roller blades, use of any sharp instruments, or any equipment that CMTC or its host venue may deem dangerous.

Singing finalists must supply:

  • A labelled backup USB flash drive which will be accepted during the singing competition sound check on Friday.
  • A 3 x 5 commentary card which must include the following information clearly printed on it: contestant name, contestant number, contestant division, song name, artist name, and agency name (if applicable).

Judging will be based on singing ability, audience appeal, stage presence, showmanship and appropriateness of wardrobe. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

Dance

The dance competition is available to all ages. This competition is performed live in front of a panel of judges and an audience. Contestants will perform on hardwood parquet flooring measuring approximately 32 x 16.

Contestants must abide by the following rules:

  • Music must be in MP3 format only and stored on a USB flash drive.
  • Performances must be single acts only.
  • Performances have a maximum time limit of 2 minutes. Music will be stopped at the 2-minute time limit.
  • Songs and/or music containing profanity or explicit adult material will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Wardrobe/costume must be in good taste and non-flammable.
  • No roller skates, roller blades, use of any sharp instruments, or any equipment that CMTC or its host venue may deem dangerous.

Contestants must supply:

  • A backup USB flash drive which must be labelled and ready for accompaniment.
  • A 3 x 5 commentary card which must include the following information clearly printed on it: contestant name, contestant number, contestant division, style of dance, and agency name (if applicable).

Contestants are to submit their USB flash drive, backup USB flash drive, and commentary card to the CMTC information booth between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Judging will be based on dancing ability, audience appeal, stage presence, and appropriateness of costume. The decision of the judges in all competitive areas will be final.

Talent/Actor 12+ Division and Modelling Competition Lineups

Contestants in the Talent/Actor 12+ division are able to – and encouraged to – compete in modelling competitions in order to maximize exposure. Modelling competitions include Photography Go-See, Runway, Swimsuit, and Cover.

During modelling competitions there will be no specific lineup group for the Talent/Actor division. Rather, contestants registered in the Talent/Actor division will be placed in modelling competition lineup groups according to their gender and age. For example, a 15-year-old female in the Talent/Actor division competing in the runway competition will line up with the Ingénue 12-15 group.

Please be advised that there are no Talent/Actor division awards for modelling competitions. Talent/Actors are eligible to win awards in these competitions within the modelling division corresponding to their gender and age.