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

Rules

  • 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 walk the runway one time only.
  • Contestants must not stop or turn in the middle of the runway.
  • No dancing or constant posing will be permitted.
  • Judging is based on runway walk, attitude, appropriateness, sense of style, and booking potential for fashion shows.

Resources

  • This video will give you a brief glimpse of the Runway Competition:

Photography Go-See

Rules

  • The Photography Go-See Competition is open to all modelling divisions.
  • Contestants will present their best two “prints” (i.e., pictures) to a panel of judges.
  • 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.
  • Contestants must hold up their prints so they can be clearly seen by the panel of judges.
  • Wardrobe and style will be left to the discretion of contestants.
  • Contestants may or may not be asked questions by the judges.
  • Judging will be based on the photogenic quality and print potential of the contestant.
  • This competition is closed to audience attendance.

Resources

  • This video will give you a brief glimpse of the Photography Go-See Competition:

Swimsuit

Rules

  • The swimsuit competition is available to contestants ages 12 and over.
  • All competitors must be barefooted.
  • Females must wear a two-piece swimsuit (shorts are not permitted, bikini-style bottoms only).
  • Males must wear swimshorts (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, and accessories.
  • All contestants must wear a cover up in the hallways prior to competing.
  • Each contestant will walk the runway one time only.
  • Contestants may not stop or turn in the middle of the runway.
  • No dancing or constant posing will be permitted.
  • Judging will be based on swimsuit figure and modelling techniques.

Resources

  • This video will provide you with a brief glimpse of the Swimsuit Competition:

Cover

Rules

  • 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.
  • Original prints only (no laser copies).
  • The maximum size of the image is 9×12″.
  • 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, and contestant division. 
  • It is highly recommended that contestants bring a laser 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.
  • This competition is judged on a closed set. Only judges may attend this competition.
Commercial Print

Rules

  • 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 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 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 maximum size of the image is 9×12″.
  • Original photos only (no laser copies).
  • 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, and contestant division.
  • It is highly recommended that contestants bring a laser 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.
  • This competition is judged on a closed set. Only judges may attend this competition.
TV Commercial

Rules

  • 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.
  • Contestants will present a published or original commercial script.
  • Before presenting their commercial, contestants are to slate their name, number, and age only.
  • Each contestant will be granted 30 seconds to present their TV commercial. 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 disqualified.
  • No costumes are permitted. Agents suggest that talent wear the most suitable wardrobe choice for auditions: a daytime casual outfit.
  • No sitting down or laying down will be permitted. Contestants must stand upright during their performance so they can be clearly seen by the judging panel.
  • Only carry-on props that are quick and easy to maneuver will be allowed. No animals or extra participants will be permitted.
  • Competition performances that contain profanity or explicit adult material will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Judging is based on projection, articulation, wit, intelligence, and believability.
  • This competition is closed to audience attendance.

Resources

  • This video will give you a brief glimpse of the TV Commercial Competition:

Self-Tape

Rules

  • The Self-Tape Competition is available to contestants ages 4 and up.
  • Self-tapes are becoming increasingly popular in the entertainment industry, especially for talent based outside of Los Angeles and New York.
  • In this competition, contestants are required to video themselves performing a pre-selected script.
  • Pre-selected scripts for this competition will be posted on the Self-Tape Scripts page of CMTC’s website by April 1. The password for this page can be found in your registration confirmation email.
  • Only the pre-selected scripts found on the Self-Tape Scripts page of CMTC’s website will be allowed.
  • Contestants must begin their self-tape by slating their name, contestant number. If you are under the age of 18, also slate your age.
  • Your self-tape must be submitted on or before April 15, 2019, using the Self-Tape Submission Form on CMTC’s website. The password for this form can be found in your registration confirmation email.
  • This competition is judged on a closed set. Only judges may attend this competition.

Resources

  • Pro Tip: When you book an audition, you may hear a lot about “sides.” Sides are a portion of a script. The term “sides” has been used in the entertainment industry since Shakespeare’s time. Rather than giving the entire script to every actor in a play, actors were given only the lines and cues for their specific roles. Today, “sides” mean the part of a script provided to actors for use in an audition. Typically, sides are available in advance of the audition. How much in advance depends on the project.
  • Dos and Don’ts in Shooting a Self-Taped Audition
  • 8 Tips for Self-Taping Your Auditions
  • How to Self-Tape
  • Sample Self-Tape
TV/Film Casting

Rules

  • The TV/Film Casting Competition is available contestants ages 8 and over.
  • This competition is set up to resemble an actual TV/Film audition. Contestants will be performing a scene live in front of a panel of casting directors, agents, and managers, who will also be acting as judges.
  • Pre-selected scenes for this competition will be posted on the TV/Film Casting Scripts page of CMTC’s website by April 1. The password for this page can be found in your registration confirmation email.
  • Only the pre-selected scripts found on the TV/Film Casting Scripts page of CMTC’s website will be allowed.
  • Contestants will begin by slating their name and contestant number. If you are under the age of 18, judges request that you also slate your age.
  • Each contestant will be granted 60 seconds to deliver their scene. Performances that exceed the 60-second time limit can be cut off at the judges’ discretion.
  • The scene must be memorized.
  • Each contestant will be assigned a role in the scene. The assigned role will be specified on the TV/Film Casting Scripts page of CMTC’s website. Contestants are not to read any other roles or the stage direction.
  • A CMTC representative will be present to read any other roles in the scene for contestants.
  • Contestants will be provided with a chair should they elect to sit.
  • Props or set pieces are not permitted.
  • Costumes are not permitted. Agents suggest that talent wear the most suitable wardrobe choice for auditions: a daytime casual outfit.
  • Judging is based on performance, delivery, believability, and acting range.
  • This competition is closed to audience attendance.

Resources

  • Pro Tip: When you book an audition, you may hear a lot about “sides.” Sides are a portion of a script. The term “sides” has been used in the entertainment industry since Shakespeare’s time. Rather than giving the entire script to every actor in a play, actors were given only the lines and cues for their specific roles. Today, “sides” mean the part of a script provided to actors for use in an audition. Typically, sides are available in advance of the audition. How much in advance depends on the project.
  • Sample Script 1
  • Sample Script 2
  • Sample Script 3
  • Sample Script 4
  • Sample Script 5
Improv

Rules

  • Many on-camera auditions ask actors to improvise. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Resources

  • This video will give you a brief glimpse of the Improv Competition:

Kids Casting

Rules

  • The Kids Casting Competition is set up to resemble an actual TV commercial audition where children are asked to improvise. Many on-camera auditions ask talent to improvise. 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.
  • The kids casting competition is available to contestants ages 4 to 11 only.
  • 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.
  • A host will be present to ask questions and give direction to the contestants.
  • 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.
  • This competition is closed to audience attendance.

Resources

  • This video will give you a brief glimpse of the Kids Casting Competition:

Singing

Rules

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 (1) 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 two (2) 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.
  • 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 3×5″ commentary card which must include the following information clearly printed on it: contestant name, contestant number, contestant division, song name, and artist name.

Judging is based on vocal quality (pitch, tone, breath control), musical skill (intonation, timing, rhythm, projection, transitions), interpretation, style, and stage presence.

Resources

  • This video will give you a brief glimpse of the Singing Competition:

Dance

Rules

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 two (2) minutes. Music will be stopped at the two-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 3×5″ commentary card which must include the following information clearly printed on it: contestant name, contestant number, contestant division, and style of dance.

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 and technique, audience appeal, stage presence, and appropriateness of costume.

Resources

  • This video will give you a brief glimpse of the Dance Competition.

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 Female 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.