Casting call seeks aspiring models


Staff Writer

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Area young ladies have the opportunity to take part Saturday in an open casting call for potential models and a co-host for a possible future television show for teens.

The casting call will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the OIC CHEC Center at 1060 Pinehurst Drive. The registration fee for the event is $5 and participants can pre-register at http://www.tysonmultimedia.com/Events.php.

Marilyn Bryant-Tucker, a Rocky Mount native and a marketing consultant who is helping to organize the event, said the models selected at the event may have a chance to appear at the forthcoming 2018 Young Ladies Empowerment Series Conference, which is slated to be presented by Tyson Multimedia on March 3 in Rocky Mount.

Fashion designer Egypt "Ify" Ufele, 12, will be one of the speakers at that event. The purpose of the model call on Saturday is to find local talent to showcase her fashion for the youth conference in March, Bryant-Tucker said.

At age 10, Ufele was the youngest fashion designer to be featured in New York Fashion Week. She also has appeared in a Ford car commercial that highlighted her work as a young fashion designer. Ufele and her mother are expected to be at the model call on Saturday. 

Ufele's desire to become a fashion designer comes from her being bullied in school. At the youth conference in March, she will be discussing her story of being bullied and helping teens deal with bullying.

In addition, Dr. Tiffany Tyson, the founder of Tyson Mulitmedia, is planning to launch a teen talk show in the future and she is looking for a teen host for the show, Bryant-Tucker said. Tyson has established a teen conference for girls that has been held for the past two years in the area.

Bryant-Tucker said she is excited about bringing this opportunity to Rocky Mount.

“I've been gone from Rocky Mount for over 30 years. But Rocky Mount is still my heart,” Bryant-Tucker said. “I live in Raleigh. I am eligible to retire soon and I want to come back home. But every time I say I want to come back home, people tell me not to come back to Rocky Mount because it's bad here. Everything is negative and I told myself that I wanted to do what I can to help.”

Bryant-Tucker said she feels that reaching the youth of Rocky Mount with a positive message is the best approach.

“The biggest problem I see here is the teens. We want to try to show these teens that you can start young and do some positive things. This is my way of giving back to my hometown,” Bryant-Tucker said.

Staff writer Corey Davis contributed to this report.