Lubbock hopefuls compete for a spot on America's Next Top Model

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Updated: 1/06/2013 8:38 pm
With more than 15 seasons under its belt, there seems to be no limit of hopefuls across the nation with the goal of becoming America's Next Top Model, and those in Lubbock are getting their chance.

Many showed up for this weekend's casting call, and for some, it was a long time coming.

"I've been wanting to do America's Next Top Model for a long time, and I've been watching it on TV," Contestant Brittiany Maye said. "And I've been waiting a long time for me to turn 18 so I could finally try out. So, I'm very grateful to have this opportunity."

"Actually I'm from Chicago. There were three locations I was trying to get to the last month and a half, and at the last minute of every one, something came up and I couldn't do it. And I said, 'Okay, if there's another one, I'm going to do this one', and last minute, it wouldn't work," Contestant Cassandra Schrader said. "And I said okay, this is the last chance I have, and I'm going to Texas. So I got here, and it's a great experience for me to be able to have."

For others, it was a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of thing.

"A friend invited me to come out and try this, and I didn't really have a big interest in it," Contestant Marcus Jammer said. "But I always see models like Tyson Beckford and think, 'I can do that too. I have a physique, and a smile that charms, maybe I can do it too'. So, that's why I did it."

With millions aiming for that same goal, contestants need to ask themselves what makes them different.

"I think everybody around me says my drama," Schrader said, "but for me, I'm such a visionary person, when I see something, I see it, I believe it in my mind until I create it, until my surroundings around me become that."

"I've had a little bit of experience, not to say that I'm the best, but I have a lot of confidence, and I really believe in myself. So, I think I have a big chance," Maye said.

Although their videos are already being sent in, there's always time for more preparation.

"Well definitely videoing myself, and recording myself, so I can get used to seeing myself and what I really look like to the outer world," Schrader said.

"The criticism I got from the judges was just to get more of a cut," Jammer said. "They said I have a perfect size, so I just need to get more of a cut, so I'll be working on that in the gym, and pretty much improving my charm with the ladies, so that too."

There is no longer a regional competition, so once officials with the show look at all video submissions, they'll narrow down the list, and bring those contestants to California for a final audition.
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