Good American brings open casting and their mission of inclusivity worldwide through partnership with Zoom Events
Good American partners with Zoom Events to expand Good Squad open casting model search into new geographies with online casting and virtual auditions.
About Good American:
- Website: https://www.goodamerican.com/
- Industry: Retail/Fashion
- Headquarters: Los Angeles
- Zoom Solutions:
- Professional Services Organization (PSO)
- Challenges: In-person open casting event limited the talent pool to only those who could audition in-person. Needed a virtual events solution that could expand geographic barriers and host interactive, engaging online auditions.
“This year, Zoom Events allowed us to connect with women all over the world, which led to a record-breaking 40,000 submissions for our Open Casting. They were the most incredible partner.”
Emma GredeGood American Co-Founder and CEO
“Zoom Events takes the casting process to a whole other level. It was like a dream come true to make our first virtual casting possible.”
Patrick BuchananGood American VP of Marketing
For Good American, the fully inclusive fashion brand co-founded by Khloé Kardashian and Emma Grede, inclusivity is about more than offering extended sizes. It’s a reflection of the brand’s dedication to empowering women from around the world, of all backgrounds, to feel and look their best. Each year, Good American holds an annual Open Casting event to give individuals around the world the opportunity to be cast in the brand’s #GoodSquad — a group of real women leading the charge to make the fashion industry as inclusive as possible. Winners are then highlighted in subsequent campaigns from the brand to help promote new launches.
“Good American was founded on the principles of inclusivity and diversity. The fashion industry has been built on standards of exclusivity, catering only to specific body types, and representing a sometimes unrealistic body ideal — we’re here to change that through our Open Casting program,” Emma Grede, Good American CEO and co-founder, said.
As the fifth-annual Open Casting approached, Good American wanted to remove the geographic and economic barriers that prevented some women from auditioning and invite women to interview online. Having used Zoom Meetings for remote collaboration, Good American turned to Zoom Events –– an all-in-one virtual events management solution –– to create an interactive, online experience to complement the in-person castings.
“Zoom Events allowed us to connect with women all over the world, which led to a record-breaking 40,000 submissions for our Open Casting. They were the most incredible partner, Emma said.
Technology + creativity deliver innovative casting experience
After narrowing the applicant pool down to roughly 300 models, the brand collaborated with Zoom’s Event Services team to develop the virtual Open Casting. Through a dedicated Good Squad event hub, women could pre-register online, read the judges’ profiles, and learn more about the event’s sponsors prior to the audition.
The two-day event divided the auditions into one-hour time slots to give the judges and models enough time to interact without feeling rushed. While waiting their turn, the women could calm their nerves in the Good American-branded virtual Lobby. This Zoom Events feature enabled attendees to view a welcome video, meet Good Squad member Roxy Reyes, and have a chance to ask questions or share their general excitement for the event.
Behind the scenes, Zoom’s Event Services team was on-site to lend tech support and help facilitate the transitions between the auditions. The two teams communicated via a dedicated chat channel to minimize disruptions to the virtual experience.
“We worked with Good American during the casting to check the models in, admit them to the main meeting session, and lend technical assistance with the cameras, audio, and chat messages,” said Kelly Hedgecock, Zoom Events Services consultant. “We were available to keep an eye on the judges’ breakout rooms to know when to send the next model in or give the judges a break.”
Good American exceeds casting expectations with Zoom Events
All told, the online casting hosted 279 unique auditions in just two days and allowed the Good American team to expand its global search into new countries around the world. And it paid off –– as 2023 Good Squad winner Amanda Rojas was chosen from the Zoom Events virtual casting.
Known for disrupting the status quo, Good American saw firsthand how a virtual events management solution could transform a big idea into a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience.