In order for you to become a model, it is important that you know what to expect and how to prepare for a casting call. Casting calls are the only time you get to impress a casting agent for a job. Industry experts pick the best models to hire from a group of excited models. You are expected to look your best and stand out from the crowd.
Attend the audition looking your best yet professional. It is a good idea to dress as simple as possible, so you can be envisioned in a variety of looks when styled to your best. Below are a few outfit ideas you should consider wearing to a casting.
- Black leggings
- Skinny jeans – Plain black or dark blue
- Fitted vest top or t-shirt
- Black stiletto heels
Avoid wearing items with print, glitter, sequins, etc. It is best to be as neutral as possible. All the attention should be on you and not your clothing. Tie your hair in an up do so your face can be seen in images. Take measurements of your bust, waist, hips and height. It is important to be truthful about your measurements. It is not a good idea to lie about your size just so you can be booked as this could cause problems on the day and your photos will not be the most flattering. This can look very unprofessional and possibly affect future bookings.
Keep your makeup to a minimum or go barefaced by just using lightweight foundation, concealer and a bit of mascara. Those who are casting want to be able to see your natural beauty. This is the only way for the agents to be able to compare you against the other models and know whether you are best fit for the job. Pamper yourself before the casting and get yourself a manicure (nude/clear polish, buff, trim and file), wash and condition your hair and groom your eyebrows.
Most important of all, let your confidence be seen. Practice your walk at home and strike a few poses in the mirror; do whatever you can to make you feel confident about your audition. The more confident you are, the better impression you give to others. Walk in the room with a huge smile and lots of enthusiasm no matter how you are feeling that day. Shake hands with the casting team and give eye contact. When sitting and standing, keep your back straight and shoulders back. It gives the appearance of you looking taller.
Be prepared! Always have everything ready the day before to avoid last minute disappointment. Plan your journey to the venue so you are not late. Make it a habit of always being early. Show up to the venue 15 minutes before the appointed time. It states that you are professional and shows a sign of respect. Make sure you have all the necessary information you need from the location of the casting to the contact details of the casting team. Research on the company you are casting for. This way you will know how to perform in the casting and it gives you a better understanding of the company and product you are representing. Ensure that your portfolio is ready and up to date to show. You can have either an electronic or paper-based version.
Network! Get to know the other models, its good to know about their own modelling experience. It’s even better getting to know the casting staff. Even if you are not right for the job, they may like you enough for another job they have on offer. Building professional relationships can help you in the long run. Don’t be afraid to ask questions as it shows your enthusiasm. Be polite and thank the casting team for the opportunity. Hand them your z-card so that they remember you. Don’t be in a rush to leave the venue as it shows impatience but don’t hang around for too long either as they have others to interview. A casting call is a job interview, so do not bring anyone with you to the audition unless you are a minor, a parent or guardian can be present. Do not forget to turn off your phone or put it on silent so you do not disturb others or get distracted yourself.
So there you have it! Everything you need to know for castings!
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