Castings are a huge part of a models life. Even top models and actors are expected to attend auditions to secure a role. Those represented by an agency will organise the castings for you. However, freelancers must find out about potential jobs alone. Attending as many as possible will increase your chances of building a portfolio of regular work so your performance at modelling casting calls is crucial. Therefore, it is important that you are clued up on what to expect on the day.
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Prep Before You Attend the Casting
It’s not about just rocking up to auditions unprepared and unorganised. There is a lot of work that goes into the casting before you even turn up.
- Read the brief supplied by your agent. It may include information needed for the casting. You certainly won’t get very far if you have no clue about the audition. For example, a bikini shoot might need for you to bring a swimsuit and to be trimmed ready.
- Research the company so that if you’re asked you can give an honest, informative answer. It will go down well with the designer or photographer. Simply look on their website and at their social media profiles to get a good feel about what they are about. Being able to draw on a campaign will spark conversation and make you stand out form other models.
- Note the time and location carefully. The last thing you want is to turn up late or in the wrong place. Look up your route and set an alarm leaving you enough time to get to your destination and get ready in the morning.
- Do not go out drinking the night before. Heavy bags and spotty skin will not be a good look on the day.
- Do not bring friends with you. Go it alone, unless you’re under 18, then your parent definitely has to go with you.
The Dress Code for a Casting
Do not over do it when dressing for a casting. Keep it simple with clothing that fits well. They key is not to distract the directors from you as a person. Skinny jeans with a white basic tee is perfect. Understated yet stylish is the look that you are trying to create that shows off your physique. Bring a pair of heels that you feel comfortable in and are able to walk in. We don’t want you falling over during the casting. Wear your hair down or in a simple pony tail and keep your make-up super relaxed and natural.
What to Expect at a Casting
A Long Wait
Although you’re expected to arrive on time, there will be a long wait to be seen. On arrival you will be given a number, which indicates your position in the queue. Bring something to occupy yourself like music and a book or magazine. This will ensure that this time is not wasted yet utilised in the best way possible. There may not be enough seated provided therefore, sitting on the floor is a reality. Also, keep hydrated by bringing a bottle of water and a healthy snack.
Never leave the venue during the wait as you may miss your number being called. Casting directors are busy, therefore you will not be given a second chance. Your name will be crossed off the list and they will move onto your rivals. Also, always be on time as if you are late the same will apply. No one will be patient enough to listen to your excuses even if it is not your fault. Always plan your route the night before and leave extra time. It is better to show up early than late.
- On arrival you will be given a form to fill out. Usually, the questions ask your age, size, agency and their contact numbers to name a few standard questions.
- Each model casting is unique. Some may ask to see you alone or in a group. In a group casting it is important to stand out from the crowd.
- Once called in front of the casting directors you will be asked a few questions. Speak confidently and friendly, they will want to see your personality shine through too. It is a daunting experience yet with time it will become a lot easier. They will ask you to show your walk, try on clothes and take a few snap shots. Begin with a straight up and down shot and then continue to move through a few poses that you have prepared each time they shoot.
- After the wait the actual audition is over really quickly lasting just a few minutes. They know what they are looking for.
- You will be free to leave and will have to wait for them to get back in touch with your agent. There are usually three outcomes. The rejection, an invitation back for a second casting or a successful outcome would be that they have booked you! Always ring your agent after the casting and let them know how you have got on.
Don’t Be Disheartened by Rejection
Models will attend a multitude of castings; it is the nature of the industry. It can feel upsetting to not be accepted yet the photographers and designers have a specific look they are searching for. There are many top models who have experienced rejection to then find someone who is willing to give them a chance. Even if you are accepted by one casting, it does not guarantee that you will find the next successful. It is all down to opinion and the vision they are looking for. In the modelling industry it is vital that you build a thick skin that is able to cope with the ups and downs. If the casting did not go well always be polite as you never know who you will meet again during your career.