- 02 Feb 2022
Have you ever been invited to an interview and then worried about what you were going to wear to it? The concern is even worse for the models attending the casting! A model should make a good first impression as their entire career is based on their looks.
Looking perfect is a skill that all models need to master in order to increase their chances of success. At casting, the model has a few seconds to make that important first impression. That's why it's important that a model knows exactly what to wear.
What to Wear to a Model Casting Call
You'd think models should look glamorous in their castings - almost how they look in ad campaigns - but listen carefully; This could not be further from the truth.
Models, whether they're doing catalog or high-fashion work, have an image to sell - but not their own image. The job of a model is to sell the image of a brand or company.
Brands spend many hours conceptualizing how they want their products to look. They must have thought through every last detail, including hair, dress and makeup, before hiring a model. When it comes to casting, the agent will be looking for just one girl or boy to fill that position; Otherwise it would have already been considered.
Model Casting Tips: What Not to Wear
- Crazy patterned clothes. Aztec prints may be in fashion, but they were not created for the casting room. Bright colours and clashing shapes will only serve as distractions to your physique and face.
- Over-the-top accessories. A pink feather boa might get you noticed, but it won’t get you hired! It will distract attention and make you look inexperienced and unprofessional. Keep jewellery classy and minimal.
- Ill-fitting clothing. A first impression is made within seconds. Wearing ill-fitting clothing will only hinder your chances of success. Agencies and brands want to see your overall shape so they can judge whether you’d suit their items.
- Vibrant hair and make-up. A little bit of mascara and concealer is fine, but don’t overdo your make-up. A casting is not the time to experiment with colourful smoky eyes. Hair is best left natural; if it’s tied up someone will probably ask you to take it down, so don’t spend hours fixing it in place. That said, make sure you look clean and preened. Remember if you are successful at the model casting, make-up artists will be employed at the photoshoot.
Wear Something That Compliments Your Body Shape
You need to show potential agents and brands what they will be working with. That doesn't mean you've been invited to walk in your birthday suit, but it does mean that you should avoid:
Winter Accessories. Sure, wrap yourself in a giant cocoon coat, beanie, and snood as you make your way to your casting, but once you arrive, whip them up. Large wool items will cover your figure and no casting agent will be able to hire you without seeing your body shape.
Oversized clothes. Save your Diane von Fürstenberg-inspired jumper for the weekend, oversized items won't allow casting agents to see your figure (and like we just said, knowing body shape is paramount to employing a model) .
Although you can turn a jumper off quickly, being asked to do so is the first unprofessional, and the second is annoying. This may sound harsh, but remember that casting agents will likely see hundreds of girls a day; They don't have time to wander around waiting for the model to change into more suitable clothes.
Clothes that don't fit. These won't flatter your body and make you feel like you're not taking the situation seriously.
Let's Talk Footwear
Let's tackle the topic of shoes. Wearing heels for casting is a must. Although it will change your height (thus contrary to the idea of going natural for casting) female models will be required to wear heels on set 99.9% of the time. Casting agents will want to see that you can walk well in high heels. You can wear trainers or flats when traveling, but bring nice heels to turn into a bag.
Heels you can't go in. This will only make you look unprofessional. Many casting calls ask you to perform your walk for them. Your brash needs to be unleashed with confidence and power; Stumbling or grumbling on stilettos that don't fit or make you feel uncomfortable will not be a sensible choice for an audition.
Heels that are extremely high. Casting agents will expect you to wear heels of moderate height. Platforms are a no-go; You are going for an interview, not a night out. Professionalism is key, so wear shoes that are comfortable so you can show off your walk. Stilettos are a great option.
What's in the Model Bag?
Many models have a pre-packaged bag with all the essentials needed for casting. If you have a busy day, you might want to take a few main things with you that will make you feel fresh, confident and ready to take on the day.
1. Hair Care. A hairbrush, comb and bobby pins are found in many model bags to help clean up any stray ends.
2. Some Essentials for Makeup. A lick of mascara and a touch of foundation (if you have the time) will make you feel a little more confident. Lip balm will keep lips moisturized and comfortable, and a sweep of blush or highlighter will help keep skin refreshed and glowing.
3. Deodorant. Pack a little deodorant for a quick spritz to refresh you during a busy day.
high heel shoe. If you choose to travel in Dapps for casting, don't forget those heels.
4. Water. You may have to wait a while - stay hydrated.
6. Nude underwear. Some agencies or brands may ask you to try certain items. Bringing your own fitted nudes will help make the underwear invisible.
7. A Charger. If the time is pushed forward or delayed, you won't want to miss the appointment; Don't let that battery go flat.
8. Entertainment. It's a good idea to bring a book or magazine to keep you busy during long waiting periods.
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