As a model, an audition can be the start of a memorable, exciting career spanning many years. The prospect of selling yourself to a potential employer can be terrifying, and the moments before your audition can leave you shaking in fear rather than bursting in confidence. When it comes to modelling, castings are an essential part of the job hunt, and if you’re looking for a new job, you’ll probably have to deal with numerous auditions. Below are a few modeling audition tips provided by modeling experts at Professionally Pretty to help you make a great first impression.
Modeling Audition Tips
Read the Brief from Your Agent
Before anything, you’re going to want to read through the brief from your agent, or find an agency to work with, with a fine-toothed comb, as it may contain information that will guide your preparation. The brief may also help you come up with a predetermined plan for selling yourself. If you’re casting for a lingerie casting, for example, it helps to shave your legs and moisturize before the shoot.
Do Your Research
Arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can gather about the company you’re casting for. Check out the company website and click through their social profiles and blogs to learn more about them and the models they’ve worked with before.
If you’re given the casting directors name beforehand, try to find out their experience and overall personality. Knowing more about the company and recruiters helps you to prepare questions and gives you more confidence during the audition.
For models, auditions are like interviews. As such, they are a professional assessment of your capabilities as a potential hire. It can be distracting for a casting director, for example, to have your friends, family and neighbors there as well.
Dress the Part
Dress in a manner to show that you’re a true professional. So, unless you’ve been asked to wear something specific, try not to overthink the outfit. Here’s a sample model casting outfit to consider:
Girls: You’ll never go wrong with high waisted skinny jeans and a fitted tank top or a little black dress. Be sure your hair is clean groomed and play it safe with a pair of plain high heeled pumps.
Guys: Skinny jeans, a fitted plain tee and a pair of smart casual shoes is the way to go.
Arrive 10 Minutes Early
Few things can shake you more than arriving late to the casting, so try to get there about 10 minutes ahead of time. You also want to avoid giving the casting directors a bad first impression as nobody likes to be left waiting.
Be Ready to Take Direction
Modeling auditions are inherently different, but at the very least you can expect some direction during the casting process. You may be asked to try on clothing, for example, photographed or asked to walk (usually during catwalk castings).
Throughout the audition, be polite to everyone you meet. Politeness is instantly likable so smile even if the audition may not have gone as well as you expected.
Don’t feel intimidated, hold your head high and you’ll exude confidence. Once you’re done, notify your agent that you went for the audition and give them an overview of how things went. By using these modeling audition tips, you’ll be able to have more confidence in yourself knowing that you secured that callback for the job.