7 Things Models Must Know During Casting
1. Read the Brief from Your Agent
It’s very important that before you attend a model casting you read the brief carefully, as it may contain information crucial to your preparation, like the date, time, and location.
2. Do Your Homework
You’ll also get brownie points for knowing a bit about the company that you’re casting for. Jump online check out their website and social media platforms. Make note of the types of models they’ve used in the past or anything worth mentioning when you meet with the casting director.
3. Present Your Polaroid
Polaroids were used for their instant nature and ease. They are a great reference to physically clip to the model’s profile. “Polaroid” may be a dated camera, but the word is commonly used for test shots by photographers (roids), and within agencies when describing un-retouched, non-professional images of talent used to depict their real selves.
4. Dress the Part
When attending castings, you want to show an agent that you’re a true professional. So unless they ask you to wear something specific, then go with a staple model casting outfit: heels, tank top, and black or blue jeans for female models; and black or white round-neck t-shirt for the male models.
5. Arrive 20 Minutes Early
Always arrive on time if not, 20 minutes early. No one likes to be left waiting, casting directors less than anyone! If they have to wait for you during the casting process, it will be an uphill struggle to change their bad first impression of you.
6. Be Prepared to Take Direction
During the casting process, there are a few things that will be required of you. You may be asked to try on outfits, walk for them (which is generally just for catwalk castings), and most commonly be photographed.
7. Always Be Polite
Last but not least, always be polite and courteous, even if you feel that the casting did not go so well. Thank everybody involved and leave with a smile on your face.