So, the time is finally here. You gathered up the courage to attend your first model casting call. Outward beauty and modeling may always come easily to you, but it’s entirely different to have someone judge you for your looks. Model casting calls are similar to white collar job interviews – it is your chance to show Casting Directors a preview of what looks and skills they can expect for the real photoshoot or runway walk. Whether you get the job or not, casting calls are the #1 way to prove to the modeling world that you are prepared, professional, and a pleasure to work with.
By following these 5 tips, you can guarantee success at every model casting call you attend
Do Your Research
First of all, no one prepares for an interview without first researching the company they plan to interview with. Do your homework on the designer or company hosting the casting call to show you are prepared and dedicated to the work. Being prepared with information on the agency, its history and philosophy, and their recent projects is a huge sign of respect.
Read The Casting Brief
Most agents will send a brief for you to review prior to the casting call. This typically contains crucial information about the project and gives guidelines on what to expect when you arrive. For example, if the brief says the model casting is for a bikini photoshoot – make sure your bikini skin and body are ready! There would be nothing worse than showing up and realizing you have not shaven your legs in 3 months. Yikes!
Whoever said modeling is an easy gig was obviously never a model. Model casting calls are like real interviews, and it is important to treat them as such. With this in mind, do not bring friends and family along if you are an adult, and (unless they ask you to wear something specific) it is important to dress the part. Arrive 10 minutes early and stay simple with a little black dress or jeans and a fitted top.
Focus on Learning
One of the biggest mistakes models can make is thinking the goal is to book every casting job. It may sound weird, but it is better to focus on being prepared and positive. By showing up organized and optimistic, your full potential and true beauty will shine regardless of the outcome. Each model casting call is a learning opportunity! Leaving a positive and professional impression is far more important than booking every gig.
Keep Your Chin Up
Last but not least, do not get discouraged if you are not chosen after the first few model casting calls. Your goal is to have fun and leave a good impression. Just because you did not fit the mold for a particular project does not mean the designers and agencies will not keep you in mind for future projects. Make sure you leave behind something they can remember you by – your positivity, charm, professionalism, and a portfolio or contact card.
After the casting call, follow up with your agent to let them know you attended the call. They will then follow up with the client and may have feedback on how you can make your next casting call even better.
Model casting calls are all about proving to agencies that they want to work with you. Do your research, read the casting brief, be prepared and professional, and always view each call as an opportunity to learn and grow.
With these tips in mind, you will never fail. Every model casting call will be a true success or a great opportunity to become a better model. Now go get
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Morey Spellman is a Los Angeles based fashion photographer.
His work combines a love for beautiful light, authentic beauty, and natural scenery.