What to wear to a model casting or open call
Casting: A casting is like a job interview, usually for a paid modelling job, a photo-shoot or walking catwalk in a fashion show.
Open Call: Model hopefuls come into a particular model agency during their open call to try and join that agency.
What to wear for both, are basically the same, you want to show of you (not your wardrobe). You are presenting yourself as a blank canvas, on which the bookers will envisage what they want to do.
Clothes: A tank top or t-shirt (solid colour: e.g. basic black, white, grey) don’t wear too high a neckline – they may want to see your chest/skin, in case they are thinking to book you for wearing/modelling jewellery like necklaces. Skinny jeans are great. Or shorts. Don’t go baggy, go lean/fitted so they can see your shape. Black or dark grey is slimming.
Shoes: Nude or black pump shoes. (Nude/flesh coloured heels makes your legs look longer when you wear shorts) Make the heel thinner/less chunky/more graceful shoes. (For guys leather formal slip on shoes.) It can hurt running around in heels all day. So bring flip-flops or flats to walk from casting to casting then change shoes before you get in the building.
Underwear: Strapless or nude, or black. So you don’t have crazy colours popping out from under your top. Bring a black or white bikini, just in case you are asked to show more skin (make sure you are waxed/shaved ready!).
Make-Up & Hair: Wear concealer, mascara, lipgloss. Don’t go heavy, go basic: they want to see you as a blank slate, and image what they can do with you. Pony tail is good, as they can see they profile of your face, how long your hair is etc.
Jewellery: Not wear jewellery, or if you have to, keep it simple thin/light: not statement pieces: so it doesn’t distract and take away from you.
Nails: Keep them clean and looking smart/filed. Wear nothing, nude, or french tip: no crazy colours or nail art.
Attitude: Remember to turn up early (don’t be late). Politely introduce yourself ‘Hi, my name is….’ and hand them your book (model portfolio).
Good luck, hope you nail booking the modelling jobs you want.
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