If you’re mulling over the idea of making it in the modeling industry (meaning you have the right body type, the right height, and a model’s face), you already have a solid foundation.
Luckily, the modeling world has diversified in this aspect, so many different shapes and sizes are more welcome in this world now.
However, there are many rules, dos, and don’ts when it comes to dressing for a casting. If you’re preparing for your first one, well, you need all the info you can get! That’s why we’re here, so that your casting experience goes as swimmingly as possible and that you don’t make any rookie outfit and beauty mistakes.
Don’t Glam Up!
What you have to realize first is that the casting directors don’t want to see you in full glam, because at this moment, it isn’t about you. You are here to sell an image, but the image you’re selling is that of designers or a makeup company, not your own.
Therefore, dressing up and doing your best, most glam makeup look is highly undesirable – they want to see you as you are, and whether what you have fits the bill.
Afterward, they’ll transform you according to the needs of the runways, a commercial photo shoot, or even a high-end one.
So, keep your makeup completely minimal – sheer foundation or even just some concealer if your skin is already perfect, but you want to cover up an imperfection or two.
As for the rest of your look, stick to a few coats of mascara, and a lip color that isn’t that much different from your natural one. Stick with nude and natural-looking lipsticks, and you will have achieved that fresh-faced, radiant no-makeup makeup look that is the main requirement!
Clean and Simple
The only thing you should worry about when it comes to your hair is that it’s clean, and most often away from your face. Simple and sleek ponytails, as well as simple buns, are your two casting go-tos (unless the casting directors want to see your hairstyle).
In that case, just let your hair down, making sure it’s neatly styled – no messy rogue strands or anything.
Ok, this is tricky, but there is a way around it.
Before you show up to a casting, do your homework. Certain agencies will ask that you show up in a pair of stilettos, and if this happens, keep them simple and neutral.
This also means that you’re probably auditioning for the catwalk, and your sky-high heel walking skills are being put to the test. Other agencies will tell you to keep things casual – this most often happens with commercial shoots.
If that’s the case, feel free to go for Nike – be stylish, casual and comfy. There’s nothing that puts you more at ease than knowing your feet are on solid ground.
Plus, certain agencies want to see your natural physique, and wearing pumps or stilettos might actually hinder your success.
So when in doubt, bring both along!
Don’t Dress to Impress
Again, you’re not here to show off your styling skills; you’re here so that the casting agents can establish whether the real you matches what they’re looking for.
So, if it’s cold outside, you can wear your puffer jacket and your oversized sweater. But when it’s time to walk into that room, you’ll be expected to be seen in simple jeans that flatter (and show off your body type). Skinny jeans are the best for the job, as they completely showcase your silhouette.
As for the top, things could not be simpler.
All you need is a fitted white tee that shows off your body! Moderation is key here – don’t go with an oversized tee that hides everything you’ve got, but also refrain from wearing something too tight – a regular fitted tee will suffice.
Lastly, certain agencies will make a list of requirements, and there will be times when you’ll be asked to come in completely well put together. If this is ever the case, don’t refrain from consulting with your agent on what your look should entail and include.
Sometimes you will need to dress to impress, but first castings are generally as described above, which works perfectly for you.
When you think about it, the bare minimum low-key look is the easiest to pull off!