When you are starting out as a new face Model in the modelling industry, one of the most daunting things can be what to wear for castings. Like all other industries, there is a standard dress code that is expected from Models when they attend client castings. In short, castings are like very short interviews. Your CV is your "book" or "portfolio" and before you leave a casting, you should always handover a composite card which is a Model's equivalent to a business card. Here are 10 tips to help you to feel as prepared as you can for your next model casting:
Be Clean: Personal hygiene is really important and whilst 99% of Models I have worked with are extremely clean, there has been the odd occasion where a Model has not taken a shower or put on deodorant before a casting. This is a BIG no-no. Always arrive with clean skin, hair and nails. Clients notice every little detail and won't be fooled, so take a shower!
Moisturise: Find your skin type and buy the right products. If you are on a low budget, brands like Simple, Nivea and Vita Coco Coconut Oil are amongst the best in the skincare industry and are available on the high-street, so you have no excuses. Also, always moisturise lips! There is nothing worse than a beautiful Model with dry chapped lips.
Do Not Wear Make-Up: EVER. Casting Directors and clients want to see your skin spotless without any make-up. And don't be fooled, we notice even the slightest bit of make-up (even if we don't tell you), so do yourself a favour and leave it at home!
Get At Least 8 hours sleep: The only excuse a professional Model has for looking tired at a casting is that she was at a booking or travelling for a booking the day before. The best beauty regime is sleep, so practice it well.
Wear Nude Underwear: Always wear nude underwear (a g-string and a non-padded bra). NEVER wear a padded bra. Clients want to see your natural form, so avoid accentuating. For black models, you can get your nudes from amazing brands like Nubian Skin.
Keep It Simple: Wear black skinny jeans or leggings and a simple black top. Only experiment with colour once you figure out your own style and gain more casting experience, so you know your do's and don't's!
Don't Wear Large or Oversized Jewellery: Whilst you may like to accessorise in your own time, your casting is your interview and Casting Directors and clients prefer not to be distracted by large hoop earrings!
Wear Comfortable Stiletto Heels: Although it has become very fashionable to do runway shows in flat shoes, you still need to make sure you attend castings in stiletto heels unless you are specifically told otherwise.
Always Take Your Book & Comp Cards: These are your business tools as a Model and ideally even when you are off duty you should always have a few comp cards on you, as you never know who you will meet!
Be On Time: Your casting is setting the tone for how professional you are, so be punctual. If you are late for your casting, you will probably be late for a booking!
By Tatiana Giraud, Director of GTM Models & The Runway Coach ©
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