Ever been in a room with 50 other girls who look like you? I have. It’s a bit of a mind fuck (I tried to think of another way to describe it, but I’m not that literate).
I’m not here to give you tips on how to succeed in a modelling casting because to be honest I don’t have that much experience in them, I have attended my fair share of castings but I have mostly gotten my jobs through photographers seeing my portfolio or recommendations.
And honestly I hate castings.
I find them daunting. Who wouldn’t? You’re in an extremely vulnerable position, someone is solely basing you on your looks, you are being judged and it’s hard not to take it personally. However attending a casting can obviously be very beneficial to you, it is your opportunity for the employer to meet you as you are. The purpose is for them to get to know you briefly and evaluate your potential.
Castings can vary greatly. I just want to explain the basics of what can happen at these castings.
First of all a lot of waiting, you may have been given a specific time of 10am but so may 20 others. Some castings also hold the call backs the same day so make sure you remain available the entire day.
Your picture will be taken regardless, you’d be surprised how many girls aren’t expecting this….you are at a modelling casting, this shouldn’t be a surprise that someone wants to take your picture. Your picture will always be taken so the employer can remind themselves of who you are when discussing if your who they want.
It’s the same if your there for a runaway casting they will always ask to see you walk, pose, turn and walk back. Notice I said pose not pout, I just wanted to clarify that, there are a lot of ‘models’ that think this is the same thing….it is not.
If this casting is for a job to model something e.g lingerie, shoes, accessories, they may give you something similar to see if you fit the clothes and the criteria, don’t take this lightly, if they ask this they are seriously considering you so treat this as the actual job rather than the casting, prove your worth.
They will ask questions, it’s like an informal interview. Don’t be afraid to talk and when I say talk I don’t mean they want to know your life story, how many followers you have on Instagram or about your dog. I mean talk about something relevant to your work, to this job or agency in particular e.g latest photo shoot, your next project, what your future goals are (the realistic ones).
The reality is castings are daunting, but feel confident in your own abilities, if you did read this blog expecting some tips I’m sorry to disappoint, there is only one piece of advice I can give you at the moment, show your personality and let your inner beauty shine xxx