How to Succeed at Fashion Modelling Auditions and Casting Calls

Lots of people want to be models, but they don’t know how to succeed at modelling auditions or understand how important casting calls can be to a model’s success.

Read on for lots of tips on how to successfully make a good impression.

What is a Modelling Audition/Casting Call?

All models must audition at a model casting for modelling jobs. It is a model’s equivelant of a job interview. The only models who may be able to skip this step are established and highly in-demand models.

Models have to audition in-person to join an agency, and when a brand is looking to hire a model. These auditions can take place anywhere depending on the location of the agency/brand, so models must get used to travelling. In the UK, many top agencies are located in London and many brand auditions will also take place there. For successful models and for high-fashion runway showsauditions may even take place in places like New YorkBerlin or Paris.

How Do You Get Invited to a Modelling Casting Call?

A model must be invited to a casting call by their agency or, if they don’t have a modeling agency and are working freelance, by a brand. This invitation may be by e-mail or phone call.

The invitation will have information about the time and location of the casting call. It may include a list of things to bring/do. For example, you may be required to shave your armpits or legs, or you may need to bring some heels or wear specific underwear. Make sure you adhere to whatever is requested.

An open casting call is when an agency or brand invites models to try out for a position/job. These can be time-consuming and very competitive as many models will turn up for a chance at being successful. There can be a lot of waiting around as each model is seen.

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What Do You Need for a Modelling Casting Call?

As mentioned above you may be required to bring specific things, but otherwise there are some key items that are a good idea to bring and do before attending a casting call:

– Bring some snacks and water in case you have to wait a while. Bring a book or something to keep you occupied too.

– It’s a good idea to shave your legs and armpits unless specifically requested not to do so.

– Wear minimal make-up that shows off your features, but doesn’t look cakey.

– There is not usually a dress code, but if there is be sure to adhere to it strictly. Otherwise, wear an outfit that is flattering and fits you well but is also understated and doesn’t distract from your shape or natural beauty. Skinny jeans and a nice top are always a good choice.

– You will need to bring your modelling portfolio to all casting calls and interviews. Include a selection of diverse photos that show off your modelling experience and capabilities.

– Bring documentation showing your invitation, who you are and other information such as the time and location of the casting call.

– Remember your phone (but make sure it is on silent). Google Maps will likely come in very handy when finding the location of the audition, and you will need your phone in case you get lost or can’t make the audition for whatever reason. You should ALWAYS inform an agency or brand if you can’t make it in advance. 

– Wear nude underwear that doesn’t have any visible lines in case you need to try on clothing.

– Keep hair styled but relaxed. There’s no point in putting your hair up in an elaborate hairstyle as you may be asked to take it down again. The same goes for a complicated down style; you may need to put it into a ponytail or bun to show off your face.

– Bring heels in case you need to show your walk. You don’t want to have to wear shoes they provide for a number of reasons. Firstly, they may not be the right fit. Secondly, they may have been worn by hundreds of other girls and it is not likely they are cleaned between each wear. Thirdly, you may not be able to walk in them very well. It is best to bring your own pair that you are confident you can walk in well.

How to Find Auditions and Casting Calls

If you are signed to an agency, you agency will do the hard work for you and simply tell you when there is an audition coming up that you are right for. Many brands go directly to agencies.

It is much harder to find them otherwise, but not impossible. Some brands will promote casting calls on the internet via their websites or social media pages if they are looking for the ‘next big thing’. A lot of finding work is through word-of-mouth, so building contacts is a good way to find work. Otherwise you may see advertisements in the paper and online. It can take a lot of research and time.

All models must attend casting calls

How Do You introduce Yourself At An Audition?

You will be waiting in a room until your name is called. When you are called, you will be lead into a room where you will meet agency scouts. There may also be casting directors and photographers present.

Your first impression is vital. Bear in mind these people are constantly meeting aspiring models, so you need to stand out from the crowd.

They will not have a lot of time on their hands so don’t waste any of it. Don’t interrupt and make sure to be polite and courteous.

Showcase your talents and don’t be scared to really sell yourself. Try not to boast, though; you want to show off your skills without coming across as arrogant or unlikeable.

You will likely be asked to introduce yourself along with some details about yourself. It’s worth practising this beforehand so you don’t get tongue-tied. Tell them your name and age as well as where you are from. You may be asked why you want to be a model, and what experience you have. If you don’t have any modelling experience yet, don’t panic! Everyone has to start somewhere. They will judge you mostly on your look but your personality will definitely be factored in; no one wants to work with a bad-tempered or rude model.

When Can I Expect to Hear Back About an Audition?

You will probably be told immediately after an open casting call whether or not they are interested in seeing you again. Some agencies will tell you on the spot, while others may take a few days to decide and get back to you. They receive thousands of submissions and must see hundreds of aspring models constantly, so don’t panic if you are unsuccessful at first. Many models face rejection and you must persevere if you are serious about a career in modelling.

They may ask you to show off your walk, and they may take some polaroid photos of you. Be calm and collected and try not to feel too nervous.

How Can I Tell if a Casting Call Went Well?

There is no sure way to tell if you have been chosen except if they tell you on the spot. Some signs to look out for are listening intently to what you say, smiling and an overall positive attitude.

If a casting call is not going well judges may look bored or distracted. You must work to engage their attention and show them why you are worth hiring.

Do You Have to Pay for Casting Calls?

No, you do not have to pay for a casting call, nor do you have to pay to get signed to a modelling agency. You will have to pay for your travel expenses, though these may be covered once you become more established.

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