Everything You Need to Know About Open Casting Calls

By: Emma Newton @emm.bellish


Casting calls can be intimidating, whether it's your first or hundredth time going to one. So if you're not sure what to expect, or you just want to brush up on what to be prepared for, we've broken it down to make it a little less stressful.

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HAIR AND MAKEUP

When you're styling yourself for a casting call, make "less is more" your mantra. If you love wearing bold, bright colours and experimenting with makeup different trends in your day to day life, more power to you! But from a designer or casting director's point of view, they'll be looking for what you provide as a blank canvas who they can style as needed. For that reason, stick to minimal makeup that will enhance your features without distracting from them or going over the top. The idea is to give the potential client an idea of what they could do with your face, with no preconceived notions distracting from their vision. The same principle goes for hairstyling; keep it simple, and let your face do the talking. Wear your hair back, if possible, or at least off your face. Overall, make sure to show up well groomed in all aspects.

WHAT TO WEAR

Basically the same idea. You want to be remembered for what you bring to the table, not the unusual outfit you were wearing. The client will want to be able to get an idea of how their clothes would look and fit on you, so you should wear something flattering and form fitting, but not skintight. Some good options for girls are a pair of mid or high rise skinny jeans, tank tops, leggings, or form fitting dresses. Guys can wear skinny jeans and a fitted tee or tank. Stick to neutral colours that don't distract from your face, and avoid branding and prints. For female models, good heels are essential. It's extremely important that the client is able to see how you walk in heels, as they're a staple for most runway shows or shoots.

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GENERAL TIPS

For the most part, castings are usually pretty straight forward. You'll most likely be asked to demonstrate your walk (if it's for a runway show) and take a few test shots for later consideration. Make sure you bring your comp card, as well as any additional information or supplies mentioned in the briefing or casting call description. As a rule of thumb, it's always good to show up slightly ahead of time. This not only shows that you respect the designer or director's time, but it also may help you be seen sooner rather than later. Attitude is also extremely important, as with any job. Be polite, cheerful (but professional), and listen to any directions that you're given. Basically, treat it like a job interview. No employer wants to hire someone who doesn't seem like they're giving 100%, and the same goes for designers and casting directors. And finally, have fun! Don't be afraid to show your personality and make yourself stand out from the crowd. At the end of the day, you want to be memorable.