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Casting Calls: The Do’s and Don’ts  

It’s do or die time! The casting call is the gateway to your next print or runway modeling job, and you want to get everything right. Don’t fret! Here are some tips to help make sure you score at your next casting call. Some of these helpful hints may seem more obvious than others, but they are all designed to help you make an incredible impression on potential bookers and casting agents.

So let’s get started!

Dress for success. Choose the most flattering outfit in your wardrobe. Just because you might be tall and thin, doesn’t mean there aren’t outfits that make you look less than perfect. Find the tasteful, gorgeous outfit that showcases you at your very best!

Simplify your hair and makeup. You only have a few moments to make an impact at a casting call, so well-done hair and face is crucial. But be careful not to offend your audience with heavy amounts of makeup or a wild hairstyle that just plain overwhelms your look. Keep it simple.

Keep your hands at your sides. Try not to fiddle with your hands or cross your arms – both actions send a guarded, less positive message about who you are and your willingness to work. Don’t put your hands behind your back. It is an additional sign of insecurity and communicates the fact that you don’t know what to do with your hands.

Stand tall, stand correctly. Keep your weight on your back foot and point your other foot forward. This not only gives you a more positive, upbeat body style, but a leaner silhouette as well.

Arrive confident and ready to work. Booking agents respond very well to polite people who are willing to go the extra mile. Always communicate a friendly, upbeat persona – from the moment you walk in the door until the time the booker says “thanks, we’ll call you.”

Make sure everything is legitimate. When you arrive at your casting call, if you suspect that things are not quite what they seem, then listen to your head and get out of there! If people ask you for money or want to put you in a compromising position that makes you uncomfortable, then leave immediately.

Don’t take rejection to heart. If you get passed up for a shoot or a runway show, it’s not because you aren’t gorgeous, it’s because you don’t fit the type that they required for this one particular shoot. Keep your head up, say “thank you” and maintain professionalism as you walk off.

Don’t be intimidated. You are going to see a lot of pretty faces and beautiful bodies at every casting call. Don’t start to focus inward and become obsessed with how you stack up against these other individuals. The more you believe in yourself, the more attractive you become to those in charge. Self-confidence, just as much as beauty, makes you the TOTAL PACKAGE!