Mastering the Art of Model Casting – Part 1

As a model, attending castings is an essential part of the job. Knowing how to pose, walk, talk to the camera and prepare for castings are all aspects of a professional model’s skill set.

This blog series explores the art of the model casting. We share expert tips to ensure you know what to expect and how to prepare so you can give yourself every opportunity to put your best self forward. These blogs are a great insight and introduction to the guidance and training we offer through our Modelling courses. They are presented in two parts, as there’s so much to cover!

Here’s Part 1.

1. Be Professional

To be successful as a model, it’s important to be professional. You should act like a business. Always be ready, as you never know when you’re going to get the call. Sometimes the call to attend a casting will come the same day, and you’ll need to be ready to go! It’s important to always maintain yourself. Look after yourself. Keep your hair, skin, body and nails looking healthy. But it’s not just about how you look. Being professional also means that you have a great can-do attitude and you turn up on time and take the work seriously, whilst being fun and happy to be around. Showing that you are professional in a casting scenario could give you the edge and help you to get hired.

2.Know Your Angles

Have multiple poses ready to go; a repertoire that you are familiar and comfortable with. This takes practice. It’s important to be at ease in front of the camera and in front of the casting director, the client or anyone else who may be present. Developing the skills of walking and posing is a large component of the Suzan Johnston Model Course and our Model for a Day Workshop. To create a range of looks quickly and easily, little things can go a long way. A great tip is to bring a hair tie, a jacket and heels – just in case you need to change your look in an instant.

3. Know the Brand and Brief

Before you attend the casting, you will usually be sent a brief, or at the very least be told verbally about the job. It’s a good idea to find out as much information as possible. For instance: Do you need to be bikini ready, are there lines to learn, who will be at the casting, how do you pronounce the brand’s name properly, and so on. It’s good to be familiar with the brand. This means you should do your research beyond what you may already know. Look at their past campaigns, and try to find out their aesthetic. If you come in knowing this stuff, it can also be a great way to build rapport and get the conversation going.

4. Be Early and Expect to Wait

Always arrive on time – this really means arrive 10 minutes early! No one likes to be left waiting, casting directors especially. If they must wait for you during the casting process, it will be an uphill struggle to change their bad first impression of you. The actual castings are usually quick. However, often you can expect to wait a while before you go in, especially if it’s a big casting or a major project.

Going to castings can be fun and a great way to build up your experience and confidence! Stay tuned for more expert tips on how to shine in a casting in our next blog on Mastering the Art of Model Castings – Part 2.

Building up experience in a safe and friendly environment is one of the key reasons why aspiring and seasoned models attend the Suzan Johnston Modelling Courses. Our trainers are all experienced models who aim to help you to develop your modelling skills and become the best version of yourself. Our model course students have an opportunity to ‘have a go’ in a fun and safe space with people who have real-life industry experience. Contact us to learn more about our various modelling courses and our short modelling workshops.