As a model, attending castings is an essential part of the job. Knowing how to pose, walk, talk to a camera and prepare for castings are aspects of a professional model’s skill set.
This blog explores the art of model casting. We share expert tips to ensure you know what to expect and how to prepare to 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 Course and Model for a Day Workshop. They are presented in two parts, as there’s so much to cover!
1. Remote Castings
Since the pandemic, the nature of being put forward for jobs has turned digital. Castings are now commonly held remotely via Zoom meetings or by submitting a video. This is a bonus in many ways – less time spent travelling and finding parking! Yet, it can also make the process a little bit more challenging, as making an impression in a digital way isn’t always as easy as real life. Making an impression remotely is a skill that can be developed, and we cover this topic in our model courses.
2. Dress the Part
When attending castings, you want to show the casting agent or director that you are a true professional. It’s important to dress well. You should wear something that complements your body, shows off your shape and suits your complexion so that you shine! In some cases, the brief may indicate for you to wear something specific such as a suit or a summer dress. If it’s unspecified, then the following is a staple model casting outfit:
Girls – A little black dress or high waisted skinny jeans with a fitted tank top. Plain high heeled pumps.
Guys – Skinny jeans, fitted plain tee and clean semi-smart shoes.
3. Be Prepared to Take Direction
During the casting process, there a few things that will be required of you. Depending on the job, you may be asked to try on clothing, chat to the camera, walk for them (which is generally just for catwalk castings) and most commonly be photographed.
When you’re asked to pose for a series of digitals, it’s good to start with a standard straight up and down shot and then move through small poses so they can see you work in front of the camera. That’s why it’s important to have your repertoire of poses ready to go! You may be asked to move in certain ways, or portray reactions or emotions. When delivering lines to camera, you may be asked to bring a different feel to the script each time. Listen carefully to the direction and have a go at the suggestion.
In our Modelling Course, we spend lots of time work-shopping on how to present to the camera, do basic poses and facial expressions, and show off your best angles – all great skills and knowledge for future castings.
4. Leave a Good Impression
When you attend a model casting, in essence you are putting forward a snippet of how you will be on the real job. It’s imperative to leave a good impression. Always be polite and courteous, even if you feel that the casting did not go so well. Thank everybody involved and leave with a smile on your face.
All models attend many castings, but only land a few of those as actual jobs. Understanding that the ‘knockbacks’ may be nothing to do with your look or ability is something that you need to accept in a healthy and considered way. The reasons why casting agents or clients may choose a model can be vast and varied. It’s not always down to ‘just a pretty face’. Developing a ‘thick skin’ or casual attitude to this is important. The last thing you want is to become self-conscious or worried about your looks due to modelling knockbacks.
Going to castings can be fun and a great way to build up your experience and confidence! For more expert tips on how to shine in a casting, check out our previous blog on Mastering the Art of Model Castings – Part 1.
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. 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 training course.