What is a Casting Call and How to Prepare for it?

A casting call is a process where models attend auditions or interviews to be evaluated by clients casting directors or fashion designers for modeling jobs. It plays a role, in selecting models for opportunities like runway shows, photo shoots, commercials, and other fashion-related projects. Casting calls enable clients and decision-makers to assess a model’s suitability for a project based on factors such, as appearance, style and presence.

To help models prepare for a casting call here are some steps;

  1. Research the Casting Call;
    Gather information as possible about the casting call. Understand the nature of the project, the brand or aesthetic of the client, and any specific requirements or preferences they may have.
  2. Choose Appropriate Wardrobe;
    Select your outfit carefully based on the type of casting. Opt for well-fitted clothing that accentuates your body shape and allows the client to see your physique clearly. Avoid distracting patterns or accessories that might divert attention from your features.
  3. Keep Makeup Minimal and Embrace Natural Hair;
    Apply makeup to highlight your features during the casting call. For hair styling maintain a natural look unless otherwise stated in the casting call details.
    Here are some tips to keep in mind when attending a casting;
  4. Come prepared, with the materials; Bring along a modeling portfolio or a set of high-quality comp cards that showcase your versatility and ability to adapt to different styles.
  5. Practice your posing and walking; Take some time to practice poses that accentuate your strengths and flexibility. If the casting involves a runway show make sure to practice your walk demonstrating confidence and poise. This is particularly important for runway and fashion show castings.
  6. Arrive early; Punctuality is key. Make sure to arrive at the casting location on time so you can check in complete any required paperwork and gather your thoughts before meeting with the casting team.
  7. Maintain an attitude; Approach the casting with professionalism and positivity. Treat everyone you encounter from the receptionist to the casting director with politeness and respect. Remember that first impressions count.
  8. Be prepared for measurements; Some castings may require models to have their measurements taken accurately (height, bust, waist, hips, etc.). Be ready to provide these measurements if needed.
  9. Stay open to direction; Be receptive, to any direction or feedback provided by the casting director. They might ask you to pose in ways or express emotions during the audition process.
    Demonstrate your ability to follow instructions effectively.
  10. Connect and Build Relationships;
    Take advantage of the chance to network and establish connections, within the industry. Be friendly, approachable, and open to engaging in conversations. Building a network can lead to opportunities.
  11. Carry Snacks and Water;
    Casting calls sometimes involve waiting periods. Bring along a snack and a water bottle to stay refreshed and hydrated.

Remember that the competition can be intense and not every casting call will result in a job offer. Treat each experience as a learning opportunity for growth. After attending the casting call consider sending a thank you email expressing your gratitude, for the opportunity.