Have you ever dream of modeling or acting in a TV show? Nobody has the recipe to success, otherwise they would be selling it (and they’d be rich – rich, I tell you! Filthy rich), but with some research and experience people can gather a couple of tips that might be helpful for that next big audition.
An opportunity to showcase your talent
Auditions are an opportunity to showcase your talent, you may not land the role, but you left an impression on the casting director and she might consider you for a future project. Seeing auditions in this light might help you take the pressure off your shoulders.
When it comes to modeling and a fashion related job, casting agents (unless specified) want to see your natural hair. This means no extreme dyes or straightening. Heavy make up, high heels and loud jewelry are also discouraged. They want to see YOU, not a dolled up version of yourself. Stylists are like painters, the only way for them to know what they can work with is by studying a white canvass, not an already finished painting.
Professional means professional. If you are serious about your career then you should also be serious about your pictures. A modeling portfolio should include somewhere between 10 and 24 photos. Actors should have two headshots (smiling and brooding). Your professional picture is not a job you’d leave to an amateur. In an industry with so much competition an out of focus or blurry image can be the difference between landing a job or continuing a tables-weighting gig.
Don’t be a suck up
Getting an audition can be hard, let alone landing a role, so when the opportunity rises sometimes we can be overwhelmed with gratitude. It is okay to be grateful, in fact, it is more than okay it can also be healthy, but some people cross the line. When you say ‘Thank you’ one too many times you run the risk of sounding desperate and nobody wants to work with someone desperate. Because if you’re desperate then it probably means that you haven’t worked in a while and there must be a reason for that. To sum it up: be polite, but don’t overdo it.
Be 10 minutes early. Don’t be 1 hour early (again, you’ll look desperate.) Never, ever be late.
This one may be a no-brainer, but it is the one people get wrong most of the time. Don’t walk like some other model, don’t act like some other actor – Be you! Because when you’re trying to be something you’re not, most people can tell. And even if you manage to fool them and get the job, you’ll soon disappoint your new employer because you’re not what they paid for.