With London Fashion Week coming to end, we are already packing our bags and heading out for the next string of events. However with shows comes castings, competing against thousands of models for a ten second stroll on the runway, a stressful backstage interview and if lucky a hug with the designer. If you are an aspiring models and about to embark on show season castings, then check out model Kirsty-Anne's top 10 pointers on how to deal with casting stress, night before preparation and why comp cards are not to be left on the side or crumpled at the bottom of your tote!
• Look at where the casting is the night before. This sounds obvious, but there have been many occasions when I’ve been running around London like a headless chicken and it could so easily have been prevented. A lot of casting studios are tucked away in obscure places (I sometimes feel like they do this on purpose) and there is normally a strict time slot.
• Which brings me onto my next point – try and arrive 10 minutes early if you’re given a specific casting time. Nobody wants to book a flustered, wind-swept model. – arrive there calm and collected. It’ll also give you time to read through the brief one more time and prepare as much as you can.
• Be yourself. The castings where I think I’ve acted like a complete and utter idiot are the ones I normally book. Casting directors want to see your personality and want you to have fun - even though you may feel like they are doing everything in their power to terrify you (dancing without music for example!).
• Be polite to everyone. Even though it doesn’t seem like it, everybody in the industry is connected and rudeness and tantrums will not necessarily just stay in that room. Castings are your opportunity to sell yourself and you need to be the best possible version of yourself even if you feel like death warmed up.
• Wear comfortable shoes. You could have anything from one to six castings in a day that will most likely be in completely opposite directions, which involves a LOT of walking. Getting to castings on time can be stressful enough as it is without discovering you’ve worn your most blister-inducing, toe mangling, shoes. They may make look amazing on the outside, but if you really want to show them off, change into them when you get the casting. Your feet will thank you for it!
• Don’t go wearing a full face of makeup unless the brief specifically asks you to. I regretfully think of all the time and energy I wasted making myself look like a beauty pageant contestant when I first started modelling. Clients want to see what you actually look like, not what you think they want you to look like.
• Don’t forget your portfolio and comp cards. You need your book to show the client your versatility and your cards are how they remember who you are. If you turn up without one of the two, or worse both it makes you look unprofessional and you have almost no chance of booking the job. Your aim in the casting is to make the client remember you, and if they have no evidence of you attending the casting then… well, I feel like that’s pretty self-explanatory.
• Don’t tell the client your life story. In the ‘Do’ section I encouraged ‘being yourself’, however there is a limit. Does the client want to hear about your latest campaigns and see your personality? Absolutely. Do they want to hear about your heavy weekend and how much you miss your dogs? Probably not…
• Don’t forget to bring drinks and snacks with you. There have been times where I have been waiting in a casting queue for hours without a bottle of water and it really isn’t fun. This is an obvious tip, but no one wants to be ‘hangry’, especially when you’re trying to impress!
• Don’t believe that you will book every job from the castings you attend. More often than not the client has a very specific idea of the look they want and you’re never going to get booked for everything. Don’t be disheartened if you’ve casted all week and not heard anything – new opportunities will come, and even if you’re not booked for that specific job they may keep you in mind for future ones.
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