What to Wear to an Audition

July 12, 2016

You’ve poured over the casting call. You’ve rehearsed your sides. Your headshots and resumes are set. You’re fully prepared to crush your audition, but there’s one final detail: what on Earth are you going to wear? At Casting Frontier, we help actors of all levels find the perfect online casting calls and auditions to take the next crucial step in their careers. But whether it’s an in-person audition or an online casting, wardrobe matters – so here are our tips on what to wear to an acting audition. 

Don’t Go Overboard

First things first: don’t go crazy on us. A classic mistake for an amateur actor is to try to show commitment and dedication by coming to an audition in full costume, but this is a major no-no. Remember, the casting directors have already seen your headshots, so they know what you look like even before you step into their office. Complex costumes or over the top outfits are an unnecessary distraction.

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If you’re going into a character-specific audition, say for the role of a fairy or a soccer player, it is ok to tailor your wardrobe to the character, but only a touch. All you need is a HINT of the character: a sparkly shirt for a fairy, a jersey for a soccer player. Beyond that, though, opt for standard audition garb. 

What to Wear for an Acting Audition

If the audition isn’t specific to a character, our advice is to lean towards the professional side. Remember, an acting audition is actually a long job interview, so dress like you’re headed to a job interview for your dream job. With that in mind, make sure to wear a color that compliments your skin tone, hair shade, and eye color. If you don’t know what colors look good on you, ask a friend, a parent, a sibling – even a complete stranger. Also, a great way to boost your confidence is to wear a color that makes you feel good! 

There are some colors you’ll want to avoid. Black, white, grey, and red should all be kept to a minimum, especially for a film audition. These colors just don’t translate well on camera: black makes everything look dull, white can blow out the camera lighting, no one ever remembers grey and red tends to do funny things to skin tones and camera settings. Finally, stay away from jewelry, logos, stripes, and patterns, as they take away from the most important subject – YOU!

Apply to Acting Roles Online

These tips will help you craft the perfect wardrobe, and when you’ve got it picked out, Casting Frontier can help you find the perfect audition. Our platform lets you apply online to casting calls and auditions posted by real casting directors, making it effortless to find your next acting job opportunity. Ready to take your acting career to the next level? Join Casting Frontier today!

3 Concerning Weight Loss Stories

November 11, 2011

Demi Moore is looking thin and frail in recent public appearances. Her protruding chest bones are being featured in the news the day before her 49th birthday while rumors surrounding the state of her marriage to Ashton Kutcher abound. In late September, Sara Leal, a party girl from San Diego claimed she hooked up with Kutcher the night before his sixth wedding anniversary. A friend of Moore’s told Us Weekly, “[Demi’s] very upset, and hasn’t been eating. It’s taking a toll.” If this is true, this reported thinness appears to be the result of a personal trauma.

LeAnne Rimes similarly has been featured in the press recently for looking bonier than ever meanwhile constantly reassuring fans about her weight. The 29-year-old singer says rumors of an eating disorder are entirely unfounded, “I work out and take care of myself, and not in an over-obsessive way. People are calling me bulimic or anorexic and these are real issues and diseases that I don’t have.”

Adriana Lima who recently revealed her diet secret since August. Before strutting down the runway, this stunning Brazilian beauty says she works out intensely twice a day along with following a diet of non-solid foods. And before a show, she asserts she has “no liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that.”

The pressure that young people and actors face to achieve the perfect figure when they see ultra-thin celebrities as the norm and the ideal to aspire to is significant. These unrealistic images saturate our culture and contribute to eating disorders, which can be life threatening. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in America–and 95% of those are between the ages of 12 and 25. Twenty-five percent of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique. And the mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all other causes of death for females 15-24 years old. The depressing statistics of eating disorders only gets worse the more you look into them. Clearly, this is a very real problem which should not be marginalized.

thumbnail-1.aspxSo what’s an actor to do? Auditioning for choice roles can require a certain look, but with that it requires ample energy and vitality. Just remember what’s most alluring and attractive is a healthy body and state of mind. Being healthy in mind and body is helpful to all career options, but with the emotional demands placed on actors, this is particularly crucial. And with the media so relentlessly inspecting for any changes in weight, an actor needs emotional fortitude over the long run to withstand the glare of the spotlight.

How do you keep a balanced outlook on weight as you strive in your acting career?