What to wear to an audition

July 12, 2016

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The number one question we hear when actors come in for private acting coaching or to our acting school in Los Angeles is, “What do I wear to an audition?”

The best way to answer this question is by first focusing on what NOT to wear. The casting director doesn’t want to come into a waiting area that looks like a Halloween store exploded! If an 8 to 10 year old girl is called in to audition for the role of a fairy, there’s no need to go full Tinkerbell. Leave the wands and the wings at home, little ladies. What the casting director wants is far simpler and much less expensive than going to a costume shop every time you have an audition.

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Here’s what you need to know about audition ensembles: whenever you go into a character specific audition (i.e. fairy, space camp kid, soccer player, etc.) all you need is a HINT of the character. Little fairies wear sparkly shirts, space camp kids have jackets with a spacey looking patch and soccer players wear jerseys (leave the cleats on the field!).

I think you get the picture.

One thing we tell our students in our kids acting classes and acting classes for teens, is that casting directors have already seen your headshots, so they know what you look like even before you step into their office. Don’t distract him or her with complex costumes or over the top outfits.

As for non-character specific auditions, always 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. Also, a great way to boost your confidence is to wear a color that makes you feel good! Just make sure to stay away from the following colors: black, white, grey or red. These colors 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.

Also, stay away from jewelry, logos, stripes and patterns, they take away from the most important subject – YOU!

Now that you know how to look your best, go out there and break a leg!

 


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Diane Christiansen’s career spans four decades as an actress, coach, director, dancer and author. Diane began coaching actors in 1992 and in 2011 and 2012, Diane’s classes were voted the best acting class for kids and teens separately by Backstage The last three years, Diane was voted One of the Top 10 most effective Coaches in Hollywood by Actors Access. A graduate of the Strasberg Institute, she was mentored by Academy Award Nominee, Sally Kirkland and the late Joseph Bernard. Actively coaching “working ” actors of all ages has led to 90% of her student roster booking jobs consistently.

Visit Diane at DianeChristiansen.com or call 818.523.8283 to sign up for one her classes.

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?