Over the years, Murdine & I have seen some pretty interesting wardrobe choices!
Some have been borderline tragic. Hoochie mamma low cut, micro mini, stilletto’s full make up & hair auditioning for “Family Mommy role” (“Wardrobe malfunction just a waitin’ to happen!) Hungover guy, greasy haired, rumpled night before club clothes, pores oozing every kind of drink on the planet”, in for Daddy role (NOT the kind of daddy we are looking for!)
We may Look all straight faced, but in our heads we are saying “Are you Serious right now??!!” Hey, we all make silly choices from time to time, but it is good to remember Why you are auditioning. It’s to Book, right?
Here’s the thing.
Your audition is your Job Interview. It’s that simple. So, bring your professional game to the table.
You can have so much Fun playing around with this! Keep a “Magic Trunk” in your closet or in your car. Fill it up with different Wardrobe choices. After speaking with your agent, you should have a good idea about what kinds of roles you will be going out for. Pick things that you are comfortable in and that have a little “you” in them. That way, when you are in the room, showing us your stuff, you will feel like the clothes Are actually a part of you. So…stack the deck in your favour by having great outfits on hand to wear at your auditions.
Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
Construction Worker – Tool belt, hard hat, worn jeans, mackinaw
Doctor/Nurse – lab coat, stethoscope, clipboard, scrubs
Mommy –Casual, Blouse and Khakis or skirt, flats or runners
Daddy –Casual, Jeans/casual pants and shirt, runners
Business Man /Rich Man – Expensive looking suit and shoes. Watch. Tie. Seriously Groomed!
Business Woman/Rich Woman – Great looking suit and shoes – can be pants, skirt or a great tailored dress. Refined makeup and hair. Minimal jewellery. Pulled together.
Your wardrobe choices affect how Clients, Directors and Agency executives see you. You want to give them all the help you can! You want them to watch your tape and SEE you in that role! You want them to make a check mark in their notes and bring you in for callbacks! (Note: If you Do get a callback, make sure to wear the same thing you wore for your audition…continuity is key, plus, it worked for you the first time! Don’t break the spell!)
Here's some of the terminology used to describe your audition wardrobe.
BUSINESS OR SPOKESPERSON: Women, tailored dress or suit; Guys, suit and tie or trousers and shirt
TRENDY: Usually for the younger crowd, 20-30ish. Look like what is currently hot right now. Have fun with your hair and clothing. Hip. Cool. Current. Confident. Maybe with a little edge. Nows the time to play and be That Guy or Girl!
UNIFORMS: Get as close as you can to what that person would wear for work. Fireman, Priests, Postal Workers, Policemen. If you don’t have the actual uniform, you can cheat a bit by wearing a shirt or blouse of the appropriate color and similar colored pants/skirt. This is a time to get creative!
CASUAL: Clothes you would wear hanging out with your friends at home or for a walk in the park. Jeans and T’s, sweaters,
UPSCALE CASUAL: Higher end than casual. Think Date Night or Dinner out with friends. You’ve made a little extra effort. You are well groomed and pulled together. You are comfortable and fabulous.
OUTDOORS: Seasonal, but basically jeans, sweaters, denim, wool shirts and jackets, hiking boots
FORMAL: Get your GORGEOUS on! Gowns or cocktail dresses, Black Tie, Tuxedo’s, Dressy. Full Makeup and Hair for the women, Seriously groomed for the guys.
SPORTS: Whatever the role calls for that is sports specific. Do a little world wide web research for ideas. Baseball, equestrian, yoga, skiing.
A FEW MORE TIPS:
Colors and Patterns: Warm tones that enhance your skin and frame your face. Know what colors look good on you. Avoid stripes, busy patterns and shiny fabric. Black, Dark Blue, White, Beige and light pastels can make you look washed out.
Accessories: Girls, no clanky bracelets and earrings…keep your jewellery to a minimum and let us see You shining through. Always bring a hair tie into the audition if you have long hair (put on your wrist) so that you can quickly give us another look if your hair is down. If it is already up, be prepared to let it down. Guys & Gals, nose rings and piercings should be rendered not noticeable, unless we are asking for an alternative look. Same goes for Tattoos. Note: Guys, if you have a beard, it is always nice to say in your slate that you will remove it for the role. If you are unable because you are on hold for another job, or are working on another job, you can note this on your casting sheet.
Fit : Wear clothes that fit your body. Nothing too tight or too baggy. If your clothes are too tight, it can be distracting; too baggy and we can’t See you! Your clothing should be comfortable for you so that you are not constantly thinking about it, tugging and pulling or trying to hold your breath! Don’t let an uncomfortable wardrobe rob you of your focus.
LAST MINUTE CRAZY!
Sometimes you will go to an audition and the role will have changed. If you have a couple of choices with you, you can easily recover and slip into something more role appropriate if you need to. Of course you can’t bring along a Rolling Rack everywhere with you, but you can be ready to make quick little changes if need be!
Moral of the story? Make sure you know what your wardrobe should be. If your agent hasn't said anything, please Ask!
Then you can dress your fabulous self to Ace That Role and Wow us in the room!
Good luck everyone, and if you have any questions, Please leave a comment and I will get back to you!
We are in this Together!
Owner, Team Motivator