When going to an audition, you are expected to look and act like a model. Here are some tips to help you book the job!
• Arrive on time: You must always be early or on time for an audition. Make sure you have directions to the location and add in extra time to account for traffic, parking, and checking-in.
• Come prepared: Know what the audition is for and what is required of you for the job. Make sure that you have all clothing and materials needed for the day. It is always wise to bring your portfolio/headshot/promotional materials with you. If you do not have professional images, you can bring a simple snapshot. You may not need it, but it is always best to be prepared.
• Dress the part: You should always arrive to the audition looking clean and refreshed: pressed clothes, groomed hair, light and simple makeup. If there are no specific instructions on how to dress, wear something neutral and appropriate (no busy patterns, large logos, or revealing clothing).
• Don’t bring your “entourage”: Do not bring anyone with you to the audition or the job, unless you are instructed otherwise. If you are under the age of 18, you may need to bring a parent or guardian with you, however you should not bring additional family or guests. Clients have a lot to do to make sure the event runs smoothly and they do not want extra people hanging around or getting in the way.
• Be polite and respectful. Do not act in a loud or obnoxious manner. Act professional and use polite manners. Speak in complete sentences and avoid using slang. Remember that you are not only representing Barbizon, but you are representing yourself.
• Have confidence in yourself! Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine. Be polite, but be yourself; do not try to act like someone you are not.
• Don’t get discouraged. Rejection is a huge part of a career in modeling and acting. You must handle rejection well and remember that there is nothing wrong with YOU. The clients may have liked your look, but might be looking for something else for this particular job.
• If you are booked for the job, the client will expect the same professional behavior on the job. Use these above tips while on set and the client may request to book you for additional work.
• It is usually a good idea to follow up with the client or the person who booked you for the job. It is always beneficial to maintain a positive relationship with industry professionals because it can potentially lead to new work or opportunities.
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