What to Wear to Open Calls for Modeling & Talent

Keep it simple and show off your figure.

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It's official. You're taking the leap and trying out for a modeling gig or a talent job. Your witty personality, poise and confidence got you in the door, now you have to wow the event director at the open call or audition. Breathe. Since first impressions are memorable, your clothing choice for a modeling or talent audition will determine -- in part -- if you make the cut. This time, simple and understated is the rule.

Fitted and Fabulous

Toss aside any clothing that's flowing and loose. Baggy clothes are a no-no, according to the Reinhard Model and Talent Agency in Philadelphia. Form-fitting and curve-hugging garments should top your what-to-wear list. Reinhard suggests a skirt and high heels. Break out your favorite denim mini, neutral tank-top and black pumps. Let your curves do the talking.

Dress the Part

Stay away from trendy, fad clothing. Simple, solid colors work best. If your audition includes a screen test, wear blue, advises the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. If the open call is for an acting role, dress appropriately, but not in costume. For a commercial featuring an upscale business woman, don a classic business suit. For a modeling print ad showcasing sexy stockings and hosiery, wear a mini skirt or short shorts so they can see your toned legs. The director wants to focus on you, not your favorite designers and fabulous sense of style. Skip any garment with a logo.

Simple or Flashy

When primping for an open call it's natural to want to glam up your look. But should you add those sparkly earrings or rhinestone-encrusted bolero? Maybe. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Tia Williams felt under-dressed in a pink sports bra and black hot pants during her cheerleading audition. If the modeling or talent gig you're auditioning for leads to a job where glitz and over-the-top sparkle dominates your daily attire, add some bling. Williams also advises to stay classy, not trashy. If the open call requires dancing or a lot of movement, go with a secure halter top and comfortable shoes that allow your body to move.

Hair Care

Keep your hair style clean and simple. While accessorizing with hats, hair clips and scarves may be your thing, leave them at home on the day of an open call. Remember, the director wants to see you so she can visualize you in a role. Clean, dry hair swept into a loose ponytail reveals your facial features and shows off your shoulders and neckline. Keep hair styling products to a minimum and hair colors neutral.

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