5 Tips to Nail Your First Casting Call

For aspiring teen models, nothing can be more nerve-racking than going to your first casting call. Even if your mom will be there to accompany you, you need to harness all your energy and willpower to stay calm and focused to be able to show the client what you’re capable of.

Preparing well for your first casting call will help you stand out from the other models and give you a higher chance of booking the job.

But don’t fret, reps from a leading modeling agency in Melbourne share the below five tips that will help you have a successful and fun time during your first casting call:

  1. Go over the brief from your agent

If your agent gave you a brief, make sure you read it. In case you don’t understand anything, ask your mom or ask her to speak with your agent.

It is important that you read this brief since it will contain essential information that will help you prepare better and do well during the actual casting process.

  1. Do some research

You won’t go wrong with reading up on the company you are casting for as well. Go online and visit the client’s website and social media sites.

It is best to take note of any information that you find interesting. You can then mention these when you get the chance to talk to the casting director.

When the casting director takes note of the additional work you took to read up on the client, you will stand out from the other models so he or she will remember you better.

  1. Arrive looking like a professional model

Even if you are a newbie in the world of modeling, you should go to your first casting call looking like a pro. Here are a few tips to accomplish this:

  • Wear something simple. Dress as simply as possible so that the casting director will see what you really look like without being distracted by colorful or trendy clothes. Seasoned models recommend wearing black or blue skinny jeans and a white or neutral tank or t-shirt.

  • Do not wear flats or sneakers. When you are asked to take photos or to show your walk, you need to do these wearing high heels. You can wear flats or sneakers going to your casting call but once you are inside the venue, you need to put on heels that you can walk in comfortably, and with poise.

  • Wear your hair pulled back and make sure it doesn’t cover your face. If your hair is long, tie it in a simple ponytail or bun. If your hair is short, you can style it but make sure you don’t have any bangs covering your face.

  • Put on light makeup. Casting directors can also be easily distracted by heavy, colorful makeup. As such, keep your makeup natural. This means using only these items:

  • Concealer
  • Foundation (if you need more coverage)
  • Mascara
  • Skin tone lipstick or lip gloss

If the weather is hot and there’s a chance your makeup will be ruined before you arrive at the casting call, make sure you summer-proof your makeup.

  • Make sure your nails (on both hands and feet) are unpainted, painted a nude color, or only manicured with a French tip. If you’re wearing red or black nail polish, whether chipped or in good condition, remove or change it days before the casting call.

  1. Arrive early

Whether it’s your first casting call or your fifth, always arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the schedule, or on time.

Casting directors are professionals, and they expect everyone, including young new models to be professionals as well. In addition, casting directors perceive tardiness as a sign of disrespect and unprofessionalism.

If you arrive late, you will have a hard time repairing your reputation and getting casting directors to consider you for a job.

  1. Listen to directions and always be respectful

You will be asked to do several things during the casting process. Make sure you listen to the instructions intently and perform them to the best of your ability.

However, make sure you avoid showboating. Again, casting directors want to see your natural abilities and potentials. When you over-perform, you may end up turning them off.

Finally, always be polite throughout the process and smile sincerely when you are talking to the casting director. Thank everyone in the room before you leave as well.

Once your agent calls you about your first casting call, start preparing at once. And don’t forget to ask your parents and agent for help anytime you need it.


Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.