A well-known humorist supposedly once remarked, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” That’s especially true when it comes to modeling auditions because modeling is all about the “presentation.” What you wear, what you say and how you compose yourself can go a long way in determining the degree of your success.
In preparation for you audition, your first thought is probably, “What am I going to wear?” Well, before you start laying out all of your hippest, most dramatic clothing, back up for a second. It’s better to choose attire that is professional, timeless and that flatters your body without revealing too much skin. Remember, you don’t want the interview to be about your clothes; you want it to be about you! As the fashion designer Coco Chanel once said, “Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.”
The same is true about your make-up. When I owned my agency, I wanted to see what the interviewee really looked like, so I preferred that they use a more muted, natural approach. Sure, use some concealer to hide any blemishes, perhaps a little blush to add some color, a touch of lip gloss and mascara, but don’t overdo it…and stay away from bright, overly bold colors.
During the course of the audition, the interviewer will probably want to see you walk. Once again, avoid being overdramatic. Walk with strong, well-postured moves, but leave the exaggerated flair at home.
One of the most important aspects of any audition is the energy that you bring to the room. Let your personality shine through, but remember to also be a good listener. Smile often, and stay positive because people are naturally attracted to that kind of attitude. Most important, don’t be afraid to ask questions. This shows to the interviewer that you are thoroughly engaged in the conversation, and your inquisitive nature will often be rewarded.
Above all, be punctual and polite. If you are late to an audition, this changes the entire complexion of the meeting. In short, you will be trying to work your way out of a negative perception for the rest of the interview. Everyone’s time is valuable, so preparation is key to impressing others. This means not only showing up on time, but also bringing a portfolio of your photos and any other materials requested by the interviewer.
Natural beauty comes from many things…not only your appearance, but also your posture, your composure, your winning personality. Put them all on display, and you should be able to present yourself with confidence.