It’s the day of your audition. You’re nervous. You wanna make sure the casting director envisions you in their show. Do you go for comfort? Do you try to dress the part? What about the dance section? Should you just wear the same outfit? There’s PLENTY of ways to do this right. But a couple things that could cost you. Here’s what NOT to wear to an audition:
DON’T Wear A Costume
This was done a shocking amount at Disney parks character auditions. It’s a pretty huge statement to make. It’s more than a tad presumptious. The auditioner has great intentions: to help the director actually see them in the role. I totally understand the impulse. But this method is off-putting, not only to the director, but to your fellow auditioners who are probably going for similar roles. The image that comes to mind is a dog marking its’ territory on a role. Casting doesn’t like getting told what to do. They are creative people, leave the imagining up to them. I bet on a rare chance this method has worked out for the auditioner, but more often than not I’m positive it has back fired. The chances of you having a really awesome costume of this character is slim, so you’re probably in a lower quality version of this outfit than they’re going to have, which is distracting. You’re also imposing your vision of this character on them, showing that you already have an idea of how you want to play this character-which may lead a director to believe that you’re not directable. Another thought about this is that the costumer may be around or even present at your audition, wearing a costume you brought from home may rub them the wrong way. Finally, this is just a distracting option. No matter what, people are making assumptions about you that are usually negative and not paying attention to if your amazing audition. Focus on the picking appropriate song/monologue and executing the material well. Let that speak for you, rather than a costume.
DON’T Dress Shabby
YES, even if the character you are going for would dress shabby. It’s the difference between ACTING and BEING. Directors want to work with someone who can play unkempt, dirty or grotesque, not someone who IS.
DO Dress The Part
All that being said, there is a way to dress that gives a general VIBE of the show and part, without being in costume. I like to think about the characters’ silouhette, or the silouhette of the time period of the show. Another way to think about this is, how would the character dress in modern times. You want make it as easy as possible for a director to see you in their show, without you placing yourself there. If your character would wear a dress, as opposed to a skirt, as opposed to pants. If you go with a more casual option like pants, make them nice black jeans as opposed to your ripped-up, faded denim. Is it easier to see you as the character in a button up shirt? a tee? A blouse? A sweater? A suit jacket?
DO Dress Like You Care
It’s the simpliest way to say it! I recently talked to a director who was flabbergasted that an actor showed up to his callback in a wife beater, shorts and flip flops. He said if it were up to him, he would not have been cast just based on what he wore, but that the producers vouched for him. Show the director that you care about their project. Directors want to work with passionate and polished people.
Some other thoughts about the functionality of what you wear. If you are concerned about a dance call before or after you sing. Here are some options:
Stow a change of clothes in a bag or in your car. You *should have a few minutes to change in between.
Wear layers that you can pull off without going to the bathroom.
Wear stretchy clothing that still looks nice. My husband is a huge fan of these pants that can go from the singing audition to the dance portion seamlessly.
Bottom line, wear something you can feel confident in. I hate heels, and while they make some people feel confident, they make me feel shaky. So I always wear flats! And because I’m a little taller, it usually evens me out a bit if they are trying to fit me with a smaller guy.
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