The Secret to Getting Cast

As a model, you are always competing against others in the industry. You have to go up against other models in order to get cast for any opportunity. So how do you guarantee success?

While it would be great to give you one single tip that will set you apart, the truth is that you need a combination of factors. So long as they all come together at the right time, you stand a very good chance of getting cast for any job. No matter what kind of modelling you do, there are some tips you can follow to make the most of every casting. Here’s how to do it.

First of all, you have to apply to a casting call if you are ever going to get cast. You can wait for someone to randomly find you and ask to shoot if you like. However, it might be a long time before the phone ever rings, literally or figuratively. So, the first thing to do is get yourself out there. Look for casting calls that appeal to you. You can use modelling sites, join Facebook groups, or sign up to an agency if you already have a strong enough look or portfolio.

Once you find a casting call, you must first read it carefully. This is essential. What is the poster looking for? Are you the right height build, ethnicity, and hair type? Do you have the experience they are looking for? Does your portfolio show the kind of images they are looking for? If you can answer yes and state that they are looking for someone with your attributes, then you are on the right track.

Next is all about your application. Read the casting call one more time. Are you instructed to apply in a certain way? Is there any information you are asked to provide? Make sure to follow these instructions. You should also introduce yourself and give some idea of why you would be a great fit for the project. Simply stating that you are interested will not grab anyone’s attention.

If you get a message or phone call from the casting professional, then it is important to respond as quickly as possible. Be polite, read through what they say carefully, and show a willingness to take part. This kind of communication will lead to a better first impression. Unless you are very young, or using a language which is not your first, correct spelling and grammar should be something you spend time on. If it is not your strong suit, try putting everything into Microsoft Word and running the spellchecker before you send the message. Avoid text speak. Emojis are okay, however - research has shown that they can lead to a better response.

Finally, your portfolio should be a work in progress at all times. Make sure that it strongly reflects the kind of work that you are looking to pick up. This will allow casting directors and photographers to see what you are capable of. If you do not have a great portfolio yet, there are many ways to build one up without spending much money. Just make sure to include the portfolio basics and you will have a good tool at your disposal. Use it wisely - link to it when applying if it is not apparent who you are or where to find you.

And of course, if you want to get started right away, you can book in for a portfolio building session with me. Not only will I provide the shots and tutor you on modelling, but you can also be sure this is one casting you won’t be turned down for.

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