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Outfit Suggestions for Casting Calls and Agent/Manager Interviews

February 22, 2017

Infants and Toddlers

Keep it simple.  Dress your baby in solid colors and outfits that don't overemphasize a particular brand, logo or item.  For example, avoid a onesie that is covered in trucks.  Rather, opt for a solid onesie with a cute pull over.  Jumpers and dresses can also work well.  Don't over accessorize with hair items.  Also (and especially if the call is for a diaper commercial or newborn baby casting) make sure that the clothes can be removed easily enough in the event that they want to see the baby in his/her diaper.

Kids

Stick to solid colors and basics.  Avoid over accessorizing with hair items, hats, etc. Make sure your kids clothing looks clean, ironed and well put together.  For a boy, a pair of clean (no holes,rips or dirt) jeans or khakis and a nice polo, for example, could do the trick.   For a girl, cropped pants and sandals with a matching solid top will look nice.  Skirts should be to the finger tips or longer.  Avoid items like white tights (however, colored tights are in).   Be sure your child is comfortable in what they are wearing and that their hair is combed and well put together in a similar fashion to how it was in their headshots.

Teens

While it is important to express your own style, don't be too trendy or veer too far off from what you looked like in your headshots.  If they asked you to audition because of your headshot and you come with newly died purple hair, it won't necessarily go over well.   Look professional with fitted clothing that shows off your figure, but isn't overly revealing.  Girls should avoid skirts that range above their fingertip/wrist area.  Those who wear skirts should be conscious of how and where they sit.  Shoes are important.  Boys should wear clean tennis shoes or nice dress shoes.  Girls can wear heels but should be in tune with common fashion trends.  For example, don't wear open toed sandals with tights or white shoes with a darker toned outfit.  Make sure you are comfortable and able to move around in your outfit and shoes.  Avoid logos and shirts with sayings or phrases.  Also, pay attention to any wardrobe requests made in your casting call info or sides.

TIP: If a certain wardrobe/dress style is requested, be sure to follow it.
  • Casual = jeans, nice tshirts or fashion tees, flowy skirts, sundresses, khakis, nice sneakers or sporty shoes, sandals (when appropriate).  NOTE: Casual rarely means sloppy, wrinkled, haphazard or messy
  • Business Casual = Somewhere in between wedding/party and picnic.  Avoid baggy clothing.  Be classic rather than trendy.  Wear well pressed, fitted khaki or solid pants, black or brown skirts, pressed long-sleeved, buttoned solid shirts (for both guys and girls), or collared shirts. Girls should opt for fitted business suit type skirts with a feminine top that isn't too revealing and avoid flowery, flowey skirts unless paired appropriately with a business-like top.  Guys, opt for wearing a belt.  Leather shoes, closed toed shoes and heels are appropriate.  Flats are also appropriate for girls if they are the stylish, ballerina type (but don't wear them with black skinny jeans as this would be "casual").  Athletic shoes are inappropriate as are sweats or athletic attire.
  • Dressy/Upscale = Though this option is rarely necessary for interviews/casting calls, the term dressy or upscale refers to attire you would wear to an evening ball, wedding or high-profile event.  Girls should opt for cocktail style dresses (generally above the knee).  Solid colors are always classic.  Avoid over accessorizing, though a classic necklace and earrings is appropriate.  Guys should wear suits with nice shirts, ties and leather shoes.  While slightly fancier hair styles are appropriate here, opt for classic options such as a French twist.



 
 
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