Open casting: Your chance in the modeling world
For many, the world of fashion and modeling is a dream that seems difficult to achieve. Big fashion brands and modeling agencies usually only invite models who are already established. But there are exceptions – open castings offer a unique opportunity to get your foot in the door, even if you are still at the beginning of your modeling career.
What is an open casting?
An open casting is an opportunity for aspiring models to introduce themselves to various projects. These projects can range from online stores and social media photo shoots to fashion shows. Not only does it provide brands with the opportunity to gain PR exposure, but also to reach a wider group of people who could potentially be involved in advertising productions.
How do you find out about an open casting?
The good news is that information about open castings is often easily accessible. Here are some tips on how you can find out about them:
Social media and hashtag #opencasting
Use social media such as Instagram and TikTok to search for the latest casting calls. Use relevant hashtags like #opencasting or #opencall to find the latest posts. Also follow model agencies and brands to stay up to date.
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Websites, blogs, model channels
Some model agencies and brands regularly organize open castings. Check their official websites and event calendars to find out when and where they take place. A good example is our annual Model Casting Boutique Tour.
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Important! Be careful, never pay money
There is us, there is Vogue and many others where you can go to an open casting at any time.
Nevertheless, always be careful, quickly explained why: Model agencies or model management do not exist for free, they check every casting, every client, every request in advance. As an agency model, you will only get top castings that are not open. If you are not in a modeling agency, check in advance: Who is doing the casting? Who is the casting for? Are you earning money with it?
If anyone wants money from you, say no immediately!You should never pay money for an audition or the chance of a supposed job.
How does an open casting work?
Preparing for an open audition is crucial to making a positive impression. Here are some steps you should follow:
- Natural appearance: Avoid flashy make-up or styling. The jury wants to see your natural look
- Simple outfit: Wear a monochrome outfit in neutral colors such as black or white. It shouldn’t be too flashy to put the focus on you as a person
- Knowledge of the job: Find out in advance what job the casting is for. Depending on whether it is a fashion show, photo shoot or other opportunity, you may need to be able to walk, pose, act or dance
- Portfolio: If you already have experience as a model, bring the best photos from your past jobs on a tablet or even on your cell phone
Procedure of the casting:
- Waiting: When you arrive at the audition, wait until you are called. Use this time to calm down and prepare yourself mentally
- Introduction: Introduce yourself briefly as if you were speaking in an introduction video. Be self-confident and authentic
- Casting: Depending on the casting, you may be asked questions and asked to perform a run, poses or even acting scenes. Sometimes your measurements are also taken to prepare you for styling later on
- Conclusion: After you have completed your presentation, you can leave the casting. Now it’s time to wait and hope that you are selected
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