Model Casting Calls: How To Prepare For A Model Casting

9th July 2021

Model Casting Calls: How To Prepare For A Model Casting
Maria Hanlon

Maria Hanlon

Have you ever wondered how to prepare for a model casting? Well, we’ve got you covered with this helpful guide giving you all the information you need to nail your model casting.


From how castings work, what to expect, and how to prepare, after reading this article you’ll feel confident and ready to shine at your next casting.

What Is Model Casting?

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You might be thinking, what is a casting in modeling? 

A model casting is essentially a job interview for models. 

During the casting, models meet with a client, company or designer who will then choose which model or models they’d like to work with.

Models represented by a modeling agency will have castings organised for them. However, freelance models must find out about potential castings themselves.

How Do Model Castings Work?

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So, what is the process like at a model casting? 

On arrival, you’ll often be given a number that indicates your position in the queue. You’ll be expected to arrive on time but be aware there is usually a long wait during castings.

Although it might take a while to be seen, never leave the venue as if you miss your turn, you might not be given a second chance. Casting directors are extremely busy and might just move on to the next person waiting.

Usually, you’ll also be given a form to fill out which will ask for your age, size, agency and their contact numbers so make sure you have this information with you.

Each model casting is different, some may ask to see you individually or as part of a group. If you’re in a group, it can often be harder to stand out. So, don’t be shy to show off your personality and speak up.

Once you’re called in front of the casting directors, you’ll be asked a few questions and then be given the chance to show your walk, try on clothes, and have your photos taken.

After the casting, you’ll be free to leave and will have to wait for the casting directors to get in touch with your agent. Always remember to call your agent after the casting to update them on how you got on.

How To Prepare For A Model Casting

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It’s not as simple as just turning up to the casting, there are certain things you can do to prepare for a model casting to give yourself the best possible chance of securing the job.

We go into details about these things below,

Read The Brief

Make sure to read the brief supplied by your agent as it might include important information and what to take with you to the model casting.

For example, if it’s a swimwear shoot you might need to bring your own swimsuit. It’s also a good idea to bring with you a portfolio of photos, often known as a “book”.

Do Your Research

Research the company auditioning you. This is so that if you’re asked any questions you can answer with confidence and show that you are familiar with their work.

Additionally, spend time looking over their website and social media platforms prior to the casting and find out about a couple of their campaigns. This can spark conversation and make you memorable.

Prepare For The Day

Double-check the location of the casting and set an alarm for the morning, leaving yourself plenty of time to get ready. Make sure you also leave extra time to get there in case there’s traffic or unforeseeable circumstances out of your control. You don’t want to be late!

Pack yourself a bag the night before and make sure you bring a bottle of water and a snack as most castings don’t supply catering. Also, pack some reading material to keep yourself entertained whilst waiting.

Whatever you do, don’t go out drinking or stay up really late the night before. Dark circles, tired skin, and a hangover will not look professional at a casting. Instead, get an early night and drink plenty of water.

Attend The Casting Alone If You’re Over 18

You should do this unless you’re under 18, in which case you’re required by law to have a parent or guardian with you. If you’re over 18 you shouldn’t bring anyone in the audition with you. Just like you wouldn’t bring anyone into a job interview.

However, if you’d like to bring someone with you for support or for safety reasons, they could wait in the reception or outside.

That Was Our Guide On Model Casting


There you have it, our complete guide on how to prepare for a model casting.

Now you know how fashion model castings work, what you can expect and how you can prepare so that your future modelling castings are as successful as possible.

We wish you the best of luck with your future castings and casting new models!

We hope you’ve found this useful and hopefully you’ll be in the background of some future films we watch! Whilst you’re here, why not check out some more of our articles on our blog? We recommend our Headshot Guide, How To Get Scouted For Modelling and How To Become A Hand Model to get you started!  

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