Auditions can be tricky – you never know exactly what the casting director, director or the client is looking for. One thing you want to do is READ the audition posting and all accompanying documents completely. All this info can have hints about what to wear for an audition. Dressing the part can help the very visual directors “see” YOU in the role!
Here are some definitions of commonly used wardrobe phrases:
Casual or Home Casual: Clothing worn for relaxing or socializing with friends at home
Upscale Casual: Fashionable yet comfortable party clothing
Outdoors or Camping: Jeans, sweaters, denim, wool shirts and jackets
Formal: Very dressy outfits, i.e., tuxedos, cocktail dresses
Business or Spokes: Business suit or a nice shirt and tie for men and a tailored dress or a suit for women
Trendy (usually for men and women under thirty): Jeans, cool t-shirts, and the latest fads in clothing
Uniforms: Outfits worn by policemen, military officers, doctor, nurses, priests, nuns, pilots, postal workers, etc.
Work Clothes: Clothing associated with an occupation – waitress, trucker, realtor, construction worker, farmer, mechanic, etc.
Sports Outfits: Attire worn by a baseball player, bowler, equestrian, skater, hiker, etc. These terms are often used theatrically when describing wardrobe that is character-specific.
Here are some Tips N Tricks for wardrobe:
- Avoid busy patterns, stripes, shiny fabric or jewelry, or garments with logos on them.
- Avoid showing too much skin.
- Avoid Blacks and Whites – they don’t show up well on camera.
- Choose jewel tones or rich autumn colors that enhance your skin tone and look great on camera
- Avoid turtle necks or cowl neck shirts – they leave you looking cut off at the neck.
- Don’t overload on the accessories!
- The eyes naturally go to the lightest/brightest color you have on – remember that when getting dressed.
Have a few GREAT standard audition outfits ready to go at a moments notice – that way you aren’t caught with “nothing to wear!”
Have a great audition!