If you’ve ever been curious about modeling, or wanted to give it a try, you probably have a ton of questions about it, like:
1. How do I get started?
2. How do I know which agency to pick, if any?
3. What are the requirements?
Believe me, it’s completely normal to ask yourself these questions. I know I did before I got started in this industry. Today I’m answering one of the most frequently asked questions: What should I wear to an open call?
Most agencies will host what they call, an “Open Call” every so often. This is an opportunity for prospective models to come into the agency to submit some photos, take a few more digitals, and, if you’re lucky, get some face-time with the booking agent. In my opinion, this is THE way to go if you want to get signed with an agency. If attending an open call is not an option, you can normally submit photos via email. Then, if the agent likes your look, they will call you back and normally sign you within that same week. Sounds pretty simple, right? Eh, it’s a little more complicated than you might think.
You could potentially attend open calls regularly for YEARS before you get signed. While this may have something to do with the market not “needing” your look at the moment, it has WAY more to do with the way you present yourself at the open call. The first, and often most important element, is the way you are dressed, styled and how your hair and makeup look. As they say, you can never make a second first impression.
The key to this is to keep things simple, minimal, yet unique. You know what types of clothing flatter you best. If peplum tops don’t suit you well, don’t wear a peplum top. If you have a pair of jeans that fit like a dream, wear them. The goal is to wear something that compliments your figure.
I would suggest wearing a solid top and bottom, or a solid black dress. Basic tanks and tees are always a safe bet, especially when paired with dark skinny jeans.
Another super important thing to be aware of: wear a pair of heels THAT YOU CAN WALK IN. They may have you show your walk at the open call, and you wouldn’t want to be falling over just because you wanted to wear your favorite stilettos. Basic nude heels or black booties will do just fine.
Finally, keep the jewelry to a minimum, if at all. Try to avoid wearing big earrings, a statement necklace or chunky bangles. Again, simplicity is key. The agent wants to see your beautiful face and figure, not an intricate ensemble.
Style your hair in the most natural way possible. What I mean by that is, do not, I repeat, DO-NOT, avoid doing your hair completely. Messy waves may be in style, but you cannot simply stumble out of bed and walk straight into the agency without brushing your hair. On the other end, you also don’t want to tease your hair to heaven and apply lots of product. This could potentially give off too much of a “made up” vibe, which again, opposes the effortlessly chic look we are striving for! If you’re still not sure, a pulled-back ponytail or straightened hair are always my go-to. Makeup should be very natural and basic. Groomed brows, a little concealer where necessary, lip balm and some mascara are all you need.
If you have any questions or suggestions be sure to leave a comment down below! Good luck at your open calls!