What Not to Wear: Audition Edition

Auditions are stressful enough without having to wonder what to wear.  The more you audition, the more you’ll know what work for you in the room, but in the meantime, here are a few hints to help you out:

1. Don’t wear clothes that show perspiration.  You’ll often end up under hot lights or in a cramped waiting room.  In these situations, even the best deodorant can fail you.  So leave that slate gray t-shirt at home.

2. Don’t wear anything that inhibits your range of motion.  Remember all those movement exercises in acting class?  The way you move naturally is important.  It’s not worth throwing all that work out the window for a pair of stilettos, unless the character is explicitly supposed to be wearing them.

3. Don’t wear anything that blocks the casting room lights from hitting your face.  That means no hats, no dark glasses, and no hairstyles that cover your face.

4. Don’t wear anything that makes you feel self-conscious.  Sure, an audition gives you occasion to dress up a little more than usual, or dress a little differently than usual, but it’s important that you’re able to focus on your performance, not on an itchy sweater or a too-tight pair of pants.

5. Don’t forget to look in the mirror before you go in to audition.  There’s nothing worse than walking out and realizing your fly was down the entire time.

The bottom line:

Wear what makes you feel comfortable.  It’s not a bad idea to have a go-to “audition outfit.”  It should be something that makes you feel good about the way you look, but also lets you move around.  That way, when you get a call, what you’re going to wear will be a no-brainer and you can focus on the sides instead of running to the mall.

It’s also not a bad idea to keep a change of clothes in your car, in case there’s a last-minute audition, or in case you spill coffee on yourself just before your appointment time.

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