What to Wear to an Audition

StarWhat should I wear to an audition? Answer: Whatever You Want.

In 90% of cases, this is absolutely true. What do you feel confident in? What do you feel comfortable in? Wear it. Go on with your day.

However, there are always exceptions to every rule.

1.) The role is a doctor and you want to wear a lab coat. (OR any other uniform you think your character would wear)

Be careful with this. If it’s a one note role, this might work in your favor. We had someone come in to audition for a janitor wearing a janitor’s outfit, it looked like a real janitor’s outfit, he did a great job, he got the role. However, it’s better to err on the side of casual dress than to dress up too much like the idea of the character and limit yourself and/or look like a caricature. If the role is a mailman, it’s better to dress how you normally would than to get a Halloween costume.

2.) The character is a different age than you are.

Take this into consideration. If it’s a younger guy, no 5 o’clock shadow. If it’s an older, more sophisticated woman, dress more mature.

3.) The character is in the military.

Shave the beard.

4.) The character is supposed to be the hottest woman alive.

I’m not gonna lie to you: you should probably show some skin. Prove you’re sexy enough to play it. This does not mean to show too much skin. That’s creepy. I can’t tell you where the line is, but if you’re at least conscious there is one, you’ll be fine.

5.) You aren’t a very good dresser.

Looking good is always important. Make it clear you appreciate the audition by dressing in a way that makes you look good and shows you care about what you’re doing. This doesn’t mean you need to wear a business suit by any means, but ripped jeans and a shirt that says “Thanks To Your Mom” is probably not putting your best foot forward.

In general, it doesn’t have to be very complicated. You’re an actor, your performance should be about your acting skills and not what you wear. Just respect where you are and who the character is enough that it isn’t hard for a casting director to imagine you in the role.

To make it easy, I will leave you with this concise summary I just made up:  Look the part with what you have in your closet–don’t go buy anything (especially from a costume shop).

See? One sentence.

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