Going To An Open Call

An open call is one of the ways a model agency discovers new models.  An open call can be exciting. However, if it’s your first time it can be confusing or you might be nervous. 

The most important thing is to:

  • Be prepared
  • Pay attention to the casting requirements
  • Be interactive & bring the energy

Be Prepared

An open call is a simple process with minimal requirements. You can make it more enjoyable if you do a bit of preparation.

  • Do research on the agency you’re visiting.  Find out where they are located, what style of models they have on their boards, how long they’ve been in business, etc. You’ll want to make sure the agency is the right fit for you.
  • Although the event may be 2-3 hours it’s best if you arrive near or at the beginning. This gives you an opportunity to listen to any opening remarks and gives you plenty of time to fill out any paperwork. 
  • It’s OK to bring your parents or a friend, but they should stay in the background and not interfere with the process.
  • Know your measurements, your shoe size & how tall you are. The agency might measure you just to make sure. Be as precise as possible. 
  • Wear the recommended clothing. If the requirements are not listed on the casting information then it’s best to wear a simple (black or white) properly fitting top (tank top or t-shirt) and properly fitting jeans or leggings. If you wear skinny jeans make sure they are not too tight. This is no time to show off your fashion sense. 
  • For girls keep your makeup & hair very basic. 
  • Don’t wear jewelry (if your ears are pierced it’s OK to wear simple earrings). Your watch is OK. 
  • Not all agencies follow-up after the open call unless they want to call you back. Don’t be upset if you don’t get a call back.
  • Be prepared to answer a few questions from the casting agents. They might ask you why you want to be a model, what is your experience, are you in school, what sports do you participate, what type of modeling are you interested in, etc. The agent wants to learn a little about you but also wants to get a hint of your personality.
  • Bring an ID to verify who you are.  A school ID, a work ID or drivers license if perfect. This is not always required, but helpful.
  • Be prepared to have your picture taken. This isn’t a portfolio-styled photograph, but a few simple photos so the agency can remember you.  
  • If you already have a portfolio book bring it, but it’s not required.

Pay attention to the casting requirements

Open calls are for everyone and unless stated are open to the public. However, agencies are casting models that meet their needs & requirements. Therefore it’s best to read the casting requirements. If you meet the requirements your chances of getting a call back are much greater. A casting often recommends a height & age minimum. It might also recommend what to wear.

Be Interactive and Bring The Energy

Your personality is as important as your looks. First impressions are super important so let your personality show. Don’t be over the top and unnatural, but this is not the time to be shy and introverted.  Remember, you are selling yourself.

  • Answer questions with enthusiasm
  • Make sure you tell the agency why you want to be a model or want to be signed by the agency
  • Smile
  • Be prepared to ask the agency questions you might have about the process
  • Say thank you

It’s really that simple.  Just remember, have fun!