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How to Choose the Best Outfit for an Audition

July 11, 2016 by StageScreen - No Comments

Most people think that standing up on a stage or in front of a camera to perform is the pressurized part of being an actor or actress. However, those in the business know better – it is actually the auditions that really turn up the heat. If you are trying to make a career out of being a performer, you are going to have to really shine during auditions, and that can be a challenge. With so many talented performers and so few roles available, you need to make sure you do everything you can to stand out from the crowd.
One of the things you can do to give yourself a better chance of landing a great role is to pay close attention to your audition outfit. Even though this isn’t an actual performance in costumes for an audience, your clothing is still important. Pick out the perfect outfit for your upcoming audition and your chances of success will instantly increase.

Let Your Face Be the Star

One of the first rules to understand as it relates to picking an outfit for an audition is that your face needs to be the star at this point. Don’t pick out clothes that are going to distract from your looks, or from your performance. That means that you should avoid wild patterns or designs, large logos, bright colors, and more. Keeping it simple is generally a good rule of thumb when heading to an audition, unless you have been given specific instructions to the contrary.

Are You Going to Be On Camera?

If the audition is going to be done in front of a camera, you will want to focus most of your attention on the clothing that you wear from the waist up. You are usually going to be shot from the waist up during this kind of audition, so make sure that portion of your wardrobe makes sense for the situation. Shirts with collars are often a good choice, as are v-necks. A big, oversized sweater or turtleneck might make the director think you are hiding something, which is never a good impression to make.

Experiment at Home

One of the best things you can do for your career is simply to try a variety of different outfits and costumes at home and decide which looks best on you. As you are your own unique individual, ‘rules’ that apply to some actors or actresses might not be relevant to your look. If possible, ask some friends or family members to come over to provide feedback on a variety of outfits. Even just one night of modeling clothes for your friends could pay off by helping you to pick out great audition outfits for years to come.
The outfit that you pick isn’t going to win or lose the job for you all on its own, but it is a piece of the overall puzzle. If you can successfully bring together the right clothes with a great performance, you will stand a great chance of taking home the role.