I have been away from the modelling world for about a year. Last week, I was called for an audition and I decided to try it out.
When I was in primary school, I was a timid child. I was in a mixed boarding school in the middle of nowhere with a very grotesque rule that forbade anyone from keeping any hair, even for the girls. With or without hair, I was still invisible and the type of girl no boy wanted to talk to or admired. I thought my fate was sealed when I kept growing taller and thinner as I grew older and the over-sized dresses did not do me any justice. My best friend, Tsarina, was the prettiest and the most popular girl in school and hence, I was the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) as explained in the movie, THE DUFF but the only difference was my size. For the longest time, I hated my body and my height because I though shorter and bigger girls looked better. I am grateful for my high school years since I got to learn that confidence was all I needed to get things done and to get through tough situations and that people will not like you because of your looks but because of your character, who you are.
I grew up and to most of my primary school’s classmate’s disbelief, I became a model. I want to take you through my audition day.
I had to work all morning and my work carries me away. Before I knew it, my cab was outside and I had not showered nor chosen a ‘sexy dress’ to wear at the audition, as instructed by the casting agency. Time was of the essence so I took a quick shower, put on the first thing I could find, packed two dresses and a pair of heels. I put on my make-up and dashed out of the house at 12.30 pm, which was late. As we left the estate all I could think about was, “I’m I going to make it on time?”. Leaving in a rush was a bad idea because I tend to forget a lot of things and in this case, I forgot one of the most important things, my heels. Seriously, who forgets the tools of heir trade? I got to the audition just on time. However, the audition took longer than I expected. I was lucky I got through it just fine. My friend brought me her heels, She is such an awesome friend and I am grateful to have her. I wouldn’t want you to go through the same so here are some tips on how to prepare for an audition.
- Be on time. It is always professional to get to auditions on time.
- Prepare your model kit a night prior to the audition. A model kit basically has, make-up, bandages, safety pins, hair pins, hair band, thread and needle, deodorant, a snack, water and painkillers.
- Try not to wear too much make-up. Nairobi really hot and you do not want your make-up to run as you are trying to get the auditions.
- It always helps to pack two different outfits that fit the requirements sent to you by the casting agency. Test the shoes you will wear to the audition and make sure that they are comfortable to walk in. Remember to carry flats because the auditions might take a long time and you do not want to be in heels for hours.
- Shave your legs, armpits or any undesirable facial hair. This is important because you might be asked by the director to lift up your arms or you might be required to wear a short dress or for male models, shorts.
- Carry your ID or Passport for identification purposes.
- Identify yourself and get the right forms to fill and change into the outfit you should have on , then wait for your turn.
- If you do not know what the audition is about, find out and start preparing for it. Do some research on the product and look at some commercials the client has done before.
- Be nice to the other models. Do not be afraid to help someone out just because you do not know them or because you do not want them to get the part. Make new friends and contacts. These are the same people who will give you a heads up when there is another audition taking place.
- Take good pictures when your turn comes. Remember to smile and have a good posture.
- When its your turn, have confidence and remember to smile and be happy. I always talk to my boyfriend or a funny friend to cool off my nerves before my turn. So for me, it works. You should try doing something that helps you relax. Nobody wants a grumpy model to represent their brand.
- Listen carefully to the instructions given and give it your best.
- After the audition, make sure you have everything that belongs to you and leave because watching other people audition, does not help .Be happy that you got to audition and have an open mind about it. Sometimes you will get the part and most times someone else will get it. So don’t let this discourage you.
Models of all sexes and ages go for auditions everyday. Some of them have been in the industry for long meaning they have already perfected the skill but for those who just started, I hope this post will be of help to you.
Being constantly under pressure helps me become stronger and more resilient. Its been a long time since I went for an audition but now I know what I need to do to get better, take some (YouTube acting lessons). Acting is not the easiest thing you know. The good news is, anyone can learn. I might or might not get the part, but I’ll keep you guys posted.