Posing for the Camera
Here are some basic tips to look
photogenic in front of the camera!
Get in front of a mirror and smile, and
then look at how much of your gums you show naturally, it should be very little
to none. Next when smiling see if your forehead and around your eyes crinkle.
Practice smiling without letting your face change very much. When smiling, keep
your eyes large but look natural. Many people squint when smiling. Try to smile
and make it look as if someone said something funny and you laughed, instead of
a forced smile. Sit in front of a mirror and observe your face from various angles
and figure out which angles are most flattering.
Have a friend take photos of you
from many angles, using a digital camera. You can then analyze the various
photos and see which angles look best on you. Memorize those angles so when you
take photos you have different ones you can do and they all look great. Be
aware of having proper posture. Slouchy and small shoulders look awful in
photos. Keep your shoulders back when posing for the camera.
For a pose that is flattering turn
your body at a three-quarters angle to the camera. One shoulder will be angled
toward the camera. Bring one leg slightly in front of the other and shift your
weight to your back leg. This can help you to look slimmer.
Lift your chin slightly. This will
help remove the appearance of a double chin. Also, ask the photographer to
position the camera slightly above you. Photos taken from below eye level tend
to make subjects look like they have double chins.
Push your neck and chin slightly
forward. This will enhance your features. Practice different moods. Try being
happy, thoughtful, serious, easygoing, hysterical, somber. Each casting or
client may want something different. The most important thing is to feel and
look confident and comfortable.
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When you audition for Modeling or Acting what to bring and expect
- A stapled photo/resume
- Date and Time
- Audition Address
- Contact Names (the casting director’s name and/or the person you’ll be asking for upon arrival)
- Type of clothing to wear (Wardrobe)
- Name of the Project or Product
- What are they looking for (character description)
- Bring your sides if applicable and know your lines well because the competition will.
- Be Punctual-Ten minutes is good, 30 minutes is too early.
- Be Polite- Greet client with direct eye contact, a hand shake and a smile. “Hello, my name is___________________, nice to meet you!”
- Be Prepared -Know the material and practice.
- Be Positive -Keep a positive attitude, even if you don’t get the job. Getting an audition already means you have been selected out of hundreds of potential talent for an interview.
- Have Patience
If the casting director gives you a “callback,” remember to wear the same clothing and hair style.
How often will I expect to be called for an audition?
It really varies!!!
Before you start complaining to your agent that they are not getting you out enough, consider the climate of the industry. How strong is the dollar, does everyone seem to be filming abroad? How big is the market we live in? What time of year is it? How busy is the market we live in.
Summer usually picks up because of the weather and people are out of school. It also tends to get busy around the second week of January for at least a month. If you are really good and versatile you can audition at several times a month if not much more.
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casting director, TV Network etc… You need this info. For your resume. Also remember the part you played. (If it was extra work you must put that in a separate Extra category not acting). Always update your resume the day you do the project. You would not believe the amount of work people lose out on because their resumes are not updated.
2- To insure payment when you are booked on a job, please remember to bring appropriate ID and fill out all forms legibly and correctly. Also keep track of the dates you work and what job it was just in case.
3- Keep your look close to the photos your agent uses to promote you, or you must update the photos. Clients really get upset when you do not match your photo or if we send you out to meet them and you have gained or lost weight, have longer hair or a different color we could lose that client permanently.
4- Never say a negative word on set. Even among fellow actors or models. Even about other agencies. It never helps you or us in the long run! Let’s take the high road even though many people and agencies don’t.
5- A successful Modeling and Acting career is like any other career it takes time, persistence, dedication, knowledge, skill and patience!
6- Many National Clients take time to pay you, even when your agent bills them with a 30 day voucher. We all hate it as bad as you do, (we all have bills to pay). Often they have 2-3 clients they bill to get you paid. Legitimate agents will do everything in their power to collect, but it has always been that way and will probably never change with the big national companies. They know they get a lot of people work so if you harass them too much the client will just use someone else.
7- Do not accept an audition unless you are 100% sure you can make it and be on time. Usually agents are limited in the time slots we have and we do not have time to replace you. We also give the casting director a list the night before and they will too be busy the next day of the audition for us to schedule someone else with them. They just figure you are unreliable.
9- Don’t show it or be shocked if the audition is not what you visualized. A pro expects it to always be different and is ready to make quick on the spot adjustments. They almost want it to be tough because they know the amateur will let it affect them. Half of success in this business is. Being very adaptable on the fly. That is why it takes training and experience for many of the jobs.
10- Always just have fun with this business. Clients love to be around smiling, funny, happy people. Many actors, models get too serious when they audition because they feel the pressure.
11- If a client ask you what your rate is say, call my agent or let us know. That is our job and we will make sure to get documents signed if needed and get you the best rate possible for that type of project. Usually clients that do not want to initially go through agents will either never pay or low ball you or work in an unprofessional manner. Plus you are responsible to let the agency know about these projects.
12- If you need an agent research the Better Business Bureau, call your local Film Commission and ask casting directors who they use. If you live in the western U.S. except California contact the Craze Agency 801-438-0067