How to survive a shoot like model – Tips and Tricks
I have been modelling for 3 years now and only recently discovered some gems I wish someone had mentioned to me before I even embarked on my first casting or shoot.
I have witnessed some great tips and tricks that I took note of and slowly but surely started to implement it into my life . It has changed how I see modelling and helped me to book more jobs and survive this cut throat industry.
How to do well at Castings
- Arrive on time – Which means 10 minutes before your scheduled time and get to a parking space 30 minutes before your scheduled time. Most casting studios are in warehouses or small buildings. So make sure you have time to get lost and still find your way to the studio.
- Know where exactly the casting will be held- Triple check with our agency where exactly the studio is. It is not their responsibility , it is yours. They will send a brief but just confirm if you do not know.
- Take your Z-Cards and Modelling Portfolio- Even if your agency has not requested you to do so, just take it incase. You never know if the client is at the casting . First impressions last , and you might be the only one (well not after this post ) who will bring their book.
- Dress according to the brief : Most agencies tell you exactly what kind of casting it will be commercial, e-commerce, portfolio or magazine editorial. Dress accordingly and learn the script if provided. Practise . Practise . Practise.
- Eat before casting – Many people have their own ways of preparing for a casting. However, there will be days where you just dont want to go . Take a deep breath. Eat something . Give yourself a pep talk . Make every casting the best casting you ever had. Even if it ended badly . At least you have more casting experience.
- Greet everyone you see and say Thank you when you leave – Super important . Self Explanatory.
How to survive a shoot
- Be mentally and physically prepared for your shoot. – I actually have to say this. Wash your hair, wax where you need to and prepare according to your confirmed brief . No compromises.
- Sleep well- Please nice and early the day before the shoot. You will look your best and perform your best when you are not yawning in the photographers face.
- Arrive on time – Which means 10 minutes before your scheduled time and get to a parking space 30 minutes before your scheduled time. So make sure you have time to get lost and still find your way to the location.
- Know where exactly the shoot will be held- Triple check with our agency where exactly the location is. It is not their responsibility , it is yours.
- Charge your phone fully
- Greet everyone on set , be nice and genuine. Get to know everyones names if you can.
- Take as much Behind the scenes shots, if they allow it . Get everyone that appears in your social media content handles and tag them . Its only right.
- Take your own food – I do not mean a KFC double crunch meal. I mean, small snacks you can nibble on in between takes. Personally , I get jelly beans and a sugary drink. When I start to feel tired , I take one jelly bean or a sip of cooldrink/juice . Just to get through the next shot. Not every shoot will provide food, so be prepared.
- Make sure all your personal belongings are stored safely in your bag and put your own clothes away neatly . You are sharing a space with so many people on set , be mindful of the space you are in .
- Take your own charger and 2 point plug with . Even better, wireless charging . For all your devices.
- At the end of the shoot, thank everyone and take all of your belongings.
- Let your agency know how the shoot went and if anything happened before the client informs your agency . Transparency is key .
These are just a few gems I would like to share with you . Please tell me more about your experiences and add more info to the list . There is enough sunshine for all of us . Lets help each other out.