General guide to making wardrobe choices for actors. These suggestions are for our "typical everyday family type shoots" Specific wardrobe will almost always be given to you for each shoot but these are some standard suggestions that you should add to your wardrobe collection!
AT THE AUDITION AND ON THE JOB!
FOR AUDITIONS! Always research the client and get as much info as you can as to what they like. Look at the talent in the ad and see what they look like, what are they wearing? What is the style of this client? Traditional, trendy, high end, casual etc..? 1) What is the role? Examples--- Mom, dad, school girl or boy, Dr, business person, bum, athlete, cheerleader, soccer or football player? A) For auditions – Dress the part the best you can. (NEVER wear logo's or busy patterns.) 2) Borrow or invest in scrubs to audition for the role of a doctor or nurse. Soccer mom – khakis and a polo shirt. Banker – business suite. 3) A common term is "upscale casual" which means a bit dressy but not formal. Ladies; nice sundress, or pants suit Men; a shirt with a collar or button up with nice pants. Bring a jacket / tie just in case Kids, nice pants and top or a dress or skirt for little girls. Jeans may be ok depending upon the client and role…but they should be nice jeans in near perfect condition. 4) Most auditions will describe in general terms what the role is for- then it leaves some creativity for the actor but common sense should prevail...don't wear a bikini for Antarctic exploration. Don't wear a suit to be a "biker". 5) Be prepared and look the part. 6) Bring small easy to use props or accessories if needed. (purse, cellphone, shopping bag, hat, clipboard)
ON SET 1. Always have clean clothes ~ No wrinkles! 2. We suggest a nice small roll on suitcase to bring to jobs and keeping a few extra clothing options in your car. 3. Actors and models who have a nice variety of clothing will be remembered! It doesn't have to be expensive, it should be simple and tasteful. Relatable to the average person. Nothing that will become dated either. 4. Solid colors. Bright but not neon. Some earth tones/pastels and a few simple patterns will give you a nice variety. 5. No busy patterns, or small stripes, no logo's. 6. No all black or all white. 7. A little jewelry is ok, it will complete your look. Simple, nothing distracting. We don't suggest bringing expensive jewelry on set. 8. A couple pairs of shoes to match your outfits. Make sure they are comfortable you might be walking a lot. 9. Proper undergarments for each of your outfits. Natural skin tone undergarments are best. Make sure straps are not hanging out either. Bring strapless if needed. 10. Classic style clothing that will not be dated is best: Polo shirts , nice t-shirts, tank tops with a blouse or cardigan over it. Sundresses, skirts, khaki or nice jean shorts. Capri's and cargo's can be dated but will sometimes work. 11. No short shorts or low cut shirts. 12. Always look polished and put together. 13. On set Extras: When being a background extra in Florida, 3 complete outfits are usually recommended. This is so the production can use the extras on what would be different days in the show, or different locations. Often an extra will use 3 different outfits on same day. 14. Dress as directed, but always make sure your selections are freshly washed, pressed and still fit you. Don't select shoes that are too small, you might have to be in them all day! Same thing with any item, be comfortable, our shooting days may last 12 hours!
What you should and should not do on set!
1) BE ON TIME!!!
If you are early, you are on time,. We suggest 15 minutes early. if you are on time, you're late, if late, they may not ask you back.!
Production schedules are very important and have a lot of different factors with so many people involved. It is team work. if the actor that is needed isn't there, it can really mess things up…be there!
2) Have your lines memorized before you get on set, and if you have difficulty learning, take more classes to brush up on your memorization skills. Work with an acting coach if you have time. Make sure you learn your lines many different ways so you can take direction.
3) Don't bring friends or relatives. For minors, 1 legal guardian is required if you are under 18. If a driver is needed that should be established in advance, and no additional children (unless they are working) or pets.
4) Don't snap pictures of the production and post on social media sites without permission. Many times cameras are NOT PERMITTED on set, so don't take pictures!
5) Cell phones ringing can cost a crew many dollars in ruined takes. Cell phones have a switch to turn off the sounds, that should be done before leaving your vehicle. There should never be a cell phone on set with active ring tones. Turn it to silent or off.
6) When on set, don't make unnecessary conversation.This is a great place to watch and learn. If you have small children on set bring something for them to do. There is typically a lot of down time.
7) If in a scene with a well-known celebrity, don't ask for autographs or pictures when they are trying to work. After the work is done, many are very friendly and accommodating then.
8) Craft service table is usually for the crew and principal talent.
9) Sometimes production will allow extras at the craft service table but in many cases they do not. It is wise to bring small snacks and water with you. ALWAYS clean up after. Do not leave a mess.
10) Lunch or Dinner breaks- Eating a meal on set tradition is that the crew eats first before the actors.
11) Bring proper wardrobe. Always make sure it is neat and not wrinkled or dirty. We suggest a small role on suitcase. Keeping extra clothing in your car for emergencies. *Example: shoes, proper undergarments in case wardrobe changes what you have on you want to make sure you have undergarments that will match or not show thru.
12) Always read your booking details. Put it in your car so you have it in case of emergencies. We usually give you an emergency contact # in case you are lost or have a problem.
13) Read EVERYTHING INCLUDING ATTACHMENTS. Bring any paperwork required. Put it in your car the night before so you are prepared and don't forget anything.
14) Do not go out in the sun and get burned the day before your shoot. Get enough sleep. Eat a good breakfast before you go.
15) Be happy, positive and have a good time! Don't bring any of your problems to set! You should be thrilled to be working in such an amazing industry with brilliant people!
About online casting
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The 247cast site is free to search for talent. Once you have found available talent, your casting fee's will be determined depending upon the project details, character breakdowns and if a casting session is needed.
You'll find that the casting fees are less than the industry average when you book talent directly from our site.
If you do not find what you are looking for on the site, contact us and we can hold a regular casting session. If you do find some talent online that you are interested in but want to see them in person or see more talent fitting that profile, request them via the site. We can then hold a casting session and bring in the talent you've selected online. If requested open the casting call to additional talent.
* Traditional casting is available
About self tapings
Always make sure you know what your slate should include. (Full name first and last, agent, profiles and height) or whatever direction you have been given by your agent or client.
Do they want a full body shot or just a headshot of you for your slate.
Have a nice solid backdrop. Stay away from white and black and no distracting patterns behind you.
Good lighting and good quality sound. We must be able to hear you and see you. No shadows.
Find out how many takes the client wants. 1, 2 or more. If you do more then slate yourself as take 1, take 2 and so on.
Make sure your have a good straight on read to camera (or just off camera if that is what is requested) Don't be looking down or up high. The camera should be set at a the proper height to get a good angle of you.
FLORIDA IS A RIGHT-TO-WORK STATE. Productions: You can not discriminate. You can hire both union and non union. You must abide with all of the other requirements of your signatory agreement, but you are not obligated to hire union members. Talent: You can not be forced or threatened to join the union. Membership is up to you. It is voluntary.