Modeling Auditions

Tips For Your Next Modeling Audition

Arrive Early

Arriving early is very important when going to a modeling audition. If you arrive late, you likely lose your chance to audition, and even if they let you, you’ll reduce your chances of being selected.

You’ll be representing them at jobs, and the most important thing about a job is showing up. If you can’t show up to the audition on time, what will make them think you’ll show up to a job on time.

Arriving late for an audition sets the stage for failure, and they’ll just want to pass on you rather than deal with someone who is late.

On the other hand, don’t arrive so early that it is awkward. If you arrive over an hour early, they’ll likely be doing other things and then have to accommodate you for that time. The best idea is to arrive 30 minutes early to the site, and then walk in the doors 15 minutes early.

What You Should Wear

Models auditioning for an agency should wear all black. Female models can wear black leggings and a black shirt with heels, and men should wear black pants and a black shirt.

We advise that your outfit should be plain black, and not have any words or logos on them. There shouldn’t be anything in your look or outfit that distracts them from you, your walk and your face.

Models should avoid heavy or colorful makeup.

Avoid Colorful Makeup At An Audition

Bring Extra Comp Cards

You should always bring at least one comp card with you to leave behind, but we recommend bringing five to a modeling audition. There could be more people on the panel than you expect, and they might each want a comp card.

The best thing to do is bring five and offer one to them. Then if they need more they can ask for them and you’ll be prepared with extras.

This will show them a high level of professionalism, as being prepared for the unexpected is a great quality to show off.

Be Prepared To Walk The Runway & Pose

Be prepared to both walk the runway and pose at your modeling audition. Even if you are only auditioning for one or the other, be prepared for both. How you handle yourself in the face of adversity is important. If they ask you to demonstrate a skill that you aren’t proficient in, don’t fall apart, just do your best.

Sometimes agencies are looking for raw talent they can shape and mold, so if you aren’t skilled it isn’t an automatic no. Do your best and be honest about your experience. Just from watching you, they’ll know how much experience you have anyways.

Practice Answering Questions

You should be prepared at a modeling audition to answer several questions. The first thing you need to know is your measurements. You should be able to answer this without looking at your comp card, so memorize them. You’ll also need to be able to answer some basic questions about modeling and your life.

The answers aren’t that important, but they want to see how you’ll react and interact with others while on a job. Practice answering basic questions until you can do so confidently without getting flustered. If you feel nervous, just slow down and take a few breaths and answer slowly.

Robert Marmion
Robert is a modeling scout for NGM modeling and is the lead photographer. He has scouted more than 1,000 models in his career, and has published over 500,000 pictures of models.