I don't know about you but I love commercial auditions. In the last year, the spots I've been going out for are funnier, smarter and more fun. They all don't feel like "book-a-looks" anymore, they feel like a chance to play for a moment. Of course, some are still book-a-looks, but with these meatier spots, I've really enjoyed the process of commercial auditions!
With that being said, the hardest part for me, is knowing what to wear! It might sound silly, but it's true! I have learned that if I don't walk into the room wearing the "right" thing for me, I won't be as confident and that will affect my performance.
So, how do you know what to wear? How far should you really go with wardrobe for commercial auditions?
We all know the rule that with theatrical auditions you should give casting a "hint" - if you're reading for a nurse, don't actually wear scrubs, if you're reading for a doctor, wear a lab coat, but that's enough - that sort of thing, but does that same rule apply for commercial auditions?
The answer is no.
Let me tell you story - recently I auditioned for a really funny SAG national spot for a big brand (I can't say who or what but just roll with me). The role was for "princess" and all the notes for wardrobe said was "princess." So knowing the brand and the role, I opted for a "Game of Thrones" style top, jeans and pulled my hair half back like a princess.
When I got to the audition.... EVERYONE there was in a dress. Except me. One girl walked in wearing a legit princess costume, tiara and all. I looked around the room and thought "oh, yeah, I definitely should have worn a dress." And went in and did my audition. I felt like I had worn the wrong thing and so this one would be a wash. I thought "oh well, I'll just go in there and be me and pay a little more attention to the wardrobe notes next time." I went in, I hit the beats, I got the laugh and I went home.
Guess what? I got a callback.
At the callback I wore the same thing. Game-of-Thrones-style-top and jeans. And the other girls were in dresses. This time, I let it get to my head. I started to feel out of place and like I had failed because I didn't take the "princess" note as literally as the other girls. I was the third one to go in and by the time I did, all I could think about was that the other girls who had gone before me were wearing what I thought the "client" would have wanted them to wear. I got so insecure about what I was wearing instead of focusing on what really got me the callback - my comedic ability.
So... I didn't book the job.
But! I learned that when it comes to commercials, wear what the breakdown asks you to and leave it at that. There will always be people there who went more "all out" than you did and others who look like they just came from the grocery store. Pay attention to the role and dress accordingly - for you. What makes you feel like a "mom," a "basketball player," a "babysitter," and dress for that and then let it go. Make sure you're confident and comfortable. That's all they want out of you. Is to look at least in the world of what they are thinking (don't show up to a role as a "bridesmaid" in jeans) and to be comfortable, loose and you!
(Oh! And if you're reading for a "nurse" in a commercial audition - definitely wear scrubs!)
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Thank you for stopping by. My name is Ansley and I am a creative being. With not much to show for it. Feel the same?! Welcome! For all of you artists out there who are just hanging in there - this is for you!