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- What is a casting?
A casting is basically an audition which enables a client to make a decision on which models to choose for the shoot. It. For motion (e.g. movies, documentaries or TV commercials), sometimes a small recording will be made. For stills (e.g. fashion catalogues), they will take a photo or may even ask you to try on some clothes.
- What is a request casting?
Casting directors will request photographs from all the agencies with which they work. The agency will submit current photographs of each model with up-to-date measurements and details. The casting directors will usually go through the submissions and pre-select models that they believe fit the brief. Those models will be invited to a casting within a specific timeslot.
- What is an open casting?
From time to time open castings will be run, this is where a large amount of artists are invited to attend. The casting directors will meet the various artists individually or in small groups to see who stands out. These castings can be time consuming so you are not obligated to attend.
- Do I have to attend castings?
If you would like to be considered for the job then yes. If you do not attend the casting then the client will assume that you are not available for the shoot days and so not consider you for the job.
- Do I get paid for casting?
No, models are not paid for attending castings.
- How long do castings take?
Some castings can be a quick experience because times have been allocated to each individual. While other castings have a long waiting period as there are a lot of people to cast. On average set aside at least an hour for each casting you attend.
- When and where do castings take place?
Castings happen all week from Monday to Sunday and they all take place at various times during the day. Most casting houses are in or around Cape Town CBD. So it helps to have flexible time and reliable transport.
- Do I have to pay to attend a casting?
No you do not. The only money you would have to spend is on transport to and from the casting and parking.
- What do I wear to a casting?
First impressions count, so please always look neat and tidy, have clean hair and nails. Try to dress the part as best you can, borrow any items, or props, you need.
- What do I do when arriving at casting venue?
When arriving at the casting immediately look for the casting sheet to fill in, as they are sometimes numbered, or signed in digitally. Be prepared to give your name, age, sizes and measurements, availability for the job dates, to declare any other work you’ve done on-camera that may be competing with this brand, and to give your talent agency. After filling in your details take a number and patiently wait for your turn.
- What is the difference between stills / TV commercial?
Stills are when the image is still on the page (magazines / fashion catalogues / advertising in store posters / billboards / web based images etc.).
TVC is motion picture used for television and web based advertising where the model is in motion during the advert.
- What is an option / request for availability?
A request for options/availability is NOT a booking. An option is when a client has made a shortlist of possible suitable candidates and first need to confirm availability before making any selections or decisions. Once you confirm that you will be available for the option/shoot dates, it is a commitment that you make and must honour should the client wish to book you.
- What is a callback?
An invitation to return for a second casting. If you are shortlisted or requested to attend a callback, that means they liked you and want to see you again.
- What is a wardrobe fitting?
At a fitting you will be get measured and try on a variety of clothing. This can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a maximum of 2 hours. If you are confirmed for a shoot and going to a fitting, the first one is not paid. Only on a second or third fitting do you get extra payment.
- What is a rehearsal?
At the rehearsal you’ll be working with other talent and getting prepared for your on-set performance. IN some cases a rehearsal fee is included in the package, and other times it isn’t, in which you’ll get paid for each rehearsal.