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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Quick Tip #27

Category: Communication
For: Male & Female Models

Never be afraid to ask questions, especially when it comes to attending a casting for a client. For example, if you've submitted yourself to a casting for a photoshoot and receive a reply, inviting you to the event, the message may be missing basic info, such as what to wear and/or what to bring. It's totally okay to reply back and ask if there is anything specific you should wear in terms of wardrobe, as well as if they would like you to bring a headshot/resume/book, etc. In these cases, it's acceptable to make such inquiries.

Never assume that asking these types of questions will make you look bad or appear "stupid" to the client. It's better to ask and know for sure than to guess and possibly wear the wrong thing or forget to bring an important document. Whenever I send an email asking such questions, I'll usually also add a sentence like, "I just want to make sure that I show up fully prepared!" This shows them that I'm asking the questions in the interest of making the best first impression and to make their job easier.

However, keep your questions to the basic things. It is not appropriate to plaster the client with tedious questions. They won't have the time or patience to explain everything to you. Once you arrive at the casting, they will inform everyone what they'll want them to do at that time. Any questions should be limited to wardrobe, materials that should be brought and those that are related to the casting itself (location, parking situation, etc.).

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