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What to Wear for a Child Talent Scout Audition

by Lisa Fritscher

Taking your child to her first audition is exciting and terrifying. You will spend the day sitting around with other parents and kids eager for their big break. It is important for your child to look her best, but also to be comfortable during the long hours she might have to wait. In addition, talent scouts want to see the child rather than the trappings, so gaudy clothes and heavy makeup are distracting. Exactly what to wear depends on the type of audition.

Modeling

Many parents show up at modeling casting calls with their children decked out in glitter and heels. Yet casting agents prefer a clean, simple look. Choose pants or blue jeans that fit well in a slim style, according to Castingcallhub.com. Avoid skin-tight skinny jeans or baggy pants that hide the body. Select a fitted but not overly tight business casual top in white or another very light color. For boys, choose loafers or other reasonably casual shoes. Sneakers are OK if they are slim rather than bulky and are impeccably clean. For girls, use your best discretion. High-heeled pumps or sandals are required for teens and adults, but can look ridiculous on younger girls. Flat styles are a better choice for girls who have not yet reached puberty. Pull back long hair in a simple ponytail or bun. Very light, natural-looking makeup is acceptable, as is simple jewelry, but avoid making your child look made up. The talent scouts want to see the child’s natural look.

Theater, Film and Television

Comfort is most important because the child might be asked to perform several physical tasks during the audition. If your child is auditioning for a specific character, you might slant her outfit to represent that character. For example, you could choose khakis and a button-down shirt for a preppy character or jeans and a flannel shirt for a farmhand character. Never create a full costume. Avoid busy patterns, which are distracting. If the audition will be filmed, avoid solid black, white or red, which can cause the child to look washed-out. Choose bright, dynamic colors without logos or characters, according to Backstage.com.

Dance

Regardless of age, participants in a dance audition are expected to dress like dancers. Rather than wearing gaudy costume pieces, the child should look as though she is attending dance class. Form-fitting, stretchy clothes that show off the body’s movement are essential. If your child has designated dance wear such as a leotard and tights, have her wear those pieces. Proper dance shoes are by far the best, but any shoes that move easily on the floor are acceptable. Avoid sneakers and other rubber-soled shoes, which stick to dance floors and could cause an injury. Tightly secure long hair and have your child remove all jewelry. Keep makeup to a minimum.

Special Considerations

Some casting directors send out specific clothing requests for some casting calls, so check the talent scout’s website or ask your child’s agent for details. If your child has a callback audition, he should wear exactly the same outfit that he wore to the original audition. Remember that scams are rampant in the talent industry. No reputable scout or agent will ever ask your child to disrobe, require you to buy expensive clothing or ask for money up-front. If you feel uncomfortable with a particular request, walk away.

About the Author

Lisa Fritscher is a freelance writer specializing in disabled adventure travel. She spent 15 years working for Central Florida theme parks and frequently travels with her disabled father. Fritscher's work can be found in both print and online mediums, including VisualTravelTours.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Florida.

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