Go-sees could be quite terrifying, especially if you’re just starting out. The competition, the stares, and the wait could be enough to make you give up easily. But don’t fret, there are a bunch of ways to make it less daunting.
Here are 8 things that you can do to make go-sees run smoothly!
Decide on which class you should be in: class A, class B, or class C model. In a nutshell, these are described as:
- Print / TVC/ ramp models
- Can speak English fluently
- Females must be at least 5’8 in height; Males at least 5’10.
- Events/ ramp models
- Can speak English, and can converse well in Filipino and English
- Females must be at least 5’6 in height; males at least 5’8.
- Promo models
- Can converse in Filipino
- Female must be at least 5’4 in height; males at least 5’6.
Agent/casters hate casting models not in the right category, so you need to evaluate very carefully.
You need to have a setcard for the agent. Aspiring models need to have at least one head shot, one half body, and one full body photo with light makeup on. You can either ask your photographer/make-up artist friends to help you out, hire people (there are usually some make-up artists and photographers who might do ex deals with you eventually), or go to a professional photography studio.
Wear only light makeup during go-sees. A no-makeup look is a must for girls because agents and clients want to see real beauty. Girls, do not tie your hair (agents usually prefer this). Guys, it’s probably best if don’t put any make-up at all (just save them from future photoshoots!).
For the ladies, go for simple but classy: a black body contour dress or white top and jeans or shorts and black or nude stilettos. For the guys, black or white top, jeans, leather shoes or rubber shoes. Do not wear too many accessories, unless you want ultimate basag from agents.
Bringing an overnight bag will help a lot. This is where you’ll put the extra clothes, shoes, makeup, and your portfolio.
Agents and casters love models who are always on time, so make sure you always set up that alarm clock before your go-see. Sometimes, even if you are not in the category they’re looking for, you may still get a chance of getting the job!
If you can’t go to your go-see, it’s best if you let your agent know a hours before your meeting.
Exercise will help you maintain that figure, and even make your skin glow (the more you produce sweat the healthier our skin looks!). Many agents like seeing a bit of muscle, too, so start toning those arms and legs as well.
You need those brains working during interviews and acting, so make sure that you eat well (it’s not true that models don’t eat!). Make sure that you have a good meal–not eating could affect your performance in interviews. You don’t want to ruin that spiel you have worked hard on for weeks, do you?
Practice smiling, acting, and talking in front of a mirror. Modeling isn’t just being attractive–you also know how to converse, act, and sell yourself. Remember that confidence does not mean bragging! In the words of the great Marian Seldes: “Confidence has nothing to do with what you look like. If you obsess over that, you’ll end up being disappointed in yourself all the time. Instead, high self-esteem comes from how you feel in any moment. So walk into a room acting like you’re in charge, and spend your energy on making the people around you happy.”
Do you have go-see experiences and tips to share? Write them in the comments section below!