No matter how long you’ve been in the biz, the question of how to appropriately dress your child for an important audition is always there. You want your child to be the one the casting director thinks is the perfect fit for the part but you don’t want to look like you or your kid are trying too hard. Let Toddlers & Tiaras be a warning to us all about the dangers of child actor outfit excess.
Toddlers and Tiara’s aside, here are some concrete tips for dressing the part without overdoing it:
- Ask Questions - When you get the call from your child’s agent or the casting director, don’t be shy about asking for direction in the wardrobe department. This can give you extra insight into what they are looking for and maybe even flesh out a bit more about the part. You don’t want to bug them by keeping them on the phone forever, but a polite inquiry as to appropriate attire is perfectly acceptable. If you aren’t able to ask that question, the information found in your script should be enough to go off of.
- Get into Character - Obviously, it’s best to dress for the type of character you are auditioning for. That said, be careful about being too literal. If your child is reading the part of a pint size bull rider sending him to the audition in chaps and spurs is probably a bit much. Dressing him in clean jeans, t-shirt, and boots would do a better job of conveying the vibe and staying professional. “Try to indicate the character without going overboard.” Says Casting Director Aaron Jacobs. “It will also help them get in the mindset of the character they’re trying to play.”
- Clean & Comfortable - Unless your child is auditioning for the part of “filthy homeless street urchin” you want to make sure that your kid’s cloths are clean and odor free. Again, this does not mean you need to be busting out the sequined tutus but being presentable and professional is the name of the game. You also want to make sure your child is comfortable in what they’re wearing. If their clothes don’t fit right or they hate their shoes they will have a hard time doing their best when their moment comes.
Most of this is common sense, but as Aaron reminds us, “You’d be surprised at how many people dress completely inappropriately for their part.”