Fisher has spent two decades representing the most famous models in the world:†
Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Janice Dickinson, Monica
Bellucci, Carole Alt, Carre' Otis and hundreds of other famous faces.†† He has trained
many of todayís top modeling agents and has seen the fashion modeling industry
first hand and up-close.† He is now the CEO of The Network, an international
consortium of fashion modeling agencies.
article is written specifically for female fashion models, much of it applies
equally to other models as well.
What to do at Castings
- By Paul Fisher
1) Be Happy. Smile
2) Be professional
& courteous at all times.
3) Always be on
4) Carry a pair of
Thongs / Sandals with you at all times (to save traumatizing your feet)
5) If you have a
full day of castings, plan properly (subways, cabs)
6) If the casting
people have a special request (within reason), donít feel stupid, just do it
7) Remember to
ALWAYS bring your book stocked with cards or portfolio sheets
8) If you donít
have a lot of time, prioritize your castings
9) If you have a
commercial booking and get your lines ahead of time, learn them!
10) Make yourself
memorable . . . maybe a two line joke . . . something to set you apart from 200
11) Always have a
bikini, tank top, nude bra and panties and heels with you all day in your bag.
1). Donít be
"pushy" when going on castings
2) Donít take not
getting a booking personally...
Donít go on a casting that your booker has no knowledge of.
4) Donít bring
your personal problems into a casting room
5) Donít show up
drunk, hung over or offensively unkempt to a casting
6) Donít be too
disruptive in the casting room Ė a few laughs are fun, but being too loud is
just rude and disruptive
7) Remember this
isn't rocket surgery or brain science....The client is looking for a look . . .
not a soul
8) Remember why
you are there.† Make a point to be engaging
1) Be on time,
2) Bring water and
a snack (just in case they donít have food)
3) Always have
makeup and makeup-remover with you.
4) Bring warm clothes
because you never know when the weatherís going to change
5) Be nice to
everyone! Even the assistants. Even the assistants to the assistants
6) Figure out
whoís in charge and make an effort to get on their good side
7) Genuinely try
to connect with the photographer and client so you can understand their
direction and they can see that you actually earn your money
8) Take direction
from the photographer
9) Write thank you
letters to photographers and clients you work with for important jobs
10) Be yourself
11) Have fun... or
at least pretend you are
12) Set boundaries
if youíre asked to do something completely unprofessional.... if youíre unsure
of whatís professional, call your booker and ask
13) Always have a
bikini, tank top, nude bra and panties. and heels, with you all day in your
1) Discuss your
rates with other Models
2) Discuss your
rate with the client. (That is your bookerís job)
'details' of future bookings. (That is your bookers job)
4) Have 'friends'
come to your bookings.
Sign any agreement/model release without your booker first approving
negotiate your own rates with anybody! EVER!
be rude to anybody
drink alcohol within 48 hours of a photo-shoot
9) Donít complain
10) Donít drink on
the job . . . if lunch calls for it, drink the minimum
This article is an excerpt from Mr.
Fisherís forthcoming book ďForbidden FruitĒ about modeling at the apex of the
fashion industry.† Used by permission.† Article copyright 2010 Paul Fisher