Should I Wear
To An Audition?
(by AM Staff)
When it comes to knowing
what to wear to an audition,
it is important to know what
kind of auditions the actor
is auditioning for. Is the
audition a basic, general
audition or is the audition
very specific and very
particular. In other words,
is the actor going to an
audition to read some
general lines or is the
actor going to audition
specifically for the role of,
say, a firefighter? The answer
to that question largely
determines what an
actor should wear to an
If an actor is going to an
audition just to read some general lines or read for
various roles, the actor should wear basic clothing.
That is, the actor should wear clothing that is
comfortable, fitting and does not distract from the
actor’s performance. On the other hand, if the actor is
auditioning for a role that is very specific, the actor
should try to “go in character” or “dress the part”.
These are industry phrases that essentially mean that
the actor should make an effort to look like the
character he or she is auditioning for while
Dressing the Part
It is usually good for an actor
to "dress the part". If an actor is auditioning for the
role of a police officer, it might be a good idea to
show up to the audition wearing a police shirt, badge
and hat. The actor does not have to rent a full police
uniform, although it may be very helpful to do so. But
by simply wearing items that are related to law
enforcement, the actor can dramatically improve his
chances of getting the part. Dressing the part makes it
easier for a casting director to imagine the actor
performing that role in the production, which increases
the odds of success for the actor.
If an actor is auditioning for a role that is not
specific or is auditioning for multiple roles, the actor
should wear clothing that makes them look and feel great
while not distracting from the audition itself. Keep
certain things in mind:
- Actors should try to minimize
the amount of jewelry they wear
- Actors should try to cover up
outstanding piercings and tattoos, unless they fit the
role the actor is auditioning for.
- Actors should not wear "loud"
clothing, such as extremely bright colors, patterns
and designs; unless it fits the role the actor is
- Actors should not wear white,
especially when the audition is an on-camera audition.
Lastly, one surefire way to know
what to where is to simply ask. The actor should ask the
casting director or the agent who arranged the audition
what they should wear. There is never any shame in
asking. And, if there is a specific dress code, asking
all but guarantees the actor will nail it.