I remember someone told me once that an audition was like a job interview. Which it is. But I also took that to mean that actors should wear a suit or some business person outfit. Well, sure...if you're auditioning for a lawyer role. But otherwise, you're bringing yourself into a whole new character... so wear something that SUGGESTS this character.
Remember when Sean Young really wanted to be Catwoman? She took the idea of coming to an audition in wardrobe which SUGGESTS character to a whole new eccentric level. Only it wasn't an audition...it was her pleading on the Warner Bros lot. And she missed the word SUGGEST and wore an entire catwoman costume instead. And I wouldn't call this eccentric; I'd call it psycho. *See end of post for my solution for her*
I'd never let you do that.
Now that Halloween is right around the corner... literally every other corner in NYC has a Halloween store, it is the perfect time to invest in some wardrobe items that SUGGEST character. What does this mean? Well, I'm going to tell you!
Ask Yourself (and Google)
What time period does the piece take place in?
What part of the world does the piece take place in?
What social class is this character?
What is this character's job or what does he or she or whomever do with their life?
What energy does the character exude?
Keep it simple.
If you are going to choose a very specific wardrobe item, just wear that. Let's say you're auditioning for a western. You find a great cowboy hat that fits well and you don't have to duck to enter the room. Don't also wear a bandanna AND a western/cowboy shirt. You'll look silly. Pick one and rock it. I love a hot western shirt with pearl buttons though. nifty.
If you choose not wear a specific piece, keep everything simple.
Stanley: tshirt, workslacks, work shoes
Blanche: simple long dress (a maxi perhaps?), necklace, heels
Footwear makes a difference. If your character is sexy, wear heels. Never leaves the house, slippers. Total mess, crocs. Dapper dude, dress shoes. You get it.
Wardrobe Enhances Behavior
When you look in the mirror and see yourself in wardrobe you would not normally wear, you will behave differently. When you leave the mirror, the behavior will stay. Your walk and your stance will change from casual to upscale, tough to meek, or vice versa. How you sit, stand, use your hands, cock your head will change. So take advantage of getting wardrobe which suggests character.
As for Sean Young, she should have rocked black eye makeup, black nails, red lips, a black vneck, and black leggings. DONE! And made an appointment with the director.
Reminiscence on 23rd st between 5th and 6th aves
Abracadabra on 21st st between 5th and 6th aves
Halloween Adventure on 4th ave between 11th and 12th st
BREAK A LEG!!!