Casting Calls and Rejection
Fresh off the heels of a Los Angeles Fashion Week casting call, I got to thinking about how I handle rejection at or after a casting. I've been to my fair share of castings and by now I have mentally found a way to remained unscathed when I 'm not casted for that job, so I thought I'd share. Here is a rundown of how the casting I went to for LAFW went.
Like many castings, this one was a open call. Meaning, there is a allotted time slot and all the people hoping to be casted come between those times. In this case it was 12-4pm. Once I arrived I got in the ever-growing line to check in and then proceeded to get into another line. This line was to do the runway walk in front of the designers ( pictured to the right) in hopes to be casted.
Yes! You have to runway walk in front of a long table of designers! Immediately after, you take your comp cards (which are basically model business cards) and walk down the table and wait for each interested designer to ask you for a card if they are interested.
I chose to share this particular casting because, unlike other casting, you get a glimpse if the potential client is interested immediatly. With that comes a obvious look at rejection. I handed out about 6 cards to a long table of designers and as you walk down the table some designers won't even look at you or flat out ignore you. I've seen a couple girls have absoultely no one respond to their attempt to hand out their comp card. The lengths some go to ignore is sometimes comical.
A simple no or constrictive criticism would suffice, but this is REAL LIFE and we don't always get what we want. As one of my agency mates and I jokingly said, you can kind of feel like this little boy -> asking for more work and validation.
One thing I decided early on in my modeling career, was to not take a casting agent's/potential employer's lack of emotion or reception, personal. The reality is not everyone will like your look or want you for a job. Most of the time the reason they didn't choose you is because you simply did not fit what they were looking for.Looks that are sought after change like the seasons.
This actualization is what keeps my self esteem from taking a hit from this rejection. I consciously choose not take it personal. I know this can be easier said than done, but the effort is important. The fact that I was 22 when I started modeling also helped, I am less impressionable by other peoples opinions of me.
Even so, I still find that detaching yourself from what seems to be rejection is the best thing you can do. It is just that simple. Models come in all shapes, sizes, color, heights, appearances, etc. At any given time you can be the perfect person for the job or the opposite.
So, keep this in mind when you go on your next casting! You will hear" NO" way more times than yes. Don't keep tally, and try not to take it personal!
- Amber Rosario