Are you dressing for success? An actor or model with too limited a wardrobe is like a chef without a knife! We work in an image industry and talent who present themselves in person the way that the industry likes get farther and work longer.
For those beach bum readers, my heart does go out to you. I’m a bum at heart and making myself dress up on days when I will be seeing clients is challenging. (One of the high points of being an agent is being comfortable when it comes to style!) But the bottom line is that every human being – that’s right, EVERYONE – makes judgments within the first five seconds they lay eyes on you. Is that client’s judgment going to be in or against your favor?
I can see you thinking now . . . “Of course I look nice for my castings and bookings” and I’m glad to hear it. But what about those times that you run into a casting director meeting your girlfriend for a sob story breakup over coffee? And what sort of permanent judgments will the producer you met at your son’s soccer game remember the next time (s)he sees you on tape?
No one is going to look glamorous all the time, granted. But taking into account how you appear every time you are in public is important. As humans, we are drawn to other healthy looking people. Since there are production people who could be hiring you in many of the same places you frequent, leaving them with a positive impression is to your advantage!