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What Should I Wear to a Game Show Audition?

By November 9, 2009

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by Chad Mosher

One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at About.com Game Shows relates to how to dress for an audition. Now, I'm certainly no fashionista, let me point that out right now. But I'm knowledgeable enough about the audition process to know what will work and what won't. First impressions are important and your wardrobe is ninety percent of that. Here's some help to make sure your first impression exceeds everyone else's.

The first tip is to dress classy, but certainly don't overdo it. Not only will going to extreme lengths make you look out of place but, depending on how far you go, they could get you laughed out of the building. Leave your bow tie and cummerbund at home. What you want to do is develop a mental picture of the host; picture his expensive suit and tie or her designer silk pantsuit. You never want to upstage the "celebrity" of the show. Imagine that you're dressing for a Sunday brunch at a nice restaurant. Dress as if you're attending an important event, in whatever makes you look like you! Wear that special outfit or important color that you receive the most compliments on.

Next, while staying within the boundaries, always try to make you stand out. For instance, my personal trademark is that I own a few pairs of different colored Converse tennis shoes. While they're not gaudy or outrageous, they're distinct and can help emphasize and enhance my personality. Try to find your own little trademark that could not only serve to identify who you are but could also be used as a conversation starter to help the casting staff get to know you better.

Lastly, make sure that no matter what you're wearing it will be comfortable enough to wear for maybe hours on end. Auditioning can sometimes take a long period of time. If you're wearing your tightest pants and six inch heels, standing around for an hour is not going to be fun. Make sure your outfit is appropriate for the type of climate you'll be in. If the room is heated for winter and you're wearing three layers of shirts, you're going to be sweating in places you didn't even know you had and coordinators aren't generally looking to cast the "sopping wet" stereotype.

It doesn't matter how good a personality you have or how well you can play the game. If you come in with your new "bag lady chic" look, you've broken the deal on your own. Try to keep everything neat, clean and pressed. Even if you're going for a casual look, having everything ruffled and looking fresh from the dirty clothes hamper will just serve to hinder. Cementing the visual part of your audition can only help secure your success.

More Game Show Casting Advice: Chad Mosher is a past game show contestant, and has experience in many aspects of the game show industry. He contributes a weekly column here at About.com Game Shows, answering your questions and tackling all facets of the game show genre. If you have questions for Chad, you can post them here in the comments, or contact him directly through the link in his bio.


November 9, 2009 at 1:27 pm
(1) Jason S. says:

Also, I would add that wearing expensive designer labels or something; kind of communicates that you are already wealthy enough so that you don’t particularly need extra money. If the casting people are looking to put people on the show who particularly need extra money. If your wearing a 1000 dollar outfit then you are not sending a good message. Maybe they’ll look at you and say “this person really knows how to dress” or “they have good taste” but maybe you aren’t game show material. So I would say: dress to impress but don’t dress to over impress.

Also, I don’t know much about it myself but I had always considered using cologne. If you could smell nice then that might work to your advantage to immediately give a good impression. But I have no idea if this would work well, I’ve never tried it. Also they say smell is very powerfully related to memory, so maybe they’ll remember you better if you smell nice. any opinions about this?

November 10, 2009 at 1:06 am
(2) Carrie says:

You bring up a good point about the cologne, Jason! It’s almost sounding like getting ready for a date, isn’t it?

I think a small dose of cologne (or perfume for the women) is fine – it’s certainly not going to hurt you if you smell good! Exercise caution though and don’t get too heavy-handed with it. No one wants to hang around the person with a cloud of chemicals hovering around them for too long.

September 26, 2012 at 12:47 am
(3) Corinne says:

When auditioning for roles that are from the casting office. They ALWAYS frown upon perfume in ANY degree.

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