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.
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