Developing an Image

Success with your Audience and in Auditions

Developing a style and image which is uniquely your own is essential. Clothes, hair, accessories and style contribute to your overall success with your audience and in auditions.

Below is a list of headings. Buy a very large scrapbook, then write the heading titles or photocopy the various headings and cut and paste them from below onto various pages. Space the page headings many pages from each other to allow plenty of room for additions. Cut out pictures of images that appeal to you from various magazines and advertising matter, then paste them into there appropriate headings in you scrap book.

  • Hairstyles and Colours
  • Face
  • Facial Expressions
  • Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Body Positions and Poses
  • Suits or Corporate Wear
  • Evening Wear
  • Casual Wear
  • Theme Wear
  • Nails
  • Costuming and Make-Up

Frequently examine them and continue to collect and paste other pictures into your scrapbook. These pages will help you create many images for your stage and audition appearances in the future and can be easily replicated by make-up accessories or dressmakers, You can locate many great items including shoes in various pre-loved clothing stores.

Learn the application of make-up, including colours and styles to suit your shape and height. 'Image is everything'. Remember, an alluring appearance is better than a sexy one. Leave a little mystery. You don't have to be the world's most attractive person, but you need to make your appearance fit your unique style and originality as a performer.

If you are unsure about which styles suit you, there are services available to help you such as The Australian Image Company or look for a style professional in your region. These companies provide a range of help for both men and women such as a personal style, image and colour solution portfolio or consultation, wardrobe audits, personal shopping assistance and image makeovers.

When being filmed, the lights are stronger than domestic ones, so you may need a foundation. A full coverage foundation, such as 'Mac' or 'Max Factor' make-up, is recommended. Colour all your lips with the lip liner, paying attention to shaping the mouth or correcting any imperfections before applying lipstick. Apply a 'lip gloss' for a 'high gloss look'. The best one is by Mac make-up.

Finding the correct hair style to suit the shape of your face, musical style and image can be difficult, especially if you are doing it by yourself. Professional firms can assist you with hair styles that suit you for a fee of around $100. You can do a lot of quality research and decision-making yourself to find the right look. Helpful websites include: