Modeltypeface Top Tips: Telling Jokes in Castings
So yesterday, I got put on the spot, literally and metaphorically.
“Can you stand on the small platform and tell us a funny story, then dance please?”
That is literally what I was told.
Models, ALWAYS have a few jokes and funny stories saved up for these moments. That or be able to make stuff up on the spot, which very few are adept at.
Because what happens when you’re asked, on the spot, to tell a joke?
ALL YOU CAN REMEMBER ARE THE WRONGEST, MOST DISGUSTING, LEAST POLITICALLY CORRECT JOKES IN THE UNIVERSE!
And what stories come to mind?
ONES WHERE YOU WERE DANGEROUSLY DRUNK OR WHERE POO/VOMIT/NUDITY/SEX/ACCIDENTAL HASH CAKE WERE INVOLVED
I have a stock, made up story, which I think I shan’t share with you as you might steal it and it’ll become like a rubbish urban legend for casting directors. Suffice to say, these are some safe themes:
Waving to the wrong person
Accidentally texting the guy you fancy something cute
Getting stuck up a tree
So basically, all of these are a bit klutzy and cutesy, will get a safe giggle and don’t make the client picture you in an ugly situation. It shows you can be amusing and spontaneous and generally someone that the client will enjoy shooting with. The girl after me could have done with reading this: I packed my bag really slowly so I could listen to her anecdote. She said, and I kid you not:
“So I don’t know if it’s funny or not, but I had my wisdom tooth out the other day.”
OK I’ll tell you a bit of mine: my made up one was about my having my dress tucked in my knickers at the back, but half way through telling this I remembered how, the day before, I had accidentally dunked my boobs in a water fountain.
It got a pretty good laugh actually, and as I left (after my dance, which I’ve learned to blank from my memory immediately after) I said, “Just checking my bum’s covered!” And the client said, “Yep, and your boobs are dry!”
Which is how all good castings should end…