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BACKGROUND 101: WARDROBE ESSENTIALS PERFORMERS SHOULD KNOW




We work in a visual-based industry, so it’s no surprise that wardrobe is an essential part of a background performer’s arsenal. Every time you work on-set you are expected to bring THREE full outfits, which means you should be bringing: three different pant/skirt options, three top options, three different pairs of shoes, as well as some accessories! Your on-set clothing should not have: logos, loud patterns, or be white/red. Some things to look for when you’re packing your wardrobe: ● Neutrals ● Jewel Tones ● Earth Tones ● Plain clothing without patterns, logos etc. ● CLEAN clothes that are in good shape Bring comfortable options, it’s best to avoid clothes that you don’t enjoy wearing (please avoid shoes that are painful or uncomfortable to wear, as you could end up wearing them for 12+ hours on set!!) Take it from us, if you bring an uncomfortable pair of shoes - somehow wardrobe will always choose them as your option to wear for the day. So just avoid the sore feet altogether by only bringing shoes you want to wear. Another thing to keep in mind is any clothing you purchase for work - is a tax write off for you! You should always arrive on set wearing your favourite wardrobe option, and have the other two full outfits neatly packed in a suitcase or garment bag. These clothes should be clean, free of wrinkles, and ready to wear. ★ Expert Tip! ★ Some extra items you can pack in your suitcase or garment bag to make your day better and keep yourself more prepared are: hand warmers, an extra pair of socks, some thermal layers for winter months, extra snacks and water just in case, any medication you need, a book or quiet game such as a Nintendo switch as sometimes there can be hours of sitting around, makeup bag to touch up your face throughout the day, a pair of comfortable slip-on shoes to change into for when you are in holding, a phone charger and external battery, your own pens!!! All of these items will come in handy for the hours you spend on set. It’s also VERY important for performers to know their sizes and keep them updated in their AgencyClick profile. These sizes should include:

MEN (in inches): ● Chest (Measure over the fullest part of your chest - just under the arms) ● Shoulder (Measure straight from the point on your shoulder directly above your armpit to the opposite side) ● Waist (Measure at the most narrow part of the waist) ● Hips (Measure around the widest part of your pelvis) ● Neck (Measure around the neck with space for TWO fingers to fit comfortably) ● Sleeve (Measure centre back of the neck over the shoulder, around bent elbow to the wrist. ● Inseam (Measure from the crotch to ankle bone) ● Head (Measure around the fullest part of your head, just above the ear) ● Height ● Weight ● Jean Size ● Shoe Size ● Jacket Size WOMEN (in inches) ● Chest (Measure over the fullest part of your chest - just under the arms) ● Shoulder (Measure straight from the point on your shoulder directly above your armpit to the opposite side) ● Waist (Measure at the most narrow part of the waist) ● Hips (Measure around the widest part of your pelvis) ● Neck (Measure around the neck with space for TWO fingers to fit comfortably) ● Sleeve (Measure centre back of the neck over the shoulder, around bent elbow to the wrist. ● Inseam (Measure from the crotch to ankle bone) ● Head (Measure around the fullest part of your head, just above the ear) ● Height ● Weight ● Jeans Size ● Dress Size ● Shoe Size ● Bra Size If you have the free version of AgencyClick unfortunately you unable to update your sizing in your profile, so if you have updated sizes for your profile you can email them to us at talent@picobello.ca and we will update your profile for you! If you’ve ever wondered why it’s very important for your profile to have accurate sizing, it’s so casting directors can search for performers that match: specific measurements for pre-made costumes, the actors sizes in the event of photo doubling or stand-in work, and to make sure that on the day of shooting wardrobe’s pre-pulled costume options fit the performers properly and don’t cause timely delays for the costume department. Wardrobe is a topic that we will cover in more articles in the future, so stay tuned and as always if you have any questions please ask them in the comment section below!

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