“Mad Men” Casting Call by Banana Republic

July 26th, 2010

Banana Republic is holding a Mad Men contest where the winner will receive a walk-on roll in the popular AMC series, to be filmed during the summer of 2011. The top 10 vote-getting gents and the top 10 vote-getting gent-ettes will be passed on to the producers, who will choose a winner. Runners-up will be chosen online by public vote. At first, I thought they were looking for someone who exemplified the “Mad Men” look in dress, styling and overall physical appearance (It doesn’t matter if you are heavy or thin, but the folks who can carry off the look.)

First, if you’d like to enter, go to Banana Republic and pick up a Mad Men Style Guide.  In it, you will receive a code. Enter the code on the website when you enter the contest. The Style Guide features photos from the show, but also points out which Banana Republic items that tend to veer towards the Mad Men style, in their opinion.

In further reading, “Does the photo reflect the “Mad Men” style – 60%; originality 40%. ” is the main criteria. So, in other words, it doesn’t matter if you have the clothes and “look” down pat, the photo has to be expertly composed, set-dressed and professional. I am sure the winner will be dressed in frockery chosen by the wardrobe department and won’t necessarily wear their own clothing, but I don’t think it means that submitting a recent generic head shot will do it. In other words, this is not a cattle call, but some artistry is involved.   Like any contest, there are plenty of folks who didn’t get the memo and upload a recent head shot styled in full 2010 style.  There are some very interesting entries, but I wonder if it is going to come down to the skill of the photographer and a stylist versus the contest going to someone who just plain dresses like that everyday.  We shall see.

Are you throwing your hat in the ring?  If so, drop a note to vintagent at gmail dot com and point yourself out.  If we think we know you, we’ll give you a plug.

Right now, the “Hey, I know you!” plug goes to Twila Jean aka Exquisite Bones on Twitter, Etsy and other places.  CLICK HERE to vote for her. Now, to find a guy to root for…

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6 Responses to ““Mad Men” Casting Call by Banana Republic”

  1. Riana on July 27, 2010 4:13 pm

    Please vote for Brian Lupo for the Mad Men Casting Call 2010.
    Link: http://www.madmencastingcall.amctv.com/browse/detail/L2J2RC

    Thank you!

  2. vintagegent on July 28, 2010 6:42 pm

    Thanks for reading, Riana. I’ll go give the entry a look-see.

  3. Alejandra on August 2, 2010 11:04 am

    I’m trying for this one too! My entry is here: http://madmencastingcall.amctv.com/browse/detail/ZQJ33H

  4. Meredith Devin Kramer on August 6, 2010 8:07 am

    I am trying to be on mad men as well, please vote for me!!
    Thank you


  5. Robin on August 14, 2010 4:00 pm

    I am hoping the most authentic people make the top 20 semifinalists … versus those with circa. 2010 headshots. Here’s my blog post about entering: http://robinesque.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/mad-men-casting-call-contest/

  6. Denise on September 10, 2010 4:41 pm

    There are some very good entrants, I just placed my vote!

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