Actors have a love hate relationship with the concept of headshots. It’s a funny thing how many people approach getting headshots done like going to the dentist or doctor. This phenomenon is mostly something we see with adult actors. Kids generally can’t wait to step in front of a camera. Love it or hate it, as an actor, it’s part of the job, and a pretty major part at that!! If you are one who dreads the annual appointment, (or every six months if you are under 18) then today’s blog is for YOU!
Pilot Season! I feel the panic that just arose in you with just me saying those tow exciting scary horrible and wonderful words. Well, it’s on the horizon and the prepared actor will start thinking about things now. Yes, NOW. Start by looking at what the industry is up to these days. What shows are hot and what types of things will be likely to see as new projects. Then start thinking how you are going to fit into that picture. If long hair is really in (and it is on both guys and girls) start growing it now so that come January, it’s at a length and style that you like. What image do you want to portray in your headshots? Work on it now so come pilot season, it’s natural to you.
Photo Shop….ha…see what I did there? Photoshop…Photo Shop. HA! OK, seriously, window shop through headshots. See what makes a particular headshot effective or not. Look at magazines and advertisements and see how certain ‘looks’ really speak to you. If you want to be REALLY bold…cut them out and study them. Even bring them to your photoshoot and explain to your photographer the looks and feels you are going for. Truly, this is a collaberative effort between actor and photographer. The more communication you have, the better. Doing your research, you come prepared and will give a lot more to your photoshoot. The stress will be off because you took control and know what you are getting from the appointment. Talking with the photographer and showing him what you are going for will help him out too. In the end you will end up with better photos for the process….and heck, you might even ENJOY it!! 🙂