The headshot. It’s the single most important marketing tool for an actor, and it’s amazing how many people do it wrong just to cut a few corners. Actors, it’s time to take it more seriously. When that little headshot jpeg pops up on a casting director’s computer, you want them to say, “Yes, bring that person in!” Not “Yikes, that guy kinda scares me.” – Backstage.com
What are acting headshots?
Acting headshots are the first thing a casting director sees. How do you want them to see you? I have tried to find the actual number of actors in the Los Angeles area, but they are pretty hush hush about this sort of thing. (Maybe its because aspiring actors would get discouraged and not come out?)
What makes great acting headshots?
Use a professional!
Having your friend snap a few pics will not make the cut. If a headshot looks cheap, it probably is! Even if your friend has a ‘decent’ camera, take the money and splurge on a professional. Someone who knows lighting and is trained in portraiture is definitely worth the money. Save your cheap acting headshots for instagram.
A casting director does not want to see a lot of photoshop in your acting headshots. Make sure your images look like you! Good headshots should be 3/4 quarter shots are good for print. Don’t get too close up. Directors stress to not do peace signs, or the infamous hands on face pose for your pictures. Let your personality stand out! Natural light is great, because it shows directors how you will look on film.
“A simple, solid color shirt with a little texture that fits you well and matches your eyes should do the trick.” – Backstage
Simple is best! No graphic t-shirts and whites can be very distracting. Leave the props at home. I once saw someone with a cop uniform on for his comp cards. This to me, limits who you can be as an actor. Being a professional will get you noticed, not desperation.