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.” –

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?)


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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.


Look Natural

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.

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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

Teenage Actor Headshots

When it comes to teenage actor headshots there are a few things that you want to consider.   First off,  headshots are the first thing that a casting director will see.  This might be the only chance you have to make a big impression!  You want to make sure that your headshots stand out from the crowd, but you don’t want it to ‘crowded’.  What I mean is this.   Keep it simple, keep it clean and keep it fresh.  All eyes should be on your eyes.


Clean and Neat Cannot be Beat.

Remember this saying because it’s easy to overthink your teenage actor headshots.  (So much rides on these pictures, right? )  I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your clothing options simple.  Stay away from logos, stripes and crazy patterns.  Always keep in mind that the director wants to see who you are.  Keeping your clothing options simple gives the casting director a window into you.

To Compliment or Contrast

Definitely Compliment! You probably have a good idea which colors complement your skin tone and eye color. (The compliments are never about the clothes, they’re all about you — what beautiful eyes, glowing skin, lustrous hair, etc.). In general, if you have medium or dark skin & eyes, any color except one that matches your skin will work. Contrast is key. Fair skin and blue eyes? Try blues, pinks and grays. Green eyes? Browns, greens and oranges. These are general rules of the color chart, but go with what you know — and you know what you look and feel good in.


Ready to get started?

We will work together to find the right location and the right clothing options for your headshot photoshoot.  Typically,  sessions last 1-2 hours and we can do a few different outfit changes during that time.  Contact me today!