The way you use your headshot has evolved. It's no longer a printed 8x10 you hand out at auditions. Nowadays, it's a small thumbnail among many other headshots, and it must be captivating enough to entice clicks and have the rest of your work reviewed.
When getting ready for your headshots, it's crucial to take into account your personality and the specific types of roles you're passionate about. Be precise about the roles you already get cast in and those you believe you could be cast in the future. This will help ensure your headshots truly represent your potential in the industry.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
No representation, reel, or resume?
f you currently lack representation, a reel, or a resume, your primary aim should be to secure an agent. In this case, you need a headshot that truly showcases YOU, without being overly character-driven. This is commonly referred to as your "legit" shot or "theatrical" shot. At this stage, focus on obtaining one or two amazing shots that authentically represent you and are suitable for the market. It's best to avoid character-driven headshots until you have an agent to guide you in the right direction. The 30-minute Snap Session is a perfect fit for someone at this stage of their career. The 30-minute Snap Session is ideal for someone at this stage.
You have representation:
Before your headshot session, it's essential to consult with your representation and talk about the character types you aim to portray. The industry now emphasizes the importance of headshots aligning with your character type. However, this doesn't mean you have to wear a lab coat and stethoscope for your doctor shot; it's better to keep the wardrobe suggestive. Being overly specific might come across as corny if not executed properly by the photographer. So, finding the right balance is key to achieving impactful and authentic headshots.
Consult with photographers and find your vibe:
- Schedule a consultation with a few different photographers. This is a great way to get to know each photographer and see if they are a good fit for you. You can schedule one with Sean HERE.
Once you've chosen a photographer, be prepared to work with them to create the perfect headshot. Be open to their suggestions and be willing to experiment with different looks. With a little effort, you can create a headshot that will help you book more roles and advance your acting career.