First, let’s break it down. What’s a headshot? I think sometimes we are fooled into thinking it’s a flattering photo of your face. When in reality it’s a lot more business than that.
It is the number one tool that a casting director will use to recall your audition.
It is a photo showcasing your best self. It is NOT a glamorized version of yourself. Should it be a fantastic photo of you? OF COURSE! But that’s not the point. You may think that your audition will be memorable enough to get the callback, but it’s not. After the hundreds of people they saw that day, your headshot is the one link to your name and contact info.
I was recently talking to a theatre director about if a bad headshot had ever cost anyone a job. He said in his most recent audition it happened, hours after the initial auditions as the production team was sorting through their possibilities. They thought of their perfect girl for a certain part and could swear she had blonde hair. After sorting through all the headshots, they couldn’t find anyone who looked like her and were super frustrated. They literally couldn’t match the audition to the headshot because the girl had a different hair color in her audition than her headshot.
SO! Moral of the story, it’s important that your headshot looks like you when you walk into that audition. That goes for hair color, hair length, facial hair, current weight, current age, etc. Also, make sure you’re not photoshopped to the point that your friends don’t recognize you. Leave those wrinkles. I’m dead serious. Help the production team out in any way you can to remember who you are when you step into that room and rock their socks off. A GREAT headshot should also catch a casting director’s eye and have an essence of the character you’re going for. BUT first and foremost, it is a tool for the production team to find you!
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