Chances are that accessories are the last detail we think about in putting our headshot look together. But accessories are the selling point that bring authenticity to a look. There’s a bit of an art form to get them juuuuuust right. You don’t want to go overboard in a headshot. You are the star of this headshot and you don’t want to let anything detract from your glorious face. So, let’s take at a few examples of people who did it right:
Lots of guys choose to come with facial hair for their first look and shave for the second. It makes a HUGE difference and both looks come in handy, depending on the audition.
When choosing a layer we can communicate a few different things. One jean jacket can say girl next door, while a leather jacket can say hard core bad-A**. A cardigan can add a layer of sweet conservativeness, and a fur vest can suggest a young fashionista. Think about what your layer says about you and your character type.
Theatre peeps: If you wear glasses, bring them! Let’s get a shot with them. Don’t really bring glasses unless you wear them in real life.
Film Peeps: Agents reeeeeally like glasses options in your headshots. Invest in a pair or two fake ones if you don’t have any real ones.
The hat option is more appropriate for film headshots as they are looking for a much more specific character type in your looks. Theatre can be a lot more neutral.
I love that all these pics of Ben are a completely different character and warranted a completely different tie. Ben is primarily a film actor-so we wanted to get pretty specific with his looks. He gets called in for laid back business men, the eager salesman, and the sinister corporate type.
Save this one for the last look you do so you can add a pop of color without influencing the other more neutral looks!
Keep it simple! Think intentional and character-type based.