The Power of Accessories (with examples!)

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:

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FACIAL HAIR

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.

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LAYERS

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.

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GLASSES

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.

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HATS

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.

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TIES

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.

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LIPSTICK

Save this one for the last look you do so you can add a pop of color without influencing the other more neutral looks!

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JEWELRY

Keep it simple! Think intentional and character-type based.

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Upping Your Performing Game With The Gym

Going to the gym. Woof. I know, I know. So freaking rough. But the past few shows I’ve done since consistently going to the gym have had 5 major differences—and it has nothing to do with how I look.

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  1. Less injury. While I don’t get injured in shows super often, there’s always bruises and scrapes and they usually happen with something stupid that I’m not thinking about. Because I am more in tune with my body, I am more aware of it during shows, I end up avoiding lots of dumb mistakes.

  2. Performing to my body’s full extent. And no, I don’t mean just dance-heavy roles. I think every single role could benefit from you having a warmed-up body and being in tune with its’ strengths and weaknesses. It’s your instrument. Why wouldn’t you want to understand everything about it? Put more tools in your tool belt.

  3. I have more energy and can push through easier when shows get hard-especially with cardio. This allows me to focus on the storytelling, rather than my endurance.

  4. This one’s gonna sound lame…*sigh* but it’s true….Being physically active has helped me learn lessons about life that I can literally FEEL in my own body. Like metaphors. And the more that you can learn about life-the better actor you will be. For example: Muscles are built by being torn down and the body rebuilds them by fusing muscle fibers together to form new muscle protein strands. So many lessons in there about how we need to be broken down and have humility in order to be made stronger. And how muscle fibers forming together to make something new is like our casts coming together to create and build each other up.

  5. It’s an incredible dose of self-care, which is critical in crazy show time. My time at the gym has become sacred, where I get to focus on me. As a mom of 2-that’s pretty rad. I also get to show my kids that I love my body and that it’s important to take care of yourself. Total bonus ;)

  6. I feel strong and empowered. The more that you can do to maintain confidence in this world where we are constantly in the limelight, the better. If you have a relationship with and can trust your body, it’s almost like you’ve got a friend out there on the stage. Possibly the cheesiest thing I’ve ever said on here. But, hey. We’re artists. You get it.

Annihilating Negative Thoughts About Others PT. 2

Okay. Time for another story.

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A few months ago I was on social media. I was seeing the successes of a friend and realized that I was having a really negative cycle after every time I saw this particular persons’ posts. Where I had a ton of negative self talk about what this person was and all the things I was not.

I don’t get stuck with social media self-pity very often. For me, it’s not about beautiful houses, fashion, or perfection in motherhood—but about missed performance opportunities—a discovery I only recently made when looking at this post. And it hit me like a ton of bricks.

So, for a couple weeks I just tried to avoid social media. But it didn’t fix the pit in my stomach any time these posts showed up. I hated feeling no control over my emotions about this person that I love dearly, but was making me feel inadequate and pick myself apart. It wasn’t their problem. It was mine.

Comparison is the freaking WORST. And does absolutely nothing for achieving your goals. In fact, it’s quite opposite. It will paralyze you. Unfortunately, comparison is also something we deal with every day as performers. And that’s ok. It’s natural. We need to know how to tackle these thoughts when they happen. We can tell our brains what to do with these thoughts and take all the power out of them with these steps:

  1. Single out the individual that stirs up these feelings. And sort out the root thought about this person.

  2. Write down the thought and cross it out-to communicate to the brain that it’s not true and to disregard it. It will seem crazy to see the actual thought formulate.

  3. Find one positive thought about the individual.

  4. Name one positive thought about yourself.

We don’t have time for these thoughts, clouding our minds and stunting our progress. Enough! We don’t need to be bogged down, anymore. We need to support our fellow actors and know that we are original. No one can be us and we cannot be anyone else. Be happy for your friends and know that you are doing or are in pursuit of beautiful and worthy things that you should throw your heart into. Repeat these steps for as many times as you need until you are unstoppable and living to your fullest potential. Deallll??!

Annihilating Negative Thoughts Pt. 1

SO, I’m a car singer. It’s always been my place to experiment and warm up and let go. A couple weeks ago I was singing away and I hit a note weird and had this nasty thought about my voice and stopped singing. And to top it off, my brain finished the thought with, “I bet everyone things that about your voice and just doesn’t tell you.” WHAT FOUL WORDS!

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I’ve been trying to be more mindful about my thoughts lately. And honestly, I don’t even think I would have picked up on this thought normally. It just so casually slipped out. Which was freaky, because it shows me just how normalized these thoughts are in my brain. How sick is that?

And then I thought to myself, “so, what IF everyone thought that? IF. Does that thought serve me? Does it help me sing better?” Absolutely not.

SO! I hit rewind on the song, said a few positive things to myself, and tried the note again. Nailed it. It was literally a 10 second thought reset that changed the rest of my day and stopped more long-lasting negative thoughts in their tracks.

Can you imagine the damage that negative thoughts like these could do as they play on repeat over and over again as you try a similar note? You will create your own mental blocks like, “well, I just can’t belt a D.” or “Oh, I am a terrible dancer.” Your brain will believe you, I promise.

Get rid of these thoughts. Do they serve you? Do they make you better? No? Then switch it up. Tell your brain a different story and you will get different results. So, how do you start resetting these thoughts?

  1. Identify them. This is the trickiest part. I bet you are so accustomed to being your own worst enemy. And it makes you comfortable. Find them.

  2. Say them outloud. You will be so surprised at how biting and petty your own mind can be-it will sound ridiculous. Or better yet, write them down. Cross the thought out. This will communicate to your brain that it is false and to disregard the thought.

  3. Replace the thought with something positive about yourself.

  4. Try, try again. Get back out there and prove to your brain that it’s wrong.

I challenge you to find just one negative thought you can reset today. Get out there, Foxy People!