So! You’ve gotten your snazzy new headshots. You LOVE them. They’re all amazing photos of you-except for the few eye blinks here and there. So now for the daunting task of choosing your favorites. UUUUGGGHH. It’s a task so daunting I don’t even do it for my clients! I make you do it! And I’ll tell you why. You need to be your number one advocate. The person that knows, better than anyone else-because you’ve done your research and asked around and proven it to yourself over and over again —what your character type is and what projects are coming up that suit you.
But! Here is something I will do for you— let you in on the process I go through of picking out my perfect headshot for every audition. Follow these steps to successfully convince the casting director at a glance, that you are the one for them.
Name your character types. Write them down. Be specific. I would say that I am an ingenue-so what! What KIND of ingenue. There are THOUSANDS. Think back over your resume of shows and connect the dots between your characters and their specific traits. I would narrow that down and say that I am a youthful looking ingenue/leading lady and I have a habit of playing vulnerable characters who find strength throughout the piece. Find shots that capture that visually.
Name the shows you are going to audition for next and what characters you are right for. That you are RIGHT for, not that you’d like to play.
Star a bunch of photos to start! Then narrow them from there. A look can change from 1 half second to the next and sometimes we’re lucky enough to capture that-be sure that you can compare the two side by side.
Get a second opinion. Not from your mom. Even though she’s the best. From a mentor, your agent, or a friend who is knowledgeable about your field. This will also help you stay away from just pretty of you. We want these to look like you, AND get work for you! Photos that are beautiful, but not an accurate representation of how you’re going to show up on an average day of work can be deceiving to casting.
Once you’ve narrowed down to your teens-check off each box of castability till you have one for each.
Start to get picky. Do your facial expressions match the vibe of the color scheme?
OK. The MAIN thing. Your headshots should have just a little something extra in your eye. Something that a director would look at and say, “I wonder what they’re thinking”, or “they look like they’ve got a story to tell.” Something intriguing that pushes casting to want to get to know you and allow you to tell your story through their show. Intrigue. Sparkle. Story. Whatever you want to call it.
Go forth and choose wisely, my Foxes.
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