Having a good headshot is a must for aspiring actors who are trying to get good projects. It can be compared to a business card. If you are a professional or a businessman, you need business cards to help introduce yourself and your business to possible clients and business partners. If you are an actor, you distribute actor headshots to directors and producers. It is an important part of making a good first impression. If you are an actor and you still don’t have a headshot then you should immediately get one right after you read this article. If you already have one but is struggling to land good projects, then maybe it’s time for you to get a new and better one.
Directors and producers are very busy people. You can’t imagine the number of headshots they receive every single day. So if your headshot does not grab the eye, then you don’t stand a chance of being casted. This is the reason why a headshot should be different from an ordinary portrait. An ordinary portrait is meant to simply depict the image of an individual, a headshot is meant to convey a stronger message. It is meant to sell the individual and it should be able to do it fast. Keep in mind that directors and producers may only have a few seconds to scan your photo. Therefore, your photo needs to stand out. It needs to grab attention.
If you think you can get away with a headshot that has been shot by your cousin in your garage with a $50 point-and-shoot then you are probably not taking your acting career seriously. It is important for your headshot to look professional. And the only way for this to happen is for you to have a professional take your picture. Do you honestly believe that you can fool directors and producers especially those who have been in the industry for many years already? If you submit homemade acting headshots, you will surely give off a bad impression. Directors and producers will think that you are not serious about getting the job because you did not even bother to submit a professional headshot.
If you get called for a casting and then the director tries vainly to match your acting headshot to your face then you know that you have a lot of explaining to do. While it is true that you must put your best foot forward – so to speak – when it comes to headshots, the end product should still look like the real you. This is why it is a no no to submit a photo that is heavily edited. If it is possible you should send a raw unedited copy of your photo. Director and producers want to see the real you. If you send a heavily edited photograph, they might even be offended because that is tantamount to deceiving them. Casting directors value honesty and the best way for actors to be honest is to submit an accurate headshot.