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I’ve been blogging for over ten years

and in that time, the one consistent advice I’ve given is to make sure your headshots define specific characters you’ll be auditioning for.

IT’S THE ONE ELEMENT ABOUT THE SUBMISSION PROCESS WHICH HASN’T CHANGED while so much else has. In a pool of 3000 digital submissions, when the casting community doesn’t already know you, if your headshot isn’t specific, you likely won’t get called in for that character.

Alisha Martin: Edgy Down and Out / Blue Collar Mom / Hip Urban

This is until you accrue enough (quality) credits from high budget productions and therefore start auditioning for co-starring and principle roles.

When you start going out for bigger roles, you also begin working with reps who only submit for those bigger roles. Those agents and managers aren’t going to bother with day-player and resume building roles.

John Kviklys: Sports Fan / Blue Collar Worker / Best Friend

Ayra Farzid: / Corinne Laurence: Hip DJ / Suburban Mother

Timmy Lee: Hipster / Athletic

In fact, often times the way they successfully get their clients seen for bigger roles is by personally “pitching” their clients. Sometimes their reputation alone opens bigger doors for their actors.

IN THESE INSTANCES your headshots need to reflect the ability to either support the show, or carry it all together, which means you are now in the big leagues.

Corinne Meadors: Suburban Mom / Country Club Mom / BBQ Mom / Doctor

And when you play in the big leagues,

you have to look like you belong. This is when your headshot can embody the essence of a star in the making with not much else.

Kelly Hawthorne: Suburban Mom / Fitness

Hannah McBryde: Girlfriend / BBQ Mom / Young Secretary

Manager Karla Huff from Dream Talent Management puts it this way.

“…we started approaching things this way when we looked at major celebrity headshots – there aren’t all these different outfits to express type or personality in the ones we reviewed.  What we noticed is something deeper – a different approach – we are very aggressive with working together with our agents for auditions.  I pitch all of our top clients for anything guest star and above – in our pitch documents we detail what their strengths are, etc. and I typically personalize a pitch as to why we think they may be perfect for something.  The pictures I use reflect an attitude not a wardrobe.”

Andres Schabelman: Hip Professor / Edgy Musician

Art Ybarra: BBQ Grandfather / Edgy Cartel Boss

So when you’re being pitched for roles, it’s time to change your marketing materials to reflect your billing.? That’s when it’s important to work with a photographer who captures your star quality instead of the different characters you can play.

Questions? Let’s chat in the comments below. And please share this post with your friends. Sharing is caring!

Carollette Phillips: Hip Urban / Michael Kaycheck: Edgy Mafia

 

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