One of the Best Headshot Photographers Vanie Poyey blogs about headshots:
Hey look at me and how pretty I am.
That’s what I see in headshots over and over again. And over and over, agents ask actors to re-shoot their headshots.
Because though pretty, their headshots lack personality–it’s simple, really! Unless you’re a model or one of the pretty people in town, you shouldn’t shoot pretty, because pretty won’t sell you when you walk in the door—your personality will.
Lisa Marie Morabito: Young Mom / Young Professional
Luke Gioiosa: Blue Collar / Mafioso
Rachael Greeley: Hip / Danielle Cohen: Quirky
NOW, I’M NOT SAYING GO TAKE A SELFIE with your iPhone and post it on Actor’s Access. What I AM saying is to use a photographer that can light well, but isn’t trying to transform you into a model.
You may have a pretty face, but if you’re the everyday gal or guy, and you walk into a room full of beautiful people, you’re wasting everybody’s time and you’re probably not getting a call back.
Riccardo LeBron: Lead
Ana Maria Stanciu & Wes Myaers: Friend Session
Trust me, I see it all the time– the 5’2” guy with strong jaw lines, who looks stunning in his headshot, but walks in with 20 pounds too much and 5 inches too short to be the lead.
Lisa Marie Thomas: Quirky Office / Lead
Nadeem Marc: Prep School / Quirky Professional
Sarah Domin & Sean Cook: Quirky Office
WHY NOT DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and let everyone know, for example, that you’re the handsome or the pretty or the cute character actor? That way, not only will you be called in to the right auditions, but you’ll have a fighting chance for a call back!
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