Summer is the busiest time of year for agencies to cast actors for upcoming roles. Whether it be in film or TV, a great headshot is essential in the first stage of casting and an absolute requirement for any actor serious about getting work. “But what is it, and why do I need a professional actor headshot?” you might ask – in short, a headshot is an image which shows a true representation of your features clearly. It allows a casting team to gather a good idea of exactly how you look.
Your headshot will usually be the first thing an agency sees when you apply for acting work. Ensuring that your image is professional gives you a much better chance of gaining the role or getting through to the next round of casting.
You will usually need a set of two images initially for your portfolio; a standard head and shoulders shot, and a standard full body shot that clearly show your facial features, your hairstyle and your build.
We all know how important it is to make a great first impression, but in the online world that we live in, we can’t always make our first impressions face to face. Because of this, it’s vital that we make an excellent impression the best way that we can from our online profiles.
Professional headshots not only look beautiful, but they also stand out a mile in front of images taken on devices like smart phones. They scream quality, professionalism and show that you are invested in your craft and want to make the best impression. Some agencies won’t accept any images that haven’t been taken by a professional photographer, so it’s important to see your headshot as an investment rather than another thing to pay out for on top of your casting agency fees.
Adding makeup artistry to your headshot session can also be extremely beneficial – a professional makeup artist knows which products photograph beautifully, and will also be able to play to your best features to help you stand out from the crowd and secure your dream role. We have our own in-house makeup artist, Rachael Divers, who is globally recognised for her work and has had over six years experience in providing makeup artistry for photography.
To find out more about our professional Headshots and Visual Branding, click here. Alternatively, you can call Sue at the studio on 0122 671 8329 for more information.