So, you’re an aspiring performer, and you’ve finally decided to get some professional headshots. But before you make this financial investment in yourself and your career, there are a few things you should know. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the common mistakes that could make the different between okay headshots and headshots that will get you an audition.
MISTAKE #1: NOT HIRING A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when getting your headshots done is not hiring a professional photographer. This is your one chance to make a great first impression, and a bad headshot will only hurt your chances of getting an audition. A professional photographer will know how to bring out your best features and help you look your best.
MISTAKE #2: THINKING YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR HEADSHOT
In this digital age, a lot of submissions are being made electronically, and a LOT of submissions are being received for a single role (sometimes up to a thousand). Some performers tend to think they don’t need to worry so much about their headshots, but this is definitely not the case. In fact, your headshot needs to be better now than ever before because they’re being looked at on computers and laptops, sometimes in the middle of the night. You want to make sure your image looks nice and crisp on any kind of computer screen.
MISTAKE #3: NOT EXPRESSING YOUR BRAND IN YOUR HEADSHOT
Your headshot should tell a story. Aside from being technically well shot, it should express who you are and what type of brand you’re going for in the headshot. Performers have wide ranges, so you should be able to show, in two or three images, what your range is. Make sure your eyes are never flat. Engage with the camera. Your headshot needs to immediately grab the attention of whoever is looking at it.
MISTAKE #4: NOT ACCOMPANYING IT WITH A GOOD RESUME AND DEMO REEL
At the end of the day, we know there’s only so much a headshot can do. That’s what you want to make sure you’re professional and fantastic headshots are accompanied by a solid, up to date resume and a great demo reel. These are also very vital components to the process.
MISTAKE #5: TRYING TO BE SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT
Finally, don’t try to be someone you’re not in your headshot. Be yourself and let your personality shine through. Casting directors are looking for people that they can envision in a role, not someone who is trying to imitate someone else. So be yourself and let your uniqueness shine through in your headshot.
So, there you have it! Following these tips will help you avoid making common mistakes when getting headshots. Remember, a professional photographer can help you look your best and make a great first impression. So don’t skimp on this important part of your acting career. Invest in some great headshots today!