Actor Headshots - Getting it right

January 19, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Actor Headshots - Getting it right


As an actor, your headshot is often the first thing casting directors and agents see when considering you for a role.  A good headshot can make the difference between getting an audition or being overlooked, so it’s important to put thought and effort into making sure yours is the best it can be.


Keep it simple


But what makes a headshot great?  First and foremost, it should accurately represent what you look like.  Casting directors want to see what you really look like, not a heavily airbrushed or Photoshopped version of yourself.  Your headshot should show off your unique features and personality and should give a sense of what you might look like on screen.  It’s important to keep it simple – nothing fussy in the image to distract from the engagement in your eyes.


A compilation of three headshot images of the same subject,  with different looks, to demonstrate range.FemaleActorHeadshots


Show your range


In addition to accurately representing your appearance, a good headshot should also convey the type of roles you are best suited for. If you’re an actor who excels at comedic roles, your headshot should show off your playful and light-hearted side.  If you’re an actor who excels at dramatic roles, your headshot should convey intensity and depth.  Good headshot photographers will ensure you cover your range during a shoot – and it is recommended that you have a few different versions of your headshot, giving you options depending on the needs of the casting team.


A selection of images of the same actor, in different poses and different outfits, demonstrating range


Use a professional


It’s also important to choose the right photographer for your headshot. Look for someone with experience shooting actor headshots and be sure to check out their portfolio before booking a session. A good photographer will be able to capture your unique qualities and help bring out your best on camera (getting you relaxed and comfortable is key).


Keep it current


Two headshot images of the same person, showing look change,  one with long hair and one with shortActorHeadshotslookchange


Finally, be sure to keep your headshot up to date.  As you age and your appearance changes, it’s important to get new headshots taken to reflect these changes. A headshot that looks nothing like you in person is not going to be helpful in getting you cast.


In conclusion, headshots are an important tool for actors to showcase their unique looks and abilities. By choosing the right photographer, accurately representing yourself, and keeping your headshot up to date, you can increase your chances of getting noticed and landing the roles you want. So, always keep an eye on your headshot and update it whenever it is necessary.


My headshot sessions allow plenty of time to ensure we cover your range.  If you are considering updating your headshots get in touch – I’d love to help.





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