Although the title may be misleading, the Actors Fund is actually for all those involved in film, theatre or performance.
Your mamma blessed you with a beautiful face. This can work to
Hopefully you have some friends who are fellow actors or at least some pseudo actor friends on social media (if you don’t have any friends at all in general, making some of those should be your first priority. In order to, you know, be happy.
Review people’s work and determine your style
What kind of feel are you looking for in regards to your headshot? After getting a couple of recommendations from friends, check out the photographer’s portfolio. Does their taste, and approach resonate with yours? Can you connect with their work? Do you feel like their style will be able to accurately encapsulate what you want to share?
Get the right wardrobe
And now the time has come to pick out what clothes you’ll wear for your headshots! We recommend wearing a shirt that has a really bright, loud, and distracting pattern. You may also want to try socks, accompanied by some comfy crocs (you know something is going to look good when it rhymes). The crocs serve to boost your confidence during the shoot.
At this point, we’re hoping you listened when your teacher told you to actually practice reading things in the 5th grade, instead of skimming, because loud patterns are actually the exact OPPOSITE of what you want. And crocs are just always a bad idea. Instead of bright patterns, stick to solid colors that amplify your natural features. You don’t want to wear anything that is going to distract from the main focus of the picture: you. So wear something classy. Make your parents proud.
Look like yourself
The last thing you need is a headshot that doesn’t even look like you. As such, you’ll probably want to keep your headshot current in regards to the style and color of your hair, and you won’t want a final product that has been photoshopped to death. We’re not saying that photo editing is a bad thing, but we are saying that trying to look like something out of a fashion magazine may not be the ideal goal, because you want to look like a normal human. Your headshot should allow your personality to shine through, and you should look the way that you do on a normal day. Ladies, this probably means not going too crazy with the makeup unless that’s your daily routine. Even then though, remember that you want to show personality and be real. So take that as it applies to you.
It’s all in the eyes, baby
Finally, in both looking over photographer’s portfolios and in choosing which photos of yours to have them edit after your shoot, find photos in which the focus is on the eyes. As they say, the eyes are the window to the soul. Consequently, it may be a good approach to find:
- a photographer who really helps capture the life in people’s eyes,
- a photographer who knows how to direct the viewer’s focus to the eyes and
- something you can think about while getting your photo taken so that you don’t look dead inside.
But you know, do what you want.
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”― Robert Louis Stevenson
Sources for this article
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