If you asked your agent: “How do I achieve the best acting headshot?” Your agent’s reply should be that you need to hire a professional headshot photographer to shoot for you, that can shoot the real you, and keep it simple. Keeping your photo shoot simple is key. The best casting headshot should be you, your brand and honest. What is your casting? that is the question you should be able to answer right away.
So, with that mind, what else should you think about doing in terms of getting the best casting headshot if you’re a seasoned pro or about to embark on a professional career as an actor.
Best casting Headshot and Actors Casting Photo
A well-known casting director friend of mine told me an actress submitted (behind her agency’s back) a selfie Instagram photograph of her new headshot and actors casting photo for a major movie role! Wait! Including full beauty Instagram app retouching! Her agent originally told the actress that she wasn’t what the casting breakdown required. And under no circumstances was the agency going to be submitting her for that role, or any role until she at least had some new updated headshots taken. The actress Spotlight profile page included headshots that were terribly lit and very outdated. Instead of booking a session with a new photographer, she thought the selfie route would pay off. Sadly, it didn’t. When it comes to your headshot and casting photo, make sure you leave the Instagram account out! To get the best casting headshot speak to a pro headshot photographer.
Lighting for Spotlight Headshots
I can’t stress enough the importance of using professional lighting for spotlight headshots if you are to achieve the best casting headshot. You can have a choice of outdoor headshots taken, natural light headshots, studio lit headshot photos and a mixture of ambient light and strobe lighting. I am one of a few photographers who can offer all of these options in one session, allowing you maximum choice and coverage for your casting opportunities. So, that means lighting for Spotlight headshots is very much an important part of the headshot session process.
Getting Castings and Auditions
The most important tool that will open doors to getting castings and auditions is your 10×8 headshot photo. Your agent submits your online Spotlight Actors profile, which can include over 10 different images for the casting dept to mull over. It can include landscape and portrait photographs in colour or black and white. You need more than one photo, but not too many – don’t go over the top. Obviously, don’t keep outdated photographs on your CV profile out of sentiment – they must be as up to date as possible. It’s amazing what some actors will do when it comes getting castings and auditions, especially life changing castings! If you make a bad impression by not looking like your 10×8 photo or sending in a bad version of yourself you are not going to be seen again by that casting director. However, when it comes to retouching your image, the casting photographer should be explaining how the right amount of retouching is necessary.
You want to ensure that your spotlight actors profile and CV is bang up to date with professional honest shots portraying the best of you – you may love that over-glamorised shot from 5 years ago! But a mismatch of old and new photos could go towards confusing or worse annoying the casting director – you need good honest professional shots on the profile to expand your casting and audition success. Leave gimmicks out of your headshots such as smoking and hats! Back in the 1950’s you could get away with it if you were Lawrence Olivier or Peter Ustinov.
I understand that cost can affect choice. I would always say take some time and save – rather than having to pay twice when the cheap option falls through.
Feel free to get in touch for a brief chat prior to booking your best casting headshot.