Head shots are for actors like a business card to anyone else. They are hugely important and just crucial to your success. They really must be done right and done right the first time. A manager, casting director, director or anyone in the business won’t spend more than 1.5 seconds looking at your head shot if they don’t captivate them or you have a look that makes them stop and read your resume. It is sad but true and that’s how the business works.
I photographed Jasmine and had a great time with her. This is what she has to say about head shots…
I needed to take a head shot, so I did some research beforehand so I’d know what to expect. I looked up head shots of actresses in my age group and noticed that their photos were very simple: minimal makeup, solid-colored tee shirts, and natural looking hair. I decided to do the same, simple makeup and a tee shirt in a color that complimented my skin tone. Even with all the research I did, I soon realized that taking my own photos wasn’t going to be good enough – none of my photos looked anything like me, or good for that matter. I decided I needed a professional photographer and luckily I found Misti. Misti told me to keep my look for the shoot simple and fresh. Having a professional take my picture made all the difference in the world, I am so confident in these pictures and I know she got the best possible shots of me, infinitely better than the ones I took myself!
Thank you so much Misti I absolutely love them! I will definitely let you know if I want more pictures and again thank you so much!
Jasmine did her research and knew what needed to be done. Head shots are not in black and white anymore, they are rarely printed beyond a few to send to agents and manager. Much of this is just done online now and when you see someone in person. Your image has to connect and connect quickly. So remember that old saying “you only get to make one first impression” and get those professional shots done soon! Show personality and range of ages and looks and don’t forget to connect!
Acting Head Shots that connect.