One of the most important marketing tools that an actor must have is a professional headshot. It informs a Casting Director of what types of roles you could possibly play and want to bring you in to audition for in the future. The headshot must be professionally shot and tell a story.
These are some questions you want to ask yourself BEFORE planning to shoot with any professional headshot photographer:
What do you want to convey to your audience in your new headshots?
What should the Casting Director know about you as this person depicted in your headshot?
What types of roles portray you best? Do you know your type(s)?
Have you researched photographers for the style of work that will tell your story best in your headshots?
Have you asked advice or tips from actively-working casting directors, talent managers, or agents, who know the current business, which headshot photographers they prefer?
These are just some questions to consider before reaching into your pocket to pay for a headshot session. If you've been working on your career as an actor for some time, I would recommend these questions. If you're a new, young, actor or actress, I would start with polaroids or snapshots to see how you do first, before investing in new headshots, but that is up to you. Also, I have recently learned that there must be something going on in your eyes. Your story must read through these eyes. The eyes are indeed the keys to your soul, so practice, practice, practice!
In March, I met with Adam of BestLAHeadshots.com to get some theatrical headshots and even got in a couple of commercial shots too. Here's a look at some of the photographs.
"An acting career is just that, a career. Hang in there if you have a serious passion and desire to use your creativity in this way. Your time will come when your voice will be heard and your purpose will blossom like a flower on a beautiful spring day. Trust the process..." -Selena B.