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‘This above all else: to thine own self be true’ – Hamlet…in other words make sure you look like your headshot.

This is perhaps one of the most crucial aspects of your headshot. It has to be a true representation of you. There is no point in sending out a headshot that no longer looks like you. For instance; if your hair was blonde and long but is now black and short – you don’t look like your headshot anymore. Equally so for the guys, if for some strange reason you had your headshot taken with a beard and then decide it looked a bit naff and you shave it off – well you really need a new headshot. The first thing a casting director or agent wants in an actors headshot is a true likeness. Imagine traveling for a couple of hours for a big audition waiting in line and getting yourself all psyched-up for big moment and when you walk in you see the look of confusion on the casting directors face, the last thing you want to hear from them is ‘ where’s the person in the picture’? So let’s make it clear you have to look like your picture, it’s no good guys if you’re going a bit thin on top ( like me ) and you ask the headshot photographer to retouch the hair line a bit – shame on your vanity. Likewise  for ladies having your laughter lines (wrinkles) retouched out is a no no – because it’s not you anymore. And the Casting Director may just say to you ” where’s you’re younger sister, the one in the photo’? So the bottom line is in the words of the great bard “to thine own self be true” and make sure you look like your current headshot. If you don’t get a new one.

Part 2 to follow shortly….

Nick Gregan Actors Headshot Photographer

Katie Geary © Nick Gregan

– Shakepeare’s Top Ten Tips For A Great Actors Headshot Part 1

Hi Nick!
Just wanted to say a final thank you for my amazing headshots. I just looked over the photos on the disc which I received earlier last week and even the unedited ones are absolutely amazing.
Thank you again for such an inviting afternoon. Hopefully I’ll see you in the future when we will be working together again. Also I will definitely be recommending you to all my friends, I don’t think I could sing your praises enough!

– Louise O’Hara

Following on from yesterdays post I’ve had quite a few of you ask me what actually are ‘Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions’

As photographer who specialises in shooting headshots for actors I often take headshots of young and aspiring thespians, many of whom are still studying and constantly looking for way to increase their knowledge and acting technique. I don’t profess to have all the answers but I do have a healthy interest in ensuring I can help my clients and add value to every session that I shoot.

After all my clients are my lifeblood and as I spend most of my working week in the company of actors I always want to be able to pass on an extra little piece of advice, tips or tricks to help my clients get the very best out of themselves and out of our headshot session. I get a huge thrill out of coaching and coaxing fantastic 10×8’s for Spotlight and other casting services, of seeing my clients move on with success their career and hopefully reaching heady heights.

When I came across ‘Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions’ I instantly thought that this would be great information to pass on and share with others. I hope you enjoy this post and share it with others who may benefit from it.

1.  WHO AM I?
(All the details about your character including name, age, address, relatives, likes, dislikes, hobbies, career, description of physical traits, opinions, beliefs, religion, education, origins, enemies, loved ones, sociological influences, etc.)
2.  WHAT TIME IS IT?
(Century, season, year, day, minute, significance of time)
3.  WHERE AM I?
(Country, city, neighborhood, home, room, area of room)
4.  WHAT SURROUNDS ME?
(Animate and inanimate objects-complete details of environment)
5.  WHAT ARE THE GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCES?
(Past, present, future and all of the events)
6.  WHAT IS MY RELATIONSHIP?
(Relation to total events, other characters, and to things)
7.  WHAT DO I WANT?
(Character’s need.  The immediate and main objective)
8.  WHAT IS IN MY WAY?
(The obstacles which prevent character from getting his/her need)
9.  WHAT DO I DO TO GET WHAT I WANT?
(The action: physical and verbal, also-action verbs)

Uta Hagen

– Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions For Actors

The legendary acting teacher Uta Hagen gives some great advice and tips on being an actor.
Also well known for her ‘9 questions for finding your character’ this short video gives some
excellent insights to improve your performance.

 

 

– Uta Hagen’s Acting Class


Nick is very professional, very helpful and made me feel comfortable and confident throughout the session. His prices are reasonable and he gives you some helpful tips along the way. He’s definitely the man to see.

– Siobhan Luff

Nick Gregan is a fantastic photographer! His skill and experience are very apparent from the word go, and he really puts you at ease. He is passionate about what he does, and really helps you to get the right headshot for you; offering advice before, during and after your appointment! A true professional.

Katherine Astbury Headshot © Nick Gregan

Katherine Astbury Headshot © Nick Gregan

– Katherine Astbury

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