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