Updated:21.03.2017 An exciting new development in the world of actors headshots. I next week I’m launching my new ebook ’50 Tips For A Perfect Headshot’. If you look at the top of the page at the navigation menu bar on the far right you’ll see a page title ‘ebook’. It’s going to be out very shortly and as the title states, it contains 50 tips that are there to help you improve your headshot, to help you get better headshot, and hopefully get the perfect headshot.
So what is the perfect headshot?
Well it’s headshot that shows you looking like you really are on every day basis, it’s the kind of headshot that when you walk into an audition the casting director recognises you from your headshot immediately, it’s a headshot that catches the attention of the casting director, it’s a headshot that catches the attention of directors, agents and producers. Essentially when anyone is looking at your headshot it catches their attention and makes them want to look at the headshot even more. Over the 25 years I’ve been shooting head shots I’ve photographed well-over 20,000 people and as you can imagine, in that time I’ve gathered an awful lot of information, insider tips, tricks and techniques that go into getting the perfect picture.
The Holy Trinity of Headshots
There are three things that I think every great headshot should have; personality, emotional content and connectivity. This might sound obvious but for an actor to be able to express all of those three factors whilst being comfortable and remain self-confident is a tricky task. My job as an actors headshot photographer is to help the actor express themselves, to help them through my experience, through my knowledge and by using techniques of direction, show them how they can do all three and achieve a really outstanding headshot that grabs people’s attention.
If your headshot doesn’t catch people’s attention, if it doesn’t have the ‘WOW Factor’ – which incidentally is to Tip no.17 – The Wow Factor in my 50 Tips For A Perfect Headshot – if your headshot doesn’t have the wow factor how on earth would it catch the attention of the casting director?
In today’s day and age when casting directors receive hundreds and hundreds if not thousands of digital submissions for each role, when they look at multiple headshots as thumbnails on their computer screen, skimming through them until they see something they like. How can you make your headshot stand out from the crowd? Well, that’s what my book, 50 Tips For A Perfect Headshot will help you do, it delves into the nuances of a great headshot, it covers aspects such as; ‘what to wear’, how to express your personality, how to use ‘fel the force’ and what effect posture can have, it starts at the beginning and goes through the whole headshot process from start to finish. There’re a myriad of things that can have an effect on your headshot. Often actors, presenters and dancers don’t think of them, not because they think they aren’t important but because they’re simply not aware of them.
You can download the first couple of tips and the introduction absolutely free, it’s my pleasure to pass this knowledge and I hope you like the introduction and the first couple of tips enough to persuade you to buy the book. But more importantly I hope it helps you get that perfect headshot. You don’t have to ensure that every one of the 50 tips is in your headshot to make it a great headshot, some will apply to you and others might not. At the end of the day there’s information here that you won’t get anywhere else, I’ve collected it over 25 years in the business, if you like it or have any questions drop me a line on Twitter @NickGregan or on the blog below or you can reach me on Facebook at Nick Gregan Headshot Photographer.