Why some actors choose the wrong headshots?

Why some actors choose the wrong headshots?

Why some actors choose the wrong headshots   Why do some actors choose the wrong headshots?  A couple of weeks ago a well seasoned actor – by that mean an experienced actor,  they’d done plenty of stage, film and TV in their career. They came to see me as work had started to dry up recently and they and their agent felt a new set of headshots could freshen up their image and reintroduce them to casting directors. Sometimes before a shoot I look at an actor’s previous headshots to get a feel of how they’ve been promoting themselves, and […]

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How To Analyse Your Headshot – Part 4

How To Analyse Your Headshot – Part 4

How To Analyse Your Headshot – Part 4 Wearing the wrong clothes in your headshot is another common mistake,  they can distract the eye of the viewer away from your face. As I’ve talked about in the previous 3 parts of How To Analyse Your Headshot the eyes of the viewer should be focused on your face. Sometimes you are making a definite statement with what you wear, it’s an integral part of the message you want to send with your headshot. In general terms it’s best to keep the clothes plain. Jazzy patterns, strong stripes, fussy necklines and gaudy […]

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How To Analyse Your Headshot Part 3

How To Analyse Your Headshot Part 3

How do you inject your personality in a headshot?   What’s Personality? The most basic way to show personality in a headshot is to have one – a personality that is. By that I mean rather than being afraid of the camera you should welcome it’s lens and engage with it. It has often been said that Marilyn Monroe made love to the camera – what is clear in her photos is that she clearly loved being in front of the lens. Don’t be afraid of the camera it is your friend as is the photographer who is collaborating with […]

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How To Analyse Your Profile Headshot – Part 2

How To Analyse Your Profile Headshot – Part 2

How To Analyse Your Profile Headshot – Part 2 Continued from previous post It’s all in the eyes in a profile headshot I see the same issues crop up time after time in profile headshots and profile photos; the subject’s eyes are dead and lifeless, devoid of emotion and depth. It’s one of the most common mistakes I see in headshots, the subject focuses in the wrong place and fails to inject personality. It applies to every kind of headshot, profile picture or personal branding image, and since we live in a visually aware world, where we’re all trained to […]

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Analyse Your Headshot – Work Out Why It Isn’t Working

How to analyse your headshot We live in a visual world, how do you anaylse your headshot when we are trained to make judgements instantly about the images we see. If you are using a headshot or personal branding images for profile pictures and social media platforms then it’s worth taking a few minutes to analyse your headshot You may be surprised to learn your image is sending the wrong message! You can analyse your headshot in its 3 most important elements. Eyes Personality Background It amazes me how many actors look at their headshots through rose-tinted glasses, glossing over […]

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Is Your Acting Headshot Letting You Down?

Is Your Acting Headshot Letting You Down?

A Chance Encounter A few days ago I spoke to an actress at a seminar about how her career was progressing. She was a disappointed she wasn’t getting many castings or auditions. In truth she was frustrated with her agent, she seemed to have lost enthusiasm for her career and the last few castings had been unsuccessful. This actress was in her thirties but looked much younger, her casting age was late teens/early twenties. The problems was she was being sent for roles that her real age suited but her looks didn’t. She’s had some good headshot done previously and […]

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How to be a Film & TV Extra

How to be a Film & TV Extra

  Being a headshot photographer is a wonderful way to make your living as it never feels like real work – it’s more like chatting to new people everyday and taking some cool photographs along the way. This is not to belittle what I or other headshot photographers – it’s simply that I love my work. Over the years I’ve built up a huge body of knowledge and experience that I’m love to share with my clients, hence my book The Headshot Bible. One of the questions I’m asked on a regular basis is ‘how to be a film & […]

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Photo-shy actors

Photo-shy actors

I’m really looking forward to working with you again, which is something I never thought I’d honestly say to someone taking my photo. There are an unusual number of photo-shy actors, which seems like a contradiction given how much attention we seem to need, but there you go. In truth, you made it more like an acting job than a modelling job. Thanks for making this so easy. Alex

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The Benefits of Skype Headshot Consultations

The Benefits of Skype Headshot Consultations

While doing one of my regular Skype Headshot consultations a few days ago an actor seemed confused and downhearted about his lack of success in the last few years. It was surprising as his CV was full of good theatre credits with a history of film and TV work that seemed to come to a stop about four years ago. On paper he was a well-experienced actor who should be working, but why wasn’t he? As part of the Skype headshot consultations I ask for a headshot and CV in advance – it gives me time to prepare properly and […]

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Teamwork at it’s best!

Teamwork at it’s best!

I graduated from drama school two years ago and needed to update my previous headshots. I decided to book with Nick because of his vast experience and feedback I had received from other actors. He made me feel very comfortable and his knowledge allowed him to guide me through the session whilst still ensuring I felt in control and achieved what I wanted. I would definitely recommend Nick and will be using him in the future. WILLIAM ROSS-JONES(Actor & Director)

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