I gave a workshop recently where I heard an actor say they were going to get some cheap headshots done. As you can imagine I was surprised to say the least!
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, ‘you get what you pay for’ on a regular basis right? Well when it comes to actors headshots,things are no different.
In reality there’s dozens and dozens of headshot photographers in London where I’m based -no doubt the same can be said of most major cities round the world. But, all headshot photographers are not the same.
They all offer a range of services as well as a range fees. Some are at the big-bucks and others are in the bargain basement department with slogans like ‘Headshots for £50.00’. Simply type cheap headshots into Google and you’ll see many similar offers. But are they worth it?
While I wouldn’t explicitly tell anyone how and where to spend their money, my advice would be – as I have written in other blog posts – it’s a chance going with cheap headshots as they can turn out poorly. It’s a big risk to be taking with your career. Consider this; if you’re at the start of your acting career, bad or cheap headshots can have an extremely negative effect on it. Think of this scenario; you’re fresh out of drama school and ready to hit the big wide world. Your budget is tight so you have some cheap headshots done – you think you look great! After several months you’re not getting through the Casting Directors door, you haven’t booked any jobs and you’re starting to feel under pressure. You’re parents and friends are saying ‘ok you’ve tried that, now it’s time to get a proper job!’ You’re starting to feel pretty glum about stuff.
You bump into a Casting Director at a networking event and they check out your cheap headshots. They tell you in a rather kind way that your cheap headshots are rubbish, they don’t represent you truthfully, there’s no personality in the headshots and you’re not connecting with the viewer!
Wow, it’s pretty hard to take.
However they do tell you’ve got a great look and you should be auditioning – great news! They’re also kind enough to suggest a headshot photographer who’ll do a great job. The problem is they’re four times more expensive than your cheap headshots – it’s a dilemma!
You have two choices, go for more cheap headshots with someone else and hope they do a great job (unlikely) or do you suck it up and go and book a professional headshot photographer?
There is no choice – you get what you pay for in this world but it’s a fact in the world of actors headshots photographers. In y new book The Headshot Bible I give lots of information on finding and choosing the right professional headshot photographer for you. Some people work fast, other slower. Some people are chatty and funny while others are deadly serious. Find the right headshot photographer is crucial to producing a great result.
Don’t take a chance with your career, stay away from those cheap headshots.
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