‘A walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets this hour upon the stage and is then heard no more’ – Macbeth
…In other words: show your personality.
There are three crucial elements to a great headshot: emotion, connectivity and personality. Without these three key components working in harmony, the headshot is just a headshot and won’t grab the attention of the viewer. In it’s most basic function – getting you noticed – it will have failed.
Therefore a great headshot needs to show bags of personality – your personality will give it individuality.
Remember there are thousands of actors out there and there’ll be quite a few with a similar look to you. Therefore you need to ensure your headshot makes you stand out from the crowd, so that when a casting director looks at it we want them to think ‘yes’ this is exactly who I’m looking for.
Casting directors see so many headshots every day. Make no bones about it they can spot a good one straight away, equally so they can spot a poor one a million miles away and they usually end up straight in the bin. When your headshot lands on their desk, or more likely these days on their computers desktop, it only has a second or two to make its impression. We want that to be the right impression, as first impressions do count and first impressions are lasting impressions.
Many casting directors now view multiple headshots at the same time on their computer screens and their skilled eyes scan over them quickly easily spotting poor headshots as quickly as they are drawn to great headshots.
This is the time to show that sparkle in your eye, your depth of personality, your vivaciousness, your vibrancy or your professionalism. It’s the time to show what makes you special and makes you stand out from the crowd. It’s time to how that you’re not just like any other actor.
In my new book ‘The Headshot Bible’ I lay out 50 tips for a perfect headshot and Tip no 15 – Personality Is Crucial I explain id detail how a headshot with personality always catches the eye of those looking at it.
This is where your relationship with your headshot photographer is critical as they have the opportunity to help you ‘express yourself’ to encourage ‘a performance’ out of you that they can capture on camera. Remember your headshot is often the first point of contact and often the only point of contact casting directors might have with you. Don’t take a chance with your one opportunity to make a great impression, if you have to scrimp and save a bit to see one of the top headshot photographers then do so as it will be money well spent.
The top headshot photographers are at the top of the tree for a reason. It’s because their headshots get you noticed.
All headshot photographers are not the same and they can’t all offer the skills, expertise, knowledge or personality that works well you. Tip no.2 – in The Headshot Bible – Choosing The Right Headshot Photographer reveals why not every headshot photographer is the right fit for you.
So remember the words of the Great Bard don’t be ………A walking shadow…..
Look out for more inspirational words from the Great Bard himself coming soon!
If you’re looking for a photographer that can produce for you a perfect picture, talk to me today about what I can do for you. About my actor headshot photography