Head: Delivering the head shot
by Art Hindle
(reprinted with the kind permission of ACTRA Toronto Performers Magazine)
*Keep it real. A perfect headshot is one that looks just like the ‘you’ that walks into the room. Nothing upsets Casting more than if you walk in a room and don't look anything like your photo. A great photo that doesn't look like you will just lead to auditions where they decide you're not what they want before you’ve even read the scene.
*The shot has to be arresting in some way. It's usually in the eyes. Is there a presence to the expression, something that grabs the viewer, a depth in your eyes so we can see a little bit about who you are? What is that special quality that you bring to your work? Is it your strength, your openness, your sense of humour, your intelligence, etc.?
*Your photo isn’t an answer to, “Can you play a lawyer?” It is an answer to, “In the law firm, which lawyer are you?” The more specific you can be about your character type and the types of roles you can play, the better.
*Go for natural-looking shots, fairly close, with very little makeup and glamour. If you're young, make sure the makeup doesn't make you look too old as being young is an advantage in this business.
*Head-and-shoulders only for your primary shot – your secondary shot can be waist-up.*Colour. No black and white.
*Your name should be at the bottom of the photo, in a simple font such as Arial.
Once you get the results, consult with your agent before making the final choice.You look fabulous, darling!