Don't just take this advice word for word. When you are getting your headshots taken, don't bring fake anything! Don't do things that aren't what you always do because if you look different in your headshot than when you come in to audition for the role, it's over.
I don't want to be harsh, but I'm not lying when I say that a lot of actors I've worked with in the past have come to their auditions and looked nowhere near the same as they did in the picture. What false advertising! Until they shot with me, they weren't getting called back because of this. After we did our session, they might not have looked as glamorous in the images, but they definitely got called back much more often.
I can't stand how much it bothers me when that happens. I've directed a bunch of short films and a feature, and some of the people who came to the auditions looked way different than they did in their headshot.
Remember this: casting directors want you because of what you look like! If you're ugly in real life and your headshot makes you look great, you'll never be called back because although you'll make it to a lot of auditions, as soon as the casting director sees that you don't look as good as you did in the headshot you'll be thrown out. On the other hand, if you look ugly and the casting director is searching for someone ugly, you'll go to auditions that make sense for you, and you'll start getting booked all the time!
So if you look different in real life than in your headshot, you won't get the part. I know that a lot of you think that if you can just get in, and then they like your performance, they will hire you... But think about the possibility of that. You come in and look different than what they want, and five other people come in and look exactly the way they want. And you all do decent auditions. Now who is going to get the role?
Make sure your headshot looks like you AND captures the essence of who you are.
Your headshot tells a story, your story. If it's telling someone elses story, you won't get called back.
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