What are city headshots? City headshots are headshots shot in the city, using the city as a backdrop.
We specialize in outdoor headshots and body shots using the city grunge to bring out a different side of a character. What's a headshot if it doesn't stand out?
City headshots are different from indoor or rural headshots because there isn't too much green in them. Instead there are lots of buildings and walls, meaning typically grays, blacks and browns.
Another cool thing about city headshots are that they can use reflected building light to really make them pop. The lighting that you get when taking headshots in a city is really cool because there are so many different colors and types of light, from high key diffuse light to low key hard light, and when you have a reflector it gets even better.
Remember that getting city headshots will give you so much more versatility than taking indoor headshots or rural headshots because there are so many different backgrounds and kinds of lighting for the headshots.
City headshots are the way to go!
A commercial headshot typically has a flat, white background. The headshot is designed to fully feature your face and bring out the most of your personality. So what is it that makes a great commercial headshot?
The mood and emotions you give off in the shot, coupled with the dynamicism of the picture is what will create a winning commercial headshot.
What is it about you that makes you unique? What kind of person are you? How are you different from everyone else? These traits must be present in your commercial headshot.
Your true you must be present. We need to see the confidence, happiness, and whatever other characteristic it is that separates you from everyone else.
Think about those things if you want a winning commercial shot.
First of all, I'd like to apologize for not posting in the last two days. I was extremely busy writing two feature length films over the last five days, a huge accomplishment on my part, and I'm happy that I could do it. It was actually sort of a test, to see if I could pull it off. Anyway, enough about me, and back to some tips.
So, what are body shots?
Typically, body shots are professional photos similar to headshots, but featuring your full body. The photographer must know how to use lighting without a bounce board and know how to position you to draw the most attention to your body.
These shots are not nude, they are fully clothed. The point is to show the clothing style you have and the dimensions of your body.
Body shots can be done indoors or outdoors based on your preference and are usually used for compcards and a portfolio.
One reason actors might need body shots is if they are submitting to a modeling agency.
Hopefully this makes it a little more clear if you had questions about body shots. Remember that you can email me or comment at any time if you have any questions!
SEO stands for search engine optimization. It means optimizing your website for a certain subject so that search engines find it and people will come across your site when they are looking up your topic.
Whatever topic you want to be known for is what you should start tailoring your site to. This is branding yourself. Look at a website like Jim Carrey's. It is hilarious, just like him!
If you can tailor your website to something specific about yourself that defines who you are, and then include a blog about it, then you will start showing up in search engines when people search your topic.
Remember that search engines love two things: content and backlinks.
If you can get lots of friends and people to link to your website, that's good. If you write a lot of content for your site about your topic, that's good. Then your site will be found.
Do you do this? Or do you skim? Or do you not read it at all?
Bad idea. Read through every line of every contract that you sign because if you don't, you may wind up in a bad situation. Remember that people may say something that sounds good but if it's not in the contract then it wont be valid.
I suggest that you ask for a copy of a contract or read through it entirely before signing.
If they have nothing to hide, then they would be happy to see you reading through the contract.
If they do have something to hide, or if they don't want to give you the time to read it, know that something is fishy, and you shouldn't sign.
Always read through all contacts and if you don't understand something, look it up or as a lawyer. It will save you in the long run.
I can't stress how important it is to constantly be learning new types of acting. Never let yourself get rusty, and know that this happens fairly frequently to actors.
The problem is that a lot if actors will get good and one technique, then move onto another one, and let the diet technique grow old. They won't keep practicing it.
Learn new techniques but continue practicing the old. There are a lot of workshops out there that will allow you to brush up on your skills, and I definitely recommend that you look into some of them, the reason being that as soon as you get rusty in a skill, you won't even realize it!
Did you hear that? When you get rusty at a skill, you won't know it. You'll just start noticing that you aren't getting as many callbacks as you were. Attend some workshops or even ask your friends (actors) to give you some feedback on your technique.
But don't let the fear of becoming rusty stop you from constantly learning new techniques in acting, because they will help you greatly in getting more work.
This is really important because, especially if you're a girl, different hair styles lead to different perceptions of you. Not only that, but they give you more range.
Remember what I have said in the past, most casting directors won't use their imaginations. Headshots need to show the exact look that they are going for, so you need to really play with your hair to emphasize the type of character you are going for.
If you're a guy, try your hair in a few different styles, like parted, messy, or spiked, depending on which look you are currently going for. If you're a girl, try it down, up, curled, straight, and in any other way you think of. The more looks you have, the better off you'll be because you'll have a lot to choose from.
Hair is really important, you just need to know that if you change your hair in a permanent way, you have to get new headshots. By permanent, I mean anything that you can't change at a whim.
So to sum it up, be sure to mess around with your hair and try different styles. Know which ones you will want to use at your headshot session beforehand.
When you go for your headshot session, think of all the different looks you might want to have. Think of all the characters you are going to want to play, and then think of what you will have to do to bring those characters out.
One headshot cannot cover all looks, so you should have many to cover all different roles. You should only submit the headshot for the role you are trying to audition for.
For instance: if you are trying to get a role as a gangster, wear those clothes to your headshot session and then make sure you get a shot of you looking like a gangster. And then bring other clothes and make sure you get shots of yourself playing the other roles.
Consider that you typically have only a few hours for a headshot session. If you are able to come in and bang out four looks, that's awesome because you have effectively quadrupled the roles you can send your headshot to.
Be sure to let me know if you have any questions at all!
How do you sift through all the useless people out their to find the good ones? Harsh? Maybe. But truthful.
So many people out their are useless for you. That doesn't mean that their lives are worthless or that I think they don't deserve to live at all, I'm not a terrible person like that... It just means that for your own personal gains, they won't have any impact. These are the kinds of people you don't want to get involved with in relation to business. Be friends with them, but don't do business with them.
The best way to get involved with people who are useful to you business-wise are those who are just as professional and hardworking as you, and who are interested in the same or complimentary things.
As an actor, someone you might want to work with would be another actor who has just as much drive as you and is willing to team up together.
But remember this: you can't go into business with your friends, even if they seem pretty responsible and they have some drive. And especially don't do it if they don't have the same interests as you and aren't in the same industry as you are. The reason is that friends will think you owe something to them for being their friend. And it can cause all kinds of business trouble.
Look out for people and if you run into someone who might be interested in working with you, don't be afraid to ask them. Together you two could create some amazing things.
A good camera for headshots is a digital SLR. Digital SLRs are digital cameras that have interchangeable lenses and a mirror that flips up inside to expose the sensor every time you take a picture. They typically cost anywhere from $400 to $4,000. But what's more important than the camera itself is the lens on it.
You can buy a $4000 camera and use a crappy $100 lens and your headshots will look like garbage. On the other hand, you can buy a $400 camera and a $400 lens and your headshots will look amazing.
Is there a difference between buying a Canon or Nikon camera? Not really. Just know that once you buy one, you are pretty much stuck with it because the lenses are not interchangeable between the two. Make sure to research which one you'll like better.
All you need is this: a decent dSLR camera and an 80mm 1.8 lens. Buy a bounce board and you will be set.
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