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.
It's very important that you stay comfortable while shooting Headshots outdoors in NYC. Remember that no one in New York cares, but even so, people still feel uncomfortable!
I can't stress enough that New Yorkers don't care if you are getting a headshot session taken. Just think about it, they walk by you, look for a minute, and then walk away. Then they forget.
If you aren't famous and the photographer isn't famous either, no one will care. And if you are famous, then you should enjoy the fame. Remember anyway, if you are an actor and you feel awkward getting your headshots taken, then you should find another career.
You have to love the camera! Your whole career is based on your looks and your acting skills, so being camera shy is not going to help.
If you're not an actor and you're getting corporate headshots taken, try not to think about it. Enjoy the publicity while it lasts. Remember that outdoor headshots usually come out much better than indoor headshots, especially in New York where you can get beautiful reflected light from building sides. So go out there and just do it!
Get your headshots and enjoy the publicity in New York, and get what you paid for. If you are worried the whole time, your images will look bad.
But remember, if you really are worried about shooting outdoors and you are thinking of hiring me, just let me know and we can shoot indoors in my studio.
Good luck and ask if you have any other questions about New York Headshots!
Posting to a blog once per day will dramatically increase your search engine rankings, right? Whether or not you know it, it's true. The more content you have on a specific subject the higher you will rank on Google for that subject. So I say, post to your blog every day!
Find six other people who can share the load and are trustworthy and all willing to post once per week to your blog. Everyone has to be a part of your group, and you all should have only one website. Also, be sure they are each reading my tips so they understand how important it is to self-promote, and so they have all of the ideas I have been sharing with you.
Now once you have your group together, decide what topic and what you want your company to be about, and then start writing! Post to your blog every day and make sure that you comment on similar related blogs because the more comments you make and links that are created from it back to your website, the higher you will rank in Google.
As each of your members promotes themselves to their friends, their friends will immediately start getting listed on the site, and on your email marketing campaigns. The amazing thing is that suddenly, you are growing at a rate of seven times what you would be growing if you were working on your own.
There is absolutely no way that you can prove me wrong here because this method definitely works. The hard part is how to find responsible people who will want to work with you. That's the topic for tomorrow's article.
As always, email me with questions!
I realize now how important grouping together is when trying to make it as an actor. Did you know that it is almost impossible to make it on your own when you are acting? Did you know that the chance of you being discovered and becoming famous as an actor is smaller than winning the lottery?
So what can you do?
Group together, stop trying to make it on your own. Think about how much effort it takes to write a blog posting every single day. I know, as I write two blog posts per day. Ridiculous right? Yes. I wish I had a helper.
Now, think about how easy it would be if you only had to write a blog post once per week. Easy, right? If you had seven people, your blog would be posted to every single day, but you would each only have to write once per week. Amazing!
Do you know how important writing a blog is for self-promotion and to start getting followers? This is gold stuff here, I'm telling you.
Check back tomorrow for the continued article on grouping together.
I fell right asleep yesterday because I didn't get home until midnight. Sorry about that! I'll post two articles right now though!
Before going into your headshot session, you have to think about the answer to a number of things:
1. What would you tell your agent if they asked you what kind of person you are? Remember that in order to get a great headshot, you should know your own qualities and what makes you unique. Not knowing these things is a recipe for disaster because you will find that your Headshots seem to float, meaning they have no specific style or personality. And when you are choosing the final ones, you won't know what you are looking for.
2. What are you in need of? What kind of Headshots do you want? Think hard about what you plan to use your Headshots for because typically you might need general commercial shots or more theatrical ones. Or you might need body shots or three-quarter shots. There are so many different options and only a limited time, so know what you want before the big day.
3. Know what well-known characters from films you could see yourself playing. Those are good to know for theatrical shots because then you can put yourself into that role when you are getting the shots taken. It's always easier to explain a character to a photographer than to try to explain emotions. You are the one controlling the looks you get. The photographer is only going to help you get there, so if you don't know what you want, then you will not get good Headshots.
This is so important to do if you are going to self-promote. Remember that self-promotion is the second most important thing right after craft if you are an actor, so you always have to be asking the question: "What's in it for them?"
When asking this, you should be thinking what is in it for the person you are trying to self-promote to. The thing to know is that people don't do things without thinking about what is in it for themselves. So you should be keeping this in mind when designing an advertising strategy for yourself and your work.
Let's take an example: you want a bunch of people to come to the show you're putting on at your theater company. How do you get them to come?
Well what's in it for them? If you say a great show, well that's good and all, but only for the people who really want a good show right now. Remember that marketing yourself means finding people who want what you have. Then you give it to them. Finding a ton of people and trying to market a show that they don't necessarily want to see won't work unless you give them something else too.
Give the people who come to your show something else too! Try to think of something that makes it an exclusive event and that if they go they get special access to something that no one else has, that they might want. Remember that the more things you offer with your show will increase the amount of people who will be interested because maybe the person might not be inerested in the show, but they will be interested in the other offers that are with it.
The key to effective marketing is always to ask what's in it for them. Think about what your target audience wants, or what you can add to the offer that will make the offer much more valuable to them.
I need to stress that your clothing in a headshot won't be what books you. What books you is your face and your expression.
Now this doesn't mean that you should wear crappy clothes on your headshot day, because your clothes have to compliment your character.
What do I mean by this?
I mean that when you get your headshots taken, you will be playing different characters. Each one of the characters should have an outfit to compliment them. You should look good but not expect to get cast into a Sean John commercial just because you're wearing a Sean John outfit.
So many actors think that the casting director might see that they are wearing a no name shirt, and so they get worried that they should buy an expensive or fancy shirt for the headshot session. That is pointless because the casting director couldn't care less what you are wearing in the headshot. Remember that for future headshot sessions, and don't spend a lot of money on brand new clothes.
As Peter Hurley says, "Wear what you love."
I highly recommend that you keep in contact with every actor that you work with. If you want really good self promotion, then you have to make sure that you don't lose contact with anyone. Yu never know when one of them could hit it big and be your ticket to the top.
The easiest way to stay in contact with people is to simply form an excel spreadsheet with the names and contact information of everyone you work with. Make sure you write down how you met them and something to help you remember who they were.
Also be sure to write down when the last time you contacted them was, this way you will be sure to send them a message every once in a while and you don't lose track of that.
Keeping in contact with everyone is so important if you want to be in control of your destiny... In regards to becoming successful and known. If you don't keep contact, then you are completely leaving it up to chance whether someone offers you a huge break.
Hey I'm Martin, and my goal is to help you reach yours. I love writing content about career advancement, marketing strategies, productivity, and much more.