What is the difference? What does a commercial headshot have that a theatrical headshot doesn't? And vice versa? Also, what is a legit headshot?
I plan to discuss these topics in this article today.
First off, commercial Headshots can actually be taken anywhere. Most of the photos on this website are actually commercial Headshots. Think about it and look at them closely. A commercial headshot is one that has a happy, smiling look to it. The colors are vibrant and they really bring a bright personality to the actor.
Remember that the purpose d commercial headshot is to get commercial jobs. Commercials need happy people to show off their products, so toy don't want go submit a serious, scary, or sad picture. That's here the bright and fun commercial headshot comes in!!
Now, I'm sure you guessed it, but it's he other way around for a theatrical headshot. They show you in character. These types of shots should each be different, so that you can submit a different one for each role you apply for.
For instance, you should have the nice guy, the mean guy, the stay at home mom, the workaholic dad, etc. Whatever roles you like playing, try to have a few different shots that fit each one and show you in.