In this article, I'd like to continue explaining the most important looks for headshots. There are 20 in total, and in this article I plan to do numbers 11 through 15. These looks should only be sought after once you've done the other ten since these are much more specific.
11. Unhappiness: Another interesting look that you can have in headshots is unhappiness. Being sad or heartbroken is definitely interesting, and might get you a role because it's so different. Most people typically don't use emotions 11 through 20 in their headshots, but if you do and it looks just right for the role, casting directors will be very likely to call you in. I usually only recommend people do numbers 11 through 20 if they have plenty of time in their headshot session to try different things.
12. Pain: Pain is another very uncommon emotion in headshots. The idea of suffering and torment doesn't necessarily have to be physical. It can also be mental, showing someone who is conflicted internally. I believe that pain is a great look for headshots, especially if you're going for a darker and conflicted character role.
13. Surprise: Being surprised is a fun look for a headshot, but you have to be careful it's not overdone. Sometimes, submitting a look of surprise can really bring interest and fun to character shots. Other times, it can just look unprofessional. There's a fine line between having a surprised shot that works and a surprised shot that just looks ridiculous.
14. Confusion: The idea of confusion doesn't necessarily have to be something bad. Think of the words puzzled or perplexed, because they can add some interest and make a headshot much more fun. This is definitely something you might consider adding to your arsenal of headshots because it's way different than what most actors use. Having these different looks can really make your headshots memorable and can help you in branding. Because emotions 11 through 20 are so specific, they are great for that idea of branding.
15. Jealousy: Showing jealousy or bitterness can be difficult in headshots, but if you pull it off just right, this look can really be powerful for a specific character role. Think about how many other headshots you have seen that portray a look of jealousy. Probably not too many. However, if you are able to portray that look successfully, casting directors will definitely take notice and you'll probably be remembered.