Students looking to get their first set of headshots done for the college admissions process should always look to get a professional set done.
Having a family photographer take headshots of a student is not the right way to start off because if they have never taken professional actor headshots before, they won't know what to look for. There is nothing worse than sending a non-professional headshot in for a college audition.
The primary reasons a good headshot can make a difference for a student are twofold:
1. The student won't look like they are just toying with the idea of becoming an actor. Colleges want students who really care about their acting career and are willing to invest in it.
2. If the student doesn't have a great smile or confident epression in the headshot, the college will definitely be able to tell, and they'll form a preconceived notion about them. For instance, if you walk into an audition room with a terrible headshot, the auditioners will look at you with a much more critical eye and assume you can't really act and you don't really care about being an actor.
To sum it up, if you don't have a professional headshot when you walk into the audition room for the college, you'll be setting yourself up for an uphill battle.
Martin Bentsen of City Headshots offers professional student headshots and can really bring out the great expressions that help to make a headshot successful. Visit the pricing page to see what I can offer you.
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