You may be holding out on getting headshots taken because you are unsure of their real worth; perhaps you're unsure if the investment in professional shots will really make a difference in being cast.
As I'm sure you know, acting is competitive. Extremely competitive. Especially in cities like New York, if you want to book it is imperative that you do everything in your power to have a competitive edge over the numerous other actors who want that part just as much as you. However to book you need to audition and to audition you need to be noticed.
This is where the importance of headshots comes in. A headshot offers a casting director a first impression of you. By conveying confidence and approachability in a shot, you display a sense of personality. For a job that requires the expression of personality, the ability to display such traits is crucial. Additionally, a headshot that shows these qualities to a casting director will illustrate that you know what you're doing in front of the camera.
A good headshot also has the ability to show your unique personality. A sense of authenticity in your photograph will allow casting directors to understand you in relation to the character they are casting. You may have good credentials on your resume, however those words are not nearly as poignant as the personal, tangible look at your personality that your headshot can provide. A good headshot increases your chances of getting good roles as the calls you receive for auditions will likely be for roles you look like you relate to.
Essentially, if you are serious about you acting, a headshot is invaluable.
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