One things that really bugs me is the headshots that people choose to be there "go to" headshot for acting roles. This is probably the most important article I have written on this website, which is why I always send it to people after they have done a headshot session with me.
The question is: How do you choose the best possible headshot?
When there are hundreds of headshots on a CD and you have to pick the headshot that really defines you, it can be pretty difficult. The first thing to do is to automatically forget the ones that are technically bad, or the ones you don't like. If you don't like the way you look in the headshot, how will you ever feel confident enough to send it out?
Move all the photos you like to a folder. This will probably knock it down to around only 30% of the original number. Then slowly narrow it down using the tips below until you find the perfect headshot.
How do you know what makes a good headshot selection? Well, rather than telling you what to look for, I will try to explain what you definitely DO NOT want.
Here are the list of No's for headshots:
When selecting a shot, think about all of the rules above and make sure none are broken. If you are already using a headshot, take a good look at it and see if it breaks any of the rules above. Then ask yourself how much work you are getting off of it? If it doesn't break any of the rules and you still aren't getting work, perhaps you are submitting for the wrong roles. Think about that too, and be honest with yourself. The only one who can really help you succeed is yourself.
Now, having listed what should NOT be in your headshot, the opposite should allow you to select the PERFECT headshot:
Hopefully this article was helpful in describing how to choose the perfect headshot from your session. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or call me at 303.564.0014.