When actors pick up their sides for a scene, they work it from every possible angle. They write down their feelings, what they're doing, who's in the scene with them, who they're talking to, where they are, where they were, etc etc etc, and then they rehearse a million different ways until they have found their scene. After that, they supposedly throw ALL that work away and act in the moment.
Well guess what, this is what happens in a headshot shoot. A shoot starts by getting action, where many different techniques are tried to get an actor in the state of mind where they are able to communicate strong messages like “this is who I am,” “I am going to book this role,” “God, I love acting,” etc. These strong feelings allow an actor to get into ACTION, at the same time, make their objective come alive in their eyes in relationship to the eyes of the viewer.
Like with acting, after a while, they get into this zone where they just throw away the inhibitions and just look into the camera with great intention.
Bottom line, an actor almost forgets what they're doing because just like in a scene, they are doing nothing and just live in the moment. Simple, right!
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