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What Casting Agents Look for In Actor Headshots

A picture is worth a thousand words. Books get judged by their covers. You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Yes, these are all shamelessly trite expressions, but they nonetheless reflect some of the realities of professional headshots for actors. Photos for casting agents might be your only shot, so you’ve got to do it right. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your actor headshots Los Angeles.

Be real. Your headshot is you. It should be an honest reflection of the person you are. It must look like you and capture your inner self. You must look appealing, but you can’t hide what the casting agent will see as soon as you meet. Yeah, it’s as tricky as it sounds.

Don’t distract the eye. This is related to our first tip. Go light on the makeup and props and jewelry. You’re not looking for a casting agent to admire your grandmother’s broach or the studiousness of your eyeglasses. You want them to see you.

Use color headshots. For a while, black and white photography was “serious” with a capital ‘S.’ But today’s agents want to see what you look like in full color. They want to see skin tone and eye shades. Offer up a black and white glossy today, and you might look to be behind the times.

Lose the cheese. You’re auditioning for a comedy and you’re an amusing person, so you give casting agents a headshot with a dopey grin or a comical expression. It’s important to ensure you’re showing your personality in the photo, without coming off as overly-cheesy.

Hire a pro. Your biggest mistake might be contracting a photographer who usually shoots real estate or beauty product shots. Or, even worse, you use your brother-in-law because he’s got a nice camera and he’ll shoot you for free. Your professional photographer should be someone with a portfolio of actor headshots. He or she should be able to offer advice (and get you to spit out that purple bubble gum). In short, your audition photographer should be someone you trust as a partner in the creation of your audition glossies.

Trust The Headshot Truck for Your Glossies

We know what we’re doing when it comes to actor headshots because we’ve handled this market for so long. We can help you get the most out of your glossies as we’ve done for hundreds of actors. And we’ll come to you for your ultimate convenience.

Perhaps best of all, we charge headshot prices that are fair and affordable. Call The Headshot Truck today at 855-729-7465. We’ll help you grow your career with headshots that are, well, worth a thousand words.

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