As an actor, your headshot is really important. It's how the casting director or college director will remember you. For college auditions, you want to get new headshots taken the summer before your senior year. So, if you're a rising senior, now is the time to start researching photographers. Here are a few tips to get a great headshot.
1. You don't have to spend TONS of money on a headshot, however it does need to be a quality photo that represents YOU right now. Don't take a selfie in your car or crop out a friend from a photo (even if you look amazing :) ) you need a photographer to take your headshots.
1. Choose clothing and colors that compliment your skin tone, hair and complexion. If you always receive compliments when you wear certain colors, gravitate to those colors. Layers are great too.
2. Decide on your "look" for the audition season. You want to look like your headshot. Make any changes to hair style or color before you take your photos and then stick with it until after the audition season. College auditors will be looking at your photo and if you look different, it won't help you!
3. Bring several outfit options to your headshot session, your photographer can help you decide and plus you may shoot several different looks. Some photographers will do hair and makeup for a fee, be sure that your makeup is natural. You don't want to look super made up or have your hair done in a way that you would never wear it. You want to be comfortable...research the photographer first and be sure they do headshots for actors. :)
4. Have your traditional head and shoulders headshot, without your hands touching your face. If you're using a headshot photographer, they will know this. We want to focus on YOU, your face, not the background. It's also a good idea to have a 3/4 shot aka body shot taken.
5. Have fun and relax! Let your personality come through in your photo. That's what makes a great headshot, seeing your individuality!
For headshot inspiration, check out my Pinterest board www.pinterest.com/auditionwell/boards/
Comment below with questions about headshots or auditions!