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!
This year is unlike any other college audition season. Universities across the nation are already preparing for the school year on campus and bringing MORE students on campus isn't looking like it's a safe option.
If you are auditioning for BFA musical theatre and acting programs, you're already prepared to film your prescreens, but now you need to be prepared to do all of your auditions at home. What can you do to maximize your audition? Stand out? I hear students say all the time...."I'm better once I get in the room". Well now "the room where it happens" will be your home.
How to prepare for this season:
1. Find your audition filming space in your house. You may have to get creative and clear a space but definitely designate a space for audition filming.
-You can purchase backdrops if you need to brighten up your space.
-A ring light if you need more lighting
-I also recommend a tripod
Try to choose a space that has decent lighting and if it doesn't then create lighting with a ring light.
2. Set up time to film, when it's quiet
3. Know that everyone is doing this
4. You don't have to hire someone to film
5. Always do a test shot
Know that we're all going through this together and it will all be okay so breathe! :)