1.) What should I wear?
Wear something that is
flattering to your skin tone, and non distracting (no whites, no loud
colors, no loud patterns, NO LOGOS) Men are best
portrayed wearing a nice sport shirt, sweater, sport coat, while woman produce great
photography wearing simple blouses and sweaters, not sleeveless pls.
2.) What about hair and
For women light natural make
up is preferred, this is NOT glamour photography. We want to capture a
nice, friendly, warm image that represents who you are to the casting
agents. A natural non distracting hair style is preferred as well,
please bring some hair product for 'fly a ways'.
A VERY SPECIAL NOTE TO THE LADIES:
please don't 'over manage' your hair. Casting Directors and Modeling
Agencies want to see what you look like. If an agent or producer
wants to see pictures of you with a 'big processed hair' they will
pay for those shots to be taken. Please come with clean
natural hair that you are comfortable with. Bring hair product
for stray hair. This is NOT the eighties, this is NOT a
high fashion shoot :)
For men, a fresh haircut is
recommended. Clean, non wrinkled shirts, fresh shave are recommended as
Both sexes: get plenty of
rest. these shots are important, or you wouldn't be doing this... right?
3.) What do Casting Directors want?
That's really pretty simple
actually, a Casting Director wants what anybody wants, they want their
problems to go away! And what a
Casting Directors needs to make a problem go away is a clear honest representation of an actor that
they can use to SELL AN ACTOR TO A PRODUCER, to fill that slot
and resolve one issue in an over-busy life.
I've been around actors and
agents and photographers for over 25 years, and I listen when they talk.
Actors want roles. Producers want roles filled and Casting Directors want
to fill roles... just like one big happy family.
Headshots that sell actors are honest, clear and well produced
representations of that person, whether they be commercial or dramatic.
It's paramount that you look
your best. Forget about any drama in your life and get focused on your
future. As an actor prepare yourself with a story line to 'live' during
The camera is a 'mind reader', if you are uncertain and
nervous this is what the camera will capture and what the images will
reflect, a nervous uncertain person. Modern productions cost huge
amounts of money and producers want confident actors they can trust to
perform. Build a confident, dynamic, warm and friendly character in your
mind and then 'play' that character during the shoot.
4.) Pricing Structure
Right now I'm charging
$150 for 2 simple looks, don't worry, basic
HEADSHOTS are simple, easy and fun! :)
Yes, you can find less
expensive photographers and yes some are more expensive. You'll find the
less expensive photographers know exactly what their work is worth.
The expensive shooters tend
to produce more photography than you can use to justify their prices.
YOU NEED ONE GREAT SHOT that sells!
Why in the heck would you want
400 images to sort through that will be 'outdated' before you can even
use them all?
What I can do is get you 'IN
THE ROOM' with imagery that sells you. Once you're 'in the room'
it's up to you to act your ass off and land the gig :)
5.) And what about
Paul at Choice Photo Lab* in Hollywood. He's a great printer,
I've been using him for 12 years. Paul puts out great prints at a great
price, last time I spoke with him it was $6 for the first print with
multiples $1 each. (that's per image) So 30, totally awesome
professionally printed on 'photo paper' images will cost $35 + tax.
Why get 300-400 images printed if you
don't need them? Why not just print what you need, when you need it?
This way you can also change images without getting stuck with 250
outdated headshots. :)
want I can email the imagery straight to the Paul for ya
resemble the stars, which illuminate the night. No one will ever be able
to touch them. But the men who, like the sailors on the ocean, take them
for guides, will undoubtedly reach their goal. -Carl Schurz