WHAT IS A HEADSHOT
• A Headshot photograph is a very clear representation of who you are and how do you look like.
• The Headshot will be used for all kind of castings, from period dramas to contemporary plays.
• The Headshot has to be kind of “neutral”, meaning no typecasting you on any way.
• It is understood that you “can act”, the Casting Director first is looking for a person that fits the description of the character.
• All that will be a total waste of time for quite few people if you don’t look like your Headshot.
• If you don’t look like your Headshot when you go into the casting room you
are not going to be very popular with the Director and Producer.
• A Headshot over two years old is not a true representation of yourself.
HOW TO PREPARE
• Talk to your agent
• Do a list of the casting ranges that you will like to achieve
For Female actors
• Do not cut your hair the two days before the session
• Rest the night before, drink plenty of water
• Moisturise your skin and check for “peach fuzz”
• Do a list of essentials, ie: different bras for different tops, hair tools and hair spray, makeup bag
• Do a list of all possible tops that you will like to bring to the session
For Male actors
• Do not cut your hair two days before the session
• decide if you will like to have a shaven-unshaven look
• Make a list of accessories to bring, , hair gel, and other bits
WHAT TO BRING TO A SESSION
Your hair will dominate the look, make sure that you are happy with your hair, please do not cut it the day before, wait at least a week. And remember the way you look on your headshot is the way you have to look on the castings.
• hair tools and accessories ( I have a hairdryer at the studio)
• make up, basic kit
What to Wear
• lots and lots of tops, as many as you can carry, it is much better to have a
selection to choose from than not to have a selection
• avoid the same items, one round neck black t shirt looks very similar to a round neck dark blue t shirt
• avoid bright colours and heavy or graphic patterns
•shirts, blouses, vests, jumpers, jackets, coats etc all could work for you
• whatever you wear make sure that it reflects your age range
Think of your casting roles and dress accordingly
Shirts, t-shirts, jumpers, jackets and blazers, all can work
You can shave at the studio if you will like to have a different look
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