I think one of the most important things I discuss with clients and what distinguishes experienced actors is knowing what roles that best fit their look. In a sea of generic headshots, the one that stands out to me is always the one that matches the character of the person’s look. A good exercise, for any dedicated actor, prior to a headshot session is to make a list of all the possible roles that are applicable given one’s look (e.g. edgy young dad, girl-next-door, jock, etc.) The list should be as extensive as possible. Then, the wardrobe should be selected based on the chosen looks sifted through the list. Just my little two cents for the day.
Jason was an actor on the soap “One Life To Live.” He’s lived in many different places but currently resides in Los Angeles. His look lends well, I think, to a lot of different roles. I like this headshot because there’s some mystery to his eyes. Could be a hero, but could also be a charmer in a darker, more sinister role.
Love this quote from casting director Renee Godbout on headshots:
“Headshots are the most important tool needed to get yourself in the door and can be done wrong far too often. So many actors feel that their headshots need to be this glamorous touched over representation of themselves, which is exactly what casting directors don’t want. Put simply, your main headshot should look like you on a good day.”
So very true.