Head shots are an important tool in the arsenal of any professional actor. These professional photos serve as a point of reference and static introduction to casting agents, directors, and other production types. Before taking your head shots, check out the tips below to make sure you come out with the best photos possible.
- Wear the right make-up: Make-up should be used to highlight your features, and conceal any imperfections of the skin. Use a primer underneath your foundation to reduce shine and create a smooth surface for the rest of your make-up. Never put on so much make-up that you do not look like yourself. The overall look should be clean and natural.
- Be careful of angles: By tilting your chin up or down slightly, you can change the focus and apparent proportions of your face. Practice in the mirror ahead of time to determine what angles are most flattering to your face.
- Think about things: Have a character or scene in mind when trying to convey different expressions and emotions in your pictures. Having a thought in your head will make your eyes less vacant and more expressive.
- Dress the part: Depending on what type of roles you are going for might determine what type of clothing you will wear, be it slightly sexy or more demure. Always make sure the clothing is classic and not trendy, with no visible logos. Avoid patterns, which can prove distracting.
- Choose a good photographer: Ask for recommendations from friends and look at their samples. Talk to the photographer about your ideas and goals, and make sure you are comfortable with them.
By using these tips, you’ll be excited to submit yourself for roles because you’ll be confident in knowing that you are always putting your best face forward!