how to rock actor headshot shootThe first thing everyone will tell you when you’re starting out as an actor in LaLaLand is that your headshot is The. Most. Important. Thing. Evah. Why? Because it’s the first and often only thing agents, managers and casting directors see of you. Especially for casting directors it really matters, because casting directors get thousands of submissions for each role. They release roles on a thing called Breakdown Services, and submissions show up as tiny thumbnails of actor’s headshots. So your headshot thumbnail will be part of a screen with at least a hundred other photo thumbnails on the same page, and if you’re an unknown it’s what decides wether you get an audition or not.

Headhot shoots have always been a struggle for me. When I started out doing actor headshot shoots I had no clue what I was doing. I though “theatrical” meant “serious” and commercial meant “smiley.” That’s about it. So I went to shoots smiling 50% and trying to look intense and mysterious the other 50%. I’ve been in LA two years now (and have gone back and forth many years before that) and it’s only now that I’m starting to see how to really approach a headshot shoot. So, in order to prevent you from making my many mistakes and wasting your valuable Dollars or Euros or Colones, here are my 6 tips to rock your headshot shoot…