Common questions

What is a headshot for an audition?

What is a headshot for an audition?

What Are Acting Headshots? Acting headshots are a type of portrait photo used by actors and actresses to help them land acting roles. Typically, casting directors use headshots to help them decide whether applicants have the right “look” and charisma for a given role.

How many headshots do I need for an audition?

You should have at least two looks for a headshot session. This will give you at least two distinct headshots to choose from when going after roles. It’s standard to have a more serious theatrical shot and a smiling commercial shot.

Do you need headshots to audition?

​Any actor – brand new or highly seasoned (unless they’re a household name) – needs a professional actor headshot. This applies EVEN if you’re submitting to VoiceOver auditions and background roles, believe it or not!

What do casting agents look for in a headshot?

Pay attention to framing, lighting, and background. In general, a good headshot is chest up with good lighting on your face, and no strong dramatic shadows, unless you are going in for “The Phantom of the Opera.” Three-quarter shots are good for print, and extreme close-ups are good for, well, nothing.

What color is best to wear for headshots?

For headshots I recommend wearing a color that is either light (think pastel), or muted (gray, navy, etc), and accenting it with a statement necklace, sweater, or blazer. Avoid large patterns or multi-colored tops that steal attention from your gorgeous smile.

Can a selfie be a headshot?

You might think you can do a selfie, but not for a great headshot. Selfie makes an awkward or emotionally blank face, and you won’t be making a positive impression. You need a live human to interact with, a person who can keep your brain spinning while pushing the button on the camera.

What makes a bad headshot?

In headshot photography, too much lighting is very bad. Poor framing will take all the positive from a headshot. If you give the customer too much or not enough in the frame and cut off the head, it will be a bad example of a headshot.

How do you crop a headshot?

Open your image, then under the home tab in the “Image” group, you will see the option to “Select” and the option to “Crop.” Select the section of the image you would like to keep then choose the “Crop” option. Voila, your image has been cropped!

What color is best for headshots?

What are casting directors looking for in headshots?

Professionalism First. Casting directors are not likely to respond to people who have mirror selfies on their Backstage profile.

  • Headshots to Cover Your Range. We have touched on this a bit,making sure your headshots cover the various roles you can pull off.
  • Headshot Backgrounds.
  • Non-Professional Headshots.
  • What are headshots for acting?

    A standard acting headshots is an 8×10 black and white photograph of a person’s head. Headshots are considered “the actor’s business card.”. An acting headshots is the first thing a casting director will look at before considering you for an audition or an acting role.

    What is a theatrical headshot?

    Generally speaking, theatrical headshots show a little more emotional depth than a commercial headshot. In commercial headshots, it is important to come across as trustworthy so you can sell a product. In theatrical headshots, you are selling an identifiable personality type, whether it’s a trustworthy one or not.

    What is a commercial headshot?

    A headshot is a distinct type of photographic portrait designed specifically to promote the person who is the subject of the headshot. Unlike a standard portrait that is designed to flatter the subject for aesthetic reason, the headshot is a commercial portrait carefully designed for self-promotion as a means of getting work.