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Actors' Résumé Headshots The résumé headshot is often cited as the actor's "primary selling tool." I have been creating these selling tools since I began in photography, because I was an actor before I was a photographer. When I took up photography, my actor friends began to ask whether I took headshots. As my skills developed, I grew fond of saying "I do New York work at Richmond prices."
Below are a few sample shots with some brief comments about what makes each a good headshot or other tips. Take a good look at them, and then read the comments in the pages linked in the section links.
A Small Gallery of Headshots
- This photo fills the frame with the face, but a slightly looser composition showing more shoulders is fine also.
- A friendly expression never hurts
- The photo should show intelligence and good nature.
- Be sure to wear your hair in the style you are likely to wear to an audition.
- A pleasant, alert expression shows intelligence and can look cheerful without a big smile.
- Color headshots are accepted more often now, especially on the West Coast.
- The same photo as the previous one, but in black and white.
- Three quarter length shots are an option.
- This relaxed stance is called contrapposto.
- Notice that the smile is not so big that it breaks up the features.
- Digital photos usually start out in color.
- Many actors have their names printed within the image area.
- A dignified appearance may land you a job portraying a banker or lawyer.