Headshots that Book (Or At Least get Auditions!)
1. Print 8×10 (non-negotiable)
2. Print Your Name on the Front (nothing else)
1. Print multiple photos on the page
2. Print any other size than 8×10
3. Print Landscape/Horizontal Photographs
What does it look like?
The Southeastern Market
Specifically focusing on the southeastern market (Hollywood East), headshots have taken on an even greater importance. Typically, day player or supporting roles are often filled extremely quickly – straight from your first taped audition! No callbacks, means no second chances. You have to nail it the first time around. Casting Directors have the awesome power and responsibility of simply supplying the network executives with one headshot and one taped audition. That means you better gain their trust very quickly.
What makes a good headshot in this market? Gone are the days that an actor could get away with one good Theatrical headshot and one good Commercial headshot. Now, you need Character headshots. As an actor tackling this as a business, you need to truly consider what roles you want to target. Also, you MUST know your environment. Georgia, Louisiana and all the surrounding areas have definitely attracted certain genres to the south. There is a common theme with major productions like The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games, The Divergent Series, Under the Dome and many others … Survivor, Gritty, Supernatural, and Dramatic.
Why take the chance of letting another actor beat you to the audition simply because their headshots sell a better story? Make it easy for the casting director to pick you … better yet, make it impossible for them to ignore you!
1. The General Theatrical
2. The Survivor Look
3. The Supernatural Look
4. The Cops & Robbers Look
5. The Commercial Look
– Patrick Ryan