Actor Headshots

Not knowing who you are or what you are selling; as an actor, you’re out there selling a product, yourself, and headshots. If you don’t know specifically who you are in the eyes of the industry and what you have to offer that other actors do not, how can you translate that information into successful headshots? Know your brand~!

So anyone can buy a camera, take amazing photos, and call himself or herself a photographer. Although that does not equate to them being or becoming a great headshot photographer. So many photographers are more concerned with their own egos and creating their own vision and photography, how does that help you as the actor secure work? Not every photographer works well with every actor, your photographer must be a perfect fit for your personality and acting style.

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We only pick pictures of ourselves that make us look great. Unfortunately, those are usually not the best shots. There has to be that spark, something intriguing that makes an agent or casting director stop and take note. Picking the right picture is extremely important. You must seek help and we don’t mean from your husband, girlfriend, or even your best friend. They’ve all been programmed to tell us that everything we do is wonderful; you need an objective eye that understands the business.

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Step away from the Photoshop just step away this goes for your photographer also tell them to step away. Certain things that need to be corrected like stray hairs (although I am not even big on that), a pimple, or something odd in the background, but that’s about it. Our flaws are differences that set us apart from others they make us who we are. Your acting is unique and different from all those other actors out there, as is your face.

Why We Shoot Medium Format~!

Well, it has been some time, longer than I can recall, since we made the move to Medium Format Phase One and we could not be happier.   We have the great honor of interacting with many photographers some asking us why we moved and others claiming it is just a waste of money.

Funny enough our friends at Digital Transitions just did a video blog post Demystifying Medium Format the timing is perfect and confirms a few of the reasons we switched.

Phase-One-XF-Camera-System-1Medium format produces an image that can not be replicated by a small sensor such as DSLR or Mirrorless camera.

Simply stated it is not physically possible just like I can not take a large format camera (film) and create the same image with medium format.   This was the biggest reason for the move, we want to produce imagery for our clients that set them apart from others and Phase One does that.

Phase One specifically is a modular system allowing us to change digital backs all the way to 100mp, viewfinders, and updatable system.   Once again this benefits our clients by allowing us to have the system to meet their needs, not ours.

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Now this one is more for photographers that may read the blog but equally important to our clients.  Dynamic Range, Color, Detail, and File Renditions are hands down far superior to anything out there in the marketplace.

When paired with Capture One software the results are just amazing once again allowing us to provide imagery to our clients that set them apart.

Support, Phase One and Digital Transitions are there for us and our clients they have changed the way we do everything with suggestions, training, and so much more.

With everything above it has basically changed our approach to photography and how we shoot every day. With tools that we have been provided both physical and mentally it shows in our imagery, we take a precise and methodical approach day in day out.

Take the time to watch the DT video and see what you think about medium format.

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Sean Plourde

We are starting something new for the blog featuring actors that we have shot letting them answer some interview questions or even feature their own blog article.

Actor Sean Plourde was the first to volunteer.
170421_sean_Prelude_Part212523 Q. What is the most difficult part of being a new actor?

A. The most difficult part of being a new actor is not the fact that you don’t have enough contacts- it’s that you may not have quality contacts that will help to further your career.

Q. How do you balance acting with your personal life goals and relationships?

A. As far as your life, relationships, and jobs are concerned- I hate to say it- acting can wait until you’ve put some money away. Stability and eating are more important than170423_Sean_Prelude_Actor12418 waiting around for that “perfect gig” that pays thousands of dollars.

Q. What would be your dream role as an actor?

A. I would have to say that my dream gig as an actor would have to be a knight- I’m a history nerd at heart and the prospect of playing a warrior would be amazing.

 

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Q. Have you worked on any recent projects you would like to chat about?

A. Currently I’m working on a pilot about modern day Gangsters, and I still have a few short film loose ends to finish filming.

Tips For The Actor Headhsot

It has to look like you~!

Casting Directors expect the person in that headshot to walk in the door. Because your headshot had a particular look that fit the need and you walk in with an entirely different look. You may have cut your hair, changed your hair color or just look younger in person and they wanted older.

In the eyes of the Casting Director you just pulled “The Bait and Switch” not on purpose or with ill intent but this is how they feel.

 

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It has to represent you.

This one is different in nature than it has to look like you.  This is your VIBE, your FEEL of your character.  Your headshot has an edgy bad to the bone feel but you come into the room with out an edgy bone in your body, very timid in nature.   The vibe you came into the room just does not match the vibe of your headshot.

It has to STAND OUT from the crowd in a positive way.
Standing out – breaking the noise is difficult but it is a prerequisite. If your headshot does not stand out it will not be seen let alone picked.
A great photographer that specializes in headshots for the market you want to work in is a good starting point. Great lighting, contrast, composition and a photographer that knows how to capture your “Sprit” your “Vibe” in a photograph are a mustlogo170523_Julie_Bell13378