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.
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.
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.