If you are involved in the entertainment business in almost any capacity that will place you in front of a camera or an audience, you are going to need to market yourself to producers and casting agents in the traditional way. This means submitting your picture and resume to them in response to either casting calls or simply to keep on file, but the process has evolved into a standard that will accept very few deviations. Basically, producers and casting agents like to have the information necessary presented to them in a standardized way so as to avoid wasting too much of their time sorting through information that is not correct for this specific part. There is generally so much response to a casting call that the producers need a way to eliminate as many people as possible from consideration, and one of the easiest ways is to not consider people who do not follow direction. Yes, the temptation to be different in order to stand out from the crowd is going to be strong and the way to stand out when you have no other means of communicating with them is to do something unique for your head shots, but this is a mistake. They are looking for a reason to NOT consider you in order to bring their consideration list down to a manageable few for callbacks, and if you do not follow the standard procedure and format they very well might eliminate you based upon a belief that you do not like to follow direction. Keep in mind that direction is what they do for a living, and they are not interested in hiring people who are difficult to direct.
The standard procedure for being considered in the entertainment business is to submit what is called a “head shot.” This is a standard sized color or black and white photograph of you, generally with your resume attached to the back. The standard headshot size is 8×10, but various trends within the markets have shifted the tone of headshots significantly over the years. For some time glossy and border-less headshots were considered “in” but over time it has shifted to bordered with a white border and matte finish. With the growing popularity of digital submissions, formatting has changed a lot over the years and is important to keep up with. Luckily, this is not your job but instead is the job of the headshot photographer, who is tasked not only with being able to take a great picture of you with the appropriate amount of lighting, but also keeping up on the latest trends and desires that producers are looking for when it comes to headshots. Your photographer must understand how to create a modern look with both formatting as well as photography, and must understand the different poses that producers are looking for. While the headshot is traditionally a photograph of your face, additional headshots may also be necessary showing more of your body or your profile. Your headshot photographer understands this and will make suggestions as to poses and what they need to capture. Headshot photography is a specific style, and too much deviation from that style will just cost you jobs. It is best to not try to have your friends do your headshots, or even worse to try and do it yourself with your phone! You are not saving money by costing yourself jobs.
If you are in the Boston area and are in need of headshot photography by experienced photographers who are familiar with the specifics of headshot photography, contact us today. We can create the images that not only make you proud, but get you work.