Just an observation about headshots

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ButtonsMama's picture
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Just an observation about headshots

I'm a senior marketing professional. My company is currently in the post-production phase of producing six educational videos. We hired professional actors through a local talent agent. We had many roles to fill, so we had two casting calls, during which, we saw some 40-odd actors.

Ever since picking up my camera, I've been looking at photos with new eyes, and this was no different. The resumes for these actors are on the back of their headshots, so I got a headshot for each one. I found myself studying their photo more than the resume! And, sad to say, most of the photos were really not that great. Many of them weren't totally in focus! Why would a professional photographer offer photos to a paying client that aren't tack sharp?? And, an even bigger question, I guess, is why an actor would choose one of them.

In some black and whites, the whites were totally blown. I saw more limb chops that day than I've seen on this entire board in months. What is up with all that?

The headshots I've seen on here are so beautiful. Those are my benchmarks. For those of you who have posted some, be proud.

AmberBella's picture
Joined: 02/15/07
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Actors often "hire" their cousin, sister, uncle....etc...for their head shots. Especially outside of NY and LA actors often don't see the value in paying a pro for a great shot. In LA...a great shot is everything and you'll never get seen without one.

TracyF's picture
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Two of my BILs are aspiring actors and they have not paid to get good head shots done. One gets regular extra work, but that's it; the other one has not head much work. I think they'd do a lot better if they had really great head shots. But I think with aspiring actors like them, they just don't have the money to get it done properly.

AmberBella's picture
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"TracyF" wrote:

But I think with aspiring actors like them, they just don't have the money to get it done properly.

It's so funny, because without great shots you can't get decent work...at least here you can't. LOL! It's the old adage of it costs money to make money.