Actor Headshots

Written by Rylee Newton
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Actor headshots are your first weapon against the many actors waiting to be discovered in Los Angeles and New York. Every year people move to these cities hoping for their big break. No matter if you studied theater in college, trained under a professional acting coach, or you caught the acting bug when you were in "Our Town" in high school, there are plenty of opportunities to be had for actors of all skill levels.

When it comes to breaking into the business many people tend to focus on their acting abilities and their overall look, but if you want to break into the business, you have take be responsible for your marketing as well. This is especially important for people who don't have management or agents. You need to get actor headshots that get you that first break. Many people get representation and commercial work simply based on the quality of their headshots.

Finding the Right Photographer for Actor Headshots

If you live in Los Angeles or New York, you have probably noticed an abundance of headshot photographers. There are so many photographers who specialize in actor headshots that it can be overwhelming to choose one for your headshots. It's essential that you shop around before settling on a photographer for your headshots. You will spend at least $300 on your pictures, not to mention makeup and hair stylists as well as processing and developing fees. If you're a cash-strapped actor, you simply cannot afford to go with the wrong photographer.

One of the best ways to narrow down the search for a headshot photographer is to take a look at his portfolio. This is a series of photos from photography sessions throughout his career. These photos represent the quality level you can expect in your own photo shoot. Many photographers also provide potential clients with a list of professional actors who they have worked with, as well as testimonials. Some of the better photographers can even put you in touch with casting directors and agents.

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