Your Acting Headshot

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Throughout your acting career you will need to get headshots that are the size of an 8x10. 8x10 is the standard size used in the industry of acting. They need to be quality printed with your name imprinted at the bottom of the white margin or the photo itself. A 3/4 shot is typically used in the industry. This is when your body is slightly turned to a 3/4 angle, but your face is facing the camera. It is customary to have colored photos. If you're just starting out in acting, you should get 200 copies of your headshot; so you can submit them to agencies, casting directors, and production companies.

Make sure you have more than one headshot that defines you as an actor. It is best to have a casual look if you are in your early 20's. For those that are in their mid 20's and above, you need to have a casual and business look. The business look is for the professional type roles. Your headshot must look like you. A simple headshot that makes a statement can do the trick. Make sure you choose two of your best pictures to be blown up to an 8x10 size.

Frequently, actors spend several hundred dollars on photographs, blowups, and copies only to hear from others that the headshot is not acceptable. Then the actor has to spend money again to reshoot for another set of pictures.

It's important to do your shopping before you get your headshots done. Don't waste money on an amateur photographer who happens to be a friend. His work might potentially hurt you. There are good photographers around with plenty of knowledge of the kind of photo you need. Also keep in mind that you don't need to pay top dollar to have fantastic headshots. Many photographers are highly respected, do excellent work, and charge reasonable prices.

At least three photographers should be checked. If possible, get some input from other actors by checking names and looking at their photos. When you've chosen the photographer you'd like to use, call and make the appointment and ask to see some samples of their work. If you use your money wisely, you definitely can come up with quality photos that reflect the personality that you choose to portray.

The hardest part of the whole process is deciding on the image or images that fit you best. You can get feedback from others in the industry, but ultimately the final decision must be made by you..

Remember your headshot is essential to your acting career. It is used to show your unique style and experience so that the agencies, casting directors, and production companies will want you for a part. The headshot is one of the many tools of the trade; so make sure it represents you well.

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Tara Gipson is the CEO and Founder of The Hollywood Connection. The Hollywood Connection are entertainment professionals serving actors for a number of years. We are in the business of providing reputable publications and take pride in doing so. Our mission is to lead actors in the right direction. We understand newcomers to the business don't know where to turn, therefore it is our job to fulfill your needs with honest, accurate, and helpful information. As you embark on your successful journey allow The Hollywood Connection to be the ones to get you there. To find out more about the acting business go to:

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This article was published on 2010/04/02