Being one of the actor, headshot photographers, has never been more exciting or fulfilling than now. “Carlos, my son, just received a role on a new Netflix series,” explained one of my VIP clients after a headshot session. “Thank you for the headshot that opened this opportunity.”
US film productions are moving to Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa to avoid COVID-19 mishandling and to ensure crew safety. Thirty or more production will re-start or initiate filming in Hollywood North ( Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Ottawa ).
Solstice Studios was scheduled to start shooting a new feature film with Ben Affleck in Los Angeles last April but will instead be shot in Vancouver, BC, Canada. On Reddit, people are researching how to move to Vancouver and take advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime. https://www.reddit.com/r/vancouver/comments/6ok0qh/thinking_of_moving_to_vancouver_from_los_angeles/
Agents, writers, producers and some photographers have written many articles on what makes a successful actor headshot. The following are three tips to consider if you want your 8×10 to open opportunities for being discovered.
Someone’s individuality, chore and soul is the way to go! The secret for photographing a portrait that lands a career is to love and listen intuitively while photographing the client in front of my camera. Actor’s headshot is not to for the person’s vanity but to land a role, to be discovered and have a prosperous career – looking good is not good enough.
Most headshots of amateur actors are what I like to call the ‘vroom look’ -lit in high contrast no shadows heavily processed and photoshop with the model looking at the camera vacantly with a fake smile ( Great pics for Calvin Klein or Channel ). My competition produces those headshots but I want a headshot like Marlon Brando’s, Jack Nicholson and Angelina Jollie – eyes that makes one’s heartbeat upon gazing their eyes… Wow, the great one really knows to share their beautiful energy.
Recently, I photographed an actor who is usually cast as a villain. The emotions inside the headshot highlighted the darker, more dangerous aspect of his character. His agent complained that I should have captured a nice smile, so I photographed him again to capture a “nice smile” with even and safe lighting. His agent was very happy with the second shot, but I told the actor to keep the original headshot for his next audition. I heard from him soon afterward: “Carlos, I’m not sure what happened with your headshot, it’s like magic – it’s landing me roles”. Against the advice of his agent, he kept using that same headshot with roles in “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “The X-Files” and he also snagged a principal role in a new television show! I wonder if he still has the same agent?
Some headshot photographers are following a stale, formulaic approach by simply asking their clients to “say cheese”. Fake smiles are never going to be as engaging and lively as one’s authentic and true energy. A smile isn’t just about lifting up the corners of one’s mouth; it’s in the eyes and spirit. Casting directors notice the difference on a deeper level, it’s subconscious but effective.
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