Nov 17

What Makes a Good Headshot? Helping actors take control

The next in my ‘Take Control of Your Headshots’ series looks at what makes a great casting portrait how to stay ahead of modern trends.

Watch the prize-wining headshot session video below.


Every actor understands the value of good headshot, but what makes a great casting portrait, how are headshots changing today, and how can you make sure your portfolio stands out in the modern casting environment?

In the next video in my ‘Take Control of Your Headshots’ series, I take a light & informative look at the way the headshot has evolved, explore simple tools for critiquing good casting portraits, and assess how the headshot is changing in 2014 and beyond. Hit ‘read more’ for the video’

What Makes a Good Headshot

What’s in the video

Backed up by statistics from my recent survey of all 175 Casting Directors Guild (CDG) members, the video covers:

– What makes a headshot technically?
– The headshot in history (courtesy of Spotlight)
– Why we need headshots and how that shapes thewm
– Why the headshot is a subtle form of portrait
– Modern Trends in Headshots
– Colour vs B&W
– Using Headshot Portfolios in 2014 and beyond.

More broadly, my ‘Take Control of Your Headshots‘ series, aims to give actors the tools, techniques, insights, & tactics to take control of their next headshot session, before, during & after the shoot.

Hope you find it useful, and thanks for watching

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Credits: Filmed & edited by Sam Swainsbury, at the awesome Cut To: Productions:


Music: ‘Funky People’ by John Landau & The Giants (with thanks to John Landau):

Music: https://www.facebook.com/Thegiantsband
Buy the album: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/journey-through-the-dark/id371050626

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