Kids Act LA: Good Headshots for Acting Kids
June 16, 2016 kidsactla 0
There is no getting around the very real adage “a picture paints a thousand words.” Your eyes are the window to your soul, and your headshot is the doorway to acting jobs in the entertainment industry. You have a split second to catch the casting director’s eye. If your photos don’t tell the story of you in a glance, you won’t get into castings.
A headshot is an industry standard. It is exactly what the name says – a photo of your head (face) and maybe shoulders. It is sort of like school photos only a hundred times more attractive. A winning headshot can easily get you in the door to major castings.
Professional headshots are crisp, clean with no visible make-up for kids and minimal styling. In a winning headshot, there is nothing to distract the viewer from your eyes and face.
If you are serious about getting professional acting jobs, then you will want to get professional photos, preferably from someone with experience in headshot photography.
It is expected that the photo you submit is the best version of you. In all honesty, there is some expectation that your child may not look as perfect in person as in the photo, but it is expected that they will closely resemble the person in the photo. I had a good-looking, talented girl on my books who kept taking photos that didn’t flatter her. I was raving about her new photos to a Casting Director who stopped me in mid-sentence. “If she doesn’t look like her photo when she arrives, we’ll never cast her and likely not call her again.” This wasn’t said to be cruel, just honest.
If your child’s look has changed, they’ve grown, changed from blonde to brunette, gone from long to short hair, get a new head-shot. For kids, you’ll likely be getting headshots every six months or so.
Generally, your agent will want a whole bunch of printed 8 x 10′s and you’ll want a handful yourself to bring to auditions, though with on-line casting, you may not need to print so many shots. Check with your child’s agent before you pay for hundreds of prints.
Just as important, have your child’s agent, acting teacher or a trusted friend (preferably someone in the industry) help you choose the best photos. Sadly, as parents, we are rarely the best judges of the best headshots.
That very serious photo you think looks sophisticated, may make your child look like a serious artist or to someone else, it could actually make him look like a serial killer in training. That laughing photo you love may be perfect or it could actually make your child look frivolous, unfocused, or just plain goofy to others. This business is all about impressions. Know what impression your photos are making.
Take a variety of photos. You may hate that crooked smile, but an advertiser may want that. So have one with a Mona Lisa smile too. You may prefer a profile, but better headshots show both eyes. Have your child laugh out loud. Flirt with the camera. Look surprised. Scowl like the evil villain. Look sad, like they’re about to cry. Change clothes. Change hairstyles. Make sure your child has fun during the shoot and it will show, but then choose headshots based on what’s best for the industry and save the rest for your photo album.
Don’t get artsy. Don’t have busy backgrounds or clothing. And make sure your CHILD is the focus of the photo. That cute photo with a puppy may be great for your photo album, but will not likely help you get an acting job (unless it is for puppy chow.)
Often, more serious photos are used for theatrical headshots and lighter, smiling photos for commercials. Children are generally expected to have smiling headshots, but a few theatrical shots are a good idea to have.
Kids Act LA offers courses designed to teach our children the skills needed to get an edge in the entertainment industry. In business for thirteen years we have helped a large number of child actors harness their dedication. Our children have grown and prospered with us. They have become outstanding, communicative artists who have successfully been booking work in film, television and commercials, and if looks-wise qualifying, they have obtained employment in the fashion world of print.
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