Act Through Your Headshots

I spent most of my life referring to two kinds of headshots: a commercial and a theatrical shot.

In the commercial, there is a great smile. Actors wear a bright colored shirt.  It is happy.

The theatrical is serious, sometimes grave, and usually a dark or black shirt is worn.

After years of looking at headshots, I have come to the conclusion that we are not serving ourselves well by setting up such simple parameters under which we take headshots.

We need to view our headshots as an opportunity to use our acting chops.

Acting is playing the role of a truthful and honest character in an imaginary set of circumstances. If I watched you act in a scene, and all I saw was an actor acting “sad.”  I would ask: why are you presupposing an emotion?  What are you doing to the other character? What is your objective or action?  I would criticize you if I did not believe what I was seeing.

We should be asking you to act through your headshots.  Create characters in your imagination and bring that energy to the headshot. It may well be a character that you have played or auditioned for in the past. Bring that energy to the lens.

Just as the acting of the past century has focused squarely on actions/intentions/objectives, so should our approach to the headshot. In the proverbial The Walking Dead shot, a shot that should be edgy and show the audience that you are not afraid to take someone out. Create a scenario, the lens becomes the usurper, the robber, the hijacker or zombie, and you are defending your family. That is the shot I want to see.

To be continued…

And, what I say today, may not be true tomorrow.


A Little Introduction

It seems like everyone has a blog these days.  I want to start by setting a few ground rules:

  • I am only one person, and I will present my opinion on topics in the industry.
  • WHY, you ask? Because I am inundated with questions every day, and I spend too much time repeating myself. So the BLOG’S purpose is to share some of my thoughts in a more accessible forum.
  • We have an amazing, burgeoning market here in the SE. I will be focusing as much as I can on the positives of this market.  We can all spend loads of time talking about what we are not getting, but I am really only interested in what we are getting and harnessing these new opportunities.
  • My favorite description of our market is to say: We are kinda like the kid who decided to remove the training wheels too soon, so we are a tiny bit wobbly on the bike. You know that feeling where you are shaky and trying to get control, but you are not fully there. We are figuring it all out, and it is an amazing place to be.
  • Last thing, and I will say this with every post: What I say today, may not be true tomorrow. Our market is changing and growing in great, big leaps, so needs and demands to will change on a DAILY basis.

Enjoy the ride–I know I am! I hope to shed some light on a variety of topics and hit some frequently asked questions.

More to come…