Build Your Actor Portfolio
Your acting headshot and your "Book" is your primary calling card and can mean the difference in a casting between you and all the other actors who are under consideration.
You will often be judged by your headshot long before an opportunity to even walk in the door at a in-person casting. The portrait you choose should be able to speak on your behalf.
It is also important to make sure you acting headshot is representative of the real you and if you have changed your look recently or maybe a few years have passed, it is time to get some updated shots taken for your portfolio book.
If your lucky, you can submit your entire portfolio during an audition. However, you sometimes will only “leave behind” your headshot and maybe an acting resume. However, the image you “leave behind” is where your portfolio becomes important. You should have a book of strong images that show your range.
How to Set Up Your Actor Portfolio
Traditionally, Actors have compiled a “portfolio” of both commercial and theatrical headshots. Each actor may also have a variety of images for each of these two genres, demonstrating their personal range and an individual image can be selected for each casting, depending on the role to be played.
Your commercial shots should be used for television and commercial work. Your theatrical shot should be reserved for film work and theatre roles. One is more warm and open and the other more of the natural you.
It is important to remember that these shots are not “glamour shots” and both make-up and retouching should be kept to a minimum. The lighting should be simple and the background plain. It should not contain any distracting elements and a seamless paper background is usually best.
If you are ready to launch your acting career to the next level, please contact us today to book your actor headshot session. We are available to update your look with a single headshot or to help you build an acting portfolio of images to give you options and choices when responding to a new casting call.