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Tony
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Acting Head Shots: Do The Right Thing!

A Question About Acting Head Shots

Recently an 18-year-old girl asked me if she should look in the yellow pages to find a head shot photographer. I told her that if she did that, she would run the risk of wasting time and money. Below is the answer that I gave her.

My first acting head shots that I got taken several years ago were terrible, not only for the quality of the photos themselves, but also because my expressions were just plain bad.

There were reasons for this.

1. I didn't know what I was doing and how to get a good expression. One of the reasons for that, is that I had had no acting experience at the time and hadn't even taken any acting classes!

2. I accepted a recommendation from a casting director who was a friend of the head shot photographer. I now understand that the casting director had no intention of calling me in to audition for anything, but he was more interested in capturing that opportunity to send me to his friend to get the head shots done to give his friend a chance to make some more money.

3. The photographer himself was terrible. He didn't know how to coach me to get the shots I needed. He also was just plain bad! Because of my lack of experience, I didn't even realize just how bad he was. Now I do. I really saw the difference when I got head shots taken in New York with a photographer. The difference was amazing!

I interviewed a Hollywood acting coach named Bernard Hiller for this website. He suggests in that interview that actors do not get head shots taken until they have at least some training under their belts, because chances are, if you don't know how to take the shots to really make them good, then it will be a waste of time and money.

After my personal experience, I’m inclined to agree with him.

Have a look at this page about acting head shots. There you will find out what it takes to get good head shots, how to choose a head shot photographer, what to look for in a photographer, questions to ask before you actually agree to hire him/her. Also, while you are there on that page, have a look at Peter Hurley’s website and see more pictures, which in reality are the standards by which your head shots will be measured.

Good luck and like Spike Lee says: Do The Right Thing!

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