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Old January 22nd, 2004, 06:50 PM   #1
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Head Shots???

Other than the really obvious answer, what are head shots?
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Old January 22nd, 2004, 07:08 PM   #2
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In show business they're 8"x10" photos that an actor/actress/singer would attach to their resume when attending an audition or applying for a job. It's a bit of a specialized thing in that a certain quality is expected.... I know this not only from my many years "in the business", but from watching my daughter (an aspiring young actress) agonize over them - and also opening my wallet to pay the photographers! ;-)
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Old January 22nd, 2004, 09:29 PM   #3
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Working actors get these printed in bulk, with their resumes printed on the back of the photo.

They're black and white, but probably not for any artistic reason. Cheaper to print.

Many actors have switched to postcard-sized headshots, as they're cheaper and easier to mail, though not particularly auspicious.
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Old January 22nd, 2004, 09:36 PM   #4
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Maybe a sign of the times or more of a Florida thing, but I see a lot of color head shots.
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Old January 22nd, 2004, 11:32 PM   #5
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I recently did a casting call and interestingly enough, people are heavily relying on emailing their stats and headshots these days. This is partly because many send you links to their profile web sites, and partly because it allows them to get you their info before all the snail mailers.

I know that for myself, I really ended up preferring emailed information, because it made it supremely easy to track my correspondence and also to make sure I got back with all the queries. In addition, I got so much good stuff over email, that in my first set of auditions, I was booked up before I had even received half of the snail mailed stuff.

All told, over just a couple of weeks, I received over 100 headshots, and I'd say only 10 of them were snail mail. Also, of the print headshots I did receive, only one was color, though it was accompanied by a black and white variation of it as well.

I think the biggest lesson I'd learn from this as an actor would be, though, that if they provide email as an option of submission, take it! You'll at least get your info in there before many others.

And also, as a side note, I discovered I have a pet peeve - which I share with my friend who actually works at a Headshot production shop... If you're sending info for an acting role, don't send modeling shots (i.e., bathing suit or shirtless or whatever). Show professionalism by providing professional headshots that are both honest but also show how good you can look on camera. And if you do submit a snail mail headshot, for pete's sake please make sure your contact information is current and active (you'd be surprised)!

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Old February 4th, 2004, 12:59 PM   #6
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I also prefer the email headshot. It's also great when actors link to their reel on a site of their own. I think it just shows great professionalism on their part if they also have a reel to show. It's also great to track correspondence and to easily keep their headshots on file on a computer.
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