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What’s a Headshot in Acting?

So, what’s a headshot in acting? First, we should define what is a headshot in general. A headshot differs from a portrait in that it is a professional photo of a person’s head to be used for commercial purposes. In other words, it’s a photo of a person’s face used to directly or indirectly help that person make money. And, it’s arguable that a headshot is more important for an actor than anyone else.

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An Actor Headshot is a Critical Tool for Casting Success

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What is Headshot Photography

Headshot photography involves the art and science of taking a professional photo of someone’s face. But this can mean so many different things depending on the application. Also, there is a difference between a headshot and portrait.

Headshot Photography Purposes

In most cases, the primary reason behind getting professional headshots is that the photos will be used for commercial purposes. This means in some way – directly or indirectly – they will be used to promote a person or a business for financial gain.

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Headshots – Such as Realtor Headshots in Los Angeles – Can Be the Welcoming Invite Needed to Draw in New Clients

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Video Version: How To Get the Best Actor Headshots

You’re ready to launch your acting career. Or, maybe you’re ready to take it to the next level. Wherever you are in your acting career – short of already being crazy famous – you’re going to need good headshots. They are an absolute must, as 100% of casting directors demand them. But it can be daunting to find a good headshot photographer in a city like Los Angeles or New York. So, what’s an actor to do?

Watch the below video or if you want to dive deeper into the details, read the article that inspired this video on Daily Actor.

Headshots by The Light Committee Named to List of Top-Tier Portrait Photographers in Los Angeles

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This is the same site that recently named Headshots by The Light Committee one of the twenty-four best portrait photographers in Los Angeles. They took into account over 12,000 portrait photographers in Los Angeles all across the city and determined that we are among the top twenty-four. Continue reading

What Size Are Headshot Photos?

If you’re looking to get headshots in Los Angeles – or any other market – you might be wondering what size your headshot should be. There is no standard size and the answer to this question is both very simple and can be technically difficult too. It all depends on the application – how will it be used?

Actor Headshot Photo Size

Actor headshots are commonly 8” x 10” (W x H), though some actors opt for 10” x 8” too. But, while these are the preferred sizes for casting submissions, there is no law set requiring this. If you’re looking to ensure your actor headshots are print quality, you also need to make sure the digital file has a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

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A Common Size for an Actor Headshot – Such as This Theatrical Headshot – is 8×10” in size

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