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How Many Headshots Do You Need?

“I need to get a headshot for work.” Or, is it “I need to get some headshots for work?” The plural use depends on what your career is. However, it’s almost always good to get more than one headshot regardless of your career. But, how many?

How Many Headshots Do Actors Need

Actors Usually Need to Have Many Headshots to Show Many Looks They Can Pull Off

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How to Get the Best Affordable Actor Headshots in Los Angeles

Although most of your own experience as an actor might have led you to believe that in order to get the best headshots you have to spend a lot of money, that is not necessarily true. Sure, headshots can be pricey, but there are some good, affordable actor headshots in Los Angeles. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good in them either. Here are a few tips on how to make sure you look your best in your headshots.

Match Your Personality

If you have any experience with acting, even if it was just as part of your classes, then you probably know by now what types of characters and roles tend to suit you best. For example, you might lean towards being the charming friend or the shy genius. You might want your current headshots to capture just that because that is likely how you might land your first few roles.

 

“Yeah, this girl looks like she can play the badass cop.” “Oh, this guy looks exactly like the mean prom king type.” Lean into your strengths as an actor in order to make sure that your headshots can accurately give the casting team an idea of the roles you can play.

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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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What Are Headshot Photos?

So, what exactly is a headshot photo? It can mean very different things to a lot of different people. And, what is the difference between a headshot and a portrait? Generally speaking, a headshot is a close-up of someone’s face, usually from around the shoulders up. And, also generally speaking, the difference between a headshot and portrait is that a headshot is commonly used for marketing purposes. Are there other differences that should be known? Yes.

Actor Headshots

Actors need headshots for their careers. Headshots are essentially the core of their resume. Sure, they need to list relevant experience on their resume like everyone else but, their look is essential. A good headshot for an actor is everything.

Typically, most actors will need at least a commercial headshot and a theatrical headshot. The difference between these two shots should be clear. The commercial headshot is commonly well and evenly lit with a bright cheery background. A theatrical headshot goes for dramatic looks. Often, part of the face is in shadow and the background might also be darker. The two photos are used for submitting to casting directors for two very different roles.

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The Difference Between a Commercial Headshot and Theatrical Headshot Are Ideally Used by Actors to Be Cast for Different Types of Roles

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Why A Professional Headshot Is Important?

I had a recent client mention to me he tried several times to use his new iPhone and portrait mode to take his own headshot and it never looked just right. Frustrated, he finally decided to find a headshot photographer. I had another client tell me last year that he used a selfie for his LinkedIn profile and a headhunter told him to help him, he would need to change his headshot. So, these are just two of many reasons why a professional headshot is important.

Corporate headshots in Los Angeles

Good Corporate Headshots Align with Corporate Branding Elements, Help Showcase Self-Confidence That Drives Potential Customers to You, Demonstrates Your Commitment to Quality, and Much More

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