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How to Get the Best Headshot

For actors, having a great headshot is the most important tool for getting a foot in the door.


  • Step 1: Invest in quality Prepare to pay for a quality headshot from a professional photographer. It’s the first thing a casting director or agent sees.
  • Step 2: Find the right photographer Research the right photographer for you. Look for someone with experience and see examples of their work.
  • Step 3: Look like yourself Keep your look natural. For women, keep make-up neutral and not too heavy. Wear simple jewelry. Men should be clean-cut.
  • TIP: Avoid distracting backgrounds. The focus should be on your face.
  • Step 4: Bring changes of clothes Bring two changes of clothing in solid colors, including a business suit. Wear colors that complement your face. Wear clean, pressed, and comfortable clothes.
  • TIP: Avoid bright colors. Black is always a good choice.
  • Step 5: Bring examples Show your photographer headshots or magazine pictures with the look you want.
  • TIP: Relax. If you’re not comfortable in a pose, it’ll show in the photo.
  • Step 6: Pick the right shots Have the photographer take one commercial and one theatrical headshot. Have a neutral third party offer an unbiased opinion.
  • FACT: The first professional digital camera was released in 1991.

You Will Need

  • 2 upscale outfits
  • 2 casual outfits in solid colors
  • A business suit
  • Other headshots or pictures from magazines (optional) (optional)

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