Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tips for making homemade headshots (for new actors)

Not everyone can afford professional headshots and it is okay to take them at home. Here are some tips to making home headshots look professional:

Here are some good tips for taking headshots at home:

Getting ready: Do not put on too much makeup - look nice but not overdone

Pick a shirt that's not distracting (you want the focus on your face, not what you're wearing)

Do not wear a hat or glasses (unless you can't see without them and would need to act with them)

Picking a location:

Pick a solid background (a lighter color is good) - do not have any pictures or mirrors or shelves or windows in the background - If you use a sheet, make sure it is not wrinkled and make sure it is smooth - keep the background as far away as possible so you don't cast a shadow on it

Sunlight is the best lighting so have a window in front of you or to the side (never behind) or shoot outside (but avoid a busy background)

Taking the picture:

Have someone else take the picture. Pictures you take of yourself with a cell phone rarely come out good. You need to focus on your pose and not taking the picture.

Have the picture include your head with the top of your head almost touching the top of the frame and the bottom at your shoulders.

Take a LOT of pictures and try different expressions and poses. Take at least 10.

Review the pictures before ending the session.

Printing the picture:

Have your name nicely printed (with a computer) on the bottom

Print them in color

My homemade headshot

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  3. Thank yo so much Doug Larson.This information is very helpful and will assist me in my acting venture.

    Catherine K aspiring actress

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  4. Loving the tips which I'm positive will really help me in my quest to refund my acting skills. Always wanted to act and love drama and the theatre. I'm not getting any younger and its never too late so I'm ready to take action! Starting with these online classes and Great guide. Thanks Mr Larson! Kristina L.C (Dreaming of dramatics)

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  5. Loving the tips which I'm positive will really help me in my quest to refund my acting skills. Always wanted to act and love drama and the theatre. I'm not getting any younger and its never too late so I'm ready to take action! Starting with these online classes and Great guide. Thanks Mr Larson! Kristina L.C (Dreaming of dramatics)

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  6. these tips are very helpful.. thanks, will be using them very soon. :-)

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  7. Thank you Mr. Larson for this wonderful, informative blog. I have been doing voice acting non professionally for some time. I use stuffed animals. I look at it as if I can have an adult interact with these characters, I must be doing something right. Again thanks for all the valuable information.

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    1. Do you mean for the headshot contest or just in general? Thank you for your question.

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    2. Here is a link to the Homemade Headshot Contest: http://www.freehelpforactors.com/2017/01/homemade-headshot-contest-good-vs-bad.html

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