You may think the point of a good headshot is to make you look good. That’s part of it — but not the most important part. Ultimately, what’s most important is not how you think you look in your headshot — it’s how the person using it to make a business decision thinks. Likewise, if you’re looking for professional headshots, then you’re probably on a real-world schedule. After we shoot, proofs are delivered within 24 hours. Then, based on which shots we select, final headshots are delivered within 24 to 72 hours. We can shoot on location — indoors or outdoors — or in my studio.
Breaking into — or even maintaining a place in — the child-actor realm is challenging.
There’s not only the need to develop acting chops at an early age. There’s also the reality that casting directors — on behalf of their creative team — are usually searching for just the right age-based “look.” Unlike adult roles that can have some flexibility grounded on powerful auditions, child roles are usually very specific to age, the ethnicity of who’s playing their parents, and the need to send narrative signals to the audience.
As a professional photographer in the entertainment industry — and an actor myself — I understand how important headshots are for making it as an actor. Increasingly, slate shots are vital for TV and film. These short video headshots — where the actor can give casting directors an idea of their voice and presence — also need to be part of the package.
I understand how many headshots a child actor will need over what is a relatively short timespan.
That’s why I offer reduced rates for kids under the age of 16. Because I also realize what an economic investment it is to build an acting career.
Having regular headshots will increase the likelihood of being cast; it betters the odds. And the last thing you want to do is have a kid show up to an audition not looking much like their headshot. That’ll get you on a permanent “do not callback” list very quickly.
As I mentioned, I’m an actor myself. I understand that being a child actor can bring on a great deal of anxiety about ambition and appearance. After consulting closely with parents and child, I go out of my way to make shoots with kids fun and engaging. I , tease out the child’s natural characteristics without ratcheting up the stress level., emphasizing natural headshots — no airbrushing or makeup — that are professional in appearance and don’t make children feel like they need to be someone other than who they are.
It’s a fine balance to work in the entertainment industry and maintain a healthy childhood. I respect that and can be part of preserving that equilibrium.