Being an actor means facing your fears on a regular basis. Sometimes just being in front of people is enough to get your adrenaline pumping.
Very few people can stand in front of a camera and feel confident about how they look. Add to the mix how a headshot needs to represent you to get an audition and you have a formula for major anxiety.
I had a client recently that was adamant he could’t take a great headshot. I’ll be honest, he believed it so resolutely that it broke my heart. His reasoning was he didn’t feel he was being honest in the photos and that his face was just “all wrong”.
A casting director said he had a bad look for film and his face drooped.
Now I’m not going to reveal him or the shots we got (which were awesome!) but I wanted to get as much of his story out as possible. This is a huge issue for actors and one of the main reasons I take headshots.
A mentor told me that I’m 10% photographer and 90% therapist. This varies depending on the client but for the most part this holds true.
It never fails that someone I’m working with just doesn’t believe they look good on camera. Either from something they saw of themselves, someone said something derogatory or maybe just the image laden society we live in has made them feel flawed.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, can and does look good on camera but a preconceived idea gets in the way. You may not look like this model or that famous actor but the fact is you don’t want to. What’s important is that you know it’s your look and ONLY yours. Just like each person brings their own life experience to the role, the same goes for headshots.
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.“
– John Wayne