Joe Knows

Being prepared is key


Being prepared is key

I had a recent shoot with a client that was so determined for a great session, he brought more items than I did.

He had wipes for his face, a lint roller and at least 10 clothing changes. And he was completely open to coaching so we had a lot of fun and got some great shots. What got me thinking was how rare it is for my clients to come in over prepared.

Usually people come in with 2 or 3 changes of clothes…and not much else. Now I make a concerted effort to help all of my clients from the moment they book with me to prep for the shoot. This includes emailing details about the session, tips and advice for the days leading up to it, a phone call before hand and answering any questions they may have. The idea is to give each client confidence so they’re not anxious about the session.

Inside tip: if you don’t have many outfits of your own ask your friends. Or go buy it, keep the receipt and return it after the shoot.

We’re actors so we’re used to begging, borrowing and stealing to get the job done. When it comes to your headshot session don’t get timid or back off but go full throttle like you would on stage. Actors are their own best advocates so you need to make sure that you’re taken care of and have everything you need.

Being an actor means being prepared at all times for auditions, performances, staying in shape and so on. This absolutely applies to your headshot session. This establishes who you are and represents you for the next couple of years. Just like in acting, the devil is in the details.

The more work you apply behind the scenes, the better the final performance will be.

 “Don’t assume that magic will happen, unless you create it.”
John Travolta


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