Joe Knows

Sick of Winter


Don’t Breathe Your Last


It’s that time of year again! (and I don’t mean the holidays)

I speak of the cold and flu season that is now upon us. This is a very treacherous time for everyone but doubly so for actors. We always seem to find ourselves outdoors in inclement weather with a producer/director lamenting “I’m so sorry. We just have to get this shot!”.

And as the consummate professionals we are, we smile and soldier on. The only problem is that cough/sore throat/fever the next morning.

I always push actors to take care of themselves and make sure they stay as healthy as possible. It’s basically being a naggy parent: take your vitamins, get your flu shot, bundle up, eat better, he’s not good enough for you etc.

I bring this up because I’ve had people show up to their session sick as a dog. What usually happens is:

  • they book their session
  • we meet in person or talk on the phone a few days beforehand
  • the hour arrives and they show up looking like extras from The Walking Dead

Is my makeup ok?

Now I totally appreciate the dedication and force of will it takes to show up while feeling like death but there is one immutable fact that trumps this devotion: you can not hide sickness from the camera.

It’s in everyone’s best interest to let me know ASAP that you have symptoms tantamount to the Avian flu and need to reschedule. If you have a slight sniffle or a little cough we should be fine but don’t ignore your health completely. And mine in point of fact.

(real talk, I don’t want it either)

I have never and will never penalize a client for putting their health and wellbeing first, even if it’s last minute. This is a collaborative effort and I want you to be at your best.

Your portrait will be your representation for years to come so let’s not immortalize that 101° fever, shall we?

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
Paul Caponigro


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