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Headshot Session: Brainstorming

It is time to update your acting headshots so you book your session with your favorite photographer, but then what?


Let's do some brainstorming... There are all sorts of ways to brainstorm before your headshot session, here we will talk about branding & characters. Just remember, casting directors want you to be your authentic self above all else! With this being said, you are a character.


Just as you would a character for an audition, let's break YOU down.


Make a list of the following:


  • Who you are (best friend, sister, pet owner, basketball player, ect)

  • Shows/movies you see yourself in or dream of doing

  • Names of actors who have played characters you see yourself playing or would like to play

  • Types of characters you have auditioned for

  • Actors or characters you have been told you look like


This list is for your eyes only, so be honest with it.



Research:

Find actors who look like you on IMDb or google and see how they are displaying themselves in headshots and other images. If there is an agency you want to join, go to their IMDb and see what their clients headshots look like, what they are wearing and more.


If you have an agent or manager, don't be afraid to ask them how they plan on marketing you. Helps to be on the same page with your team prior to your headshot session. If you don't have this relationship with your reps, not to worry, at the end of the day this is YOUR career and you are in good hands.


On your journey, you may end up auditioning for stereotypes/cliches characters, but don't be afraid of them, take it to the bank, baby! Below are some basic trends/roles; I didn't create these, these are actual roles you will see in television, commercials and movies everyday.


I don't recommend narrowing your looks down too much, but it just gives you a ball park to brainstorm ideas.


THE CURRENT TREND FOR KIDS & TWEENS


  • Category: Girl Next Door / Guy Next Door

  • Disney Kid

  • Best friend / Sidekick

  • Category: Edgy

  • Bully

  • Cool Hip Kid

  • Category: Young Professional

  • Studious

  • Student


THE CURRENT TREND TEENS AND EARLY TWENTIES:


Category: Girl Next Door / Guy Next Door

  • Disney Kid

  • Jock

  • Hipster

  • Gamer

  • Stoner / Surfer

  • Lovable Loser

  • Love Interest

  • Girls’ Night Out

  • Fashionista

  • Guys’ night out

  • Best friend / Sidekick

  • Fitness / Athletic

  • Category: Edgy

  • Hero in the making

  • Heroine in the making

  • Anti-hero

  • Villain

  • Troubled Teen

  • Emo

  • Bully

  • Cool Hip Kid Category: Young Professional

  • Studious

  • Student

  • Grad Student

  • Geeky tech

  • Intern

  • Assistant

  • Helpful Employee

  • Creative Professional


THE CURRENT TREND FOR MID TWENTIES TO EARLY THIRTIES:


Category: Girl Next Door / Guy Next Door

  • Jock

  • Hipster

  • Gamer

  • Stoner/Surfer

  • Lovable Loser

  • Love Interest

  • Girls’ Night Out

  • Fashionista

  • Guys’ night out

  • Best friend / Sidekick Category: Edgy

  • Hero

  • Heroine

  • Anti-hero

  • Villain

  • Street Thug

  • Street Girl

  • Prostitute

  • Victim

  • Army

  • Drug Addict

  • Drug Dealer

  • Gangster

  • Biker Gang

  • Urban Hip Category: Young Professional

  • Student

  • Grad Student

  • Intern

  • Secretary

  • Assistant

  • Creative Professional

  • Geeky Tech

  • Lawyer

  • FBI Agent

  • CIA Agent

  • Doctor

  • Journalist

  • Nurse

  • Detective

  • Helpful employee

  • Waitress Category: Young Mom / Young dad

  • Blue Collar

  • Country Club

  • Suburban

  • BBQ

  • Bohemian


THE CURRENT TREND FOR THIRTIES TO FORTIES:


Category: Girl Next Door/Guy next door

  • Nosy neighbor

  • Girls’ Night Out

  • Sex & The City Fashionista (yes still!)

  • Love interest

  • Friend / Sidekick

  • Fitness Category: Professional

  • Secretary

  • Assistant

  • Creative Professional

  • Geeky Tech

  • Lawyer

  • FBI Agent

  • CIA Agent

  • Doctor

  • Journalist

  • News Anchor

  • Nurse

  • Detective

  • Waitress Category: Edgy

  • Hero/Heroine

  • Anti-hero

  • Villain

  • Street Thug

  • Street Girl

  • Prostitute

  • Victim

  • Army

  • Drug Addict

  • Drug Dealer

  • Gangster

  • Biker Gang

  • Urban Hip Category: Mom/Dad

  • Blue Collar

  • Country Club

  • Suburban

  • BBQ

  • Bohemian


THE CURRENT TREND FOR FIFTIES AND UP:


Category: Grandmother / Grandfather

  • Blue Collar

  • Country Club

  • Suburban

  • BBQ

  • Bohemian

  • Outdoorsy Fit Category: Edgy

  • Hero

  • Heroine

  • Anti-hero

  • Villain

  • Prostitute

  • Victim

  • Army Sargent

  • Drug Addict

  • Gang Leader

  • Mafia Boss Category: Business

  • Secretary

  • Judge

  • CEO

  • Lawyer

  • FBI Director

  • CIA Director

  • Doctor

  • Nurse

  • Detective

  • Waitress

  • News Anchor


Think of your headshot session as a creative process and don't get too bogged down on any one thing, just bring options and trust your photographer and the process. After reading this, check out Headshot Session: Wardrobe.


Have fun!

-Laura F.

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