If you don’t know your “type” before your headshot session, then you might as well throw money out the door!
While perusing Backstage West online, a great resource for novice actors, I stumbled upon an article on “How to find your Type and Book Work” written by acting coach Carolyne Barry. All too often an actor just getting their feet wet in the business will call me for headshots and not have a clue how to answer my first question “what is your target market?”
If you haven’t thought about what your age range is and what your type is before taking your headshots, then you might as well be throwing money out the door because this is the key to getting in the door.
Carolyn’s advice column is almost word for word what I tell actors to do to find their type in preparation for their headshot session. I suggest you read it. In addition, if an actor does not have an acting coach or an agent giving them notes, I’m happy to “stereotype” them when I see them or during their consultation. With 15 years of experience working with agents and the notes they give actors, I’m pretty good at “type casting” actors in just a few seconds! For some tips, take a look at the different marketing types labeled below each picture.
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