This is a topic I’ve spoken about, blogged about and have been questioned about many, many times in the past. It is a recurring theme in my life for a reason… it is probably one of the most important questions you will ever ask yourself, especially if you want to be an artist.
THE PAINFUL TRUTH:
What Agents Are Really Looking For
If you were with us last blog you will remember that I decided to offer up five unorthodox bits of advice for pilot season. I wanted to break the mold this year and encourage you to do things that the rest of the actors in town weren’t. Hopefully, you’ve snagged a few pilot auditions this year but if you haven’t here’s a bit of out of the box thinking that just might make it happen for you.
Sooner or later I knew that technology would bite me. For the first time ever, I accidentally erased over my latest blog before I was able to post it. Uggh! Welcome to the new year! After several hours of formulating my thoughts I wrote a blog called, "10 Unorthodox Goals to Shoot For In 2013." It was cute and I’m sure there was some good stuff in there but for some reason I didn't love it. Maybe it was God telling me that there was something better that needed to be said. So with that in mind, I've decided to start completely from scratch and answer the burning question that seems to be on a lot of our minds, "What should I do in 2013?"
I regularly coach actors for auditions and when I ask them how it went more often than not I get an answer something like this, “It was good. But, I got nervous and it took me out of it. Then I screwed up my lines… I guess didn’t go very well.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the phrase, “If I could just stop my nerves I’d be a great actor.” Do your nerves get in the way of your acting and auditioning? Most actors would answer “yes” to that question.
I have nothing negative to say what so ever about taking acting classes… unless the teacher sucks. Every actor needs honest, expert, objective feedback about their work and their ability if they hope to improve their craft. Without it you’ll be like an athlete trying to win the Olympics without a trainer.
If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times, “Your headshot is the most important marketing tool you have.” Is it true? Yeah, it probably is true. Unless you’re a big star or someone well known in the industry chances are your headshot is the thing that will get you through the door and into a casting director’s office more than anything else. But, because actors know how important a headshot is it creates a ton of anxiety when it comes to getting good shots. Good headshots can be expensive, nerve-racking and a huge burden. That said, let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways an actor can ruin their headshots.