A headshot is an industry resume. Casting directors and booking agents look through hundreds of headshots in order to find the ideal look for a certain gig. What casting directors are looking for in a headshot is a fresh face that can mold into what they are needed.
Would you show up to a job without a resume?
Acting headshots or professional headshots are created to market yourself.
Your headshot will have less than a second to make an impact and decide whether or not you get hired based on your look and how you’ve been represented. Actors, non-actors, models, and even professionals need to have polished representation.
Traditional makeup artists (think retail or department stores) are trained to do makeup for everyday wear, not camera ready, so it is always important to voice that the makeup needs to be for on camera.
Proper makeup artists help perfect the persons’ and/or child's’ natural beauty. They know what makeup is best for on-camera – where to contour to highlight the best features, etc. Makeup artists know what to do to smooth over skin tones and complexions and accent face shapes for the different angles that a professional headshot photographer will use. On the other hand, the wrong makeup can reflect light and is not made camera-ready, risking a poor turnout for the professional headshot.
Think of all the places where you can use your professional headshot:
· Online portfolio
· Social Media
· Personal Website
· Casting submission
· Agency submission
So what do you think, should you hire a makeup artist for your professional headshots?
Shea Anne Studios works with vetted makeup artists that know exactly the look and styles needed for the various types of headshots and modeling looks for photoshoots. As soon as you book your photoshoot session, please book your makeup artist.
If you cannot afford hair and makeup, the best advice is less is more.
If you can budget for a professional makeup artist for your professional headshot, it Is highly recommended in the industry. Child modeling and child acting are extremely competitive and having these extra touches can help set you apart from your competition. See our Instagram for looks and styles of makeup for our different child models and actors.