Everywhere you audition, it says "Bring Headshot and Resume."
The resume starts the first time you stand up in front of someone and do a pratfall, or that first recital in grade school or Sunday school. But the photo is a must, especially in Commercial, Film and Theatrical circles.
Yet to do something as simple as "background extra" in a major motion picture, all the casting folks really want to see is what you really look like. Get an idea of height, weight, coloring. You don't need that glamour shot that a professional setting will often overdo. But make sure you are seen and don't blend into the background. And better to give them more than just a face frontal shot.
Getting back into this Acting Thing, I needed a Headshot. Something that was attractive, got your attention, yet I wanted it to really show me as I am...now. I found it, by chance, when a photographer in a neighboring studio was trying out a new camera. It was a fast, click-bang session, and about a week later, a couple of shots were slid under the door.
They replaced the "informal" pictures that I was thinking about using.
Yes, there is a special something when you do get a professional photographer to take your picture. They light, they reflect, they shoot photos...an ungodly amount of photos...to get just the right moment, the right expression.
So much can be done with a computer these days, but nothing repalces a first-class photographer. Just make sure they capture the real you, warts and all.
This BLOG will be my personal exploration into the World of Performance Art. Follow me as I return to an Adventure started in the sixties to be An Actor!