Child Actors' Headshots
What should a headshot say about your child?
A professional headshot is one of the criteria for being a member of Kids Casting Call Pro. This is used as another way to help ensure that all our actors are of a certain standard. It also means that there is consistency between profiles, which employers find useful.
Your profile will not go live without a professional headshot as the default image on your profile, however you can upload extra images of any kind as a Premium Member.
The industry standard for photos is a 10 x 8 (25 x 20cm) headshot taken by a professional photographer. The photo should look like you and should capture a natural pose straight to camera, clearly displaying your entire face. The headshot will usually take in the top of your shoulders but shouldn't include the rest of your body.
Some casting directors still prefer to work exclusively with black and white headshots but the majority have now started to accept colour headshots. Kids Casting Call Pro accepts both colour and black and white headshots, so please select whichever puts you in the best light.
A good photographer may well cost in excess of £250 for a session, so this is not something to take lightly.
Choosing a photographer
Find out what is included in the fee.
- When choosing a photographer, a good starting point is our database of actors. If you see a headshot you like, click on the user's portfolio and you'll find details of which photographer took it and a summary of their contact information.
- Word of mouth recommendation counts for a lot. Assuming there's no commission involved, actors will only refer photographers whose work they're happy with. Ask other actors where they've had their headshots done, see which names crop up again and again and look out for those who offer a professional, friendly service at competitive rates.
- Search our directory of photographers directly. The number to the right of each entry gives you an idea of who many users have headshots taken by that photographer.
- Additional examples of their work can usually be found on the photographers website.
You'll often find that photographers will offer discounts to students, Spotlight members, Equity members and CCP members and so it's worth investigating whether there's room for negotiation. Remember to factor in the number of shots the photographer will take, the number of prints included and the cost of getting copies made. Make sure to have this clearly laid out so that you're not disappointed to receive five prints when you'd been expecting ten.
Make sure you get a good night's sleep before the session
and arrive wearing clothes which make you feel comfortable, confident and relaxed. Ensure the clothes don't distract from your face (no loud shirts or patterned blouses) and help bring the focus your face. You may consider taking a collection of tops to ensure you capture the right you. Don't wear too much makeup and don't get your hair cut the day before - give a new cut time to settle in. Also avoid props, backgrounds, accessories or anything which distracts from your face. Most good photographers will be able to advise you on such things, so do consider their advice, as the good ones will have been doing this for many years.
When choosing a shot select one which looks most like you and which you think best reflects your look and talents.
Ask the opinion of people you trust. While family and friends can be helpful and supportive, they may not be the best judges, better to ask fellow actors, your agent or the photographer.
The photographer will own the rights to any of the photos they take of you
, even though you pay for the initial session. If you want to reproduce the picture in any form (online, spotlight, publicity for a show) you will need to get permission from your photographer. The should also be credited whenever you display or print the picture.
Things to avoid
- Your headshot should be a true and accurate representation of how you look, don't edit out any birthmarks or moles, these are part of your character and should be embraced.
- Make sure it's professional, don't try to cut costs by getting your photo done by your mum and never even think about using a mobile phone. Amateur photographs usually mean amateur actor.
- This is not a place to be funny. Crazy hair, foolish grins and plastic moustaches and cigars should all be left at home. Keep it plain and keep it simple.