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Pulse Movie Tips 6 headshot tips for actors

A headshot is not just a picture, it's a medium used to share an expression.

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OC Ukeje play

OC Ukeje


A headshot is a close up portrait of yourself (most times of your face).

This is one of the tools you can use to score yourself an audition or even a role - casting directors will use this to decide if you have the right physical features of a role. It might just be a picture but it needs to convey an idea of the sort of person you are.

Your headshots should include shots of your face showing different expressions.

Here are a couple of tips for you to consider:

1. Hire a professional photographer

It might be expensive, but it’ll be worth it.

Rita Dominic play

Rita Dominic

(Getty Images/Maarten de Boer)


While Rita Dominic was at Toronto International Film Festival, she took a couple of portrait pictures with photographer Maarten de Boer. It’s not like we haven’t seen several pictures of Dominic before, it's just that this picture makes you see th actress from a different angle.

2. Keep makeup light

Ade Laoye play

Ade Laoye

(Eniola Abumere)


Casting directors need to see the real you. It’s important you look as close to the picture as you can when you walk into the audition room.

3. Wear simple clothing

Wear solid colours like black. Stay away from print and patterns. The focus of the picture should be you and not your clothing.

However, you can use your collar to showcase you in a serious moment or in a playful moment.

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4. Pay attention to the eyes

Genevieve Nnaji play

Genevieve Nnaji

(Guardian Life)

Your eyes serve as a window to your personality. When you pose for that picture, look at the camera as though it was a viewer.

5. Pay attention to framing, lighting, and background

OC Ukeje play

OC Ukeje


In the image above OC Ukeje poses behind a blue background. It's not a headshot, it's more of a medium shot, still the set up does the actor justice and passes a message.

6. Take face shot and ¾ shots.

 Don’t limit yourself to just face shots.

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