For Actors, One “headshot” is not enough.
When it comes to casting, an actor will need more than just one or two smiling headshots.
Many Actors think… “Well I have a GREAT headshot, it is just generally about what I look like.”
They need Actor Character.
Actors have to think what casting thinks.
Casting is looking for not only the character but the emotional state of the character as well.
So if you are to play a character that has anger issues, a headshot showing anger would be gold.
A Character clip showing that actor with an angry rant would just take it over the top.
You want to put what casting is looking for right in front of them, cause if you don’t.
Someone else who understands actor casting will.
The “Reality” of Casting.
Casting directors put actors into “categories”;
- Leading Man/Woman
- Good-looking or Not.
- Different Racial Looks
- Mean, Nice, or Funny
- Tall or Short
- Young, Old, Middle Aged
- Good Guys / Bad Guys
Then they look at what Roles they can put a actor into:
- Working professionals: Detectives, FBI, CIA, Dr’s, Lawyers, Preachers, really any profession you can think of.
- Blue collar professions: Truck Driver, Mechanic, Carpenter, Painter, there are hundreds of those.
Actor Character is key in casting.
Seasoned actors understand this is how casting thinks and categorizes actors.
As a result, seasoned actors will have 8-12 different characters with various emotional headshots for EACH Character on file.
They know each Actor Character will need to show a range of emotions. Each Character will perhaps have to show Fear, Love, Anger, Hate, Bored, Happy, Sad, and whatever else the Character breakdowns call for.
Seasoned actors may also have to change the voice, movements, accents, and even their way of thinking to create different actor characters. If you show the right character that casting is looking for, chances are that they will reach out and grab it.
Actor: Melinda Hicks