What is a Headshot?
Aug 29, 2017
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A headshot is the most important marketing tool for an actor or model, and it’s very easy to go wrong with this simple tool. At KidsCasting, we would advise you to take your child’s headshot seriously - after all, it’s going to be the first thing the casting directors will look at. And as they say - first impressions are everything. With your kid’s headshot, you want to make a casting director notice your child, instead of tossing the resume in the rejection pile.

There are ways you can improve your headshots. In this section of resources, we answer the most common questions and give you advice on how to achieve the headshot standards set for this industry.

When should we get new headshots?

Because kids change and grow, we highly advise getting new headshots every 6 months. Headshots also need to be updated if you child has a drastic new haircut. Casting directors don’t want any surprises when you and your child arrive at the audition. Your headshots need to be up to date with how your child looks in real life. Keep in mind that baby headshots need to be updated more often as they change more rapidly.

Once you have gained some experience we advise you to invest in a professional headshot photographer. They are up to date with headshot standards. Kids photographers will also know how to make your child’s personality shine through in the photos.

Headshot Samples

Advice on taking and choosing your headshots.

1. Keep it simple

When taking headshots, we advise to choose neutral clothing, in the color that will compliment your child’s eyes. Steer clear of bright patterns, brand logos or unconventional clothing. Your child’s outfit should compliment them, not outshine them. As for the background - make sure it’s blurred (this will happen when using high-quality camera with a high-depth of field), as all the attention should go to your child, not the background.

2. Natural light over studio

It’s better to use natural light for kids headshots as they more closely portray film lighting. Natural light will also showcase your child’s features more realistically. It won’t create false shadows and highlights. A good camera and the right settings will manage to catch natural light well.

3. Make their features stand out

As with on-camera acting, it’s all about the eyes. As they say, eyes are the windows to the soul, so the photographer must make sure that your child’s eyes are in focus, and that they don’t look glazed over. A good headshot photographer will know how to bring out your child’s personality and capture his or hers best features best!

4. Stick to standard framing for headshots

As the name implies, the headshot is normally a photo of your head, or head and shoulders. It shouldn’t be an extreme frontal photo, nor one where your kid’s face is not visible. However, based on the role, casting directors or agents may ask you to submit a specific headshot. It’s a good idea to make multiple headshots with different expressions, angles and poses so that you have options when they’re required.

Are Professional Headshots a Must?

Professional photos are advised, but not necessary. If your child is serious about their acting or modeling career, it would be a good idea to turn to an experienced photographer, the reason being that professional photos will look, you guessed it - more professional. Looking at the headshots, the casting director will be able to see whether or not your child is serious about acting or modeling. Good quality photos will more likely catch their eye.

An experienced headshot photographer will not only know how to take a good photo, they will also understand what casting directors are looking for in headshots. A good headshot is not just any photo - it’s a picture that should show your child’s personality in its fullest, which is no easy feat to master.

Of course, taking professional headshots isn’t free, and can even cost up to $1200. Luckily, using KidsCasting database, you have an option to search for professional photographers. Contact the ones living in your area - there’s a chance that some will be willing to photograph you for free, to update their resume!

Commonly Asked Questions

What we do

Please note that KidsCasting.com is NOT a talent agency, employer or a talent scout. We provide a platform that lets you take charge of your kid’s career yourself, without any third-party involvement (e.g. talent agent or agency). KidsCasting cannot guarantee employment, however, we do guarantee that Casting Directors will contact you. Please refer to our Guarantee Page for more information.

Why we charge for our service

KidsCasting is a service, and like any service, it cannot be free. We have a team of designers, developers and other specialists to create a user-friendly platform for kids acting, modeling and performing auditions. Every day, hundreds of casting professionals from all over the US submit casting calls in search of a perfect talent for their project.

With KidsCasting, you can also learn all about the entertainment industry and what kid′s acting and modeling entails with our Parent Academy. Create professional marketing tools like a Comp Card, at no additional cost (find out more HERE). Reach out to top notch casting directors who use our services with our messaging center. And most importantly, easily search and apply to auditions in a variety of creative fields that your kid will love, be it commercials, movies, tv shows or photo shoots, every day, with no limitations.

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