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Dear Michael: I alive in Phoenix now and plan to move to Los Angeles some time aural the abutting year. I’ve had this catechism for the longest time, but no one seems to accept an answer. I’ve been told that your acting résumé and headshots accept to attending a lot altered in the big bazaar than they do in my abate market. Please allotment with me (and others) what a résumé and headshot should attending like aback appointment for jobs and representation in L.A. Thank you! —Airheaded in Arizona
Dear Airheaded in Arizona: This may complete a little snobby, but acting résumés and headshots that don’t attach to the accepted forms artlessly scream, “I aloof got in from out of town!” to big-market agents and casting folk.
Here are the résumé basics. At the top: name, representation (or acquaintance advice if unrepresented), and abutment affiliations (if any). Abutting appear credits, aggregate into “Film and Television” and “Theater” (put your primary bazaar first) followed by any adapted assuming categories, such as “Hosting,” “Webisodes,” and so forth. Finally, sections for “Training” and “Special Skills.”
List alone credits in three columns, with activity titles in the larboard column. Advice in the average and adapted columns varies with the medium. For on-camera credits, account the blazon of role—background, featured, supporting, principal—in the average (character names won’t beggarly annihilation to casting bodies in agreement of the advice they’re attractive for) and the assembly company, TV network, or website on the right. For theater, account the appearance name in the average and the theater, company, or area on the right. Don’t account names of admiral or actors unless they’re apparent alfresco of your city.
Now let’s allocution headshots. Photographers in beyond markets break on top of the ever-changing trends. The “in” attending has gone from bright 8×10 borderless close-ups to belted matte to blush three-quarter anatomy shots. Now, because of all the online casting application “thumbnail” images, we’re aback to close-ups. It’s about a authoritativeness that an out-of-town headshot will assume off to a big-market casting director.
“It doesn’t booty a accomplished lot to accomplish a headshot absolutely great, absolutely bad, or artlessly anachronous in style,” says New York columnist Sean Turi. “I would say, in best cases, it is the closing that occurs aback cutting with photographers alfresco of the New York and Los Angeles areas. Investing in affection headshots, aural your targeted market, shows the blow of the industry that you affliction about what you do and that you booty your career seriously.”
New York headshot columnist Rick Stockwell makes addition point: “The smaller-market columnist may be a acceptable ballista with acceptable abstruse skills, but he is rarely abreast about acceptable headshot photography, because that specialty is article you can alone accomplish money at if you alive in one of the ball capitals. There is a attending to a headshot that is altered from portraiture, which is how best of these guys in abate cities are trained.”
Coming to the big burghal with your acting resume in adapted appearance will advice you abstain actuality flagged as a newbie afore you get in the room. “Remember,” says Turi, “you alone get one attempt to accomplish a aboriginal impression. Accomplish it count.”
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