Nowadays, EVERYONE needs a headshot!
Headshots are not just for actors and models now.
You need a headshot whether you're going into the entertainment industry, the corporate world, or if you're an entrepreneur.
How do you know when it's time to update your headshot though?
I'm here to give you a few tips to know exactly when to get new headshots.
1. If you don't have a headshot
If you don't have a headshot, it's time to get one. Chances are you'll need it for a company website, résumé, or upcoming audition.
2. If you've noticeably aged since your last headshot
You can safely bet that someone will notice if you're using a headshot from your high school, when you're now in your mid-twenties. And that can be said about any age group. If you're noticeably older than what your picture shows, it's time for a new headshot. I personally recommend getting new headshots at least every other year, or every year for children.
3. If you've done something drastic with your hair
If your hair is much longer, significantly shorter, or a different color, you should consider getting a new headshot. Someone will probably notice if you don't look like your picture online.
4. If you look noticeably different
Don't you just LOVE the feeling you get when you're speaking with a friend, and they ask... "Have you lost some weight?" Well, if your friend notices, then others probably will too. If you've lost/gained weight, had plastic surgery, etc., think about a new headshot session.
5. If the headshot trends have changed
Years ago, the entire acting industry had ONLY black and white headshots. That looks just a bit outdated today. If your headshot doesn't look like the rest of the industry, it's probably time for a new headshot.
6. If the fashion trends have changed
Clothes are amazing tools to help show off your personality in a headshot... or any picture really. BUT, if you have something on that's currently not "on trend," then others might know that it's not recent. I recommend wearing solid colors or neutral items that never go out of style, if you want to keep your headshots longer.
7. If you are getting called for parts you're not right for
If you are getting called for acting jobs that do not fit personality, you may just be a great actor, or your headshot could be showcasing a personality that's not completely you. If you're experiencing this, think about getting some new headshots, and communicate with your photographer about what you think the emotion behind your headshot.
8. If you're not getting called at all.
Think of your headshot as a marketing tool. Does your headshot accurately represent what you're selling? Whether you're an actor trying to sell yourself as a hero character or a businessman/woman trying to sell your company as a warm and inviting environment, your headshot needs to accurately portray this. If your headshot is "giving off the wrong vibe," consider getting a new headshot.
9. If your agent or boss says you need new headshots
Chances are, your agent or boss knows when things aren't working with your auditions or within the company. If they suggest a new headshot, you should get one.
I hope this helps you decide whether or not you need a new headshot, and if you do, consider CSC Photography for your headshot needs.
See you soon,
Caitlin S. Cornett