Photographs, Head Shots, and Portfolios
In the entertainment industry, there are only two purposes served by any photograph:
What photographs do NOT do, except very rarely, is to get you a job.
No matter how excellent your photo or portfolio may be, nobody in the world of Broadway, television or film is going to be able to determine from it any of the following central casting considerations:
All of those things are determined exclusively by an interview and/or audition.
What this means is that it is pointless to pay hundreds of dollars, or even more, for a portfolio with all sorts of different poses and varied angles of your face and body. Likewise, it is equally pointless to pay to have your photo placed in some sort of booklet for ďexposureĒ purposes.
There is simply too little useful information contained in any photograph, head shot, or portfolio, no matter how professional it may appear, to warrant a large expenditure of money on such items. To suggest otherwise reflects either a lack of knowledge or dishonesty.
This truth is underscored by the fact that pretty much the only people you ever meet who insist that you need a portfolio are those who sell them!
What you WILL need eventually for the two legitimate purposes I listed above is a simple color photo of your face, (head shot), taken by a professional who does that, and only that, for a living.
I personally know several absolutely outstanding and first-rate such individuals who all charge less than four hundred dollars per session. This means that if you pay anyone in New York, or especially anywhere else, much more than four hundred dollars for a photograph of yourself, you are spending more than you need to.
There are lots of knowledgeable people out there who offer advice about choosing a photographer, and about having an effective shoot, so Iím not going to add to all that. I will only advise you this:
Seek out several positive word-of-mouth references, and then peruse the work of at least three or four of them, before deciding.
It is equally important that you have a strong sense that you will enjoy being with your chosen photographer. You will be working closely with this person; the nature of your rapport will reflect in your finished product.
|"There is simply too little useful information contained in any photograph, head shot, or portfolio, no matter how professional it may appear, to warrant a large expenditure of money on such items."|
|"...if you pay anyone in New York, or especially anywhere else, much more than four hundred dollars for a photograph of yourself, you are spending more than you need to."|