What is it to be a leading actor? It’s being confident, in control, a collaborator. The kind of person that you would want on your set or in your rehearsal room. To project this in a headshot, you need to understand that it often takes time, years of knowing what you look like and then learning how to use what you have. It really helps to have a sense of comfort with yourself and how you look. Then, like anything, practice. The more you have your picture taken, the easier it gets and the more you learn what works. A strong headshot, can have a great knock on effect to your career. It will convey to your agent that you are stepping up. Which will in turn let them know how ambitious you are, giving them more confidence in you. Casting directors, directors and producers will feel like they’re lucky to have you on their set or stage, giving them greater confidence. Even if you tend to work in strong supporting roles, a headshot of this caliber is essential to get you seen for higher profile projects. 3447 0 3447 0 3447 0 3447 0 Michael Gould: […]
If I were an actor, one thing on my bucket list would be to be in Star Wars. Well these three amazing actors, that I have recently taken their headshots have done just that. First we have Michael Gould who played – Admiral Gorin and got to plough his destroyer into another ship. Next the amazing Sharon Duncan-Brewster playing – Senator Pamlo And last but not least Robin Pearce playing – Rebel Tech, at the main table and operations of the rebel base.
Currently in One Man Two Guvnors both Angela and Kelly (Shirley) came to me on the same day. It was great fun swapping between the two of them, while I was shooting one the other would be snapping pics on their phone tweeting or doing their hair ready to step in. Angela and the rest of the cast are just about to finish One Man Two Guvnors therefore thought a Jon Holloway headshot would be a good way to step back into auditioning for new projects.
I recently was commissioned to take the photo for the poster of The Quiet House at the Park Theatre. I also took some rehearsal pictures. Here is Michelle Bonnard (my beautifully talented wife) on the flyer. Followed by the the original shot. Then some of the rehearsal shots of Michelle, the brilliant Ollie Lansley, fantastic Tom Walker (Jonathan Pie) but sadly the final member of the cast, Alison Ava-Brown wasn’t doing her scenes when I was in so I missed out there. Then finally (for those that get that far) another version of what the poster etc could have been.
Kellie Shirley, dyed her hair for a job and then dyed it back. She wanted her headshots to remain current. Kellie mentioned at the start of the session that she wanted something a little moodier on a dark background so we had a play around to find out what works for her. This is Kellie as a natural blonde. (Her previous shot below.)