For any actor, a headshot is key in making the best first impression. So how do you nail that awesome headshot? Here are a few trade secrets on how to look fantastic for the camera.

Choose the Right Photographer
When posing for headshots, you’re putting yourself in the hands of the photographer you’ve hired. Hopefully that photographer will make you feel and look your best. Choose a photographer you feel comfortable with. Research photographers and look at their work first before booking with them.

Be Prepared
Drink lots of water and stay hydrated, and look well rested. Bring a change of clothes in order to have options. Be as relaxed as possible on the day of the shoot. Try not to schedule anything before or after, because the shoot could run overtime and then you’ll feel rushed and stressed.

Keep Your Look Simple
Don’t wear anything too distracting. No clothing that distracts from the face.

How to Wear Your Hair
The way you normally look at an audition is the way you should look for the photo shoot. No glamour shots and no surprises. So if your hair is curly, don’t straighten it. If your hair is long, don’t cut it. Women should generally leave their hair down.  If men are going to get a haircut, they should do so at least two days prior to the shoot. Above all, your hair should look natural and clean.

How Much Makeup
Go with a natural, everyday look, but cleaned up. Always look like yourself.

Take a Deep Breath
Usually when you take a deep breath, it tends to relax you a little bit. You want to look relaxed; like you’re not trying.

Sit how you would normally sit. If you are too posed, it does not look genuine. Be as genuine as possible.

What Makes a Great Headshot
Expression — the character in your face that makes you different from the rest is what makes a great headshot. Be yourself, and know who you are and what you want to accomplish.

Have an idea of your headshot intentions before you come to the shoot. You should also know which angle is your “good” angle. Be cognizant of the energy you’re putting out to really capture an expression. You should treat the camera as your scene partner, like you’re in a relationship with it.

Headshots are an investment in your career.

So get out there and look your best!