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What do Casting Directors and Agents look for in a Headshot?

We asked some of our Casting Director and Agent friends what makes an appealing headshot.

Check out what they said: 

"Shows your personality and looks as good as you can ook...but not better than you look :) I am also liking the latest trend of brighter backgrounds that make the actors eyes really pop and moving away from the organic type background -ie bricks, windows, etc." - Brooke, Gray Talent Group

"to me a good headshot is...the story the eyes are telling." - Marissa P. Paonessa, Paonessa Talent.

"A good headshot is one without naked feet in it...or a headshot that is truly representative of what the actor REALLY looks like. Not on the most glamorous day of their lives. ON a day when they feel good. And Vibrant. and Thoughtful. And Ready to work." - Mickie Paskal, PR Casting.

"To me, a good headshot is in focus and not in some weird, squat pose." - Jennifer S Rudnicke, PR Casting.

"To me, a good headshot shows the actor in an emotionally available and open way. It makes me want to meet them, get to know them, and audition them. It's all about the eyes." - Erica Daniels, Associate Artistic and Casting Director, Steppenwolf Theatre. 

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