Headshots for Sarah Venners
It was wonderful to meet up with Sarah Venners last week, a beautiful and vivacious young lady who I have absolutely no doubt will take the acting world by storm. At just 9 years old Sarah started performing with Aldeburgh Productions, and it was here that she well and truly caught the acting bug! Acting was soon to be followed by singing lessons, and Sarah then went on to complete a BTEC in Performing Arts at Suffolk New College. Sarah performed in numerous dance shows here, and landed her first lead role as Sukie Rougemont in the musical Witches of Eastwick. It was only natural then that Sarah went on to study Music Theatre at UCLan, working with industry professionals including Roger Haines, Richard Taylor and Kirk Jameson and graduating with a BA (hons).
Sarah’s journey now continues Stateside as her raw talent and determined and naturally charming personality has landed her a prestigious place at the New York Film Academy on their Musical Theatre programme, beginning in September. Sarah will be moving to Brooklyn and throwing herself head first into this new and exciting course, aimed primarily at broadening her knowledge and honing her already incredible skills.
Sarah came to me as she knew all too well that it is essential for any aspiring actor or actress to have some fantastic headshots in their portfolio. A headshot is just what it says on the tin; a close up picture of the subjects face. A headshot provides numerous people from casting directors to producers and writers with a quick visual idea of your physical attributes, so they can quickly see if you would suit a given role.
Lighting is essential when taking a headshot, a face half hidden by shade or a dark and dimly lit photo will never catch the right attention, nor will it allow for your personality to shine through, another key feature of the headshot. It is important that anyone looking at your headshot can quickly discern the kind of actor and person you are simply by taking a glance at your photo. It can also be helpful to have many different headshots taken in one sitting, allowing different personalities to come to the forefront. This provides you with your own mini library of shots, which when auditioning for various roles allows you to pick and choose the best suited.
Simplicity is also key to a great headshot. Solid, uncomplicated colours, and a plain background are key. The focus should always be on the subjects face, not their multi coloured Christmas jumper, or the floral garden in the background! Too much distraction takes away from the very purpose of the headshot. It can also help to have your name somewhere on the photo, usually printed on the bottom with your agency info. This isn’t a compulsary, but it often helps if your resume or list of credits gets lost as people will still have a way to contact you.
Most importantly, make sure your headshots are taken by a professional, who can give you examples of previous work in this field. No matter how great your acting skills are, if your headshots look unprofessional this will reflect badly on you as skilled and competent actor. Remember, first impressions are vital in this industry!
While I know that she won’t need it I wish Sarah the very best of luck with her new course and life in America, and will be watching her career very closely!
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