It’s a Slate of Mind: Weekly Challenges
This week’s challenge is: Be kind to yourself. Repeat 3 positive affirmations.
I cannot stress how important building this habit is! We believe what we tell ourselves. You know that little voice in your head that goes off on rants, or makes a comment about your thoughts on someone’s new shoes, or…wait for it…the voice that is SO QUICK to focus on your flaws. Yeah, that voice. Believe it or not- we have control over that voice and the direction it takes. Rewiring our internal narratives to center on positivity, and being kind to ourselves can have a massive impact on our days. And while it may feel silly at first to actively speak positive affirmations out loud, I challenge you to let go of that fear or uncomfortableness and give it a go. It’s changed my life and I bet it will change yours too. My affirmations this week are, “I am a light in every room”, “I respond to challenges with love, not fear”, and “I am in high demand”. What are your affirmations or what ways are you being kind to yourself this week? Feel free to share with me over on Instagram @itsaslateofmind or @alison_haselden.
Getting the Perfect Headshot
In this episode we break down what it takes to get a killer set of actor headshots. First, it’s important to understand the differences in shots depending on the market you are working in. The headshot trends in Los Angeles are different from Atlanta and different again from NYC. Do your research. Check out who is booking frequently in your market via IMDB Pro and make a list of which headshot photographers they are using and the style of the headshots. Your photographer should not only specialize in actors headshots, but be very current with the trends of the market you are in.
Discuss with your agent what typecasts or looks you should be targeting in your shots. What shows and films are shooting in your area, what are your primary types that align with those productions? Make sure each look is defined and true to not only how you see yourself but how casting will see you. Not every role looks glamorous or attractive – that’s okay! It might not be how you see yourself, or the roles you dream of playing, but if the market sees you a certain way you have a choice. You can either run with it and book, or struggle. Not clearing understanding your true typecast is one of the most frequent and biggest mistakes people tend to make with headshots. You want to align your true essence within each of your character looks. If there’s a disconnect there, people will notice when you’re in the room. Get a career consultation from a working actor you trust if you need assistance.
When it comes to styling, there are a few key rules to follow:
- No visible brand logos
- Pick colors that pop and compliment your skin, hair and eyes.
- Layers are always a plus! Throw on a jacket or shirt to add texture and depth.
- Don’t overdo it with funky styles or patterns. Standing out is good, but if your clothes are distracting from your face- that’s a problem. You also don’t want to pick a fashion trend that is likely to be out of style quickly.
- Many markets suggest avoiding a pure white top.
- Bring plenty of options with you to the shoot. Sometimes you might not realize how an outfit looks on camera until you start shooting.
- Remember, headshots only get the top part of your body- don’t worry about your pants/shoes/etc. – they won’t be seen!
- Consider bringing in the help of a consultant or stylist who works with actors if needed.
You should plan to have a makeup artist and hair stylist on hand as well for your headshot shoot. Unless you yourself are a professional, trained artist…everyone needs a makeup artist. I don’t care how great you do your makeup on the daily, this is a special shoot and the style of makeup for these kind of photos is specific. You will be able to tell the difference, so just bite the bullet and get a makeup artist. Many photographers can suggest artists they’ve worked with previously if you need suggestions.
“Your headshot photographer should truly be a collaborator- another member of your team just like your agent or manager is.”– Chase Anderson
Chase spoke a lot about how important communication is to the success of your headshot session. If you don’t speak up about how you’re feeling, what you like or don’t like, or any confusion you may be experiencing- your photographer can’t fix things! Same goes for your makeup artist. Remember that you are paying them and they want you to be happy with the final result. If you’d like something to be adjusted- it is your responsibility to let them know during the shoot.
This Week’s Guest: Chase Anderson
We have the absolutely incredible Chase Anderson on as this week’s guest! Chase is an actor and photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. You may have seen Chase on projects like Dynasty, Black Lightning, or soon in the upcoming Hillbilly Elegy. He has not only been crushing it in his acting career, but has built a fantastic business as a headshot photographer. I can speak from experience- Chase did some of my headshots and I was blown away by his attention to detail, knowledge of the market, and ability to make you feel comfortable and confident during the shoot.