What should I wear?
Updated: Jan 21
I used to work at a library and I can tell you that, unfortunately, it is true, people do judge books by its covers!
Your headshot might be the first thing a casting director sees about you. How can one picture capture all that you have to offer as an actor? How can you communicate your brand, your age range, your probable professions, your professionalism, your individuality, and even your inner emotional life in one picture?
Let's create pictures that look like the real you. The one that casting directors will see at the audition room. Also let's make sure that your type or brand is clearly reflected in your pictures. My goal is to capture your personality and to help you create a look that get you noticed.
Feel comfortable in your outfit
I believe any color can work if you feel confident wearing it. If you feel comfortable, you will feel confident and it will show.
Be fun without being too eccentric
Bring something fun! So long the wardrobe is not super busy and you stay away from logos, patterns and contrasting colors can give your head shots a much needed personality. I love fun character shots; without wearing costumes you can create a unique look that works for you.
The Business Look
For those professional looks is best to have a suit jacket and a colored shirt/blouse underneath. If you don't own a business suit, visit your local thrift store. You will help a non-profit organization, and you will be getting a must-have professional look for your next headshot session.
Blue -from navy to turquoise - is a versatile color. Blues are are complementary to blue and brown eyes and brunette hair. Teal, which is a blue-green color, is a great complement to red hair.
For those with gray hair try rich blues, greens, and purples.
Blue is also a good option for blondes, although purple compliments their hair color best. Green eyes are complimented best with all shades of green.
In the picture below, Shawn is wearing dark gray on top of black and he is still able to convey a clean-cut character and a pleasant demeanor. Black colors do not have to make your character look dark or unpolished...but they can if you want to.
When in doubt, go with the Jewel color palette