Forget the ‘killer headshot’, it’s a redundant concept. The way casting works in 2012 means actors need a true headshot portfolio, one that showcases the full range of their casting. It’s an average casting day in the offices of agents and casting directors, and on the laptops of actors across the UK: Breakdowns are whizzing out via Spotlight Link,Casting Call Pro, and any number of other online services. Agents and actors are making submissions at the click of a button, pairing actors with parts. Often selecting the actor’s most relevant photo for the part in question. Meetings are being lined up, as casting directors rapidly cross-reference the roles they have to cast, with the hundreds of headshots appearing on their PCs, iPads and smartphones, directly next to the role to be cast.

Print ain’t dead, but

Not that the hard-copy headshot is dead – we all know a beautiful, hard-copy repro still has an important function with certain casters and situations – but …